◊ Appeared in every game of 2012 and set career-bests in tackles (90), sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (2) and touchdowns (1) during his 2012 campaign.
◊ Started every game in his rookie season, posting three sacks, the most by a Jets rookie since former first-round DEs Shaun Ellis and John Abraham registered 8.5 and 4.5 respectively in 2000.
◊ Was the first rookie to start on defense on opening day for the Jets since Dwight Lowery started at cornerback in 2008, and the first rookie to start for a Rex Ryan defense in the opening game since DT Haloti Ngata and SS Dawan Landry...Both players started under Ryan in BLT in 2006, while he served as the defensive coordinator.
◊ Became the first player to record a safety on his first sack in the NFL since LB Jameel McClain accomplished the feat for a then-Rex Ryan led Baltimore Ravens defense vs. OAK (10/26/08).
◊ 04/28/11, NYJ, D1 (30)
◊ 2012 (JETS) Appeared in all 16 games, starting 15 and racking up 90 tackles, two forced fumbles, six passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one touchdown and five sacks. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (12/30 at BUF)...Tallied four tackles in the final game of the season. (12/23 vs. SD)...Sacked QB Philip Rivers to tally his fifth sack of the season...Registered six tackles, including two for a loss, one QB hurry and one pass defensed. (12/17 at TEN)...Blocked a Tennessee Titans field goal attempt...Tallied four tackles including two tackle for a loss. (12/09 at JAX)...Took down QB Chad Henne for an eight-yard loss and collected six tackles...Set new career-high tallying four total sacks this season. (12/02 vs. ARZ)...Sacked QB Ryan Lindley for a seven-yard loss...Helped hold the Cardinals offense to 137 total net yards and 0-of-15 on third-down conversions, the first time since the 1970 merger that an NFL team was held without a third-down conversion in 15 attempts or more...Tallied four tackles and one pass defensed. (11/18 at SL)...Made his second sack of the season, taking down QB Sam Bradford for a loss of three yards...Forced a fumble that was scooped up by LB Bart Scott and taken down the field for 38 yards. (11/11 at SEA)...Recovered the first fumble of his career when he scooped up a QB Russell Wilson ball stripped by DE Mike DeVito and took it 21 yards for a touchdown...For the second time in his career, collected a career-high 11 tackles.(10/28 vs. MIA)...Registered nine tackles and two passes defensed. (10/21 at NE)...Tallied eight tackles. (10/14 vs. IND)...Helped hold the Colts to 41 yards rushing on 17 attempts and did not allow a rushing first down...For the first time in Jets history, did not allow a rush of more than five yards...Made his first sack of the season, taking down rookie QB Andrew Luck and forcing a fumble to set the Jets up for a touchdown. (09/23 at MIA)...Set a new career-high with 11 tackles. (09/09 vs. BUF)...Collected four tackles in the home opener.
◊ 2011 (JETS) Started all 16 games as a rookie...Led all Jets defensive linemen in sacks, as his three were the most by a Jets rookie since former first-round DEs Shaun Ellis and John Abraham registered 8.5 and 4.5 respectively in 2000. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (12/24 vs. NYG)…Pulled down QB Eli Manning to earn his third sack of the season and second in consecutive weeks. (12/18 at PHI)…Dropped QB Vince Young for an 11-yard loss and his second sack of the season...Forced the first fumble of his career on sack of Young. (10/9 vs. JAX)…Recorded the first sack of his career, a safety, when he spun down QB Luke McCown...The play made him the first player to record a safety on his first sack since 2008, when Ravens LB Jameel McClain did it for a Rex Ryan-led defense in Baltimore. (9/11 vs. DAL)…Made his NFL debut as he started in the Jets 27-24 win...Became the first rookie to start on defense on opening day for the Jets since Dwight Lowery started at cornerback in 2008, and the first rookie to start for a Rex Ryan defense in the opening game since DT Haloti Ngata and SS Dawan Landry started for BLT in 2006.
BEFORE THE NFL
◊ Appeared in 36 games at Temple, 11 at nose guard and 25 at left defensive tackle…Finished his collegiate career with 144 tackles (88 solos), 17.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and five quarterback pressures…Added 11 passes defensed and blocked one kick.
◊ As a junior, named team captain as he started all 12 games at left defensive tackle…Was a unanimous All-Mid American Conference first-team choice and was also named to the Outland Trophy Watch List as he ranked third on the team and led the conference’s defensive linemen with a career-best 70 tackles (45 solos), as he led the school and ranked second in the MAC with 9.5 sacks…His 13 tackles for a loss led the team and were fifth in the conference…Recipient of the team’s Defensive MVP Award.
◊ Prior to enrolling at Temple, attended Hargrave (Chatham, Va.) Military Academy, playing on both sides of the ball as a defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and offensive tackle for head coach Robert Prunty.
◊ Played both football and basketball at Linden (NJ) High School, earning Home News Tribune first-team All-Area and The Newark Star-Ledger second-team All-Union County honors…Lettered twice as a defensive end and tight end.
OFF THE FIELD
◊ Majored in business administration.
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