A 6-1, 225-pound product of the University of Connecticut who first entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2011. After being waived by Carolina prior to the start of the regular season, he spent two months on their practice squad and spent most of the 2012 offseason on the roster of the Tennessee Titans. The Tuscaloosa, Ala. native played for the Huskies from 2007-10, where he ended his career as one of the most accomplished defensive players in the school’s history. He appeared in 52 contests with a school-record 51 starts and ended his career second in school history with 449 tackles, also adding 35.5 stops for a loss, 9.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, five interceptions that included a school-record three returns for touchdowns and ten passes defensed. As a senior in 2010, he started all 13 games at middle linebacker and was a first-team All-Big East selection as he led the concerned for the second consecutive season with 123 tackles, while adding ten stops for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and three passes defensed.
Signed by Saints, 5/14/12…Waived by Tennessee Titans, 5/1/12…Signed by Tennessee, 1/10/12…Released by Carolina Panthers from practice squad, 11/8/11…Signed by Carolina to practice squad, 9/5/11…Waived by Carolina, 9/3/11…Signed by Carolina to a four-year contract, 7/29/11…Originally drafted by Carolina in the sixth round (166th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft…Played at Connecticut from 2007-2010 after redshirting in 2006…Played in 52 games with school-record 51 starts, lining up at MLB as a senior after playing WLB during first three seasons…Earned first-team All-Big East Conference honors twice, leading league in tackles two times…Ended career second in school history with 449 tackles, 35.5 stops for loss, 9.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, five interceptions that included a school-record three returns for TDs and ten pass defenses…First team All-Big East as senior as he led conference for second straight season with 123 stops, ten for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and three pass defenses…First-Team All-Big East as junior as tied for tenth in nation with 140 tackles, 11, stops for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defense…As sophomore, finished with 73 tackles, six for a loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and four pass defenses…Majored in Sociology…Attended Paul W. Bryant (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) HS…Born Nov. 16, 1987.