2010 - 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12
High-motor rush end who looks to factor significantly into the playing rotation in his final year wearing the black and gold ... Begins camp listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at one end position, behind returning starter Michael Sam ... An outstanding student who has been recognized conference academic honors in each of his previous three seasons.
Appeared in all 12 games as a junior, and was credited with six tackles on the season in all ... Closed the year with a season-high two tackles in the season finale at Texas A&M ... Also registered single tackles in games against Southeastern Louisiana, Arizona State, Alabama and at Tennessee ... Also was a valuable member of the kickoff return unit, and he fielded one sky kick against Syracuse which he advanced for a six-yard return.
Played in 12 games and earned a start against Arizona State on Sept. 9 ... Ended the year with 15 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks on the season ... Recorded his first career sack in the season opener against MIami (Ohio) ... Also forced a fumble against the RedHawks ... Had a career day against Western Illinois with four tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... Recorded three tackles against Arizona State and Iowa State and closed the year by making 1 tackle in the Independence Bowl against North Carolina ... Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree...
Made nice contributions in his first year of action, as he played in all 13 games and registered five tackles in all, with single stops in games versus San Diego State, Miami (Ohio), Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas ... Saw most of his action on special teams units, but began to see defensive snaps more and more throughout the year ... Did a great job in the classroom, as he won 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors for his efforts there ... Changed his jersey number to #55 during the spring, after wearing #95 in his first year in the Tiger program.
Spent his first year in the Tiger program getting acclimated to college ball, and was able to redshirt to help further his development ... Was a valuable contributor to the defensive scout team, where he often stood out during practices for his high energy style of play.
Starred at tradition-rich Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School, which produced former record-setting Tiger quarter Chase Daniel ... Was listed by Rivals.com as the No. 22 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation, and also the No. 77 overall prospect (any position) out of the state of Texas ... Tallied 65 tackles, with 15 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble in 2008, while scoring 2 defensive touchdowns for the Dragons ... Earned 1st-Team All-District and All-Area honors as a senior, and was also named a 2nd-Team Class 5A All-State defensive end selection ... Had 57 tackles as a junior, including 17 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, while being named 1st-Team All-District and All-Area ... Lettered on the Dragons' 2006 team which won the 5A state championship as well as the mythical national championship ... Also lettered in track as a shot-put specialist ... High school coach - Hal Wasson.