Named All-America to Walter Camp Second Team, Athlon Sports Third Team, CBSSports.com Third Team and Sport and SI.com Honorable Mention... FBS All-Indendent First Team... FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year... SB Nation Independent Defensive Player of the Year... Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist... Butkus Award semifinalist... Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist... Senior CLASS Award Finalist... Lombardi Award semifinalist... Named Independent Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness... Earned first team All-Independent honors by College Sports Madness for the third consecutive year.Midseason All-America First Team recognition from Yahoo! Sports, Phil Steele, SportsIllustrated.com, NFL.com and CBSSports.com... Ranked second in voting for midseason Defensive Player of the Year (CBSSports.com)... FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9/29, 10/7)... CFPA National Linebacker of the Week (10/7)... Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week (10/17)... Recorded six tackles (five solo), three tackles for loss and three sacks vs. Georgia Tech... Intercepted the first pass of the game and returned it for a touchdown, recorded five tackles and one TFL against Utah State... Recorded eight tackles, one TFL, one sack and five quarterback hurries against Texas... Tallied eight tackles, two TFL and one interception against Wisconsin... Notched 10 tackles (five solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup versus Utah.
Earned letterman honors as a junior...Started all 13 games...Led the team with 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and six forced fumbles...Added 53 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks...Recorded a stat in the following categories for the second year in a row: tackle, tackle for loss, sack, interception, pass breakup, quarterback hurry, fumble recovery, forced fumble, blocked kick and touchdown...CFPA National Defensive Player of the Year.Named to the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award Watch Lists...Named National Linebacker of Week 3...Had what many considered was the best defensive performance of the bowl season and was named to the CBSSports.com All-Bowl team...Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two touchdowns, one interception for a 17-yard TD return, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick in BYU's Poinsettia bowl win vs. San Diego State...Had a season-high 4.5 tackles for loss at Utah, along with a forced fumble, eight tackles and a pass breakup...Posted a season-high three sacks for a loss of 28 yards at New Mexico while adding five tackles.
Earned letterman honors as a sophomore...Played in all 13 games and started eight...Recorded 68 tackles and led the team with 15.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with three interceptions...Only FBS Division I player to record a stat in the following categories: tackle, tackle for loss, sack, interception, pass breakup, quarterback hurry, fumble recovery, forced fumble, blocked kick and touchdown...Named to Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team and FBS All-Independent Team ... three-time FBS Independent Player of the Week award winner...Sacked Ole Miss quarterback, stripping the ball and recovered it for the game-winning touchdown at Ole Miss in season opener.Recorded eight tackles, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup vs. UCF...Had an interception return of 31 yards vs. San Jose State and a 41-yard return at Oregon State...Posted three tackles for loss, two sacks, three quarterback hurries and blocked a punt vs. Idaho State...Totaled 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and forced one fumble vs. Idaho...Set a career-high with five tackles for loss vs. Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl while totaling 10 tackles, two sacks, one quarterback hurry and forced a fumble.
Earned letterman honors as a freshman ... played in every game while starting in two ... recorded 35 tackles, including 24 solo ... third on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss including 2.0 sacks ... also had two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... recovered fumble at Colorado State, taking it 44 yards for a touchdown ... had seven tackles, one TFL and a forced fumble at Utah State ... tied season high with seven tackles at Utah.
First-team All-State ... playing linebacker and receiver, helped lead his team to a perfect 14-0 record and 4A state title in 2008 ... caught 35 passes for 731 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed the ball 10 times for 121 yards ... defensively, had 79 tackles (55 solos), 10 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 14 sacks and one interception for a score ... as a junior had 69 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, seven sacks, seven fumbles caused and two interceptions while totaling 805 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns on offense ... was an all-conference and all-area selection as a sophomore and was also an all-league performer in track (4x100, 4x200 and 4x400).
Son of Kelly and Layne ... also lettered in basketball, baseball and track ... also recruited by UCLA, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Nevada, UNLV, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona, San Diego State and LSU.