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Stroudsburg, PA | 6036 | 300 | 5.30E | 2018
Strong, big man who generates a powerful push and gets offensive linemen moving backwards. Possesses the ability to disrupt the backfield and has shown improved burst as a senior with even more room for improvement. Has a good understanding of how to play his blocks and when to come off them, which makes him an effective run stuffing nose guard. Does a nice job of holding his ground but he allows opposing lineman to get all up in his chest too easily, which results in him losing the leverage battle in the trenches when that happens. His hand placement needs to be better, as he gets too wide at the point of attack—needs to get those mits inside upon initial engagement. Consistency and fundamentals have been two areas of focus that the coaching staff has harnessed on improving. He struggled with nagging injuries in 2016 but did not miss any time. Has a blocked kick on special teams in each of the past two seasons. Described as hard-working and passionate by coaches and teammates. High character, great attitude very coachable. Championship Club member for his relentless work ethic during the eight-week strength and conditioning offseason program. He’s a bully in the trenches but projects as a two-down player at the next level, which makes him a priority free agent.
2016: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts at nose tackle … named to the Academic All-Big Ten list (12/7) … made 30 tackles on the season with 3.5 for loss, one sack, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal … blocked a field goal and had three tackles with one for a loss versus Indiana (11/5).
2015: Started all 12 games at nose tackle … one of 22 in the program named Academic All-Big Ten (12/9) … finished third on the team with 5.5 tackles-for-loss … totaled 22 stops overall … earned first career start at nose tackle and in on a tackle-for-loss in the opening win over Norfolk State (9/5).
2014: Played in all 13 games on the defensive line.
2013: Played one game, recording a TFL … redshirted after suffering an injury.
High School: Played high school football for Joe Bernard at Stroudsburg … rated as the No. 30 prospect out of the state of Pennsylvania by Rivals … ranked three stars by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com … checked in as the No. 52 player on the East Coast and No. 39 at his position according to Scout … totaled 40 tackles – with 17 for loss – to go with two forced fumbles as a senior … helped lead the Mountaineers to back-to-back Mountain Valley Conference champions with a 10-2 record in his final season … accepted bid to play in the Chesapeake Bowl following the season … picked up 25 tackles and six sacks as a junior as part of a defensive unit that held opponents to an average of 13.4 points per game.
Personal: A journalism and media studies major as an undergraduate … a student in the labor studies graduate program.