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Montgomery, AL | 5115 | 233 | 4.68E | 2018
Team leader and captain. Serves as the quarterback of the Crimson Tide defensive, making pre-snap reads and rarely coming off the field. A solid forum tackler who can make plays in the open field—can cover the field sideline-to-sideline and has been asked to cover slot receivers and backs coming out of the backfield. Alabama lined up in nickel formation on more than half of their pays in 2016, so he was asked to cover quite a bit and proved to be dependable in that role. “He’s one of those guys you can certainly depend on to make the right choice, the right decision, be in the right place relative to what his responsibility is,” head coach Nick Saban stated. “It’s not surprising to me that he’s had the production that he’s had.” Can hold his ground against bigger, stronger offensive lineman, doesn’t get tangled in the web, although there are times where he’s bouncing around like a ping pong ball in the trenches. Suffered a torn right ACL during the 2016 SEC Championship Game, ending his season in December. He did not play much his first two seasons, so NFL scouts will want to see that he can get through a full season healthy.
2017 (Senior) Returns from a shortened junior season after suffering a knee injury in the SEC Championship Game … ranks second on the team in total tackles (34) while leading the team in tackles for loss with 5.5 (-22 yards) … 23 of his stops have come against the run, a total that ties for second on the team … added 2.5 sacks (-17 yards), two quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and one forced fumble to his senior totals … tabbed to the Butkus Award Preseason Watch List … selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the season opener against Florida State … earned defensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his play in the Florida State and Arkansas games. Florida State: Totaled a team-high eight tackles in his first game back from injury … set a new career-high for tackles for loss with 3.5 (-8 yards), the most TFLs in a single game by a member of the Tide since Javier Arenas had 4.5 vs. Tennessee in 2009 … added one sack (-4 yards) … helped limit the potent FSU offense to only 250 yard … earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week and defensive player of the week recognition from the Tide coaching staff for his performance. Fresno State: Finished with one tackle against the Bulldogs in limited playing time as the Tide built an early lead. Colorado State:Tied for second on the team with six tackles on the night … all six stops came against the run as the Crimson Tide held CSU to 144 yards on the ground. Vanderbilt:Led the Alabama defense in tackles with five stops … also broke up one pass against the Commodores … directed a defense up front that held VU to only 78 yards of total offense and just three first downs on the day. Ole Miss: Collected three tackles with half a stop for a loss (-1 yard) … added a career-high two quarterback pressures, blitzing from his linebacker spot … helped limit the Rebels to 253 yards of total offense, well below their season average entering the contest. Texas A&M:Finished with five tackles against the Aggies, four of which came against the run … forced one fumble that was recovered by the Tide to stop the A&M drive at midfield … captained a linebacking corps that helped hold the Aggies to only 71 yards on the ground and 308 yards of total offense, well below their season averages entering the contest. Arkansas: Tied for second on the team in tackles with six stops against the Hogs … collected a career-high 1.5 sacks (-13 yards) as the Tide spent the night in the Arkansas backfield … was key in limiting the Razorbacks to only nine points and 227 yards of total offense … earned defensive player of the week honors from the Tide coaches for his efforts.
2016 (Junior) Earned the starting job at middle linebacker opposite Butkus Award winner Reuben Foster … suffered a season-ending knee injury in the SEC Championship Game against Florida … before his injury, ranked third on the team in tackles with 64, including nine tackles for loss (-32 yards) … added two sacks (-17 yards) … a key run stopper from his middle linebacker spot, collected 52 of his stops against the rush … also had two interceptions on the season with 40 yards in returns … named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his performances against Kentucky, at Arkansas and against Auburn. USC: Finished the season opener with five tackles, including a career-high two for loss (-5 yards) … helped limit the Trojan rushing attack to only 64 yards on the ground. Western Kentucky: Collected four tackles by day’s end … helped limit the high-powered WKU offense to 239 yards, including 23 on the ground. Ole Miss: Registered a career-high seven tackles, including two for loss (-10 yards) … also had one sack (-8 yards), the first of his career. Kent State: Notched one tackle in one half of play against the Golden Flashes … helped limit the KSU offense to only 166 yards. Kentucky: Set a then career-high total for tackles with eight stops against the Wildcats … helped limit the UK offense to only 161 yards. Arkansas: Topped his career high in tackles for the second consecutive week, finishing with nine stops against the Razorbacks … had 1.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and one sack (-9 yards) … added his first career forced fumble. Tennessee: Tied his career-high mark with two tackles for loss (-7 yards) as part of his six-tackle day in Knoxville … led a defensive unit that limited the Volunteer offense to only 163 total yards. Texas A&M: Came off the bench for the Tide but did not record any tackles. LSU: Returned to his starting role, making seven stops to rank third on the team … added a pair of half tackles for loss, stopping Leonard Fournette in the Tiger backfield on two occasions … helped limit the LSU offense to only 125 yards of total offense, including 33 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Mississippi State: Recorded three tackles while adding his first quarterback hurry and pass breakup of the season … helped limit the Bulldog rushing attack to only 94 yards. Chattanooga: Totaled five tackles against the Mocs … helped limit UTC to 184 yards of total offense, including 70 yards rushing. Auburn:Earned UA coaches’ defensive player of the week honors for his performance against the Tigers … tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including half a tackle for loss … added his first career interception, turning around in coverage to pick off the AU pass early in the fourth quarter … helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards … Alabama also held the Tigers — who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing — to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average. Florida: Suffered a season-ending knee injury just before the half against the Gators … picked off his second pass of the season, returning the interception 40 yards to put the Crimson Tide inside the UF red zone, eventually leading to UA’s first points of the day … also added one tackle.
2015 (Sophomore) Earned five starts and saw action in every game as a sophomore, notching 27 tackles in the process … named one of the defensive players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his efforts against Charleston Southern. Wisconsin: Earned his first career start at linebacker, finishing with six tackles to tie for second on the team in stops … helped plug up the middle to limit the Badger offense to just 40 yards rushing on 21 total attempts. Middle Tennessee: Came off the bench to collect two tackles … helped limit the Blue Raider offense to 275 yards. Ole Miss: Provided depth to the linebacker corps, but did not record any stats against the Rebels. ULM: Collected three tackles in a reserve role … helped limit the Warhawks to 92 yards of total offense, including only nine rushing. Georgia: Came up big in Athens, notching five tackles … helped limit a Bulldog offense that was averaging 45.5 points per game to just 10 by day’s end. Arkansas: Had one stop and one quarterback hurry against the Razorbacks … helped limit the Hogs to only 220 yards, more than 250 yards below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M:Played but was ejected following a targeting penalty in the second quarter. Tennessee: Saw limited time after having to sit early in the game due to a targeting penalty in the previous contest … did not record any tackles in his shortened action. LSU: Made the start at linebacker, finishing with one tackle … helped hold the Tiger offense to 182 yards, nearly 250 below their season average. Mississippi State: Recorded one tackle against the Bulldogs. Charleston Southern: Earned his fourth start of the season … collected three tackles, including one for a loss (-2 yards), in his limited playing time. Auburn: Came off the bench to provide depth at linebacker … did not record any stats against the Tigers. Florida: Made two stops in his fifth start of the season … helped limit the Gator offense to 180 total yards, including only 15 rushing yards. Michigan State: Totaled three tackles with half a tackle for loss (-1 yard) and one pass breakup … helped limit the Spartan offense to 239 yards, 158 yards below their season average. Clemson: Entered in a reserve role but did not record any stops.
2014 (Freshman) A reserve linebacker who came off the bench in his first appearance in the crimson and white against West Virginia … started on the kickoff coverage unit for the Tide and made appearances in all 14 games with three tackles on the season … earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the Iron Bowl.West Virginia: Recorded one assisted tackle off the bench against the Mountaineers. Texas A&M: Came off the bench and made two tackles … helped limit the SEC’s top-ranked offense to just 172 yards.
High School and Personal Data Was an early enrollee for the Crimson Tide, after joining the squad in January of 2014 … selected to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … four-star prospect … invited to Nike’s “The Opening” … No. 75 in the Rivals100 and the outlet’s No. 6 inside linebacker … also tabbed as the No. 6 player in Alabama by Rivals … ESPN ranked him the sixth-best inside linebacker nationally while rating him 102nd in the ESPN300, No. 7 in the state and No. 56 in the Southeast Region … the 247Sports Composite rankings listed him as the No. 9 inside linebacker and the No. 8 player in Alabama … No. 203 in the 247Sports Top247 … No. 22 middle linebacker by Scout.com … four-star member of the PrepStar Top 300 All-American list … ranked the No. 15 linebacker in the class of 2014 and 153rd overall … first team Alabama Sports Writers Association 6A All-State as a senior … member of the AL.com 2013 Super All-State Team … No. 6 on AL.com’s 2014 A-List … recorded 119 tackles as a senior at Carver High School for head coach Billy Gresham … added four sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and blocked a punt in that 2013 season … played in the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … also a 2012 ASWA first team 6A All-State selection after making 123 tackles … chose Alabama over Auburn, Southern California, Tennessee and Arizona State.