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PRO CAREER: Enters second season after being drafted in the 1st round (8th overall) in the 2018 draft... Appeared in 16 games (14 starts), totaling 122 tackles, three pass defenses, one interception, one pass defense, one forced fumble, five sacks and eight tackles for loss ... recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap... recorded a career-high 13 tackles at Miami (10/14/17)... tied that career-high at Buffalo (11/4)... 107 tackles is second all-time among Bears rookies... recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game.
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2018- All-Rookie team (ESPN.com).
2018 SEASON: Appeared in 16 games (14 starts), recording team-high 122 tackles (two shy of the Bears rookie record), four passes defensed, one interception, five sacks and eight tackles-for-loss ... recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap at GB ... recorded a season-high 13 tackles at Miami (10/14) ... tied that season-high at Buffalo (11/4) ... 107 tackles is second all-time among Bears rookies ... recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game.
COLLEGE: Unanimous 2017 First Team All-American, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and winner of the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding linebacker ... also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which are presented to the country’s top overall defensive player ... became first Georgia player to win Butkus Award, given to the nation’s best linebacker ... MVP of the 2017 SEC Championship game.
PERSONAL: Played at Macon County High School in Montezuma, Ga. … competed in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game … PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #61 nationally on its Top 150 Dream Team … ESPN.com four-star prospect, #29 player nationally, #2 OLB nationally, #5 player in Georgia.