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Will open the fall as a top reserve at one of the outside linebacking positions behind Derrell Johnson, but could also vie for a starting job on the other side as the season develops ... Originally joined the Pirate program as a junior college transfer and made an immediate impact as a part-time starter during his first season ... Coaches cited a quick acclimation to the "new" 3-4 defensive scheme and athleticism (38.5" vertical, 10.3" broad, 4.54 40 time) as reasons for quick climb up the depth chart ... Bounced back from a slow finish during the last half of the 2011 campaign with a strong spring performance ... Credited with a pair of tackles, which included a sack, in the first scrimmage (March 31) before adding another quarterback drop in the second intra-squad contest (April 7) ... Contributed two more stops and knocked down a pair of pass attempts during the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) ... Ranked at the "elite" status during spring testing in ECU's strength and conditioning program ... In addition to the aforementioned leaping ability, also owns lifts of 308 (bench press) and 331 (power clean). 2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Stepped in and immediately provided East Carolina's linebacking corps with depth and experience ... Played in 11 of the season's 12 games and started seven contests (South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, Tulane) ... Lone game missed was UCF (coaches' decision) ... Finished debut campaign with 32 tackles, including eight solo stops ... Booked three tackles for lost yardage (1.5/Virginia Tech, 0.5/UAB, 1.0/Memphis) and 1.5 sacks (0.5/UAB, 1.0/Memphis) ... One of nine Pirates with three or more TFL during the campaign ... 25-of-32 hits came on rushing plays ... Credited with a pair of quarterback hurries (North Carolina, Virginia Tech) during the season and also recovered two fumbles (South Carolina, Virginia Tech) ... Booked more tackles in non-conference contests (17) than in Conference USA tilts (15), despite playing three more league games ... Stood sixth on the team in non-league hits ... Productivity slowed as season progressed, picking up a team seventh-best 25 tackles through the first six games of the year, but only seven, none for lost yardage, during his final five contests played ... Tallied a pair of fourth-quarter stops versus Southern Miss ... Booked two hits against Navy and Tulane in the opening quarters ... Paced the Pirates with six tackles at Memphis, including a personal-best four solo stops ... Recorded first career solo sack against the Tigers, dropping Skylar Jones for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter ... Stopped running back Ryan Houston twice for only tackles against North Carolina ... Combined with Justin Dixon to drop UAB quarterback Jonathan Perry for a one-yard loss in the fourth quarter for first career sack ... Booked seven of personal-best nine stops against Virginia Tech in the first half ... Tallied career's first solo tackle for a loss (two yards) on a third-quarter reverse by the Hokies' Marcus Davis ... Recovered a fumble for the second-straight game against Virginia Tech, pouncing on a dropped ball by David Wilson in the third quarter ... Made East Carolina debut against South Carolina, booking initial tackle and fumble recovery during contest's opening drive ... Scooped up a fumble by Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw to end SC's first drive of the game ... Tallied three of four stops versus South Carolina during the Gamecocks' first 16 plays. Junior College:Helped the Eagles to a 5-4 record as a sophomore, tallying 47 tackles, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles ... Posted a double-digit tackle total against Pearl River in the 2010 campaign ... An integral part of a defensive unit that allowed 173.6 rushing yards per game, 230.2 passing yards per contest and forced 15 turnovers in 2010.
High School:Prepped at Greenville Weston High School.
Personal:A communications major.