He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Central High in Louisville, KY. As a freshman at Kentucky, he started 2 of 11 games, recording 18 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass deflection. He missed 2 games due to a sprained knee. As a sophomore, he started 12 of 13 games, finishing the year with 43 tackles, 4 for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 4 pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. He earned All-SEC Academic honors. As a junior, he started all 13 games finishing with 36 tackles, 10 for loss, 4 sacks, 2 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery. His senior year, he started 12 of 13 games, recording career highs of 56 tackles, 12 for loss, 4 sacks, 5 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 1 recovery. He earned 2nd team All-SEC honors that year. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on June 8, 2010 ... Placed by Falcons on Reserve/Non-Football Injury List ... Activated by Falcons off the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Signed by Falcons to a four-year contract worth $2.557 million including a $767,000 signing bonus. He will have base salaries of: $310,000 (2010); $405,000 (2011); $490,000 (2012); and $575,000 (2013). His contract also includes a $738,000 escalator clause that could be due in the fourth year.