COLLEGE: Powerful defensive end with great length that started 45-of-52 games at South Carolina, including the final 40 games of his career. Recorded 161 tackles (107 solo), including 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 16 pass defenses and two interceptions (both returned for a touchdown) at strong-side defensive end.
2012: Named All-Southeastern Conference third-team as he started all 13 games for the Gamecocks, extending his impressive string to 40 consecutive assignments with the first unit. Posted 45 tackles (27 solo), three sacks, one fumble recovery and six pass defenses.
2011: Earned Associated Press honorable-mention All-SEC accolades, starting all 13 games at defensive end. Finished the season with 42 tackles (31 solo), including 8.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, two pass defenses and one interception as a member of a defense that ranked third in the nation in total defense (267.69 ypg).
2010: Received first-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press, Phil Steele and Rivals.com, along with picking up second-team accolades from the league’s coaches. Started all 14 games as he recorded 46 tackles (33 solo) to lead the Gamecocks defensive linemen and also led the team and ranked eighth in the SEC with 13 tackles for loss. Finished the season with 7.5 sacks and eight pass defenses.
2009: Started South Carolina’s first five games before splitting time at defensive end with Clifton Geathers, earning third-team Freshman All-American honors by CollegeFootballNews.com and Freshman All-SEC performer from the league’s coaches. Played in 12 of the team’s 13 games, finishing the season with 28 tackles (16 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles.
2008: Red-shirted as a true freshman.
PERSONAL: Attended Beaufort (S.C.) High School where he helped lead his team to the Class 4A state championship game his senior year. As a senior, recorded 110 tackles with 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and received Associated Press first-team All-State honors.
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