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OUTLOOK: Started 26 games over the past two seasons at linebacker and returns to anchor Alabama's linebacker corps in 2014 as a senior ... has played in 40 career games ... returns 149 career tackles after finishing second on the 2012 team with 59 stops and third in 2013 with 65 tackles ... has 13 career tackles for loss (49 yards) with two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and three pass breakups ... helped Alabama win both the 2011 and 2012 national championships ... was a valuable reserve off the bench in 2011, earning extensive playing time on defense and recording a team-high 14 tackles on the kickoff coverage team.
JUNIOR (2013): Veteran linebacker who started all 13 games at mike linebacker ... second team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... third on the team in tackles with 65 ... made 7.5 tackles for loss (23 yards), two sacks (15 yards), an interception, two forced fumbles, one pass deflection and recovered two fumbles ... one of the Coaching Staff Defensive Players of the Week following the Colorado State, Tennessee and LSU games. Virginia Tech: Opened the season with three assisted tackles in win at the Georgia Dome over the Hokies. Texas A&M: Notched two assisted tackles during the win in College Station. Colorado State: Had six tackles, including three solo stops, against the Rams ... also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors Ole Miss: Started and made four tackles with three solo stops ... notched his first tackle for loss of the season in 25-0 shutout of the Rebels. Georgia State: Made three tackles with one solo stop, as the Tide limited the Panthers to 15 yards rushing. Kentucky: Notched a tackle for loss and finished with three total stops. Arkansas: Assisted on a tackle for loss while making three total stops. Tennessee: Recorded five total tackles with two solo stops against the Vols. LSU: Made an early sack, timing a blitz in the a-gap and taking down Zach Mettenberger before he could drop back ... finished with 1.5 tackles for loss (6 yards) and six total tackles ... also recovered a fumble ... named a Defensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff. Mississippi State: Tallied a season-best seven tackles with a solo stop ... logged another tackle for loss (2 yards) and defended his first pass of the season, while helping hold the Bulldogs to 53 yards rushing. Chattanooga: Intercepted his first career pass on a third-down play in the first half ... made five tackles, with one solo stop as the Tide defense limited the Mocs to just 175 total yards. Auburn: Second on the team with 11 tackles with seven solo stops ... added 1.5 tackles for loss (11 yards) and one sack (9 yards) ... also forced a fumble. Oklahoma: Accounted for seven total tackles with six solo stops and added a tackle for loss (1 yard).
SOPHOMORE (2012): Started 13 games at middle "mike" linebacker while seeing action in all 14 ... finished with 59 tackles (30 solo) to rank second on the team ... totaled four tackles for loss (16 yards), two pass breakups and a pair of quarterback hurries. Michigan: Made his first career start against the No. 8 Wolverines ... racked up a team-best seven tackles (one for loss) in 41-14 win that saw Michigan gain only 269 yards of total offense. Western Kentucky: Had two tackles (one solo) against the Hilltoppers, in his second start. Arkansas: Totaled four tackles, one for a loss of 10 yards, and three solo stops in shutout road victory. Florida Atlantic: Notched his first quarterback hurry of the season against the Owls and made two tackles ... the Tide's starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense from the Owls in three quarters of action. Mississippi: Made nine tackles to tie for second on the team ... had one tackle for loss and four solo stops in the Tide's win. Missouri: Helped limit the Tigers to three yards rushing while making three tackles, with one solo stop. Tennessee: Registered six tackles (two solo) as the Tide limited the Vols to 13 points and 282 yards of offense. Mississippi State: Recorded four total tackles (two solo) ... notched his second quarterback hurry of the season. LSU: Equaled a career-best with 10 tackles (two solo) ... knocked down a pass for the first time in 2012. Texas A&M: Made five total tackles, with two solo stops. Western Carolina: Did not start as Alabama opened in a dime alignment (six DB). Auburn: Notched three solo tackles and made a tackle for loss of four yards in 49-0 Iron Bowl win. Georgia: Started and recorded four solo tackles against the Bulldogs, in 32-28 victory that secured the SEC postseason championship. Notre Dame: Started and made three tackles, including one solo stop as he helped the Crimson Tide post a 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish to repeat as national champions.
FRESHMAN (2011): Quickly made a name for himself as a big hitter on the Alabama special teams and a reserve linebacker ... the true freshman tallied 25 tackles in 13 games with 14 of those stops coming on the kickoff coverage team ... UA coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Week in weeks one and two ... also had 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry ... backed up Dont'a Hightower at mike (middle) linebacker. Kent State: Led the team with 10 tackles while announcing his presence on several occasions with jarring hits heard throughout the stadium ... SEC Freshman of the Week ... also notched half of a sack from his backup mike linebacker spot ... had three solo tackles and a pass breakup ... selected as one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Penn State: Made two tackles on special teams with one solo stop in the Tide's 27-11 win in Happy Valley ... selected as one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the UA coaching staff. North Texas: Had one tackle on the kickoff coverage team and three total tackles ... saw action as a backup mike linebacker. Arkansas: Assisted on one tackle in the win over the Razorbacks. Florida: Made one tackle for a loss of a yard in the win at the Swamp. Vanderbilt: Totaled two tackles, including a solo stop in the shutout win against the Commodores. Mississippi: Tallied one solo tackle on kickoff coverage. Tennessee: Delivered on a tackle on kickoff coverage. LSU: Made one solo tackle on kickoff coverage against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Assisted on one tackle on kickoff coverage. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Recorded two solo tackles vs. the Tigers ... made one stop on the kickoff coverage team and one stop at linebacker ... his defensive minutes were expanded when C.J. Mosley left the game in the second half with a hip injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was one of two Crimson Tide signees out of Ohio in 2011 ... a five-star prospect by Scout.com and that publication's No. 1 middle linebacker and No. 6-overall player nationally ... a versatile player with outstanding strength and speed ... started classes at The University of Alabama in January of 2010 and participated in spring drills ... No. 38 in the ESPNU 150 and the nation's No. 2 outside linebacker by ESPNU ... ranked 97th in the Rivals100 and was listed as the No. 5 player in Ohio and the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally ... a 2011 Under Armour All-American ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the publication's No. 8 player in the state of Ohio and the No. 45 player nationally ... No. 54 player nationally by Tom Lemming ... the Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 after finishing his senior season with 117 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks ... recorded 101 tackles as a junior in 2009, with seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss while recovering three fumbles ... also rushed for 812 yards and caught 13 passes for 202 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns ... handled the punting duties at Springfield, averaging 37.7 yards ... 2009 and 2010 All-Area Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-State selection ... chose Alabama over Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.