[caption id="attachment_34348" align="alignnone" width="480"] Former Washington player Hau'oli Kikaha sprints as he works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. Kikaha was selected 44th overall Friday by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)[/caption]
The all-time sacks leader in Washington Huskies history will continue his football career in New Orleans.
The Saints selected Hau’oli Kikaha, the prolific edge rusher from Hau’ula, Hawaii, with the 44th overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday -- the 12th pick of the second round -- giving the Huskies four players drafted in the same year for the first time since 2004.
It’s also the first time in UW history that four Huskies have been picked in the second round or higher. On Thursday, the Huskies had three players picked in the first round – Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson – for the first time in school history.
Kikaha, listed at 6-foot-3 and 246 pounds, set UW’s single-season and career sacks records as a fifth-year senior in 2014. He tied for the national lead with 19 sacks, and finished his career with 36, six more than previous record-holder Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. Kikaha’s 25 tackles for loss in 2014 also set a single-season school record.
Such production yielded a slew of postseason accolades, including unanimous All-America honors – only four other Huskies can make that claim – and first-team All-Pac-12 selections for both football and academics.