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Kenneth Acker was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers as the 4th pick in Round 6 (180th overall). He is currently on IR for the 49ers.
As a senior (2013), Ack played and started in all 12 games. He was seventh on the team with 46 tackles, including 38 solo (fourth on the team) and recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including his first career sack. He had a team-high 3 interceptions for 27 yards to go along with a team-high 13 pass breakups for a total of 16 passes defended. His 3 INTs tied a career-high, as the senior had one pick in three different games (Rutgers, at Cincinnati and at Houston). He returned punts at Cincinnati (1) and against Connecticut (4).
AWARDS: American Athletic Conference Second Team, Thorpe Award Watch List, Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team (Athlon Sports).
As a junior (2012), Ack was named second-team All-Conference USA. He started all 13 games and led the team with 12 PBUs and tied for team lead with three interceptions. He was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10 and had two interceptions and scored two touchdowns – one on an interception return and one on a blocked field goal try – against SFA. He also had an interception in the win against Houston. Ack notched 50 tackles including two TFL and returned six punts for 84 yards. He was part of an SMU defense that posted two shutouts, tied an NCAA season record for pick-sixes, and tied for third in the country in total takeaways and second in fumble recoveries for TDs.
As a sophomore (2011), Ack started all 13 games at corner, where he recorded 63 tackles, 49 solo, including one tackle for loss. He notched six stops in SMU’s bowl win, had an interception against Navy, and tallied four pass breakups on the season. He made a career-high eight solo tackles versus UCF and equaled career-high in total tackles in a game with eight against Rice. He had two kick returns for 25 yards.
As a freshman (2010), Ack played in eight games. He returned kickoffs in five of the last six games and totaled 13 returns for 315 yards on the year. He had a season-long return of 62 in the Marshall win.