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Kai Parham
Kai Parham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Virginia Beach, Va.

High School:
Princess Anne H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 253

Position:
LB

Experience:
2L



Career Recap

PRONUNCIATION: keye (rhymes with eye) par ham

WORTH NOTING: Unheralded player throughout his career who had a fabulous season in 2005 ... made himself available for the NFL draft with a season of eligibility remaining shortly after the 2005 Music City Bowl win over Minnesota ... finished 19th in school history with 272 tackles ...33 career tackles for loss are eighth in school history ... his 15 TFL in 2005 are tied for seventh most in a season in Virginia history ...his nine sacks in 2005 are tied for ninth in ACC history by a linebacker and second among inside linebackers ... one of only four linebacker in school history to start three bowl games and the first inside linebacker to do so ... graduated in December 2005, a semester early, with a degree in African American Studies.

HONORS: 2005-- First-team All-ACC ...selected by the Touchdown Club of Richmond as its Defensive Back/Linebacker of the Year along with Virginia Tech's Jimmy Williams ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against Syracuse (Sept. 19) ...ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against Duke (Sept. 26) ... ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against Florida State (Oct. 17) ...received the Gretchen Savin MacIlwaine Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.

2003--Second-team Freshman All-American by Collegefootballnews.com ... Redshirt Freshman All-American by CollegeSportsReports.com ... Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ...ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against Virginia Tech on Nov. 29 ...received the Bill Dudley Award as UVa's Most Outstanding First-Year Player.

Career Highlights:
2005
--Stepped from the shadows of Darryl Blackstock and Ahmad Brooks to have a breakout season ... earned first-team All-ACC honors for the first time in his career ... had to be a teacher for much of the season as the team's most experienced linebacker, but he didn't let that affect his play ...one of only five Cavalier defensive players to start every game ...led the team in tackling with an average of 8.6 tpg ... ranked fifth in the ACC and tied for 65th nationally in tackling ...tied for sixth in the ACC in sacks (0.71/g) and was eighth in tackles for loss (1.21/g) ...led the team in tackling seven times ...second on the team with 10 quarterback hurries ... his nine sacks tied for seventh most in Virginia history and tied for ninth in ACC history by a linebacker ... among ACC inside linebackers only Clemson's Keith Adams had more (16 in 1999) ...ranked tied for sixth in the nation in sacks by a linebacker ... made at least one tackle for loss in nine games ...earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors three times, the most of any player in the conference ... Mid-Season first-team All-American by Collegefootballnews.com ...opened the season with a team-leading 11 tackles against Western Michigan ... finished with eight tackles, including three sacks, against Syracuse and was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the first time in his career ...earned league lineman of the week honors for a second straight week with a game-high 12 tackles in an excellent performance vs. Duke ...was one of the few lone bright spots against Maryland with 10 tackles to lead the team for the fourth game in a row ...named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the third time following his nine-tackle performance in the win over Florida State when he also had two tackles for loss and a sack ... shared the team lead with seven tackles against Georgia Tech ... eight stops vs. Virginia Tech and seven against Miami ... tied his career high with 14 tackles against Minnesota in the Music City Bowl in his final collegiate game ...also had two tackles for loss in the game.

2004--Hard hitting inside linebacker who helped form the nation's top linebacker unit according to The Sporting News ...second on the team in tackling with an average of 6.7 tpg, 18th in the ACC ... tied for second on team with 11 tackles for loss ... made at least one TFL on eight occasions ... had two sacks ... caused two fumbles to share the team lead with Tony Franklin ...made at least seven tackles seven times ...started every game but Duke, when he gave way to senior Rich Bedesem ...nine tackles in an outstanding performance against North Carolina ... three were for loss, a career high ... nine stops vs. Syracuse and Florida State ...had a sack in the Duke game among his four tackles ...tied his career high with a team-leading 14 tackles, including two for loss, vs. Miami ... seven stops vs. Georgia Tech ...caused and recovered a fumble by quarterback Reggie Ball to set up UVa's first touchdown ...finished with eight tackles vs. Virginia Tech ... made 11 tackles against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl to finish as the team's second-leading tackler ... lettered.

2003--Turned in a very productive campaign as a redshirt freshman, making a bigger impact on defense as the season progressed ... started the last nine games and played in all 13 ... averaged 7.9 tackles per start with three double-digit performances ... averaged 6.8 tackles per game overall and led the team on three occasions ...third among ACC rookies in tackling, tied for 14th nationally... tied for fifth on the team with seven tackles for loss ...made two tackles in his debut vs. Duke ...eight tackles against South Carolina ... five tackles, including his first tackle for loss, in a win over Western Michigan ... made five tackles in his first starting assignment vs. North Carolina ... led the team with a career-high 14 tackles, including eight solo stops, in the Clemson game ... seven stops against Florida State ... team-leading 12 tackles vs. Maryland ...four tackles, with two behind the line of scrimmage, in a win over Georgia Tech ...had his first sack in that game ... earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his nine-tackle effort against Virginia Tech ... had two tackles for lost yardage vs. the Hokies ... had a huge performance in UVa's win over Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl ...led the team with 13 tackles as the defense contained a potent Panther offense ...also had two quarterback hurries ... made three tackles in the four plays the Panthers ran from their one-yard line on their first possession, including one for a one-yard loss on a fourth-and-one play ... that goal line stand set the defensive tone for the rest of the game ...recovered a fumble by quarterback Rod Rutherford with 2:12 left to play to end Pittsburgh's final possession ... lettered. 2002

2002-- In uniform for the N.C. State, Maryland and West Virginia games, but did not play ... red-shirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top defensive players in the country ... four-year starter for coach Jeff Ballance at Princess Anne High School ... named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia as a senior ... Parade All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... ESPN/Tom Lemming All-America ... Prep Football Report first-team All-American, the #2 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region and the #11 player in the nation ... nation's fourth-best linebacker by Student Sports and the #17 player among Hot 100 Recruits... #18 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region ... #6 linebacker in the nation according to SuperPrep ... rated the 13th-best player in the country and third-best defensive lineman in the country by Tom Lemming ... a five-Star player, 11th-best player and #1 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ...Max Emfinger All-American ... PrepStar Top-125 Dream Team (#6 linebacker) ...#13 player in the nation according to Tom Lemming ... 16th-best player in the nation according to Collegefootballnews.com ... #3 linebacker in the Atlantic region by PrepStar ... listed as the fifth-best player in Virginia by SuperPrep ... third-best player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" ...made 152 tackles, including 33 for loss as a senior ... 19 quarterback sacks, six fumble recoveries and five interceptions ... all-state ... chosen to play in the U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, but was unable to due to an injury ... three-time all-district and all-region ... as a junior he made 140 tackles, including 20 quarterback sacks, and six interceptions.

PERSONAL: Kayode Babatunde Parham ... born 3-15-84 in Berkeley, Calif. ... parents are Emma Simpson and Luther Parham ... has two brothers, Malik Miller and Dehdan Miller ... African American studies major.

Parham Defensively

Year G Plys S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int QBH BlK
2003 13 601 54 35 89 7-13 1-2 1 0 2 0 8 0
2004 12 537 32 48 80 11-40 2-16 1 2 0 0 3 0
2005 12 828 57 46 103 15-69 9-54 0 2 1 0 10 0
Career 37 1966 143 129 272 33-122 12-72 2 4 3 0 21 0