31 - Gideon Akande
Gideon Akande
Height: 5-10
Weight: 202
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Lane Technical
Position: RB
Will serve as one of Holy Cross' tri-captains in 2005 ... Enters the season ranked fifth all-time at Holy Cross with an average of 21.4 yards per kickoff return.

2004: Played in all 11 games on the season, starting four times ... Ranked second on the squad with 324 yards on 83 carries ... Returned 20 kickoff returns for 473 yards, good for an average of 23.6 yards per return ... Had 882 all-purpose yards, the second-most on the team ... Ranked fourth in the Patriot League in kickoff returns and 10th in all-purpose yards ... Also placed 32nd in the nation in kickoff returns ... Had the sixth-most single season kickoff return yards in school history ... Recorded a season-best 146 all-purpose yards against Duquesne, including 53 rushing yards on eight carries ... Ran for a season-high 67 yards on 15 carries against San Diego, while totaling 140 all-purpose yards ... Had 114 all-purpose yards against Bucknell ... Made a season-high five receptions for 37 yards at Colgate.

2003: Ranked second on the team in rushing with 380 yards and four touchdowns on 91 carries ... Led the team with an average of 4.2 yards per carry, despite battling injuries for most of the year ... Also caught 22 passes for 246 yards and two scores ... Rushed 13 times for 85 yards and a touchdown against San Diego, while accounting for another score on a fumble return ... Racked up 45 yards rushing and 85 yards receiving against Towson ... Rushed 10 times for 73 yards and a touchdown against Colgate.

2002: Earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors ... Also a five-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week selection ... Rushed for a Crusader freshman record 853 yards on 177 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry ... Led the team in rushing, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns (five) ... Posted the second highest single-game rushing total ever by a Holy Cross freshman when he ran for 130 yards against Yale ... Became the first Crusader freshman to eclipse the 120-yard rushing mark twice in the same season, when he racked up 122 yards against Lehigh ... Rushed for 119 yards against Fordham ... His three 100-yard rushing games tied the record for most 100-yard rushing games by a Crusader freshman.

High School: A three sport athlete at Lane Technical High School ... Set the ISHA record for rushing attempts and yards in class 8A ... Led the team in tackles for three straight seasons ... Rushed for over 1,600 yards as a junior and 1,700 yards as a senior ... Named All-City and All-State honorable mention as a junior ... Also earned All-City and All-State honors as a senior ... State qualifier and All-City honoree in wrestling ... Senior class Vice President.

Personal: Full name is Gideon Akande ... Born on December 31, 1983 ... Son of Connell and Anthonia Akande ... Majoring in Political Science.

Akande's Rushing Statistics
YEAR    GP-GS   ATT   YARDS    AVG   TD   LONG
2002     11-7   177     853    4.8    5     59
2003     11-2    91     380    4.2    4     21
2004     11-4    83     324    3.9    0     18
TOTAL   33-13   351    1557    4.4    9     59

Akande's Receiving Statistics
YEAR    GP-GS   REC   YARDS    AVG   TD   LONG
2002     11-7    11     104    9.5    1     39
2003     11-2    22     246   11.2    2     52
2004     11-4    17      85    5.0    0     17
TOTAL   33-13    50     435    8.7    3     52