Florida State University Seminoles
6-1 – 250
Davenport, Florida
Ridge Community High School
6th Round – 206th Overall

Played in 50 games during his career, starting 26 games during his final two seasons … recorded 140 tackles (86 solo), three sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, seven passes defensed and one interception … earned All-ACC Honorable Mention, Phil Steele Postseason All-ACC Second Team honors and was a Under Armour Senior Bowl selection.

Senior who started all 14 games for FSU at the middle linebacker spot…helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles as he eclipsed 50 tackles for the second straight season…recorded five or more tackles in seven of his 14 games…set a career-high with 10 tackles in the Orange Bowl win over Northern Illinois which included his first sack of the season…set a career high with 6.5 tackles for loss for the season and a new career best with two stops behind the line in the ACC Championship Game win over Georgia Tech…had a big game in a key road win at Virginia Tech recording five tackles, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery…recorded tackles for loss in four of the last five games…named one of four team captains and given the Leadership Award on defense at the team’s annual banquet.

A redshirt junior, who started 12 of 13 games at middle linebacker in his first season with an expanded role…ranked fifth on the team with 54 tackles (30 solo, 24 assisted)…also added five tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and three pass break-ups…earned his first career start against ULM and had a game-high and a career-best seven tackles…had six tackles versus Oklahoma and five at Clemson…had three tackles and a sack at Duke…tied for team-lead and matched his career-best with seven tackles against Maryland…ended the season recording five tackles in the Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame…received one of two awards for best attitude on the defense at the team’s annual banquet.

A redshirt sophomore who saw his first playing time since the 2008 season, when he missed all of the 2009 season with a back injury…was among the players who made the greatest strides in the offseason conditioning program since the arrival of strength coach Vic Viloria…earned playing time behind senior Kendall Smith at middle linebacker after enjoying an outstanding spring practice…registered a single-season high 17 tackles while participating in 11 of 14 games…posted a season-high five tackles (four solos) in the season opener against Samford…had three tackles in extended playing time against North Carolina…credited with two pass breakups which came against Oklahoma and UNC.

Battled a back injury that led to a redshirt season, though he returned to the practice field over the final month of the regular season.

Played in 12 games as a true freshman and finished second on the team among first-year defenders with 10 tackles…graduated early from high school and enrolled in January 2008, which allowed him to get up to speed in spring practice…had three tackles in each of his first two games – against Western Carolina and Chattanooga…was the back-up at middle linebacker…saw action in every game except the win at Miami.

Earned a four-star ranking as an inside linebacker as a high school senior…named Polk County Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and all-county honors as a sophomore…amassed almost 300 tackles with 48 tackles for loss and 25 sacks over three varsity seasons…earned 3A second-team All-State honors as a senior…co-MVP of the combine in Jacksonville…chose Florida State over LSU, Ohio State and Florida.

Older brother of fellow Seminole Karlos who was a sophomore in 2012…born December 27, 1989.

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