He was born on May 30, 1991 and attended Moorpark (CA) High. He enrolled at Ventura Junior College in California after high school. As a freshman, he finished with 58 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. As a sophomore, he tallied 110 tackles, 16 for loss, 10 sacks, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble on his way to earn JC All-American honorable mention and Southern California Football Association All-Conference first team honors. He redshirted the following year after transferring to Hawaii. As a junior, he started 5 of 10 games at middle linebacker, finishing with 26 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 interception and 1 pass breakup. As a senior, he started 9 of 12 games at middle linebacker and led the team with 90 tackles. He also added 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles on his way to earn All-Mountain West honorable mention honors. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 12, 2014.
Signed a three-year deal with Falcons in 2014.