6’1” – 230 lbs.
Did a little bit of everything in high school, then played on special teams as a reserve safety during his freshman season. Redshirted the following year after sustaining an injury, then picked up 19 tackles as a hybrid safety/linebacker in 2018, starting two games. Converted to linebacker full-time and started six games in 2019, totaling 52-9.0-2.5. Followed that up with 58-6.5-0.0 in eight games in 2020, then posted 73-9.0-2.0 over ten games this past year, intercepting two passes.
Weakside linebacker with three years of solid production under his belt. Plays like his hair is on fire, with very good feel/anticipatory skills. Gets up to speed quickly and looks fast in pursuit. Range is very impressive, with sound angles. Closes fast and tackles well in the open field. Despite being on the small side, shows toughness when taking on blocks. Was asked to play on the edge a little bit and does a nice job of getting what extension he can and setting the edge. Plays with patience on the backside. Often lines up shaded out over slot receivers. Very impressive movement skills in coverage; safety background is evident in his clean footwork when backpedaling or shuffling and in his fluid hips, traits which allow him to carry opposing receivers downfield. Does a nice job of using his hands to feel routes. Handles the screen game well. Forced nine fumbles over his career. Has experience at safety and on special teams.
Fifth-year senior who’s a little bit older than your typical prospect. On the borderline of what’s acceptable for a pro linebacker in terms of size; length is also a little bit lacking. Consequently, tackling radius is a little bit limited, and some teams running odd fronts may not be willing to consider him for their base defense. Role might have to change somewhat at the pro level, as he was often playing out of the box over a slot receiver at Nebraska. Pass-rush production was marginal, taking the vast majority of his passing-down snaps in space. Missed time due to injuries this past season and redshirted in 2017.
A three-year starter who offers an impressive combination of instincts, athleticism, and polish, reading keys quickly in the run game and showing the ability to play in space in the passing game. May not meet every team’s size requirements, but looks like his floor might be a role as a sub package linebacker and core special-teams player. Very likable prospect who maximizes his skillset.