Riders sign former NFL defensive back Kenneth Acker

Photo courtesy: San Francisco 49ers

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive back Kenneth Acker.  

The six-foot, 195-pound Acker joins the Riders after five years in the NFL, playing 40 regular season games.

The 28-year-old was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round, 180th overall during the 2014 NFL Draft. He went on to play 15 games with the 49ers in 2015 making 63 tackles, three interceptions and defended 21 passes.

The Oregon native was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 and suited up for 25 games, recording 39 tackles, four passes defended and one interception. He also had stops with the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Acker played four NCAA seasons at South Methodist University (2010-2013) where in his senior year he was named American Athletic Conference second-team and to the Thorpe Award Watch List. As a junior he made the Top 10 in Conference USA for punt return yards, interceptions, interception return yards, interception return touchdowns, and passes defended.

He played in 46 games for the Mustangs making 159 defensive tackles, defended 36 passes, snatched seven interceptions – including one run back for a touchdown – one sack and one blocked kick he returned for a touchdown. Acker also saw time on special teams as a kick and punt returner. Over his collegiate career he returned 15 kick offs for 315 yards and 14 punts for 113 yards.