• 2014 Bednarik Award Watch List
All-conference candidate who can make plays all over the field • Ranked second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss in 2013 • Hard-working athlete who has improved every season in Chapel Hill.
2014 - Senior Season
Senior bandit started 11 games and enters the Quick Lane Bowl with 37 tackles and four sacks • Also had a team-high seven quarterback hurries, 5.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup • Had four stops, including one tackle for loss, against NC State • Combined with teammates a pair of half-sacks in the win at Duke • Had a 9-yard sack as one of three tackles at Miami • Had four stops and broke up a pass in the win at Virginia • Recovered a fumble and had two QB hurries to go with a pair of tackles in the win over Georgia Tech • Also had two hurries and three stops at Notre Dame • Posted a season high with eight tackles and a sack against Virginia Tech • After missing the SDSU game with an injury, finished with four stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble at East Carolina • Had a QB hurry in the season opener against Liberty.
2013 - Junior Season
Appeared in all 13 games and started 10 at bandit, finishing the season with 49 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception • Played well in the Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati with seven tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack • Also had two quarterback pressures • Had four tackles against Duke • Had three tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack in the win at Pitt • Had four solo stops, 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in the win over Virginia • Despite being limited by injury, had three tackles and shared a tackle for loss in the win at NC State • Finished with three tackles, one quarterback hurry and his first career interception against Miami • Had four stops and shared a tackle for loss at Virginia Tech • Continued his strong start to the season at Georgia Tech, tallying eight tackles (seven solo), two forced fumbles, a pass breakup, 1.5 tackles for loss and his third sack of the year • Had a second dynamic performance in the win over Middle Tennessee, finishing with four tackles, a sack, a QB hurry and a pass breakup • Was all over the field in his first career start at No. 6 South Carolina, posting five tackles, including two tackles for losses and one sack • Also had two quarterback hurries.
2012 - Sophomore Season
Appeared in 10 games at bandit and on special teams • Tallied three tackles, one sack and a forced fumble • Assisted on a tackle against Idaho • Notched his first career sack against East Carolina, an 8-yard stop • Forced a fumble on special teams at Louisville that gave the Tar Heels a chance for an improbable late comeback • Also returned one kickoff for 15 yards against Georgia Tech.
2011 - Freshman Season
Played in seven games at linebacker and on special teams as a true freshman • Had four tackles on the season with three of those coming in a loss at Georgia Tech • Also assisted on a tackle against Wake Forest.
Ashbrook High School
SuperPrep All-America • Member of the Rivals250 team • Considered the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 8 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country by ESPNU • Ranked the 23 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com • Member of the Scout 300 • Rated the No. 16 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep • Made 78 tackles, 10 tackles for losses and 6.5 sacks primarily at defensive end as a senior • Recorded 109 tackles, 10 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a junior and was named the conference defensive player of the year • Registered 72 tackles, six sacks and one fumble recovery as a sophomore • Coached by Greg Hill.
Nickname is "Nuke" • Would most like to play professionally for the Dallas Cowboys • Dream job is to play in the NFL • His favorite possession is his car, which he calls "Boss" • His New Year's resolution was to stay focused • Favorite TV show is "Martin" • Guardians are Africa and Eric Otis • Communication studies major • Born Aug. 26 • Communication studies major.