COLLEGE CAREER: Started 39 of the 51 games he appeared in for the Scarlet Knights; one at nickel back/outside linebacker in 2009; 12 at free safety in 2010; 26 at weak-side outside linebacker from 2011-12… Recorded 387 tackles (211 solos) with 11.5sacks for minus 86 yards and 30.5 TFLs, in addition to posting 35 quarterback pressures… Deflected 16 passes and gained 117 yards on 7 INT returns (16.71 avg)… Caused 12 fumbles and recovered 5 others, advancing one 20 yards for a TD… Added 34 tackles (26 solos), 4 FFs and a pair of fumble recoveries and 42 first-downfield plays as a member of the punt and kickoff coverage units.
SENIOR: Earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honor after earning a share of the award in 2011, becoming the second player in conference history to win to claim the honor in consecutive seasons... Started all 13 games, making 136 tackles, including 12 TFLs… Notched 6 sacks and 2 INTs… Forced 6 fumbles… Associated Press All-America Third Team… Unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection at linebacker… Selected to ESPN.com's All-BIG EAST Team… Honored on CBSSports.com's All-BIG EAST Team… Selected as a Third Team All-American by CBSSports.com… Recognized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as a Second Team All-American… Second team All-America by Phil Steele… Named to the AT&T ESPN All-America team… Honored with the Homer Hazel Trophy (Team MVP) at Rutgers banquet… Named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award… Selected as a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team… Won the Maxwell Club's Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year…Selected as a 2012 team captain by his teammates… Invited to the Senior Bowl… Finished fifth in school history with 376 career tackles.
JUNIOR: Recorded one of the best defensive seasons in school history en route to BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors… 12th nationally and led the BIG EAST in tackles... 141 tackles ranked fifth in RU single-season history... Took to the role of outside linebacker naturally after switching from safety in spring practice.
SOPHOMORE: Started all 12 games at free safety… Fourth on the squad with 77 tackles… Led team with 3 INTs and also broke up 3 passes… Forced 4 fumbles.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN: Saw action in all 13 games with 33 tackles and tied for team lead with 2 INTs... Also recorded 2 sacks. Redshirted as a true freshman.
PERSONAL: Standout safety at Elizabeth High School for coach Chet Parlavecchio… Played one year of football at Avon Old Farms following his high school career… Finished season with 5 INTs and posted 315 yards receiving… Star-Ledger Third-Team All-State in 2006 at Elizabeth… Part of an 11-1 Minutemen squad that won the New Jersey North II, Group IV State Championship in 2006… Star-Ledger All-Union First Team selection at outside linebacker after totaling 117 tackles, including 68 solo stops, and 2 fumble recoveries for TDs in 2006.
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