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SENIOR (2015): Transitioned from cornerback to safety in 2013 and has started all five games this season in that role ... ranks third on the team with 23 tackles ... also intercepted one pass and recovered a fumble this season. Wisconsin:Earned the start at free safety, finishing the opener with three tackles, one unassisted and two assisted. Middle Tennessee: Started once again at safety, collecting five total tackles ... also recovered a fumble, one of Middle Tennessee’s four turnovers on the day. Ole Miss: Made five stops from the safety spot, including four unassisted tackles. ULM: Picked off his first career pass, returning the Warhawk turnover for 16 yards before being tackled ... also added three tackles by day’s end. Georgia:Patrolled the defensive backfield, notching a season-high seven tackles, including half a tackle for a loss (-1 yard), and added his first pass breakup of the year.
JUNIOR (2014): Filled a multitude of roles in the Alabama secondary ... co-starter at free safety and played in the Tide's dime formation ... appeared in all 14 games ... made six starts in 2014 as the dime back ... had 56 total tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards), a pass breakup and one forced fumble ... named the Alabama Defensive Player of the Week following the Auburn game. West Virginia: Recorded two tackles in the season opener. FAU: Had three assisted stops against the Owls. Southern Miss: Tallied a career-best four tackles, including three solo, versus the Golden Eagles. Florida: Finished with two solo tackles in the win. Ole Miss: Came off the bench to record one assisted tackle. Arkansas: Made two assisted stops against the Razorbacks. Texas A&M: Registered a career-best seven tackles against the Aggie's top-ranked SEC offense ... made six solo stops and forced a fumble ... had half of a tackle for loss (-1 yard). Tennessee: Recorded three tackles with two solo stops in a win in Knoxville ... added a tackle for loss (-6 yards). LSU: Made four assisted tackles against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Had five total tackles with two solo stops while making his third start of the season. Western Carolina: Made two assisted tackles in a 48-14 win over the Catamounts. Auburn: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Tide coaches after making a career-best 10 tackles with seven solo stops. Missouri: Started his fifth game of the season in the Tide's SEC Championship Game victory over the Tigers ... had five tackles with four solo stops and a pass breakup. Ohio State: Started and made six tackles with four solo stops.
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. FAU: 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.