He was born on October 3, 1990 in Hockley, TX and attended Waller (TX) High School. As a redshirt freshman at Texas State, he appeared in 11 games as a reserve linebacker recording 52 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 quarterback hurries. He played in 11 games as a sophomore, recording 50 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery, and 1 hurry. As a junior, he moved into the starting lineup at middle linebacker, starting 8 games there, and the final 2 at strongside linebacker. He finished the year with 51 tackles, 5 for loss, 4 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, 2 hurries, and a blocked kick. As a senior, he moved to right defensive end where he started all 12 games he played in. He tallied a team-leading 95 tackles and 12 tackles for loss, adding 5.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery, and a pair of hurries. He would earned 2nd team All-WAC honors that year. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013.
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Signed by Atlanta Falcons on April 29, 2013.