Signed by Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, May 20, 2014…Waived by Raiders, Aug. 30, 2014…Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, Sept. 1, 2014…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Oct. 25, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
2014: Saw action in 10 games as a rookie, recording 13 tackles (eight solo)...Spent first six games on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Oct. 25...(10/26) at Cle.: Made NFL debut, seeing significant action on defense...Notched first two career tackles (one)...(11/2) at Sea.: Came free up the middle on a third-quarter punt, batting down a P Jon Ryan effort that was recovered in the end zone by WR Brice Butler for a Raiders TD...Added a tackle on kickoff coverage...(11/9) vs. Den.: Continued to see increased time on the defensive line, recording a personal-best two solo tackles...(11/16) at SD: Posted two tackles (one)...(11/20) vs. KC: Credited with two tackles (one) on defense...(11/30) at StL.: Saw significant action on defense, posting one solo tackle...(12/7) vs. SF: Played on defense and special teams...Recorded a special teams tackle on a second-quarter kickoff...(12/14) at KC: Credited with an assisted tackle on defense...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Posted one solo tackle...(12/28) at Den.: Notched two tackles (one) in the season finale.
COLLEGE: Played two years at Mississippi State after transferring from East Mississippi Community College…Played in 26 games with 23 starts…Finished two-year career with 73 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and six sacks…Also forced three fumbles…Started all 13 games as a senior, collecting 31 tackles and ranking second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss…Registered two sacks and eight quarterback hurries…Played in 13 games with 10 starts as a junior…Tallied 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and one INT…In two years at East Mississippi Community College, recorded 141 tackles, 16.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss…Helped lead Lions to a 12-0 record, state championship and NJCAA title…Named 2011 first-team NJCAA Football All-American…Rated No. 1 prospect on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s JUCO top-25 Most Wanted Prospect List…Posted 81 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 41 quarterback hurries as a sophomore…Also credited with four passes defensed and two forced fumbles…Named Defensive Line MVP of the MACJC North Division.
PERSONAL: Attended Albemarle (N.C.) High School…Played defensive end and right tackle…Led team to a 12-2 record and a 7-0 mark in league play…Averaged 10.1 tackles per game on defense…Finished senior season with 142 tackles and nine sacks…Also forced five fumbles and recovered four fumbles…Named the All-SNAP Defensive Player of the Year and the Rocky River Conference Player of the Year…Played in the NCCA East-West All-Star game…First name is pronounced duh-KNEE-co.