The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in fourth round (129th overall) of 2012 NFL Draft, April 28, 2012.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Versatile linebacker who contributes on defense and special teams…Has played in 22 games with 15 starts and totaled 142 tackles (86 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Was hampered by a knee injury for most of the 2013 campaign…Produced a standout rookie season, finishing among the NFL’s rookie leaders in tackles (138).
2013: Played in six games after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Nov. 20...Placed on the Reserve/PUP list on Aug. 27 following offseason knee surgery...Credited with four tackles (two solo) and one fumble recovery...Added one special teams tackle…(11/24) vs. Ten.: Made first appearance of the season, playing on special teams and at LB in place of an injured Kevin Burnett...Notched one solo tackle...(11/28) at Dal.: Assisted on one tackle on defense...(12/8) at NYJ: Saw limited action on defense in place of an injured Sio Moore...(12/15) vs. KC: Posted a special teams tackle on punt coverage...(12/22) at SD: Recovered first career fumble following an errant snap to set up a Raiders TD drive in the second quarter...(12/29) vs. Den.: Saw time at OLB in place of an injured Kevin Burnett...Posted two tackles (one).
2012: Played in all 16 games, with 15 starts…Finished among the NFL’s rookie leaders in both defensive snaps (867) and total tackles (138, 84 solo)…Also had 1.5 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble…His 138 stops were the most by a Raiders rookie since at least 1994, when tackles stats were first kept consistently…(9/10) vs. SD: Started his NFL debut, at WLB, and led the team with 12 stops (nine solo)…(9/16) at Mia.: Credited with six tackles (three solo) and a forced fumble…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Helped force a key punt by breaking up a pass on Pittsburgh’s final drive, helping set up K Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning field goal…(10/14) at Atl.: Played most of the game as one of two LBs in nickel package, en route to a team-leading 11 tackles (four)…(10/21) vs. Jac.: Enjoyed one of the best games of his early career as Oakland shut down the Jags in the second half of 26-23 overtime win…Totaled 13 tackles (eight) and one sack…Posted his first NFL sack, dropping QB Chad Henne for a 10-yard loss…(11/25) at Cin.: Posted season highs in total tackles (14) and solo stops (11)…Stopped RB Cedric Peerman for no gain midway through second quarter, then played a central role in a goal-line stand early in fourth quarter, helping Raiders hold Bengals to field goal after a first-and-goal from the 1…(12/16) vs. KC: Played a major role in Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years…Helped limit the Chiefs to 119 total yards, fewest by a Raiders defense since 1975…Also helped Oakland match its franchise record by allowing just 10 rushing yards…(12/23) at Car.: Played a big role in helping neutralize QB Cam Newton, posting 11 tackles (six solo), one sack and his first career interception…Picked off Newton on the final play of the third quarter, ending the QB’s franchise-record streak of passes without an INT at 176…Earlier, combined with Andre Carter for a sack…(12/30) at SD: Posted nine tackles (five) in the season finale.
COLLEGE: A two-time All-Mountain West first-team selection at San Diego State, was named the 2011-12 SDSU Student-Athlete of the Year…Also garnered academic all-conference honors three times…A preseason first-team all-conference choice by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon, Lindy’s Sports, Mountain West media, Phil Steele and The Sporting News, also was rated No. 7 nationally at his position by Lindy’s…As a senior, named first-team All-Mountain West for by coaches and media…Led team with 78 tackles, including 46 solo stops 19½ tackles for loss and eight sacks…Recovered three fumbles…As a junior in 2010, named first-team All-Mountain West by coaches and media, and Phil Steele…His team’s co-defensive player of the year, led the MW with 9.5 sacks, tied for seventh in program single-season history…Led team with 80 tackles…Had a standout effort in the conference opener against BYU, recording a pair of sacks, forcing a fumble and ending up with six tackles…Against Colorado State, posted career-high marks in tackles (10), sacks (two), tackles for loss (four) and forced fumbles (two) to earn MW Defensive Player of the Week honors…Made six total tackles with one TFL in the Poinsettia Bowl win over Navy…Team’s second-leading tackler with 58 stops as a sophomore…Ranked third on the team in tackles for loss with six…Started all 12 contests…As a freshman, saw first playing time against Cal Poly and Notre Dame, on special teams…Majored in business management.
PERSONAL: Attended Granite Bay (Calif.) High School, a two-hour drive from O.co Coliseum…A two-time All-Metropolitan League selection, was Granite Bay’s Defensive Player of the Year following both junior and senior campaigns…Father, Jim, played football at Oregon State and once sacked Dan Fouts (Oregon)…As a senior, recorded 120 tackles and added 6.5 sacks to become Granite Bay’s all-time leading tackler…As a junior, tallied 90 stops, including three sacks, and four fumble recoveries…Volunteered his time for Take a Stand at the Biletnikoff Golf Tournament in June 2012…Visited the Oakland Children’s Hospital in both November 2012 and April 2013, and made a Toys for Tots appearance during the holidays.