At Florida State: Returning first team Associated Press All-American along the defensive line...burst onto the national scene in the first injury-free season of his career...finished third on the team with 65 tackles...had 16 stops for loss, the second best season figure in school history behind Ron Simmons (17 in 1979) ...first team All-ACC pick and winner of the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award...sat out spring drills with a mild shoulder injury.
Junior Year (1998): Split playing time with Larry Smith during the 1998 campaign and proved to be one of the most dominating defensive lineman in the country...was a first team All-ACC selection and a first team AP All-American...also earned second team Football News All-American status...third on the team in tackles with 65, including 16 stops for loss...tops on the defensive line in tackles...had 37 solo hits and 28 assists...led all linemen and linebackers with five pass breakups...earned ACC defensive lineman of the week after his performance against Southern California...had five tackles, one sack, another tackle for loss, a pass breakup and recovered a fumble...had a season-high eight tackles at NC State...also had one and a half sacks, a tackle for loss and three pressures in that game...totaled seven stops at Maryland, including two for loss...recorded six tackles, two for loss, with two caused fumbles and a sack at Georgia Tech...had a sack and a half and a tackle for loss against North Carolina...earned the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award for most courageous comeback from an injury.
Sophomore Year (1997): Finished his sophomore campaign with 37 tackles (19 solo)...shared starting duties at noseguard ...totaled six tackles for loss and two sacks...first collegiate sack came against Virginia...had a season-high six tackles, including two for loss, in the victory at USC...had at least four tackles in nine of his 10 games played...credited with three tackles, two for loss, against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl...recovered a fumble at Florida that led to a Seminole field goal...forced to miss the Duke and Georgia Tech contests with a neck injury.
Freshman Year (1996): Played in three games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury...played in the Duke, North Carolina and Miami games...suffered a shoulder dislocation in practice prior to the Clemson game...had surgery to repair the injury the week of the Virginia contest...finished the year with seven tackles (one for loss)...had season-high three tackles against both Duke and North Carolina ...recorded his tackle for loss against Duke.
1995: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
High School: One of the most sought after defensive lineman in the country as a senior at Ely High in Pompano Beach...Miami Herald's Defensive Player of the Year...named to the All-USA squad by USA Today...earned Super Seniors honors after recording 22 sacks his senior year at Ely...a SuperPrep Dream Team selection...under-went successful rotator cuff surgery after high school career.
Personal: Born March 2, 1977...information studies major ...hails from the same high school as former Seminoles and current NFL players Zack and Henri Crockett...avid golfer who picked up the game last summer.
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