AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)—He started all 12 games at outside linebacker, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches; he was second-team All-Colorado by the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was CU’s co-defensive player of the year, as selected by the coaches (Dave Jones Award). He played the third most snaps on defense (707), racking up 78 tackles, of which 48 were solo and 14 for losses, including seven sacks (the latter two both team highs). He also led the team in quarterback hurries with 14 and was second in third down stops (12). He also forced two fumbles, had a pass breakup and three chasedowns (near sacks). He matched his career high of 10 tackles against West Virginia (five solo), had six tackles or more in eight games and at least one tackle for loss in nine games. He was CU’s defensive player of the week for the Kansas State game, when he had four tackles (one solo), a forced fumble, and the second most hurries for a single game in school history—seven. He closed his career with nine tackles at Nebraska, which including eight solo stops, three for losses and two sacks. His 242 career tackles rank 35th at Colorado.
2007 (Jr.)—He started all 13 games including the Independence Bowl at the “sam” outside linebacker position, playing steady all season long as he got the job done without a lot of flash. He posted 72 tackles on the year (45 solo), with six for losses including a pair of quarterback sacks. He also had nine third down stops, seven hurries, five tackles for zero and three passes broken up. Though it didn’t count in the statistics, he had a huge sack at Texas Tech, thwarting a two-point conversion try that kept the Buff lead at 12 (31-19) in the second half. He matched his career high with 10 tackles (seven solo) at Arizona State, and he posted nine stops against Missouri and had eight on two occasions, versus Colorado State and Kansas. He had his sacks against Texas Tech and Nebraska. He earned CU’s Male Athlete of the Week honors for the Miami-Ohio game, when he had six tackles (four solo), one tackle for loss, another for zero, two hurries and two third down stops. He added two unassisted tackles on special teams duty. In the bowl game against Alabama, he had 10 tackles, seven solo and two for losses, with a pass broken up.
2006 (Soph.)—Played in all 12 games, starting 11 (only non-start came when CU opened in a nickel defense against Texas Tech. In playing the fourth most snaps from scrimmage on defense (644), he finished third on the team in tackles with 72 (41 solo). He had five or more tackles in nine games, including a season- and career-high 10 in the win over Iowa State. He had nine in the loss to Baylor, with a season best eight solo, with eight stops against Arizona State and seven each in the Georgia and Oklahoma games. Though he had a season-low two stops at Kansas, he did make his first career interception against the Jayhawks. He had six third down stops on the season, and he was credited with half a quarterback sack against Iowa State, the first of his career. He also had two hurries and a pass broken up.
2005 (Fr.-RS)—He played in all 13 games, including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts), seeing action for 198 plays from scrimmage. He had 20 tackles on the year, including 16 solo and one for a loss, to go with two third down stops, a quarterback hurry and pass broken up. He had a season and career high seven tackles (five unassisted) in the regular season game at Texas, and also posted three against Kansas and the Longhorns the second time around. He also had five special team points, as he recorded two tackles, one inside-the-20, and two knockdown blocks on returns.
2004 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any game action but practiced at outside linebacker the entire season.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior captain and team MVP, he was a first-team all-state selection and all-state Dream Team performer by the Detroit Free Press, when the Lansing State Journal also named him the Defensive Player of the Year. The runner-up for State Player of the Year (Class A), PrepStar selected him to its all-Midwest team as an athlete, while SuperPrep and Prep Football Report put him on their all-Midwest squads. PFR, who called him “an excellent defender with tremendous instincts,” also ranked him as the No. 62 player overall in the Midwest (12th LB), as he was a Lindy’s preseason Top 100 performer (one of 15 ‘backers). During his senior and junior years he earned first-team all-conference (Capitol Area Athletic Conference), all-area and all-area Dream Team honors by the Lansing State Journal. The Detroit Free Press made him an all-state special mention honoree his junior year, as he also earned a spot on the all-conference first-team when he was a sophomore. As a senior, he recorded 117 total tackles (79 solo), 18 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries (including one for a 70-yard touchdown), five forced fumbles, four interceptions (with one going for a 30-yard touchdown), 15 quarterback hurries and six pass deflections. On offense, where he also started at tight end, he reeled in 27 passes and five touchdowns for 501 yards. As a junior and dual starter once again, he compiled 110 total tackles (62 solo), 11 stuffs for loss, five sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, five quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and one blocked field goal. He also caught 12 balls and one touchdown totaling 280 yards. During his sophomore season, he finished with 99 total stops (42 solo), six tackles for loss, two sacks, one recovered fumble, one interception, three quarterback hurries and one pass deflection, while also netting one reception for 30 yards. Top games: In a win over Holt as a sophomore he had 18 tackles (13 solo), two tackles for loss and one pass deflection. Against Lowell in a six-point loss his senior year, he racked up 16 stops (13 solo), three tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble all while adding three receptions for 95 yards and one score. With a 38-37 victory over Haslett in 2003, he finished with 18 total tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception, which he returned for the 30-yard touchdown. He also totaled 85 yards and one touchdown on five catches. Under coach Jeff Smith, East Lansing was the 9-2 conference champs his senior year, 6-4 his junior season and 13-1 his sophomore year, losing in the second round of the state playoffs. He lettered four years in track, as he competed in the 200-meter dash (21.7 career best) and the 110 hurdles (14.32), earning all-area and all-regional runner-up honors as a junior. He also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore.
ACADEMICS—He graduated in December 2008 with a degree in Economics. He boasted a 3.1 grade point average in high school and was an honor roll student, and was named a Detroit Free-Press Scholar-Athlete for all sports in 2003-04.
PERSONAL—He was born April 1, 1986 in Lansing, Mich. His father (Don) played linebacker at Indiana from 1974-78, while an older brother (Preston) is a senior running back at Arizona State. Hobbies include swimming and playing the viola