Selected by Atlanta Falcons in seventh round (210th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft, April 26, 2009...Signed first contract, June 5, 2009...Waived by Falcons, Sept. 5, 2009...Re-signed by Falcons to practice squad, Sept. 7, 2009...Signed by Falcons to active roster, Sept. 21, 2009...Re-signed by Falcons as exclusive-rights free agent, July 30, 2011...Re-signed by Falcons, March 23, 2012...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 18, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: Interior defensive lineman with postseason experience joined Raiders as an unrestricted free agent after playing first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons…Has played in 58 career games with 11 starts, totaling five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Has seen action in all 16 games in each of the past three seasons…Has played in four career playoff games, starting two postseason contests in 2012.
2012: Played in 16 games with a career-high nine starts at DT…Posted career highs with 32 tackles (21 solo) and three sacks…Also recorded a forced fumble…Totaled six tackles and one sack in two postseason contests…(9/17) vs. Den.: Sacked QB Peyton Manning on a third-and-9 play at the end of the second quarter, marking first sack of the season…(9/30) vs. Car.: Recorded a strip-sack of QB Cam Newton in a tight NFC South contest that resulted in a 30-20 Falcon win…Credited with three solo tackles…(10/28) at Phi.: Made first start of the season at DT…(12/9) at Car.: Sacked Newton again, dropping the Carolina QB for a 7-yard loss in the second quarter…(12/30) vs. TB: Started sixth consecutive game at DT, marking a career-long stretch…Tied a career high with five tackles (four)…Stopped RB Doug Martin for a 2-yard loss on a second-quarter rushing attempt…Bottled up Martin again for no gain in the fourth quarter, a key play that help force a Buccaneer punt in a tight contest…Postseason: (1/13/13) vs. Sea.: Made first career postseason start in NFC Divisional Playoff game…Totaled four tackles (three) and one sack…Sacked Seattle QB Russell Wilson in second quarter…(1/20/13) vs. SF: Started at DT and posted two tackles (one)…Wrapped up RB Frank Gore for a 2-yard loss late in the fourth quarter.
2011: Saw action in all 16 games for the second straight season…Totaled 18 tackles (13 solo), two sacks and one forced fumble…(10/9) vs. GB: Pounced on a first-quarter fumble by RB Ryan Grant, setting up an eventual touchdown that staked Atlanta to a 14-0 lead…(10/16) vs. Car.: Credited with three solo tackles…(12/4) at Hou.: Created a first-quarter turnover, forcing a fumble on a sack of QB T.J. Yates…Play marked first career sack and forced fumble…(12/26) at NO: Sacked QB Drew Brees on a first-down play in the second quarter…Postseason: (1/8/12) at NYG: Saw reserve action in NFC Divisional Playoff game.
2010: Played in 16 games with one start…Registered 16 tackles (11 solo)…(9/12) at Pit.: Started season opener at DT…(10/24) vs. Cin.: Established a career best with five tackles (four)…Had two tackles for loss, stopping RB Cedric Benson for losses in the second and fourth quarters…Corralled Benson again for no gain in the third quarter, helping hold the Bengals to a field-goal attempt…Postseason: (1/15/11) vs. GB: Made postseason debut in NFC Divisional Playoff game.
2009: Saw action in 10 games with one start as a rookie…Posted eight tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed…Signed from Falcons practice squad on Sept. 21…Inactive for four games…(11/2) at NO: Made NFL debut…Credited with two tackles (one) and first career pass defensed…(11/8) vs. Was.: Recorded three solo tackles…(1/3/10) at TB: Made first career start.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Georgia Tech, seeing action in 49 games with 29 starts…Racked up 110 career tackles (69 solo), 13 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…A first-team All-ACC selection as a senior and a finalist for the 2008 Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player…A preseason All-American selection by Sports Illustrated and the ACC Midseason Defensive MVP according to ESPN.com…Finished senior season with 33 tackles, 8 ½ tackles for loss and three sacks…Earned first-team All-ACC honors and Associated Press third-team All-American recognition as a junior…Totaled 8 ½ sacks, marking the 12th-highest single-season total in program history…Totaled 45 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Played in 14 games with two starts as a sophomore, recording 17 tackles (nine) and a half-sack…Played in 10 games with two starts as a freshman, registering 15 tackles and one sack…Majored in management.
PERSONAL: Attended Fort Mill (S.C.) High School…Recorded 17.5 sacks and 41 tackles for loss as a senior…A third-team all-state selection by the Columbia State…Named to the Charlotte Observer’s first-team and the all-Upper South Carolina first team…An all-region and all-area selection by the Rock Hill Herald…A member of South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team…Served a Thanksgiving lunch to Atlanta’s less fortunate at Crossroads Community Ministries in 2010…Part of a group of Falcon defensive linemen that treated children from the Atlanta Urban Ministries to a holiday shopping spree at WalMart in 2010.