Selected by Oakland Raiders in sixth round (205th overall) of 2013 NFL Draft, April 27, 2013.
At a glance
2013: Imposing interior lineman made significant contributions in first NFL season...Played in 15 games, starting five of the final seven games at NT...Posted 20 tackles (14 solo) with a half-sack and one fumble recovery...(9/8) at Ind.: Made NFL debut in a reserve role...Posted one solo tackle...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Recorded two tackles (one)...(9/23) at Den.: Played in a reserve role on the defensive line, notching two tackles (one)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Saw action as a reserve...(10/6) vs. SD: Inactive due to a shoulder injury...(10/13) at KC: Posted a solo tackle...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Earned first-career sack, sharing a third-quarter sack with LB Sio Moore...Wrapped up QB Ben Roethlisberger’s legs on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, dropping the quarterback for a 9-yard loss...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Posted one solo stop...(11/10) at NYG: Saw increased action at NT...Notched two tackles (one)...(11/17) at Hou.: Made first career start at NT...Pressured QB Case Keenum in the end zone, forcing a first-quarter interception by LB Nick Roach...Totaled a season-high three tackles (two)...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Started second-straight game, posting two tackles (one)...(11/28) at Dal.: Assisted on one tackle...(12/8) at NYJ: Started fourth straight game and assisted on two tackles...(12/15) vs. KC: Recovered first-career fumble, pouncing on a loose ball following a fourth-quarter strip-sack of QB Alex Smith by DE Jason Hunter...Added two solo tackles...(12/22) at SD: Started at NT and posted three tackles (one)...(12/29) vs. Den.: Recorded three tackles (two), including a third-quarter stop of RB Montee Ball for a 1-yard loss.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Oklahoma...Played in 34 games with 15 starts...Totaled 63 tackles (29 solo), 2.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss...As a senior, played in six contests, recording 14 tackles (six) and one sack...Added 2.5 tackles for loss...Member of the defensive tackle rotation as a junior, playing in 12 games with four starts...Totaled 22 tackles (eight) and 1.5 sacks...Credited with 3.5 tackles for loss...Made first start of the year vs. Texas Tech and recorded four tackles and one sack...As a sophomore, recorded career highs with 14 games played and 11 starts...Established career-bests with 26 tackles (15) and 3.5 tackles for loss...Racked up eight tackles vs. Air Force...Posted a career-high two tackles for loss at Cincinnati...Saw action in two games as a reserve defensive lineman as a redshirt freshman...Human Relations major.
PERSONAL: Attended Muskogee (Okla.) High School...Selected to the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman all-state teams...Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Muskogee Phoenix...Totaled 160 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 13 sacks for his career...Added six interceptions and 21 passes defensed...As a senior, recorded 98 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks...Also registered two interceptions, eight passes defensed and three forced fumbles...Ranked the No. 2 player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com and No. 8 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com...Ranked No. 11 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...Named No. 15 defensive lineman in the nation by ESPN and the No. 86 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com.