Bears lead Big 12 with quartet of players on preseason list.
Bears get duo on list for second-straight season.
Bears place two on list for second-straight season.
Duo gives BU nine AP selections in seven years under Art Briles.
Spencer Drango gives Bears third straight season with Offensive Lineman of the Year choice
No. 4 Football vs. No. 7 Michigan State (USA Today)
Football vs. Oklahoma State; photos by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
BEDNARIK AWARD CANDIDATE
BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
TED HENDRICKS AWARD CANDIDATE
Fourth-year junior and returning All-American... Tall, aggressive, disruptive pass rusher and two-time All-Big 12 defensive end... Through 26 games (entering 2015 season), 13 career sacks ranked tied for sixth on BU all-time chart (two shy of school record of 15) and 32 career TFL ranks eighth... Broke school's single-season sack record with 11 in 2014... Former transfer from Penn State, has played two seasons in college after sitting out 2012 (Baylor, as transfer) and 2011 (PSU, redshirt)... Timed at 4.81 in 40-yard dash... Vertical jump measured at 36.0 inches... Former top 200 national recruit... Sat out 2015 spring drills recovering from wrist surgery.
2014 (Junior): Starting All-American defensive end in all 13 games for 2014 Big 12 champions... Set BU single-season record with 11.0 sacks, ranked 15th nationally (second in Big 12) at 0.85 per-game... Ranked top 10 nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.5 per-game, 10th) and fumbles recovered (three, 10th, led Big 12)... Named third-team All-America by Associated Press, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sports On Earth, and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated... Consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree... Totaled 51 tackles (38 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss (-89 yards), 11.0 sacks (-73 yards), nine QB hurries, three PBUs, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered on season... 19.5 TFL ranks third on BU's single-season chart... Three forced fumbles ranked third in Big 12... Named "Best Defensive Lineman" in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Made first career start in season-opening win over SMU, totaled five tackles (four solo, two for losses), career-high two sacks (-20 yards), one hurry and one forced fumble... Was named Athlon Big 12 Player of Week for performance vs. SMU... Posted sack, hurry, PBU and four tackles in win at Iowa State in fourth game... Totaled career-high seven tackles (five solo, one for loss), QB hurry and recovered fumble with one second remaining in first half that led to half-ending field goal in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game...Made 2.5 tackles for loss, hurry and recovered fumble at West Virginia... Had seven-yard sack, forced fumble, recovered fumble and had QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week after totaling two sacks (-12 yards), career-high six solo tackles, QB hurry and forced fumble in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game... Had five stops, season-high three TFL, one sack, season-high two PBUs and two hurries in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Made two tackles, including three-yard sack, in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl...Had three tackles, including six-yard sack, in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State
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.