Positives…Has a lean, muscular frame with above average foot speed…Solid student who garnered academic honors and has no problems reading and diagnosing plays…High-effort athlete with the strength and lateral quickness to make plays down the line…Stays low in his stance, giving him the ability to explode coming off the snap…Uses his power to gain leverage…Has a good understanding in breaking down the plays…Uses his hands effectively to shed and shows an even flow working down the line…Wrapup tackler who is generally around the ball…Protects his legs and stays on his feet when redirecting…Has superb quickness coming off the edge…Has the burst needed to close.
Negatives…Collegiate tackle whose lack of bulk and raw power will see him shift to end at the next level…Playing inside, he gets washed out by the bigger blockers too often and will struggle to redirect…Little late making the tackle when trying to get through trash… Needs pass rush technique refinement, as he lacks secondary moves when his swim maneuver does not work…Lacks the anchor needed to prevent him from losing leverage and gets driven from the hole too much.
Mainstay at left defensive tackle and one of the team's best players…Has developed into one of the premier linemen in the country…One of the top scholar-athletes in the Miami athletic department, earning All-Academic Big East Conference honors four times…Made 186 tackles (82 solos) with 14 sacks for minus 51 yards, 25 stops for losses of 79 yards, 45 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, an interception and nine pass deflections while starting 26 of 47 games he played in for the Hurricanes.
CoSIDA Academic All-American and Academic All-Big East Conference selection…Started the final eleven games at right defensive tackle…Recorded 64 tackles (28 solos) with five sacks for minus 15 yards and seven stops for losses of 24 yards…Credited with 19 quarterback pressures…Deflected three passes.
Florida A&M…Began the season with a pair of sacks for minus 11 yards.
Florida…Stopped tailback Earnest Graham twice behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 6 yards, deflected a pass and posted 5 hits.
Boston College…Credited with a 6-tackle performance.
West Virginia…Followed with 8 tackles (4 solos) and 3 pressures.
Rutgers…Collected 7 tackles with 2 pressures and a pass break-up.
Tennessee…Sacked QB Casey Clausen for a 1-yard loss, pressured the passer three times and delivered a season-high 11 tackles (7 solos).
Pittsburgh…Added 2 pressures and 7 tackles.
Syracuse…Credited with a 1-yard sack and 2 pressures.
Virginia Tech…Had 2 more pressures and a 2-yard sack.
Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl)…Posted 7 tackles (4 solos).
One of ten Hurricanes to earn Academic All-Big East Conference honors…Emerged as a big-play producer in his junior season…An excellent scholar who balanced the demands of an 18-hour course load while playing football…One of the team's most admired players by his peers and the winner of the Dale Melching Leadership Award, presented annually by the team to the player who represents all the qualities of leadership and work ethic they admire most…Lined up at right defensive tackle, recording a career-high 63 tackles (29 solos) with four sacks for minus 16 yards, nine stops for losses of 19 yards and 15 quarterback pressures…Deflected three passes and intercepted another…Also caused a fumble.
Boston College…Produced one of college football's most memorable plays of 2001 when he intercepted a deflected pass in the closing seconds before teammate Edward Reed took the ball and returned it 80 yards for a clinching touchdown to keep Miami's Rose Bowl dreams alive…Finished with 7 tackles and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.
Penn State…Made 6 tackles with a 6-yard sack and a pair of stops for losses.
Pittsburgh…Registered a season-high 9 tackles, adding 4 pressures.
Troy State…Followed with a 7-tackle performance.
Florida State…Assisted in sacking QB Chris Rix, causing a fumble in the process.
Temple…Posted 6 tackles, 2 stops for losses and a 1-yard sack.
Syracuse…Credited with 6 tackles.
Washington…Added another 6 hits, including a 5-yard sack.
Virginia Tech…Had 6 more stops, including one for a 3-yard loss and 3 pressures.
Nebraska (Rose Bowl)…Helped the team clinch its fifth national title as he stopped tailback Thunder Collins for a 3-yard loss.
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