Waived by Carolina (9/5/09)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (1/13/09)...Waived by Minnesota (8/30/08)...Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Minnesota (5/2/08).
2008: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Minnesota (5/2)...Waived by the Vikings in the final roster cutdown (8/30).
Played in 47 games with 41 starts at Illinois...Finished career sixth in school history with 407 tackles...Notched eight sacks, six forced fumbles, one interception and 13 passes defensed...2007 (Sr.): Second-team All-America...First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection...Started 13 games...Compiled a team-leading 132 tackles...Recorded 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and seven passes defensed...2006 (Jr.): Second-team All-Big Ten Conference choice...Named the team's Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Linebacker...Started 12 games...Led the Big Ten Conference and stood third in the nation with 152 tackles, the most by an Illini player since 1990...Posted four sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes defensed...2005 (So.): Started 11 games...Garnered recognition as the team's Outstanding Linebacker...Ranked second on the Illini with 67 tackles in addition to forcing two fumbles and breaking up one pass...2004 (Fr.): First-team Big Ten All-Freshman by The Sporting News...Played in 11 games, starting the final five...Produced 56 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed...2003: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Attended Central HS in Champaign, IL...Graduated from Illinois with a degree in speech communications...Enrolled in graduate school in human resource education...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.
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