Selected by Oakland Raiders in sixth round (190th overall) of 2010 NFL Draft, April 24, 2010…Signed first contract, July 15, 2010…Placed on reserve/injured (knee), Aug. 30, 2011.
CAREER: Young linebacker, slowed by injuries in first two NFL seasons…Saw action in eight games as a rookie in 2010.
2011: Suffered season-ending knee injury in training camp…Placed on injured reserve on 8/30.
2010: Saw action in eight games as a rookie…Inactive for first eight games of the season with back injury…Totaled four tackles on special teams…(11/7) vs. KC: Made NFL debut, seeing action on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played in 50 games with 41 starts in four seasons at Arizona State…Totaled 228 stops (143 solo), 19 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine passes defensed and three interceptions…Started all 12 games at strong-side linebacker for the third straight season as a senior, when he had 57 tackles (40 solo), seven for loss, two passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery…An honorable-mention All-Pac-10 selection, finished his ASU career by recording a career-high 10 tackles, with two passes defensed, against Arizona…Started all 12 games at outside linebacker as a junior, when he had 71 tackles (39 solo) and recorded his first two interceptions, one for a touchdown…Also totaled 7½ tackles for loss…Posted a season-high nine tackles in a victory over Stanford…Returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in second quarter of a win over UCLA, as the Sun Devils tied an NCAA record with four defensive TDs…Started all 13 games as a sophomore, when he finished second on the team with 71 tackles (43 solo) and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles…Also had 3½ tackles for loss, including one sack…In Holiday Bowl against Texas, led the team with a season-high nine tackles and forced a fumble…Played in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting four at outside linebacker…Earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors, and honorable-mention Freshman All-America recognition from The Sporting News…Recorded a sack in his first college game, vs. Northern Arizona.
PERSONAL: Attended Vista (Calif.) High School…Named first team all-state by Cal-Hi Sports…Played in the California-Florida All-Star Game…Named CIF San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year…First-team Hall of Champions All-San Diego Section…As a junior, was selected first-team Breitbard All-CIF…As a senior, had 155 tackles, including 14 for loss and eight sacks, with five interceptions (two for touchdowns), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Also played tight end…As a junior, helped the Panthers finish as the CIF San Diego Section Division I Co-Champions…Represented the Raiders at the Madden-Marriucci Battle in June 2012.