The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, May 10, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
COLLEGE: Played three years at Illinois State, seeing action in 33 games with 27 starts…Transferred from Wisconsin following his freshman season…Totaled 173 tackles (72 solo), 14 sacks, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, one INT and five passes defensed…Started all 13 games at defensive tackle in 2012...Named a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection…Ranked third on the team and fifth in the MVFC with 16 tackles for loss…Also ranked third on the team with seven sacks…Added 85 tackles, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, three passes defensed and one INT...Posted a season-best effort with 12 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss against Missouri State…Recorded first career INT in the win at Indiana State...Credited with six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and one pass defensed in the playoff quarterfinal loss at Eastern Washington…Played in nine games, with six starts at defensive tackle in 2011...Was sixth on the team with 49 tackles, third on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and added six sacks...Also forced a safety, blocked a pair of kicks and recovered one fumble...Recorded a then-career-high 10 tackles in the season-opener at Eastern Illinois…Posted two sacks and six tackles in a win over No. 16 Indiana State, and was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week…Played in all 11 games, with eight starts in 2010...Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection…Ranked seventh on the team with 39 tackles (19 solo)…Tallied one sack…Posted six tackles in each win against No. 20 South Dakota State and Missouri State...Recorded five tackles (four solo) and one tackle for loss at No. 19 UNI…Posted five solo tackles and his first career sack in the season finale against Eastern Illinois...Also blocked a punt against the Panthers…Redshirted freshman season in 2009 at Wisconsin.
PERSONAL: Attended Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis. …Named first-team all-state, all-region, all-suburban and all-conference as a senior…Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-area selection…Area player of the year...Was a team captain, team MVP and member of state championship team…Finished the season with 87 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...Named first-team all-state, all-region, all-suburban and all-conference as a junior...Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-area selection...Named conference defensive player of the year...Recorded 106 tackles, six sacks, two blocked punts, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...Member of state championship team as a sophomore...Tallied 45 tackles, one interception and three sacks...Also lettered in basketball.