|City/State:||Newport Beach, Calif.|
|High School:||Corona del Mar/Orange Coast College|
AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr.)—He saw action in 11 games (two starts, CSU and Oklahoma State), missing the Toledo game due to a mild concussion. He played 230 snaps from scrimmage but was most productive, racking up 42 tackles, 24 solo (potentially pro-rated to 147 tackles had he played every snap). His top game was in Stillwater, when he had 12 tackles, five solo with two third down stops, against the Cowboys; he had six tackles at Texas (four solo) and four against Kansas State and Missouri. The coaches again named him one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award (for achieving excellence with class in several areas). He was a preseason third-team All-Big 12 selection by Phil Steele’s College Football.
2008 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games, including starts in the last nine at the will inside linebacker position. He finished second on the team in tackles, racking 97 (65 solo) in 630 snaps from scrimmage. He also had four tackles for losses, eight third down stops, another for zero gain, three chasedowns (near sacks) and three pressures to go with two interceptions, his first late in the fourth quarter of his first Division I-A game in the opener against Colorado State. He had 10 or more tackles in four games, including his career-high of 15 (11 solo) at Kansas, with 11 versus both Missouri (six solo) and Oklahoma State (eight unassisted). He had six or more tackles in nine games. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press. The coaches named him one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award. He finished up his junior college coursework by mid-summer and reported on time to CU’s fall camp.
AT ORANGE COAST (2006, 2007/Fr., Soph.)—Ranked by SuperPrep as the No. 19 prospect on its JUCO 100 list (the third linebacker), while Rivals.com ranked him as the top outside linebacker at the junior college level (and the No. 17 junior college player overall). Named Orange Coast’s most valuable player both of his seasons, he was first-team All-American, All-State and All-Mission Conference, earning the league Player of the Year accolade as a sophomore (he was the co-defensive player of the year as a freshman). He recorded 93 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks and an interception. As a freshman, he was named third-team All-American and first-team All-State and All-Mission Conference as he posted 108 tackles, including 16 for losses, 5.5 quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles. He finished his career as the seventh all-time leading tackler at OCC with 201. His top games as a sophomore included a 15-tackle, three-sack performance in a 27-10 loss to Citrus. He recorded 17 tackles, two sacks and an interception in a 35-34 double overtime win over Fullerton. As a freshman, he had 18 tackles and a sack in a 28-21 win over Palomar. Under head coach Mike Taylor, Orange Coast went 5-5 his sophomore campaign and was 7-4 his freshman year, losing to Mt. San Antonio 29-20 in the U.S. Bank Beach Bowl. He was nominated for Orange Coast’s all-sport athlete of the year as a sophomore.
HIGH SCHOOL—A four-year letterman in football, he was named first-team All-CIF, All-Southern California Region and All-Pacific Coast League as a senior. He was also Corona del Mar’s Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year, as he recorded 118 tackles, five quarterback sacks and an interception on defense. On offense playing quarterback, he threw for 600 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 400 yards and five scores. As a junior, he tallied 95 tackles and five quarterback sacks. His top prep game came in a win over Troy in his senior season in which he racked up 18 total tackles. Under head coach Dick Freeman, Corona del Mar went 6-6 his senior season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and was 6-5 his junior year, losing in the first round of the postseason. He also lettered twice in basketball, once in baseball and once in track, where he participated in the hurdles, long jump and high jump.
ACADEMICS—He majored in Sociology at Colorado and was scheduled to graduate in summer of 2010. As a sophomore at OCC, he was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
PERSONAL—Born April 9, 1988 in Huntington Beach, Calif. A grandfather (Tom Burke) played tight end for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 1960s. Hobbies include going to the beach and watching golf. He often goes by the nickname “Moe” or “Big Moe.”
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ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 2-36, 18.0, 0 TD, 20 long (2008). Special Team Tackles: 1,1—2 (2008).