Coach Saban & the Crimson Tide Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
SOPHOMORE (2015): A talented sophomore who has continued to improve each week this season as he works for a prominent role at defensive end ... ranks tied for third on the team with 2.5 sacks on the season ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his efforts against ULM. Wisconsin: Entered in a reserve role to record a tackle. Middle Tennessee: Provided depth on the Alabama defensive line, but did not record any stats. Ole Miss: Brought pressure on the Rebel quarterback, recording his first sack of the season for a loss of four yards. ULM: Created headaches for the Warhawk front, notching five tackles with a team-leading 1.5 sacks (-4 yards) and his first quarterback hurry of the season ... helped limit the ULM offense to just 92 yards of total offense. Georgia: Provided depth along the defensive front, entering in a reserve role against the Bulldogs but not recording any stats. Arkansas: Came off the bench to help with the Crimson Tide pass rush, but did not record any tackles. Texas A&M: Added depth along the defensive front but did not make any tackles ... brought pressure forcing the Aggie quarterbacks to toss four total interceptions. Tennessee: Came in as a pass rush specialist, putting together a quarterback hurry against the Vols ... provided depth in an Alabama pass rush rotation that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries by day’s end. LSU: Saw time off the bench but did not record any stats. Mississippi State: Put together his best performance against an SEC foe, finishing with three tackles, including 1.5 for a loss (-1 yard).
FRESHMAN (2014): A regular in the Crimson Tide defensive line rotation ... played in nine games ... the true freshman defensive end finished with seven tackles on the year, including four solo stops and two sacks (-10 yards) ... missed the Arkansas game with injury but returned against Texas A&M. West Virginia: Made one solo tackle in his first game for the Crimson Tide. FAU: Recorded one assisted tackle against the Owls. Southern Miss: Recorded one solo tackle against the Golden Eagles. Texas A&M: Credited with his first career sack (-1 yard) in a 59-0 win over the Aggies. Tennessee: Recorded his second sack of the season, dropping the Vols quarterback for a loss of nine yards. Missouri: Made two assisted tackles in the Tide's SEC Championship victory over the Tigers.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the elite prospects across all positions in the 2014 recruiting class ... Parade Magazine All-American ... selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game ... the No. 1 player in the Rivals100 ... 2012 and 2013 first team USA Today All-American ... unanimous five-star prospect ... No. 1 strong-side defensive end by Rivals.com and top player in the state of Virginia ... also Rivals 2012 Junior of the Year ... rated No. 5 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 7 in the 247Sports Top247, while ranking as the No. 1 strong-side defensive end and No. 1 player in the state ... a 247Sports All-American in both 2012 and 2013 ... No. 6 in the ESPN300 and the outlet's No. 2 defensive end ... No. 3 defensive end by Scout.com ... 2013 MaxPreps All-American ... five-star member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team ... ranked the No. 13 player in the class of 2014 and the No. 3 defensive end ... Virginia All-State selection as a junior and senior at Woodbridge High School, where he amassed 56 sacks during his four-year high school career ... All-Met Defensive Player of the Year ... also a Virginia state champion wrestler ... invited to "The Opening" on the Nike campus in Oregon ... recorded 16 sacks as a senior ... made 110 tackles with 40 tackles for loss as a junior while registering 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... had 84 tackles as a sophomore with 35 for loss and 21 sacks ... started the final six games of his freshman season, finishing with 65 tackles and three sacks ... coached by Karibi Dede at Woodbridge ... received more than 90 scholarship offers, ultimately choosing Alabama over Michigan and Florida.