Selected by Oakland Raiders in seventh round (230th overall) of 2012 NFL Draft, April 28, 2012.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Penn State and did not miss a game, playing in all 52 games from 2008-11…As a senior, played in 13 games and started nine – the season’s final nine contests – and ranked third on the team with 80 tackles…Had 5½ tackles for loss and two sacks…Also totaled five passes defensed and two fumble recoveries…As a junior, played in every game and made seven starts…Ranked third on team with 73 tackles, with 6½ tackles for loss and two sacks…Also had one interception, a forced fumble and four pass breakups…Had a team-high 10 tackles against Indiana…Matched that total against Michigan State and added a forced fumble…Named Academic All-Big for the third time…As a sophomore, totaled 31 tackles and first career interception …Played in every game as a freshman…Recorded 21 tackles and blocked two punts…Sociology major.
PERSONAL: Attended State College Area (Pa.) High School…Rated among the nation’s top 10 defensive end/outside linebacker prospects in 2006…Named Pennsylvania Defensive Player of the Year and the Mid-Penn Defensive MVP as a senior…Selected first-team Associated Press all-state as a junior and senior…Made 60 tackles with eight sacks as a senior…Added 91 career receptions as a tight end and wide receiver…Had 39 catches for 624 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior…A Big-33 selection in 2007…Led team to 2006 Pennsylvania Class AAAA state semifinals…Was a two-year starter in both basketball and lacrosse…Brother, Jonathan, played in 30 NFL games from 2009-10 with the Buffalo Bills…Uncle, Jeff Hostetler, played quarterback for the Raiders from 1993-96 and also played for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins…Volunteered with the Biletnikoff Golf Tournament for Take a Stand during June 2012.
Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff along with the Biletnikoff Foundation, joined with partners, program facilitators, city and county officials, and members of the Raiders organization for the grand re-opening. Over $500,000 was fundraised for this project with the help of Biletnikoff Foundation donors, partners and friends.