At Florida State: FSU’s top returning pass rusher with seven sacks last year... started all 12 games at right defensive end during national championship run...second-team All-ACC in 1999...should have tremendous senior season after choosing to return to FSU rather than leave early for the NFL, despite predictions as a possible first round selection...will be asked to lead the way as younger interior linemen mature...returned for his senior season despite predictions he would be an early NFL pick in last year's draft...solid spring culminated with two sacks in the spring game and the spring's Most Dependable Defensive Lineman award.
Junior Year (1999): Finished 1999 with an impressive performance in the National Championship game...recorded three sacks, five solo tackles and one assist in the Sugar Bowl...second on the team with 11 tackles for loss...57 total tackles ranked eighth on the team, 33 of which were solo stops...had eight solo tackles in two games versus Clemson and Maryland...sacked Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton twice and added four tackles versus the Yellow Jackets...had a season-high three tackles for loss versus Miami...also had two fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups in 1999...earned Victor's Club honors six times.
Sophomore Year (1998): Cracked the starting lineup twice as a sophomore at defensive end, against North Carolina and Florida, while appearing in every game...finished the year with 42 tackles (27 solo) with seven for loss...third on the team with 4.5 sacks...three of his sacks came in one game, at Wake Forest, when he stepped in for an injured Roland Seymour...had six tackles, a half a sack and a stop for loss in the win over Duke...named Tomahawk Defensive Player of the Game against Clemson after a five-tackle, two-pressure, two-intimidation game...recorded a career-best seven tackles against North Carolina while also recovering fumble...also a standout on special teams.
Freshman Year (1997): Played behind Greg Spires and Tony Bryant for the majority of the season at defensive end...credited with 12 tackles (five solo) in eight games...one of 15 true freshmen to see action...saw significant playing time on special teams...had a season-high four tackles in the Wake Forest victory...tallied three stops at Duke...registered his first career tackle versus Maryland in the second game of the season.
High School: Widely regarded as one of the country's top defensive ends along with fellow signee David Warren...recorded 174 tackles (six for loss), two sacks and two caused fumbles as a senior at Aiken High...rated as the nation's top defensive lineman by SuperPrep and No. 2 national prospect...selected to the USA Today All-USA second team...earned first team Parade All-American honors...named to the PrepStar Dream Team as well as that publication's No. 2 defensive lineman in the ACC region...a National Recruiting Advisor All-American and No. 3 rated defensive end nationally...selected FSU over Clemson, Alabama and Florida.
Personal: Comes from a football family as two older brothers, Rashad and Diron, played Division I football...Rashad played at Rice while Diron played at Wake Forest..social science major...born February 20, 1979.