He was born on July 20, 1988 in Tampa, FL and graduated from Pensacola (FL) High School. As a true freshman at South Florida, he appeared in 12 games as a reserve defensive tackle, logging eight tackles, four tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. As a sophomore he started nine of 12 games at defensive tackle, finishing the year with 32 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble. His junior season saw him start 11 of 13 games, recording 25 tackles, five for loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble. As a senior he started all 13 games, earning first-team All-Big East honors while tallying 24 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round (65th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Signed by Carolina Panthers on August 1, 2011 ... Placed on injured reserve by Panthers with a knee injury on December 6, 2011 ... Cut by Panthers on September 2, 2012 ... Signed by New England Patriots on September 26, 2012 ... Cut by Patriots on October 3, 2012 ... Signed by Houston Texans on October 29, 2012 ... Signed by Dallas Cowboys on March 12, 2014 ... Placed on injured reserve by Cowboys with a toe injury on September 22, 2015 ... Signed by Washington Redskins on March 9, 2017 ... Cut by Redskins on April 30, 2018 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 11, 2018.
Signed a one-year contract with the Falcons worth over $4 million and includes a signing bonus of $500,000.