Positives…Has good upper body development…Shows the agility, game speed and burst to make plays down the line…Makes proper checks and is very quick to diagnose the plays…Outgoing leader who knows when he should get vocal with teammates…Plays with a physical nature, delivering explosion behind his hits…Takes on blockers with power and hold his ground firmly at the point of attack…Uses his hands properly to shed and get off blocks, knowing when to grab and swim off the opponent…Makes smart reactions to the ball and sees the play developing with no misdirection to his target…Has the range to chase from the backside with a fluid burst…Very disciplined dropping back in pass coverage, showing a good feel for the zone…Has a good feel to get through the gaps as a pass rusher and the strength needed to push the pocket and knife through the backfield to take down the runner…Productive tackler who will face up, secure, wrap and drag the ball carrier to the ground…Rarely gets fooled by reverses…Has good versatility, playing the Sam linebacker spot vs. the run while shifting to the middle in nickel situations…Squares up to the quarterback and breaks well when the ball is thrown…Has the short burst needed to close and is a very disruptive blitzer.
Negatives…Needs to open his hips better, as he shows tightness in transition…While he uses his hands well to jolt and shed, he does not appear natural attempting the interception...Needs to show more agility in his pass drops, as he tends to allow some separation in man coverage…Gets a late jump, at times, in the zone, as he spends too much time watching the passer.
A model of consistency, relishing in his role as team leader…A two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection and candidate for the Dick Butkus Award, he started 39 of 49 games during his career…Recorded 277 tackles (205 solos) with 15 sacks for minus of 71 yards and 47 stops for losses of 155 yards…Only Curtis Greer (48, 1976-79) and Mark Messner (70, 1985-88) had more tackles behind the line of scrimmage in a a career for Michigan… Also recovered three fumbles, caused four others, deflected six passes and had two interceptions for 42 yards in returns.
All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice…Recipient of the Roger Zatkoff Award for the second-straight year, given to the team's top linebacker…Started every game at right outside linebacker, leading the team with a career-high 99 tackles (74 solos)…Second on the squad with six sacks for minus 35 yards and paced the Wolverines with 17 stops for losses of 60 yards…His 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage were the most by a Wolverine in a season since William Carr totaled 21 in 1995…Had two interceptions for 42 yards in returns and deflected four passes…Recovered two fumbles and caused another.
Washington…Opened the season with 9 tackles (8 solos) and a pass break-up.
Western Michigan…Intercepted a pass, deflected another, recovered a fumble and had a 6-yard sack.
Notre Dame…Added a pair of sacks for minus 8 yards, 3 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 10 tackles (6 solos).
Utah…Followed with 11 hits (10 solos), 2 stops for losses of 7 yards and a pass break-up.
Illinois…Caused a fumble and posted 8 tackles (6 solos).
Purdue…Collected 3 stops behind the line of scrimmage and tallied 7 tackles (5 solos).
Iowa…Made 11 tackles (9 solos) with 2 stops for minus 5 yards.
Wisconsin…Credited with 9 tackles (8 solos), a 7-yard sack and a fumble recovery.
Ohio State…Was in on 7 tackles (5 solos) as he stopped tailback Maurice Clarett twice for losses of 3 yards and registered a 3-yard sack.
Florida (Outback Bowl)…Closed out his career with 12 tackles (7 solos), stopping tailback Earnest Graham behind the line of scrimmage and sacked QB Rex Grossman for an 11-yard loss…Also returned an interception 42 yards and deflected a pass.
All-Big Ten Conference second-team choice…Started the final eleven games (team opened with five defensive backs in the season opener vs. Miami of Ohio) at right outside line- backer, finishing second on the team with 80 tackles (60 solos), including five sacks for minus 30 yards and a team-high 13 stops for losses of 50 yards…Also credited with a quarterback pressure.
Miami (Oh.)…Came off the bench in the season opener to make 4 tackles with a 5-yard sack and 2 stops for losses of 8 yards.
Washington and Michigan State…Added 7 hits in each game.
Western Michigan…Posted a pair of sacks for minus 15 yards.
Illinois…Was in on 5 tackles (4 solos), including one for a 6-yard loss.
Purdue…Followed with a 6-yard sack and 9 solo tackles.
Minnesota…Had another 9 tackles (7 solos).
Wisconsin…Collected 8 tackles (6 solos) while coming up with 4 stops behind the line of scrimmage…Only Sam Sword (5 vs. Minnesota, 1997), William Carr (6 vs. Minnesota, 1995) and Mark Messner (6 vs. Northwestern, 1987) had more tackles for losses in a game for the Wolverines.
Ohio State…Credited with 10 tackles (9 solos), a 4-yard sack and 2 stops for minus 9 yards.
Tennessee (Citrus Bowl)…Posted 8 tackles (5 solos).
All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Played in every game, starting ten contests (came off the bench vs. Northwestern and Purdue) at right outside linebacker…Recorded 58 tackles (46 solos) with three sacks for minus 12 yards and a team-high 12 stops for losses of 31 yards…Caused three fumbles and deflected two passes.
UCLA…Sacked QB Ryan McCann for a 7-yard loss and made 4 solo stops.
Illinois…Had a season-high 11 tackles (7 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection.
Wisconsin…Followed with 7 hits (5 solos), a stop for a 4-yard loss and a pass break-up.
Michigan State…Posted 5 tackles and sacked QB Ryan Van Dyke for a 4-yard loss.
Penn State…Registered 3 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack and was in on 5 solo tackles.
Auburn (Citrus Bowl)…Added 6 tackles (5 solos) and stopped tailback Rudi Johnson twice for losses of 4 yards.
Played in every game, starting five contests…Finished with 40 tackles (25 solos), a 3-yard sack and five stops for losses of 14 yards.
Redshirted as a freshman.
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