AT COLORADO: 2011 (Sr.)—He played in all 13 games, including seven starts (the first seven games of the season). After playing just 99 snaps his first three years, he was on the field for 381 as a senior. He was in on 31 tackles (14 solo, one for a loss), with two third down stops, two tackles for zero, a fumble recovery (against Hawai’i) and three passes broken up. He had a least one tackle in all 13 games, and logged a career-high six (four solo) at Ohio State, when he had one of his third down stops and a PBU. He had three tackles in four other games: Hawai’i, all solo, California, Washington and UCLA). He had a fantastic spring and entered the fall atop the depth chart at nose tackle for the first time in his career. He was cited by several media entities as CU’s breakout player for the 2011 season. In the three main spring scrimmage, he racked up 20 tackles, 17 of the solo variety with 10 for zero or minus yardage (six for losses), including three quarterback sacks and four third down stops. He also had a forced fumble and a hurry as the coaches selected him as the John Wooten Award winner following spring practice, the honor going to the most improved player.
2010 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games (no starts), seeing action at defensive tackle for 10 games where he got in for 64 snaps from scrimmage. He recorded four tackles, three solo, for the season, posting one each against Colorado State, California, Missouri and Iowa State. He was a member of the defensive field goal/PAT rush squad on special teams, playing all 63 snaps for that unit. He added 20 more pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame in the off-season, increasing to some 50 pounds heaver than when he first landed on the Boulder campus (240). In spring conditioning tests, he tied for the second-best power clean (391 pounds) on the team and owned an impressive 31-inch vertical leap for his size.
2009 (Soph.)—He saw action in 11 games (all but Kansas), seven on defense and in most on the FG/PAT Defense unit on special teams; on the latter, he had a blocked field goal at Oklahoma State. He played 23 snaps on defense but did not record any tackles; he started the year at end, but was moved inside for the latter part of the season.
2008 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in five games (no starts), making one solo tackle for the season; that came in the Kansas game. He had four tackles including a quarterback sack in the three main spring scrimmages.
2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he practiced the entire fall at defensive end. The coaches selected him as the Scout Team Defense player of the week for the Miami-Ohio and Oklahoma games, and also presented him with the Scout Team Defense Award at the postseason team banquet.
HIGH SCHOOL—A SuperPrep All-Dixie team member, despite missing most of his senior season after tearing a tendon in his hand (he played in just four games); he was ranked as the No. 28 player in Georgia, the No. 4 defensive end by the publication, the same positions they ranked him going into the season. Scout.com tabbed him as the No. 55 defensive end in the nation, despite just playing 14 games at the varsity level. He was ranked No. 104 overall by ESPN Insider heading into his senior season, and still ranked in the top 150 even after sitting out two-thirds of the year. As a senior, at defensive tackle, he recorded 15 tackles, two quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles and was just starting to learn the tight end position on offense before his hand injury. As a junior, he was named honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Gwinnett County, as he was a two-time county Player of the Month and was a four-time Grayson Player of the Week. Playing defensive end, he registered 65 tackles, 14 for losses including six sacks, two fumble recoveries, a pass broken up and a blocked field goal. He played on the junior varsity squad as a sophomore in his first year of organized football. His top games came in his junior season: He had eight tackles and two sacks in a 23-17 loss to South Gwinnett, and recorded 14 tackles and three quarterback pressures in a loss to Parkview. Under head coach Mickey Conn, Grayson was 6-6 in his senior campaign, making it to the second round of the state 8-5A playoffs, and was 4-6 his junior year. He also lettered as a freshman and sophomore in basketball.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a degree in Ethnic Studies in December 2011.
PERSONAL—Born December 21, 1988 in College Park, Ga. His hobbies include playing video games and working out; he is also skilled at programming computers. After his football career he has aspirations of becoming an international environmentalist. (Last name is pronounced oh-bee.)
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