Signed by Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent, July 27, 2011…Waived by Cardinals, Sept. 2, 2011…Re-signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2011…Practice squad contract terminated by Cardinals, Nov. 1, 2011…Re-signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Nov. 22, 2011…Waived by Cardinals, Aug. 31, 2012…Re-signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2012…Signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Dec. 15, 2012…Waived by Cardinals, Dec. 17, 2012...Re-signed by Cardinals to practice squad, Dec. 19, 2012...Waived by Cardinals, Sept. 6, 2013...Signed by Oakland Raiders to practice squad, Nov. 20, 2013...Signed by Raiders to active roster, Dec. 14, 2013…Waived by Raiders, Aug. 30, 2014…Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, Sept. 1, 2014…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Nov. 26, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Young defensive lineman enters his second training camp with the Raiders…Appeared in five games for the Raiders in 2014, totaling nine tackles (six solo) and one sack…Joined Oakland‘s practice squad in November 2013 before being promoted to the active roster and playing in one game…Spent most of the 2011 and 2012 seasons on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad…Made the Cardinals’ practice squad as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
2014: Saw action in the final five games of the season after being promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 26…Totaled nine tackles (six solo) with one sack...(11/30) at StL.: Made season debut, seeing action on defense...(12/7) vs. SF: Saw limited time on defense...(12/14) at KC: Recorded first career sack, getting to QB Alex Smith for a 2-yard loss late in the third quarter...Established a career high with five tackles (four)...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Part of an impressive defensive effort as the Raiders limited Buffalo to just 13 rushing yards...Credited with three tackles (two)...(12/28) at Den.: Assisted on one tackle.
2013: Defensive lineman was signed to the Raiders’ practice squad on Nov. 20...Added to the active roster on Dec. 14 and saw action in one game...Spent the offseason and training camp with the Cardinals…(12/15) vs. KC: Made first appearance as a Raider and played in second NFL game, seeing action on defensive line.
2012 (with Ari.): Played in one game after spending the first 13 weeks of the season on the practice squad…Promoted to the active roster on Dec. 15…Released on Dec. 17 and re-signed to practice squad on Dec. 18…(12/16) vs. Det.: Made his NFL debut and had one solo tackle.
2011 (with Ari.): Spent most of the season on the Cardinals’ practice squad.
COLLEGE: Appeared in 44 career games with 29 starts at Kentucky and finished his career with 82 tackles, three sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery…Started all 13 games as a senior, totaling 21 tackles, one sack and 5.5 tackles for a loss…Had his most productive season as a junior in 2009 when he started all 13 games and had 26 tackles…As a sophomore in 2008, appeared in 11 games with two starts, totaling 17 tackles, a sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss despite battling a high ankle sprain…Appeared in seven games (one start) as a freshman in 2007 and posted 18 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack despite missing six games due to a hip injury…Redshirted in 2006…Majored in communications and leadership development.
PERSONAL: Attended Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tenn. …Was named “Mr. Football” for Class AAAA in Tennessee after a senior season that saw him post 101 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five passes defensed…Also earned All-State and All-Middle Tennessee honors…Was a two-time all-region and all-area selection.
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