Fifth-year senior one of four Bears to have played at least 35 career games (35)... One of nine returning offensive starters.
2008 (Junior): Played in 11 of 12 games of junior season, made three starts... Finished fourth on squad in receptions, made 14 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns... Starter at tight end in season's first two contests, made two catches in each game (25 yards vs. Wake Forest, 32 yards vs. Northwestern State)... Had season-high four receptions in week four at UConn and scored both touchdowns... Only other multiple-catch game was ninth game vs. No. 14 Missouri, two catches for 21 yards... Did not play in win over Texas A&M due to foot injury.
2007 (Sophomore): Sophomore inside receiver No. 2 on squad in both receptions (43) and touchdown catches (four); No. 3 in receiving yards (426)... Registered two or more receptions in 10 of 12 games, only Bear to record at least one grab in every contest... Hauled in a career-high nine receptions for 77 yards vs. No. 19 Texas... Had seven catches at Buffalo (for 74 yards and one touchdown, a 4-yarder) and vs. Texas State (for career-high 95 yards)... One of receptions vs. Texas State a career-long 24-yarder... Tallied two catches for 29 yards, one an 18-yard touchdown grab, vs. Colorado... Two receptions for 25 yards vs. Rice both TDs (of 16 and 9 yards, respectively, for first career scores)... Drew 10 starts and saw action on 667 plays to receive second letter... Played 50 or more snaps six times with a high of 88 plays vs. Texas Tech.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in every game as redshirt freshman inside receiver and drew two starts -- vs. No. 22 TCU, in first game as Bear, and at No. 6 Texas... Averaged 10.8 yards on five receptions for season... Caught two passes for 13 yards vs. Army... Registered season-long 19-yard reception vs. Kansas... Also recorded receptions at Texas (for 14 yards) and vs. No. 22 Texas A&M (eight yards)... Played 254 snaps to earn first Baylor letter.
2005 (True Freshman): Redshirted as true freshman... Named to fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
High School: Deer Park High School, Deer Park, Texas... Selected one of state's top 10 tight ends on Texas Football's 2004 Texas Top 300 list... Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 player... Caught team-high 26 passes for 462 yards, an average of 17.8 yards per catch, as senior with five touchdowns for 6-4 Deer Park... Earned all-district honors in both football and basketball... 2005 Bayou Bowl participant... Also played baseball and member of school's track team... National Honor Society member... Coached by Chris Massey at District 23-5A school.
Personal: Son of Mike and Sharon Akers, Justin Paul Akers was born Oct. 30, 1986, in Pasadena, Texas... Graduated in December 2008 with Bachelor's of Science degree in education... Currently taking graduate classes.