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#84 Rahim Alem
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 254 lbs.
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: New Orleans, La.
High School: St. Augustine HS
Born: 02/25/1987
Rahim Alem Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 01/28/2010

2009 SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Vanderbilt - Sept. 14
2008 First-Team All-SEC (AP)
2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER
Played in 44 games, starting 13 times ... Started 12 times as a senior in 2009 ... Finished career with 73 tackles, 25.5 tackles for losses and 14.5 sacks ... Added five PBUs, 13 QB hurries, and four forced fumbles ... Graduated in December of 2008 with a degree in Liberal Arts ... Brother Chad Jones was also a member of the LSU football team ... Played in 2010 East-West Shrine Game following senior season.

SENIOR SEASON (2009)
Played in all 13 games with 12 starts at right defensive end ... Finished with 34 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks ... Added five quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in win over Vanderbilt in week 2 ... Had seven tackles, one sack for an 11-yard loss and a pass breakup in win over Vanderbilt ... Had five tackles, two tackles for 10 yards in losses and a sack for an 8-yard loss vs. Louisiana Tech ... Other sacks came in season-opener vs. Washington, vs. Tulane and a half sack vs. Arkansas ... Forced fumbles vs. Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State ... Played for East squad in East-West Shrine Game and had two QB hurries in that contest.

JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
A pass rush specialist who enjoyed a breakout season with the Tigers in 2008, earning second team All-SEC honors at defensive end ... Played in 13 games with one start ... Thrived in passing downs as he led the Tigers with 8.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for losses ... Finished season with 29 total tackles, seven QB hurries and two PBUs ... Ranked third in the SEC in sacks and was eighth in the league in tackles for losses ... Picked up one sack in games against Appalachian State, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tulane, Ole Miss and Arkansas ... His sack vs. Auburn came late in the fourth quarter and helped seal the victory ... The sack against Florida resulted in a fumble, while his sack against Tulane caused a fumble that was picked up by CB Chris Hawkins who returned it for a TD ... Finished with one sack for a loss of nine yards against Arkansas ... Tallied four tackles, a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss against Ole Miss ... Registered three quarterback hurries against Troy, one of which led to an interception by safety Chad Jones ... Started his first career game against Alabama ... Had a career-high six tackles and an assisted tackle for loss against Alabama ... Finished with one sack and a forced fumble against Tulane ... Against Georgia, picked up four tackles and tied a career-high in tackles for loss with two, including one sack for a loss of 9 yards ... Recorded two tackles against South Carolina including a sack and had two quarterback hurries ... Finished with two tackles including one sack and a forced fumble against Florida ... Finished with two tackles against Auburn, including one sack for 15 yards ... Recorded three tackles -- two solo -- with one sack for a loss of seven yards against Appalachian State.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Served as the backup at right defensive end for the Tigers ... Played in 12 of LSU's 14 games ...
7 ... Finished season with eight tackles, four of which went for losses ... Added two sacks for 17-yards in losses ... Also credited with one QB hurry and forced a fumble ... Turned in the best game of his career against Tulane, recording a career-high three tackles, including two for losses and a sack ... Had two tackles and forced a fumble in the Tigers' win over Middle Tennessee. 

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2006)
Played in six games with no starts ... Finished year with two tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Had tackles for loss against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona ... Broke up a pass in 45-3 win over Arizona in the second week of the season ... Also saw action in games against Tulane, Mississippi State, Kentucky and in the Sugar Bowl Notre Dame.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005.

HIGH SCHOOL
A blue-chip defensive end rated among the nation's best ... Rated as the second-best prospect in Louisiana in 2004 ... Named the MVP of the Bayou Bowl, which is an all-star game between Louisiana and Texas ... Rated the nation's seventh-best defensive end by Collegefootballnews.com ... Member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, the New Orleans Times-Picayune Top 20 Blue-Chip list and was a 5A first-team all-state selection ... Named to Tom Lemming's Prep All-America team in 2004 .. Registered 79 tackles and eight sacks as a senior ... Displayed his athletic ability by blocking three kicks ... Delivered a terrific junior season, tallying 70 tackles, including 30 for losses, and 11 sacks ... Three-year starter ... Coached by Tyrone Payne.

PERSONAL
Full name is Rahim Akil Alem ... Born Feb. 25, 1987, in New Orleans ... Legally changed his name during the spring of 2006 ... His new name is part Swahili, part Arabic and has nothing to do with a religious conversion, but his African heritage ... Rahim means kind, compassionate and merciful; Akil means intelligent; and Alem means leader ... Given name was Alfred Marvin Jones, Jr. ... Parents are Al and Patti Jones ... Dad is a high school principal ... Al and Patti Jones wear the same LSU jerseys to each game - one has Rahim's No. 84 on the front and Chad's No. 3 on the back and the other wears the opposite with Chad's number on the front and Rahim's number on the back ... Lists reading and writing poetry as his two favorite past times ... His dad was a defensive end at Tulane who lettered for the Green Wave from 1976-78.  

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 7 vs. Vanderbilt, 2009
Tackles for loss: 2, four times (Last vs. La. Tech, 2009) 
Sacks: 1, 14 times
Interceptions: 0 

ALEM’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

 

 

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks

PBU

QBH

INT

FF

FR

2006

6-0

1

1

2

1.5-2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2007

12-0
1
4-19 
2-17

0

1

1

0

0

2008

13-1

15

14

29

11.5-78

8-66

2

7

0

2

0

2009

13-12

21

13

34

8.5-41

4.5-27

2

5

0

2

0

Totals

44-13
44
29
73
25.5-140
14.5-110

5

13

1

4

0

 

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