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OUTLOOK: Transitioned from cornerback to safety in 2013 while also serving as the backup at the star position ... developed an ever-increasing role for the Alabama defense as a true freshman in 2012 ... has played in 25 games at Alabama and making two starts as the nickel cornerback late in the 2012 season ... primed for an opportunity to compete for a starting job at safety in 2014.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Played in 12 games in a reserve role in the secondary ... a backup at the star position (nickel back) and free safety ... registered 10 tackles with four pass breakups. Colorado State: Recorded his first tackle of the season, a solo stop, in 31-6 victory over the Rams. Georgia State: Made two tackles and knocked down a pass in extended work at safety against the Panthers. Kentucky: Registered his second pass defended of the season against the Wildcats. Arkansas: Recorded a career-high three solo tackles off the bench against the Razorbacks. Mississippi State: Logged one solo tackle and a pass breakup in the Crimson Tide victory. Chattanooga: Made two tackles in a reserve role at safety and as the Tide's dime defender ... broke up his fourth pass of the season and added half of a tackle for loss (1 yard) ... garnered Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week accolades. Auburn: Came off the bench to made one assisted tackle that was for a loss of one yard.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 13 games and earned two starts as a true freshman, recording nine tackles with four solo stops ... also broke up two passes. Arkansas: Recorded two solo tackles against the Razorbacks. Florida Atlantic: Assisted on two tackles in win over the Owls. Tennessee: Assisted on one tackle in the victory against the Vols. Mississippi State: Assisted on one tackle in the win against the Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Assisted on one stop in the shutout. Auburn: Assisted on a two-yard tackle for loss in the shutout win in the Iron Bowl. Georgia: Broke up a pass as starter in the SEC Championship Game. Notre Dame: Came off the bench and made one solo stop.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Gave Alabama a top-flight cornerback prospect with excellent cover skills ... the Atlanta-area star from St. Pius X was a consensus four-star talent ... ESPNU tabbed him as the nation's second-best cornerback and the No. 31 player in the 2012 ESPNU 150 ... also the No. 16 prospect in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and the No. 3 player in the state of Georgia ... 247sports.com rated him as the No. 66 player in the Top247, the No. 6 cornerback and the No. 5 player in the state ... 88th in the Rivals100 and the service's No. 8 corner as well as the No. 4 talent in Georgia ... Scout.com had him at No. 8 among cornerbacks ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 3 player in the state of Georgia ... also SuperPrep's No. 10 defensive back (corners and safeties) prospect ... No. 66 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 5 defensive back ... a two-time first team GSWA AAA All-State selection ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 ... MaxPrep 2011 U.S. Air Force Medium Schools All-American ... No. 23 in Tom Lemming's MaxPrep's Top 100 and the No. 2 cornerback ... No. 18 on Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... as a senior in 2011, accounted for 80 tackles, three interceptions and more than 800 yards rushing on offense ... had eight interceptions as a junior and 14 pass breakups while making 47 tackles, three picks and 10 pass breakups as a sophomore in 2009 ... coached by Paul Standard at St. Pius X ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Southern California, Arkansas and Stanford.