OUTLOOK: Versatile linebacker who has filled roles and several positions in the Alabama linebacker corps over the past two seasons while also playing on several special teams' units ... can play inside or outside the Crimson Tide defensive scheme ... could challenge for a starting job in 2014 ... played in 21 career games, with 17 tackles, one interception, a fumble return for a touchdown and two quarterback hurries.
SOPHOMORE (2013): A reserve outside linebacker and starter on several special teams units ... played in all 13 games ... recovered a blocked punt against Colorado State and returned it for a touchdown ... his 17 tackles included eight on special teams (seven on kickoff and one on punt coverage) ... named the Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week for the Ole Miss, Georgia State and Tennessee games. Virginia Tech: Credited with one tackle in win over the Hokies. Texas A&M: Made two tackles in win over the No. 6 Aggies. Colorado State: Recovered a blocked punt and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Ole Miss: Registered two tackles on kickoff coverage against the Rebels ... recorded a big hit on his solo stop and was named the Special Teams Player of the Week. Georgia State: Was the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight game after recovering a fumble on kickoff coverage and returning it six yards ... had three assisted tackles against the Panthers. Kentucky: Assisted on one tackle. Arkansas: Made two tackles off the bench at linebacker against the Hogs, while adding two quarterback hurries ... had a crushing second-half hit (a split-second after the quarterback released the ball )that forced an incompletion in the end zone. Tennessee: Named an Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week ... made three solo tackles, with one on kickoff coverage and two as a reserve linebacker. Mississippi State: Made one tackle as a reserve linebacker. Auburn: Recorded one solo tackle on kickoff coverage.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in eight games as a true freshman, primarily on kickoff coverage. Michigan: Made one solo tackle and picked off a pass, in his collegiate debut at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, against the Wolverines.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: An early enrollee ... was clocked a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and boasted a vertical of 35.5 inches ... a unanimous four-star prospect in the four recruiting services ... ranked 59th in the ESPNU 150 ... the sixth-ranked outside linebacker by ESPNU and the No. 5 player in Georgia ... ESPNU also listed him as the No. 29 player in the Southeast ... No. 105 in the Rivals250 and the website's No. 3 outside linebacker as well as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Georgia ... Scout.com rated him as the nation's No. 4 middle linebacker while 247sports.com listed him at No. 150 in the Top247 ... the No. 12 outside linebacker by 247sports.com and the 13th-ranked player in Georgia ... Georgia Sports Writers Association AA All-State selection ... No. 41 in Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... a SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 7 linebacker ... also listed as the No. 5 player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... member of Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Gwinnett Daily Post Super Six ... No. 146 in Tom Lemming's MaxPreps Top 200 and the No. 7 inside linebacker ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... MaxPreps Small School All-American ... led a Buford defense that allowed just 7.3 points per game ... had 84 tackles with 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, five interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2010 ... also played tight end for Buford ... brother Dallas is an offensive lineman at Georgia ... coached by Jess Simpson at Buford High School, which won four straight Georgia State Championships from 2007-2010 ... chose Alabama over Florida State, Florida, Auburn and Clemson.