SUMMARY: Three-time Big South all-conference honoree (first team in 2013; second team in 2011 and 2012).
2013 (SENIOR): 2013 Big South preseason-all-conference ... Tied for the team lead in tackles (62) ... Led the team and ranks No. 3 in the Big South in solo tackles (50) ... Helped Liberty rank No. 5 in the country in interception (19), recording three interceptions to give him seven for his career ... Ranked seventh in the Big South in passed defended (9) ...Ranked fourth in interceptions (3).
2012 (JUNIOR): Big South All-Conference second team for second year in a row ... Named to Preseason All-Big South team ... Made 11 starts as boundary corner ... Led Liberty defensive backs with 51 tackles (39 solo, 12 assisted) ... Tied for the Big South lead with three forced fumbles ... Returned four punts for 42 yards ... Finished season in a tie for fifth in the Big South in passes defended (7) ... Made six tackles and forced a fumble in season opener at Wake Forest (Sept. 1) ... Totaled nine tackles, picked off a pass and caused a fumble in comeback win over Gardner-Webb (Oct. 6) ... Recorded seven tackles, all solo, at Presbyterian College (Oct. 13) ...Forced a fumble against Concord on Oct. 20.
2011 (REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE): Big South All-Conference second team ... Started all 11 games at boundary corner ... Led the Big South and ranked No. 28 nationally with three forced fumbles ... His three forced fumbles tied him for fifth on Liberty's all-time single-season list ...Tied for team lead with three interceptions ... Forced two fumbles during season opener at N.C. State ...Picked off two passes at Lehigh, and added an interception versus Robert Morris.
PREVIOUS SCHOOL (ILLINOIS): Transfer from Illinois of the Big Ten ... Earned All-Big Ten freshman honors from The Sporting News following the 2009 season ... Played in 10 games as a true freshman, starting five games at safety ... Finished the 2009 season with 32 tackles, 26 of which were solo stops, and added two pass breakups.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Harding University High School ... All-Queen City Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... Name first team all-state by the Charlotte Observer ... RedZone Old Spice Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina ... Recorded six interceptions, running back one 104 yards for a touchdown.
PERSONAL: Son of Michele and Walter Aikens ... Birthday is on June 19 ... Sport management major.