Ikam's mother was a high school track star, and his father was a college basketball standout in Nigeria before coming to America. He started the season at left guard, he became the first true freshman to start at left tackle for the program since 2010. He led the team with 37 pancakes, recording 7 in games against Louisville and Georgia Tech. Ekwonu was named the Philip Rivers Rookie of the Year. He was a co-recipient of the John Ritcher Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. also he was named to the FWAA Freshman All-American team and received second-team All-ACC honors.
- Adequate foot quickness to remain outside. Can get to the second level with surprising agility when adjusting to moving defenders. Underrated athleticism, agility, balance, and even straight-line speed to contribute.
- Has the agility, technique, and size to contribute early in his professional career. Quick, active hands to latch on to defenders.
- Finds defenders with his hands immediately and gets feet moving to engage and sustain.
- Has a naturally wide base, thickly build, and good length. Long legs to cover a lot of ground with his initial kick slide. Has the quickness to set up quickly with enough lateral shuffle to mirror and mobility to get to the second level.
- Stays balanced and doesn't overextend in pass protection. Stays disciplined with good bend and leverage.
- Attacks when necessary, though he won't consistently dominate and can lose balance overextending.
- Needs to prove his worth in a straight-ahead running game.
- Better suited to a zone-blocking system because of his athleticism.
- Stops his feet after initial contact, relying on length but allowing defender to get the corner or spin inside.
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