BEDNARIK AWARD CANDIDATE
BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
Third-year junior and returning All-Big 12 honoree... Tall, talented, defensive end exited spring drills listed as starter on depth chart... Projected 2014 preseason All-Big 12 by Lindy's and Phil Steele (second team)... Former transfer from Penn State, has played one season in college (2013) after sitting out 2012 (Baylor, as transfer) and 2011 (PSU, redshirt)... Former top 200 national recruit.
2013 (Sophomore): Played all 13 games as reserve defensive end, earned All-Big 12 honors in first collegiate season... Earned first college letter... Totaled 33 tackles (21 solo), 12.5 tackles-for-loss of 32 yards, two sacks (-10 yards), two QB hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick on season... Received third-team All-Big 12 recognition by Phil Steele and honorable mention from league coaches... Also named honorable mention Sophomore All-America by Scout/College Football News... Finished second on squad with 12.5 tackles-for-loss, in backup role... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over Wofford, totaled season-high six tackles (five solo) and season-high 3.5 tackles-for-loss (-6 yards)... Made three stops, including two for loss of six yards, and forced fumble in win over Buffalo in second game... Had three tackles (2.5 for losses) and QB hurry in win over ULM in third game... Made first career sack (-4 yards) and forced fumble in win over West Virginia in fourth game... Registered five tackles, two for loss including six-yard sack as well as hurry in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Had three tackles, one for loss, and recovered fumble in win at Kansas in seventh game... Also had three tackles in wins vs. Texas Tech (ninth game) and at TCU (11th game)... Made first career kick block (first at BU since 2009), of first quarter field goal attempt, in historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school's first-ever BCS Bowl berth... Had four tackles, including an assisted TFL, in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Joined Baylor program in summer of 2012, from Penn State, sat out to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements... Lost year of eligibility.
2011 (True Freshman - Penn State): Sat out true freshman season at Penn State, redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: Prepped at Penn Wood High School in Landsdowne, Pa., played under head coach Sam Mormando... National top-200 recruit, rated No. 167 overall prospect by 247Sports.com and No. 189 by Rivals.com... Two-sport star recruited as defensive end, also played tight end and four-year starter on basketball squad... National ratings among defensive ends: No. 9 by 247Sports.com, No. 18 by Rivals.com and No. 19 by Scout.com... Listed eighth-best prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and No. 12 overall prospect in Northeast by G&W Recruiting Report... First-team all-state selection by Pennsylvania Football News... Played in the Big 33 Football Classic pitting Pennsylvania vs. Ohio all-stars... Led PWHS to 9-2 record as senior in 2010, totaled 80 tackles and 23 tackles for loss including 16 sacks... Also had nine batted balls, four fumbles recovered and three fumbles forced... As junior in 2009 totaled 116 tackles, 17 sacks and four forced fumbles, also made 20 receptions and five touchdowns for 8-4 Penn Wood squad... Center for basketball team, won 2008-09 PIAA Class AAAA state championship and finished state runners-up in 2009-10.
Personal: Nephew of Ken and Tracy Roberts... Born April 7, 1992, in
Philadelphia, Pa.... Majoring in health, human performance and recreation studies.