Silver Spring, MD | 6034 | 260 | 4.73 | 2018
Versatile speed-rusher who possesses a quick first step and takes direct angles when in pursuit. Utilized in the ‘Buck’ position, which allows Maryland to put him in the best possible situations to get after the quarterback. He will line up with his hand in the dirt or sometimes standing up playing in the Terps hybrid defensive scheme. Coach DJ Durkin was known to use Dante Fowler in this role during his tenure at Florida. Needs to add bulk and strength, he can be pushed back rather easily by larger linemen. Earned the starting job in 2016 but the Terrapins defensive philosophy involves a rotation of players, which limits his opportunities and prevents him from matching the stat totals of some other prospects. Has been one of the most improved players on the team each season as he continues to hone his craft. The new coaching staff has been able to tap into his potential and maximize his play. Playing alongside Yannick Ngakoue and Quinton Jefferson, he was overshadowed and still developing early on during his collegiate career. He has now blossomed into a legitimate NFL prospect in his own right, who could rise into the top 100 if he continues to improve and test well.
2016: Appeared in all 13 games, making six starts … Led team w/ 14.0 TFLs and 9.0 sacks … Led all 3-4 outside linebackers in Big Ten with 30 pressures … Totaled 46 tackles.
2015: Appeared in all 12 games with three starts … totaled 23 tackles, and ranked third on team with 3.5 sacks and tied for fourth with 6.5 tackles for loss.
2014: Appeared in all 13 games and totaled 14 tackles including 1.0 TFL and 0.5 sack.
High School: Starred along the defensive line for a Falcon team that reached the WCAC Semifinals … selected as a participant in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl … named a Maryland Consensus All-State first team selection and a first team Private School All-State honoree … named to the American Family Insurance All-USA D.C. Team … named an honorable mention All-Met selection by The Washington Post … tabbed an All-WCAC first team selection … honored as a Montgomery Gazette first team selection … rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated the second-best prospect in the state of Maryland by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.com … coached by Bob Milloy.
Personal: Majoring in family science … Cousin of former NY Giants star, Osi Umenyiora.