TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Raiders in the third round (80th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft, April 30, 2021.
In 2021, played in all 17 games with five starts as a rookie, finishing with 39 tackles (24 solo) and one pass defensed.
Appeared in 51 games with 39 starts during his career at Virginia Tech, totaling 206 tackles (117 solo), 0.5 sacks, six INTs, 17 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
As a senior in 2020, started nine games and earned first-team All-ACC honors after recording 55 stops (32), four INTs and one fumble recovery.
2021: Played in all 17 games with five starts as a rookie, finishing with 39 tackles (24 solo) and one pass defensed...(9/13) vs. Bal.: Made his NFL debut, appearing exclusively on special teams...(9/19) at Pit.: Appeared exclusively on special teams in the win...(9/26) vs. Mia.: Saw action in a reserve role on defense, recording one tackle...Also appeared on special teams...(10/4) at LAC: Appeared exclusively on special teams...(10/10) vs. Chi.: Saw action exclusively on special teams...(10/17) at Den.: Appeared exclusively on special teams...(10/24) vs. Phi.: Saw action exclusively on special teams in the win...(11/7) at NYG: Appeared exclusively on special teams...(11/14) vs. KC: Saw limited action on defense and contributed one tackle on special teams...(11/25) at Dal.: Saw extensive action on special teams...(12/5) vs. Was.: Finished with a career-high 10 tackles (seven)...Added one stop on special teams...(12/12) at KC: Finished second on the team with nine tackles (four)...Added one stop on special teams...(12/20) at Cle.: Finished with four tackles (two) in the win...(12/26) vs. Den.: Recorded on tackle on defense...(1/2/22) at Ind.: Led the team with nine tackles (nine), adding one pass defensed...(1/9/22) vs. LAC: Recorded five tackles (two) on defense, while adding one stop and one fumble recovery on special teams...Postseason: (1/15/22) at Cin.: Finished second on the team with eight tackles (three) in his first postseason appearance.
COLLEGE: Spent five years at Virginia Tech from 2016-20, appearing in 51 games with 39 starts…Finished his collegiate career with 206 tackles (117 solo), 0.5 sacks, six INTs, 17 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…In 2020, earned first-team All-ACC after starting nine games and recoding 55 tackles (32), four INTs and one fumble recovery…In 2019, started all 13 games at free safety and finished second on the team with a career‐best 84 tackles (42)...Also registered one INT, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery which was returned 98 yards for a TD...In 2018, started all 11 games in which he played and totaled 55 tackles (35), two passes defensed and one fumble recovery…In 2017, appeared in four games and totaled eight tackles, one INT and three passes defensed…In 2016, played in all 14 games and recorded four tackles and one forced fumble…Majored in consumer studies.
PERSONAL: Attended Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. …Rated as a four‐star recruit by ESPN and the 172nd player in the 2016 ESPN Top 300…Ranked the No. 9 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 22 wide receiver in the country by ESPN…Rivals.com listed him No. 70 by position and No. 20 overall in the state…Scout.com ranked him the third‐best position player in the state and No. 107 in the country, while 247Sports.com listed him at No. 178 by position and the 50th‐best player in the state…Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina's…Three‐time Central‐Piedmont 4A all‐conference selection…Had 10 TDs, averaging over 21 yards per reception, and added one INT as a senior… Averaged 18 yards a catch for more than 700 yards as a junior…Earned All‐Northwest Conference honors as a senior.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS: Special Teams Tackles – 6 in 2021; NFL Totals: 6.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: TACKLES: Total – 10, 12/5/21 vs. Was. Solo – 7, 12/5/21 vs. Was. Passes Defensed – 1, 1/2/22 at Ind.