The Baylor Bears are set to take on the Air Force Falcons on Thursday night in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, but after an announcement just hours prior to kickoff it appears they will be short one of their best players.
Baylor defensive tackle Siaki Ika has announced that he will forego the bowl game and any remaining eligibility and begin preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft.
The news isn’t surprising, as Ika has been committed to playing in this year’s Senior Bowl, but it does eliminate him from playing in tonight’s contest, which is a big loss for the Baylor defensive front.
In his two seasons at Baylor, Ika was a force in the middle of Dave Aranda’s defensive scheme, clogging up running lanes and demanding double teams from opposing interior offensive linemen. In that time, he recorded 47 tackles, three PBU’s, and four sacks.
Prior to his time in Waco, Ika played two seasons at LSU and recorded 23 tackles and one sack with the Tigers.
At 6-4, 358 pounds, Ika is a ready-built nose tackle at the next level and will certainly have his name called in April as interior defensive linemen are a premium in the NFL.