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OLB, N. Carolina
1996: A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference LB....Second-team All-American choice by The Sporting News....Named Carolina’s Defensive Most Valuable Player....Semifinalist for Dick Butkus Award.....had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee on October 7th & was on astroturf 19 days later....tied for third in the ACC & 29th in the country with 4 Int.....set Carolina career and single-season records for interception return yardage...had 85 tackles, 12 QB pressures, 9 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 6 pass breakups, & 1 fumble recovery in addition to the 4 Int....
‘96 - 41 T, 44 A, 85 Hits, 6 PBU, 12 Pres, 9-41 TFL, 2-20 QB, 4 Int....’95 - 59 T, 54 A, 113 Hits, 8 PBU, 5 Pres, 11-25 TFL, 5-14 QB, 2 Int.....’94 - 14 T, 9 A, 23 Hits, 0 PBU, 1 Pres, 3-11 TFL, 1-4 QB, 0 Int.
He is undoubtably the most complete OLB in this draft, and has the AA and skills to do it all. He is a solid football player with no baggage...He has good speed and AA. He has the ability to protect his body and get off blocks and get to the outside. He shows good chase and run support. He is a good open field tackler, and he has some natural pass rush skills off the edge when asked. He is also a solid pass defender and can drop into coverage or cover m/m. He is a very fluid and smooth athlete, and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Some teams have some questions about his ability to play over a TE. He is not the most physical guy at the POA, and he may wind up having to play WOLB, where he can run, chase, and play in space, and take advantage of his AA. He is not a guy that you want lost in the crowd mixing it up.