Newark, NJ | 6044 | 240 | 4.72E | 2018
Lines up low before the ball snap. Strategically moved by the coaching staff on both sides of the defensive line n order to create mismatches and maximize his strengths. Quick athleticism allows him to be a backfield disrupter. Has three career blocked kicks. Plays until end of the whistle. From ‘Brick City’ Newark, New Jersey, one of the toughest neighborhoods in the world. Situational player who has failed to grasp a hold of a starting job. Will sometimes over-pursue and lose containment. Doesn’t line up with his hand in the dirt much but possesses a long wingspan that often times blocks the quarterback’s vision. Missed an extended period of practice during August of 2017 prior to the season with an undisclosed injury. Missed all of spring practice in 2016 after undergoing two surgeries on his right shoulder this winter. He spent every spring practice riding an exercise bike while wearing a sling on his right arm. Hybrid rusher who uses his strength to push back opposing lineman in front him on a majority of his plays. Bull rush is go to move when attacking the quarterback, he’ll certainly need to expand his repertoire as he develops. Possible day one selection if he can learn how to maximize his potential but carries a day three grade until he can prove to do that.
2016: Played in eight games on the defensive line … picked up three tackles with two sacks … had a sack for an eight-yard loss in season finale at Maryland (11/26) … dropped the quarterback for a nine-yard loss against Indiana (11/5) … made season debut versus Iowa (9/24).
2015: Played in 11 games with one start at defensive end … totaled nine tackles on the season with three for a loss … collected two sacks with 10 additional quarterback hurries … added a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
2014: Played all 13 games at defensive end … named to the 14th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team … Scout Freshman All-America Second Team selection … earned a spot on the Big Ten Network All-Freshman Team … named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media (12/1) … led the team and ranked tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks … added four quarterback hurries … third on defense with 8.5 tackles-for-loss overall … tied for the nation’s lead with three blocked kicks … recorded two quarterback hurries in the Quick Lane Bowl (12/26) win over North Carolina.
2013: Did not see game action … redshirted.
High School: Played for coach Darnell Mangan at Barringer … Third Team All-State selection by the Star-Ledger … led New Jersey with 19 sacks as a senior … helped guide Barringer to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years … nine tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a safety in a 19-6 victory over Belleville … rated as a three-star recruit by Scout … recorded 105 tackles (28 for loss), 19 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior … did not play football as a sophomore or junior … played the sport as a freshman at East Orange … NJSIAA North II, Group I spring track and field champion in the triple jump and long jump as a junior … also played high school basketball.
Personal: An information technology and informatics major.