Fourth-year defensive lineman who has appeared in 27 games with 20 starts ... posted at least one sack in 10 of his last 13 games with 12 over that span ... sidelined for the final seven games of 2012 after suffering a right pectoral muscle rupture vs. Oklahoma ... named to the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Year Trophy watch lists ... 2011 second team All-Big 12 selection (Coaches, AP, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) ... named honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2010 ... prep All-American, two-time first-team all-state and all-area and three-time first-team all-district selection at defensive end ... named to PARADE's All-America High School Football Team ... earned first-team All-USA honors by USA Today ... an EA SPORTS All-American first-team selection ... selected to play in the 2010 Army All-American Bowl ... a member of Rivals' top 100 and ESPNU's top 150 national prospects ... ranked as the best defensive end and second-best overall prospect by ESPNU and the best strongside defensive end and 12th-best overall prospect by Rivals ... rated as the state's best defensive end by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... father, Jim, was a standout defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-97) is the current defensive line coach at San Jose State.
Started at defensive end in the first six games before suffering a season-ending injury against Oklahoma ... still finished second on the team in tackles for loss (11) and sacks (4), and tied for second on the team in forced fumbles (2) ... posted a team-high nine tackles, including five solos, and three QB pressures vs. Wyoming ... named co-defensive game MVP (also Alex Okafor) by the coaching staff ... recorded five tackles, including three TFLs and one sack, and a forced fumble vs. New Mexico... posted four tackles, including one TFL and one sack, and a QB pressure against Ole Miss ... had seven tackles, including a career-high tying four TFLs and one sack, and a forced fumble vs. Oklahoma State ... named the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week ... registered four tackles, including one TFL and one sack, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown against West Virginia to earn CFPA honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week ... posted two tackles, including two for a loss, before suffering season-ending pectoral injury vs. Oklahoma ... had successfule surgery on Oct. 19.
Started all 13 games at defensive end ... second team All-Big 12 selection (Coaches, AP, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) ... tallied 71 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, eight sacks, nine pressures and three pass breakups on the year ... ranked fifth in the Big 12 in sacks and tied for third in tackles for loss ... helped Texas lead the Big 12 and rank sixth in the nation in rushing defense (96.23 ypg) and 11th in total defense (306.08) ... also ranked 10th in pass efficiency defense (111.0) ... had a dominating performance against California in the Holiday Bowl with eight tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks as the defense allowed only seven rushing yards and 195 yards of total offense ... helped lead the defense to a shutout performance against the Jayhawks, allowing only 46 yards of total offense and negative two rushing yards ... earned College Football Performance Awards honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week and the team's Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting five tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and two pressures against Kansas ... also earned the two honors against Texas Tech following his 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one pressure ... also logged 10 tackles at Missouri with two tackles for loss and one sack ... selected as the CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Week with his eight tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, two pressures and one pass breakup to help Texas stuff Kansas State to 121 yards of total offense ... recorded a sack at Baylor ... made four tackles with one for a loss and one pass breakup against Oklahoma State ... posted two tackles for loss and four total tackles against Oklahoma ... tallied five tackles, one tackle for loss and one pressure at Texas A&M ... recorded two tackles in the season-opener against Rice...notched three tackles in win against BYU...racked up six tackles and one pressure in win at UCLA ... posted three solo tackles, including one tackle for loss at Iowa State.
Appeared in eight games at defensive end, including starts against Wyoming and Texas Tech, and played on special teams in three games ... named honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year ... missed Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State games due to ankle injury ... posted 15 tackles (eight solo), six TFL and 2.5 sacks, one PBU, one fumble recovery and seven pressures ... earned the coaching staff's Ball Hawk Award on one occasion ... logged three tackles (two solo), one TFL and one sack at Rice ... registered two tackles (one solo), one TFL, one PBU and four pressures versus Wyoming ... shared team's Ball Hawk Award for his effort against the Cowboys ... logged three tackles, one TFL, a half sack, a fumble recovery and two pressures at Texas Tech ... shared team's Ball Hawk Award for his effort against the Red Raiders ... recorded four tackles (three solo), including one sack and two TFL versus UCLA ... tallied one tackle against No. 8 Oklahoma ...notched two tackles, one TFL and one pressure against Florida Atlantic.
Coached by Mike Hughes at Plano West H.S. ... a prep All-American, two-time first-team all-state and all-area and three-time first-team all-district selection at defensive end ... named to PARADE's All-America High School Football Team ... earned first-team All-USA honors by USA Today ... an EA SPORTS All-American first-team selection ... selected to play in the 2010 Army All-American Bowl ... a member of Rivals' top 100 and ESPNU's top 150 national prospects ... ranked as the best defensive end and second-best overall prospect by ESPNU and the best strongside defensive end and 12th-best overall prospect by Rivals ... rated as the state's best defensive end by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... recorded 259 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 56 TFL, 42 pressures, four PBU, three forced fumbles, two INTs, two blocked kicks and a TD over his final three seasons ... earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... named first-team Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team ... a member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Elite 11 ... tabbed the Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Year while earning first-team all-area honors ... tabbed the district 8-5A Defensive Player of the Year while earning first-team honors ... recorded 87 tackles (67 solo), 8.5 sacks, 20 TFL, 22 pressures, two INTs, one of which he returned for a TD, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks ... helped Plano West reach the first round of the state playoffs ... selected to the 2008 EA SPORTS Football Junior All-America first team as a junior ... named first-team all-state by the AP ... also earned second-team all-state honors from the TSWA ... first-team all-district 8-5A selection ... recorded 94 tackles, seven sacks, 18 TFL, 20 pressures and four PBU while leading Plano West to the first round of the state playoffs ... tabbed first-team all-district as a sophomore ... recorded 78 tackles, 10 sacks and 18 TFL ... tabbed the 2006 All-Area Newcomer of the Year by the Dallas Morning News ... a four-year letterman in basketball ... all-district and district Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... an all-district and second-team all-area selection as a junior ... a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 5A all-region selection ... also a three-year letterman in track and field.
Born in Dallas, Texas ... active in UT's community service program ... part of a group of Longhorns that visits the Dell Children's Medical Center ... participated in the SMU Hart Global Leaders Forum with the former prime minister of Great Britain Tony Blair ... served as a speaker at middle and elementary schools during drug free week ... volunteered at the Dallas Food Bank ... helped with Plano West's Turkey Drop ... father, Jim, was a standout defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-97) and has served as the defensive line coach at the University of Houston.