Two-way lineman won a state title as a Maryland prep. Started the 2008-09 school year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy prep school before enrolling at Maryland in January 2009 and participating in spring practice. Saw limited action in seven games as a freshman, recording two tackles. Missed time with a concussion. Played in 13 games as a reserve defensive lineman in 2010 and had 21 tackles, one-half tackle for loss and no sacks. Was also used as a goal-line fullback on offense. Did not play in 2011 after transferring to Delaware. Earned a starting spot with the Blue Hens in 2012, starting 11 games at right defensive tackle and recording 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack with one pass batted. Intercepted a pass at the line of scrimmage against William and Mary and ran 47 yards for a touchdown. Started all 12 games in 2013, tallying 57 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks with two passes batted and two forced fumbles. Team captain.
Has a solid frame with long arms. Good lower-body power -- can collapse the pocket and walk blockers back to the quarterback when he comes off the ball low. Secure tackler. Regularly splits the double team and can stack the point vs. single blocks. Likes the weight room and works to improve.
Short. Limited agility. Tends to wear down, takes some plays off and effort wanes. Gets fooled by misdirection and can be late to locate the ball. Could stand to improve hand use as a pass rusher and shedding blocks. Regularly faced inferior competition. Has a concussion history.
Thick-bodied, long-armed, powerful 3-4 nose tackle with scheme versatility to factor in a rotation for an even or odd front. Uses a lot of finesse and would be best utilized in a defense where he is allowed to slant, stunt and shoot gaps. Has moldable tools to develop.