He was born on November 3, 1990 in Norfolk, VA where he attended Maury High. As a freshman at UVA, he played safety and appeared in 10 games mostly on special teams. He finished the year with six tackles. As a sophomore he moved to strong-side linebacker, where he started 11 of 12 games and led the team with 66 tackles. He also tallied seven tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. As a junior he started all 13 games at weak-side linebacker, recording 88 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one pass defended and one fumble recovery. He started 10 games at weak-side linebacker during his senior season, missing a game and part of another with a hand injury. He recorded 90 tackles, 9.5 for loss, one sack and four passes defended that year on his way to earn honorable mention All-ACC honors. He was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.
Signed by Jacksonville Jaguars on April 28, 2013 ... Suspended by NFL for four games due to violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy on November 12, 2013 ... Reinstated on December 6, 2013 ... Cut by Jaguars on September 26, 2015 ... Signed by Chicago Bears on September 29, 2015 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 16, 2016 ... Re-signed by Falcons on March 9, 2017 ... Placed on injured reserve by Falcons with a pectoral injury on September 4, 2017 ... Activated to 53-man roster by Falcons on October 31, 2017.
Signed a one-year deal with the Falcons in 2017 worth up to $1.85 million due to $550,000 in incentives. His deal includes a $250,000 signing bonus and a $200,000 workout bonus. His base salary is $850,000 giving him a 2017 cap hit of $1.3 million.