Selected by Oakland Raiders in fourth round (129th overall) of 2012 NFL Draft, April 28, 2012...Signed first NFL contract, June 8, 2012.
At a glance
2012: Played in all 16 games, with 15 starts…Finished among the NFL’s rookie leaders in both defensive snaps (867) and total tackles (138, 84 solo); also had 1.5 sacks, four pressures, 13 QB hits, 6.5 tackles for loss, one interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble…His 138 stops were the most by a Raiders rookie since at least 1994, when tackles stats were first kept consistently; Kirk Morrison in 2005 held the previous high, 116, believed to be the team’s rookie record…Took full advantage of Aaron Curry’s knee injury, taking every first-team rep at outside linebacker during training camp …(9/10) vs. SD: Started his NFL debut, at WLB, and led the team with 12 stops (nine solo), including two tackles for loss – both on the same second-quarter series -- and one big hit…(9/16) at Mia.: Credited by coaches after film review with a forced fumble, missed in the unofficial defensive stats by the press-box crew…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Pressured Ben Roethlisberger on his first snap, forcing an incompletion; then, in the fourth quarter, forced a key punt by breaking up a pass on Pittsburgh’s final drive, helping set up Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning field goal…(9/30) at Den.: Did not start as team opened with five DBs, but made a key play late in first half, diagnosing a fake field goal and forcing K Matt Prater to throw incomplete; Oakland then drove for a field goal just before intermission…(10/14) at Atl.: In on every snap, made several plays in heartbreaking loss to undefeated Falcons, playing much of the game as one of two LBs in an effective nickel package, en route to a team-leading 11 tackles (four solo)…First, dropped future Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez shy of the marker to force a punt late in first half, with Raiders protecting a 13-7 advantage; then, in the third quarter, played a significant role on consecutive snaps to stuff Atlanta runners on a key goal-line stand…(10/21) vs. Jac.: Enjoyed one of the best games of his early career as Oakland shut down the Jags in the second half of 26-23 overtime win…Posted his first NFL sack, dropping Chad Henne in dramatic fashion for a 10-yard loss back to the Jacksonville 7 with the Raiders trailing by a TD in the third quarter; earlier, applied pressure on Henne to force a fourth-down incompletion, and give Oakland possession for a second-quarter field-goal drive, snuffing out a threat after the Jags recovered their own surprise onside kick…(11/4) vs. TB: Caused a first-quarter sack by flushing Josh Freeman out of the pocket, then pressured the QB on a second-quarter incompletion, setting up a third-and-17 with Oakland up 10-7 late in first half…(11/11) at Bal.: Pressured Joe Flacco into an incompletion, nearly sacking the QB, to force a three-and-out early in the second half…(11/25) at Cin.: Posted season highs in total tackles (14) and solo stops (11); on first-and-goal from the 5, stopped Cedric Peerman for no gain on a big hit midway through second quarter, then played a central role in a goal-line stand early in fourth quarter, helping Raiders hold Bengals to field goal after a first-and-goal from the 1…(12/16) vs. KC: Played every snap in 15-0 win, Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years; helped limit Chiefs to 119 total yards, fewest by a Raiders defense since 1975…Broke up a third-down pass intended for TE Tony Moeaki at the 2-yard line in the third quarter, then pressured Brady Quinn on a third-down incompletion in the fourth quarter inside the red zone…Also helped Oakland match its franchise record by allowing just 10 rushing yards…(12/23) at Car.: Played a big role in helping neutralize Cam Newton, posting a sack and his first career interception, and nearly his first career safety before Newton escaped his grasp early in second half…Picked off Newton on the final play of the third quarter, ending the QB’s franchise-record streak of passes without an INT at 176; the play set up a Raiders FG…Earlier, combined with Andre Carter to sack Newton and help force a punt on Carolina’s initial drive, and nearly intercepted another Newton pass in the second half…(12/30) at SD: Playing on his college field, tackled Curtis Brinkley 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage on third-and-3 with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
COLLEGE: A two-time All-Mountain West first-team selection at San Diego State, was named the 2011-12 SDSU Student-Athlete of the Year…Also garnered academic all-conference honors three times…A preseason first-team all-conference choice by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon, Lindy’s Sports, Mountain West media, Phil Steele and The Sporting News, also was rated No. 7 nationally at his position by Lindy’s…As a senior, named first-team All-Mountain West for by coaches and media…Led team with 78 tackles, including 46 solo stops 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks…Recovered three fumbles…As a junior in 2010, named first-team All-Mountain West by coaches and media, and Phil Steele…His team’s co-defensive player of the year, led the MW with 9½ sacks, tied for seventh in program single-season history…Led team with 80 tackles…Had a standout effort in the conference opener against BYU, recording a pair of sacks, forcing a fumble and ending up with six tackles…Against Colorado State, posted career-high marks in tackles (10), sacks (2), tackles for loss (4) and forced fumbles (2) to earn MW Defensive Player of the Week honors…Made six total tackles with one TFL in the Poinsettia Bowl win over Navy…Team’s second-leading tackler with 58 stops as a sophomore…Ranked third on the team in tackles for loss with six…Started all 12 contests…As a freshman, saw first playing time against Cal Poly and Notre Dame, on special teams…Business management major.
PERSONAL: Father, Jim, played football at Oregon State and once sacked Dan Fouts (Oregon)…Attended Granite Bay (Calif.) High School, a two-hour drive from the O.co Coliseum…A two-time All-Metropolitan League selection, was Granite Bay’s Defensive Player of the Year following both junior and senior campaigns…As a senior, recorded 120 tackles and added 6.5 sacks to become Granite Bay’s all-time leading tackler…As a junior, tallied 90 stops, including three sacks, and four fumble recoveries…Volunteered his time for Take a Stand at the Biletnikoff Golf Tournament in June 2012…Visited the Oakland Children’s Hospital in both November 2012 and April 2013, and made a Toys for Tots appearance during the holidays.