At Florida State: Returns to the Seminoles' line-up as a back-up to Myron Rolle at the all-important rover position...started the Seminoles' first three games of the 2006 season at the rover position before an injury forced him from the line-up...cartilage damage in his left knee led to him missing the final 10 games...one of two seniors (also Roger Williams) to lend experience and depth to the defensive secondary...earned a scholarship during the fall of 2005 and earned the starter's spot at the rover position to begin the 2006 season...was named the top non-scholarship player for defense following spring practice in 2005.
Junior Year (2006): Started the Seminoles' first three games of the season (Miami, Troy, Clemson) before an injury forced him from the line-up...surgery to add cartilage to his injured knee was performed in early Oct....totaled 12 tackles in his three games (4.0 tackles per game) as one of the Seminoles' leaders on defense...earned half a quarterback sack -- the first of his career -- against Clemson.
Sophomore Year (2005): Played in all 13 games as a back-up at the rover position and on special teams...finished the season with 12 tackles...a season-high three tackles and blocked a punt to set up a field goal against NC State...also two tackles against Clemson.
Freshman Year (2004): Played in all 12 games with his playing time coming on special teams...finished the season with a career-high 13 tackles...recorded a career-high six tackles against Duke...three tackles against North Carolina, two against Wake Forest, one against Maryland and one in the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia.
2003: A redshirt season
High School: Graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in 2003... played on the varsity team all four years...a quarterback and safety as a freshman, sophomore and junior...played running back and safety as a senior...earned all-conference and all-county honors as a senior...led his team to the state championship playoffs in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Personal: Born July 15, 1985...major is social science...last name pronounced WHO-liss.