COLLEGE: Played two years at Illinois after transferring from Globe Institute of Technology (New York)…Totaled 104 tackles, 4.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and three passes defensed in 25 games at Illinois…Started all 12 games on the defensive line as a senior, playing both defensive end and defensive tackle…Totaled 53 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and fumble recovery…Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention…Named to the Ted Hendricks Award midseason watch list…Tallied a career-high 11 tackles, including nine solo at Iowa…Record a sack for an 8-yard loss at Penn State…Posted nine tackles and a fumble recovery against Middle Tennessee…Forced a fumble against Wisconsin...As a junior, started all 13 games at defensive end…Totaled 51 tackles, three sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed on the season… Four fumble recoveries ranked second in FBS and led the Big Ten…Named an All-Big Ten honorable mention honoree…Voted Illinois’ Defensive Newcomer of the Year…Recorded one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery at Northwestern…Recorded six tackles, a career-high two tackles for loss, one sack and one QB hurry against Penn State…Had a fumble recovery against Minnesota…Recorded five tackles in his Illini debut against Youngstown State…Played in seven games in 2013 at Globe Tech, racking up 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks…Ranked the No. 6 junior college player in the nation by 247Sports.com, No. 23 by Scout.com and No. 35 by ESPN.com…Majored in sports management.
PERSONAL: Attended Edward W. Bok Technical High School in Philadelphia, Pa. …Also played wide receiver in high school…Named first-team All-City in 2011 and second-team All-City in 2010.
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