9 - Erkan Yildirim
Erkan Yildirim
Height: 5-9
Weight: 172
Year: Senior
Hometown: Flensburg, Germany
Position: F
Major: Business Administration
Last School: Flensburg University

2009: Appeared in all 17 of Upstate’s matches and made 14 starts... Ranked second for the Spartans with three assists, tied for second with four goals and third with 11 points... Scored two goals in the 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern (9/23) including the game-winner in the 73rd minute... Scored a goal in Upstate’s 2-1 win over Mercer (10/10) and tie against Gardner-Webb (11/4)... Recorded an assist against Georgia State (9/1), at UNC Asheville (9/16) and against Gardner-Webb (11/4)... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic team.

2008: Emerged as a solid offensive threat at forward for the Spartans... Played in all 18 games... Started 16 contests... Finished the season third on the team with six points... Tallied two goals and two assists on the year... Earned his first collegiate assist on David Stanbra’s goal in the 3-2 win over Brewton-Parker in the season opener (8/29)... Scored his first collegiate goal at Georgia State (9/8)... Also scored a goal against Presbyterian (9/28)... Assisted on Alex Garcev’s goal against Jacksonville (10/3)... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic team.

Before USC Upstate: A transfer student from Flensburg University... Played for the DGF Flensburg youth team... Attended Altes Gymnasium Flensburg for his high school education.

Personal: Born on Aug. 28, 1985 in Flensburg, Germany... Son of Metin and Telel Yildirim... Has two sisters... A business management major... Favorite foods are pasta, rice and Turkish food... Enjoys the Godfather movie trilogy as well as “Blow” and “Inception”... Favorite TV shows is “Prison Break”... Favorite actors is Al Pacino... Lists Eminem, Lil’ Wayne and 50 Cent as his favorite musicians... Favorite season is summer... Favorite sports figure is Zidane...  Favorite quote is “Carpe Diem”... Favorite book is “The Google Story”... Most admires his father... Dream job is to be a manager... Likes soccer, sports, playing cards and hanging out with friends.