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• The backbone of the Crimson Tide’s runstuffing defensive line and a regular in the opponent’s backfields • Watch lists for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy • Fourth on the team in tackles with 45 stops along the defensive front • Has 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack • Leads all defensive linemen with 44 stops on running plays • Second on the team in quarterback hurries with six • Has two pass breakups and recovered one fumble • Key cog in an Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.1 ypg), fourth in total defense (278.1 ypg), and seventh in pass efficiency defense (100.61) and scoring defense (15.3 ppg) • The senior is one of the top defensive line prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft – ranks sixth overall by ESPN’s Todd McShay and 17th by Mel Kiper
SENIOR (2015): Chose to return for his senior season after an outstanding junior campaign and has become the backbone of the Crimson Tide’s run-stuffing defensive front ... has 22 career starts in Tuscaloosa, including all 10 games this season ... fourth on the team in tackles with 45 total, including 44 rushing stops ... has 3.5 tackles for a loss (-7 yards), including one sack (-3 yards), two pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery ... earned defensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, ULM, Arkansas and Tennessee. Wisconsin: Was a force on the Crimson Tide defensive front, putting together five tackles including one unassisted and four assisted stops ... helped plug up the middle to limit the Badgers to just 40 yards rushing on 21 total attempts. Middle Tennessee: Stuffed up the middle and helped limit the Blue Raiders to 275 yards of total offense, only 86 on the ground ... recorded five tackles, including three unassisted stops ... also notched a quarterback hurry, pass breakup and one fumble recovery. Ole Miss: Recorded five stops once again for the third consecutive game while also hurrying the quarterback once ... was a key part of the Alabama defensive front that limited the Rebels to just 92 yards rushing. ULM: Put pressure on the Warhawk quarterback all afternoon, recording one sack (-3 yards), a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup ... finished with five total tackles with two going for a loss (-4 yards). Georgia: Showed his consistency along the line once again, collecting eight tackles to tie for the team lead in stops ... helped limit the Bulldogs to 299 yards on offense, nearly 200 yards below their season average. Arkansas: Finished his night with four tackles, including half a tackle for a loss (-1 yard) ... was key to clogging up the middle and limiting the Razorbacks to only 44 yards rushing, 160 yards below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M: Made two stops along the defensive front, including 0.5 tackle for a loss (-1 yard), while adding one quarterback hurry ... helped limit the Aggies to a season-low 23 points. Tennessee: Recorded five stops, including half a tackle for a loss (-1 yard) ... helped anchor an Alabama front seven that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries by day’s end. LSU: Continued his consistent ways, collecting five tackles and one quarterback hurry against the Tigers ... was key in limiting the nation’s leading rusher, Leonard Fournette, to only 31 yards on 19 carries. Mississippi State: Recorded one assisted tackle ... helped limit the Bulldogs to only 89 yards rushing.
JUNIOR (2014): Earned All-SEC honorable mention from the Associated Press ... played in all 14 games with 13 starts ... finished with 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards), one sack (-1 yard) and five pass breakups ... had the most tackles by a defensive lineman since Wallace Gilberry in 2007 ... had 23 combined tackles against LSU and Mississippi State after 20 stops in the first eight contests ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Florida game. West Virginia: Made two tackles and batted down one Clint Trickett pass. FAU: Made one assisted tackle. Southern Miss: Had one solo stop against the Golden Eagles. Florida: Recorded a career-best five tackles with a tackle for loss (-2 yards) and broke up a pass. Ole Miss: Started and made two assisted tackles while breaking up one pass. Arkansas: Registered his first career sack while making a career-high five tackles -- all solo ... also batted down a career-best two passes at the line of scrimmage. Texas A&M: Started and made one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the SEC's top-ranked offense to just 172 total yards and a mere 31 yards rushing. Tennessee: Notched three tackles with a solo stop. LSU: Recorded a game- and career-high 15 tackles against the Tigers in Death Valley ... helped limit the nation's No. 14 team to just 3.3 yards per rush. Mississippi State: Made eight tackles against the top-ranked Bulldogs ... had seven assisted stops and half of a tackle for loss as the Tide held MSU to 117 rushing yards below its season average. Western Carolina: Had one solo tackle and helped limit the Catamounts to minus-eight yards rushing. Auburn: Recorded four total tackles in a 55-44 win over the No. 15 Tigers, including three solo stops and one tackle for loss (-2 yards). Missouri: Made four tackles with two solo stops while helping the Tide limit the Tigers to just 41 yards rushing ... made a career-best two tackles for loss (-7 yards). Ohio State: Registered three solo tackles against the Buckeyes.
PREVIOUS SCHOOLS AND PERSONAL DATA: Arrived at Alabama as one of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country, after starring at East Mississippi Community College ... earned NJCAA All-Region honors in 2013 while helping EMCC win the NJCAA national championship ... finished sixth on the 2013 EMCC team with 66 total stops, including 41 solo tackles ... added 5.5 tackles for loss (12 yards) and 3.5 sacks (7 yards) ... broke up two passes and recovered one fumble ... 247Sports tabbed him a four-star prospect and the No. 12 junior college player in the nation ... 247Sports also ranked him as the No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle and third-best junior college player in the state of Mississippi ... ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 247Sports Junior College Composite, No. 13 overall and No. 4 in Mississippi junior college ranks ... No. 27 in the Rivals JUCO Top 100 ... ranked 28th in the ESPN JC50 and the outlet's No. 7 defensive tackle ... a 2014 PrepStar JUCO All-American ... as a freshman at EMCC, recorded 35 tackles with 20 solo stops, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one sack while playing for head coach Buddy Stephens ... spent the 2011 season at Hargrave Military Academy ... as a senior at Goldsboro High School in 2010, recorded 118 tackles with four sacks while causing a fumble, recovering a fumble and blocking a kick ... chose Alabama over Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Kentucky.