45 Youri Yenga
Youri Yenga

Hometown:
Euless, Texas

High School:
Trinity

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 231

Position:
LB

Experience:
SR-3L


Junior (2009): Named honorable mention All-C-USA by the league's coaches... Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football's All-Texas Team... Finished the season with 54 tackles - five for-loss... Started 12 games... Had two sacks and two forced fumbles on the year... Notched 10 stops at Marshall... Added eight tackles in the season opener against SFA and seven stops against Rice.

Sophomore (2008): Started 11 games and played in all 12... SMU's most consistent defensive player... Had 73 tackles and 6.5 sacks on the year... Blocked two PATs and forced three fumbles... Had a season-high 11 tackles at Navy... Tallied 10.5 tackles-for-loss... Named to the College Football Top Ten & Pegasus News All-DFW College Football Team.

Freshman (2007): Played in all 12 games, starting the last four... Had 27 tackles, 2.5 sacks and six tackles-for-loss on the season.... Notched a season-high 10 tackles and a pass breakup in the season finale at Memphis... Forced a fumble at Tulsa... Co-winner of the team's New Mustang Award along with Justin Smart... A member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Prep: An AP All-State pick... Named first-team "Team Texas" by TexasHSFootball.com... Registered 111 tackles (53 solo, 58 assists), 17 tackles-for-loss, 7.5 sacks, seven pass break-ups, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a senior... The Dallas Morning News' 2006 Defensive Player of the Year... Named to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram's Area Top 50 and its "Super Team"... Ranked No. 69 on the DMN's Area Top 100 list...A first-team 5ATexasFootball.com All-Texas choice... A two-star Rivals.com and Scout.com prospect... Grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo... Played soccer until starting football in 2003... Turned down offers from UTEP and UNT;

Personal: Majoring in Political Science.