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• A proven pass-rushing, run-stopping defensive end that has done it all for Alabama in 2015 • Candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s best defensive end • The junior leads the Crimson Tide in sacks with 9.0, ranking eighth in the nation and second in the SEC • All nine sacks have come against Power 5 competition and eight against ranked teams • Has a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss (-67 yards), ranking seventh in the SEC • Added four pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles • SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Mississippi State) • Three-time Alabama Defensive Player of the Week (Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Mississippi State) • Key cog in an Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.1 ypg), fourth in total defense (278.1 ypg), seventh in pass efficiency defense (100.61) and seventh in scoring defense (15.3 ppg)
JUNIOR (2015): One of the most productive defenders and best pass rushers along the Tide’s vaunted defensive front ... ranks eighth nationally and second in the SEC in sacks with .90 per game (nine sacks) ... recorded 25 tackles on the season with a team-leading 11.5 tackles for loss (-67 yards) ... added four pass breakups and five quarterback hurries ... all nine of his sacks have come against Power 5 competition with eight coming against ranked teams ... candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation’s best defensive end ... SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following Mississippi State game ... named one of the Alabama coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his efforts against Wisconsin in the season opener, at Texas A&M and at Mississippi State. Wisconsin: Was a force on the defensive line, finishing the season opener with three total tackles, including a career-high two sacks for -15 yards, and one pass breakup ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points. Middle Tennessee: Made his first start of the season at defensive end and finished with two tackles and a quarterback hurry as the Tide allowed 275 yards of total offense. Ole Miss: Was a disruptive force along the defensive front in his second start of the season ... recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards while also breaking up a pass at the line ... helped limit the Rebels to just 92 yards rushing. ULM: Broke up one pass against the Warhawks ... day was shortened by a shoulder injury before halftime. Georgia: A presence on the defensive front, had two total tackles and one pass breakup ... helped limit the Bulldogs to 299 yards on offense, nearly 200 yards below their season average. Arkansas: Notched another pass breakup to go with his one tackle against the Razorbacks ... was key in limiting the Razorback rushing attack to just 44 yards, 160 yards below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M: Recorded a monster day in College Station, finishing with five tackles, including a team-leading four for a loss (-17 yards) ... also notched a team-high two sacks (-14 yards) while forcing one fumble ... his pressure on the quarterback helped force four Aggie interceptions, including three that went for scores. Tennessee: Notched two tackles, including a key sack (-9 yards) on the Volunteers’ final drive that helped seal the victory for Alabama ... his sack put the Vols in a second-and-long situation deep in their own territory, leading to a timeout. LSU: Spent the night in the Tiger backfield, notching half a tackle for a loss (-1 yard) and two quarterback hurries ... helped limit Leonard Fournette - the nation’s leading rusher - to only 31 yards on 19 carries after he entered the game averaging 200-plus yards rushing per game. Mississippi State: Recorded a career performance with three sacks and seven total tackles while forcing a fumble and notching a quarterback hurry ... named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts ... first Alabama player with three sacks in a game since Courtney Upshaw against Auburn in 2010.
SOPHOMORE (2014): Established himself as a playmaker at defensive end and one of the Crimson Tide’s top pass rushers ... first team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards) and had 5.5 sacks (-30 yards) ... finished with 33 total tackles including 16 solo stops and seven quarterback hurries ... blocked the decisive extra point at Arkansas ... played in all 14 games and made 12 starts ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff against West Virginia, FAU and Tennessee ... also earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his blocked PAT at Arkansas. West Virginia: Registered five tackles with two tackles for loss (-12 yards) and one sack (-11 yards) ... helped limit the Mountaineers to 28 rushing yards on 24 carries ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the coaches. FAU: Recorded a tackle for a loss of three yards as the Crimson Tide limited the Owls to 145 total yards, including 57 rushing ... added an assisted tackle in just over one half of play ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. Southern Miss: Made at least one tackle for loss for the third straight game and picked up two quarterback hurries ... added one solo and one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the Eagles to 56 yards rushing and a lowly 263 total yards. Florida: Registered one assisted tackle as the Tide held the Gators to only 200 total yards. Ole Miss: Recorded five tackles with two solo stops ... had 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) and a quarterback hurry. Arkansas: Blocked the deciding extra point to give the Tide a 14-13 win in Fayetteville ... added a quarterback hurry. Texas A&M: Recorded three half sacks for a loss of four yards ... batted down passes as UA limited the SEC’s top-ranked offense to just 172 yards. Tennessee: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors versus the Vols with three tackles and half of a tackle for loss. LSU: Sacked LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings on the first drive of the game ... finished with two tackles as the Tide limited LSU to 76 total yards passing. Mississippi State: Recorded three assisted tackles in a 25-20 win over the No. 1 team in the nation. Western Carolina: Had a game-high two quarterback hurries with two tackles ...helped limit the Catamounts to minus-eight yards rushing. Auburn: Dropped Tigers’ quarterback Nick Marshall for a sack and finished with three solo tackles. Missouri: Helped hold the Tigers to just 41 rushing yards and had one quarterback hurry. Ohio State: Both tackles in the Sugar Bowl came behind the line of scrimamge for a loss of nine yards ... had one sack for a loss of four yards.
FRESHMAN (2013): A backup defensive end who played his way into the rotation along the defensive line ... appeared in 13 games, with 16 total stops and 10 solo tackles ... had half of a sack a forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. Virginia Tech: Registered two solo tackles in the 35-10 victory over the Hokies at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Ole Miss: Made one solo tackle as a reserve defensive end as the Tide shut out the Rebels 25-0. Arkansas: Notched one solo stop and a quarterback hurry in the shutout win over the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Came off the bench to make a season-high three tackles with two solo stops. Mississippi State: Assisted on two tackles, one for loss, against the Bulldogs. Chattanooga: Named one of Alabama's Defensive Players of the Week ... totaled four tackles with two solo stops and a forced fumble. Auburn: Recorded three total tackles with two solo stops ... added half of a sack (-5 yards).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the premier defensive prospects in the 2013 signing class ... a five-star player by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... 2012 Gatorade Virginia Football Player of the Year ... first team Parade Magazine All-American ... second team USA Today All-American in 2012 ... the No. 11 player in the Top247 and the No. 2 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports.com while ranking second among players from Virginia ... listed 17th in the 247Composite listing and the No. 3 OLB .... also the No. 11 player nationally and the No. 2 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, plus the No. 1 player in Virginia ... Scout.com ranked him the No. 2 defensive end and 34th in the Scout 300 ... 28th in the ESPN 150 and outlet's No. 3 defensive end ... ranked 36th in the Tom Lemming MaxPrep rankings and the outlet's No. 4 defensive end nationally ... first team All-American as a defensive lineman by MaxPreps ... a five-star defensive end by PrepStar who ranked third at his position and 18th nationally ... member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and a PrepStar All-American ... posted 119 tackles with nine sacks, six fumble recoveries, eight pass breakups, six blocked kicks and had seven pass breakups as a senior in 2012 ... totaled 102 stops with 15 sacks and seven blocked kicks as a junior ... finished with 87 tackles, 20 sacks and eight forced fumbles as a sophomore in 2010 ... two-time first team All-State performer in Virginia and Washington Post All-Metro selection ... coached by Mickey Thompson at Stone Bridge High School ... chose Alabama over Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Stanford, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.