The Cardinals second-round selection (50th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft has appeared in 63 of 64 possible regular games in his first four seasons (46 starts) and all six postseason games. Given the franchise designation on 3/2/12 before agreeing to a five-year contract on 5/10/12.
2011: Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and posted career highs with 73 tackles, a team-leading 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 11 passes defensed … also had a fumble recovery, his first career INT, and was second on the team with 16 QB hits and 11 tackles for loss … added a career-high three blocked FGs, helping the Cardinals record an NFL-best five blocked FG attempts on the season; three blocked FGs tied Seattle’s Red Bryant for the most in the NFL in 2011 … registered four tackles and one pass defensed in the season opener vs. Car (9/11) … recorded third career blocked FG, blocking Graham Gano’s 30-yard attempt in the second quarter @ Was (9/18); led d-line with four tackles and had two passes defensed and two QB hits … registered a career-high 2.5 sacks @ Sea (9/25); marked his third consecutive game against Seattle with a sack; also posted a team-high 10 tackles and four QB hits; marked the second time in his career he recorded double-digit tackles in a game … forced a fumble by Ahmad Bradshaw on first drive of the game vs. NYG (10/2); led d-line with six unassisted tackles, including a tackle for loss … led the d-line with five tackles, including one for loss @ Min (10/9) … split a sack with LB Paris Lenon in the second quarter @ Bal (10/30); also added six tackles and two QB hits … blocked Josh Brown’s potential game-winning 42-yard FG attempt on the final play of regulation vs. StL (11/6), his second blocked FG of the season and fourth of his career; led the d-line with six tackles, including two for loss, and had a team-high two sacks and three QB hits … recorded his first career INT @ Phi (11/13), picking off Michael Vick in the third quarter with the Eagles leading 14-7 and driving inside the Arizona 20; also had two unassisted tackles and two passes defensed … recorded the fifth blocked FG of his career and third of the season @ SF (11/20), blocking David Akers 46-yard attempt on the 49ers opening drive of the game; added four unassisted tackles, a pass defensed and a QB hit … recorded a sack vs. Dal (12/4), one of a season-best five sacks in the game for the Cardinals; totaled four tackles, including one for loss, one pass defensed, and one QB hit; final tackle was 200th of his career … equaled his career high with his seventh sack of the season vs. SF (12/11), helping the Cardinals to record five sacks for the second straight game; marked his 20th career sack; had two passes defensed, including batting down Alex Smith’s pass on 3rd-n-1 on the 49ers final drive; totaled three tackles, including one for loss, and had one QB pressure … recovered Seneca Wallace’s fumble at the 5-yard line to set up the game-tying FG in the fourth quarter vs. Cle (12/18); led the d-line with four tackles … recorded his career-best eighth sack of the season, taking down Andy Dalton in the second quarter @ Cin (12/24); forced a Cedric Benson fumble in the fourth quarter that Kerry Rhodes recovered; totaled seven tackles, including one for loss, two passes defensed and one QB hit … had one solo tackle and one QB hit vs. Sea (1/1/12), before leaving the game in the second half with an ankle injury.
2010: Started 15 games for the second consecutive season, missing one game with an ankle injury … registered 64 tackles and a team-leading six sacks … started the season opener and registered three tackles, one sack, one pass defensed and a team-high two QB hits @ StL (9/12) … led the d-line with five unassisted tackles @ Atl (9/19) … for the second straight week registered five tackles vs. Oak (9/26) and was part of a defense that held Oakland to one TD in five trips in the red zone … registered one sack and five tackles @ Sea (10/24) … led AZ d-line with six tackles, two tackles for loss, one QB hit and a sack vs. Sea (11/14) … inactive (ankle) vs. SF (11/29); marked first game missed of his career; had played in 48 consecutive games including the postseason … despite being limited in practice all week (ankle), returned to the starting lineup and recorded one sack, two tackles and one pass defensed vs. StL (12/5) … registered first career fumble recovery vs. Den (12/12); recovery led to a FG to make it 22-3 early in the fourth quarter … led defense with a career-high 11 tackles (nine solo), four tackles for loss, one QB hit and one sack vs. Car (12/19) … totaled two sacks, four tackles, one QB pressure and one QB hit vs. Dal (12/25).
2009: In his second NFL season, totaled 53 tackles, seven sacks, five passes defensed, and two blocked FGs while starting 15 of 16 regular season games played and one of two postseason games … in first career start, tied for the team-lead with seven tackles, while also recording one QB pressure and one QB hit vs. SF (9/13) … blocked first career FG and registered first half-sack of career @ Jax (9/20); blocked FG was returned 83 yards for a TD by Antrel Rolle, putting Arizona up 17-3 in the second quarter; named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career … came up big again on special teams, blocking a 35-yard Kris Brown FG and making a TD saving tackle at the AZ 31-yard-line after a 62-yard punt return by Jacoby Jones vs. Hou (9/27); following Jones punt return, helped defense stop the Texans on four straight downs, including the last three where they only needed one-yard for a first down; also part of the goal line stand that stopped the Texans from scoring on three straight plays in the final two minutes … registered 1.5 sacks @ Sea (10/18) … recorded one sack and led the defensive line with two passes defensed @ NYG (10/25); deflected an Eli Manning pass that was picked off by Adrian Wilson at the Giants 24-yard line … led team with eight tackles, including two tackles for loss vs. Car (11/1) … recorded first forced fumble of the season and one QB hit @ StL (11/22) … did not start for the first time all season as the Cardinals opened the game with six DBs, but tied for the lead among defensive linemen with four tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack vs. Min (12/6); sack forced Minnesota into a 3rd-and-24 which resulted in an INT on the following play in the third quarter … registered five tackles, one tackle for loss, one QB hit, and one sack @ SF (12/14) … had three tackles, one tackle for loss, one QB hit and one sack vs. StL (12/27) … registered two tackles before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a thumb injury in the regular season finale vs. GB (1/3/10) … played with thumb injury that required a cast and recorded two tackles and one QB hit vs. GB (1/10/10) in the Wild Card contest … continued to play with a cast on his injured thumb and led the defensive line with three solo tackles and one QB hit @ NO (1/16/10) in the Divisional matchup.
2008: As a rookie, played in all 16 regular season games and four postseason games (including the Super Bowl) as a reserve DE and special teams contributor, finishing fourth on the team with 16 special teams tackles during the regular season ... collected first career tackle in NFL debut @ SF (9/7) ... in just seven plays on defense registered three solo tackles as well as first career special teams tackle vs. Mia (9/14) ... in just 16 plays on defense, registered three tackles, one QB pressure and first career forced fumble vs. Dal (10/12) ... returned one kickoff 16 yards and recorded two tackles on nine defensive plays @ Car (10/26) ... registered a career-high three special teams tackles @ StL (11/2) ... recorded season-high four tackles and one tackle for loss @ NE (12/21) ... played in first career playoff game vs. Atl (1/3/09) … had first career pass defensed @ Car (1/10/09) … recorded one tackle and one special teams tackle in each of the four postseason games and his four special teams tackles tied for the team-high in the postseason.College:
Played in 36 career games with the Hurricanes (25 starts) before entering the NFL Draft following his junior season … finished his career with 158 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 39 tackles for a loss, and 30 QB pressures … two-time All-ACC selection … started all 12 games at right DE as a junior, finishing the season with 50 tackles and a team-high 12 tackles for a loss … recorded six sacks and 19 QB pressures while forcing two fumbles, recovering two fumbles and recording his first career INT … started 12 of 13 games at right DE as a sophomore and was named the team’s MVP … ranked second on the team with 10.5 sacks and led the ACC with 20 tackles for loss (fourth best in the nation) … added a team-high 16 QB pressures and three fumble recoveries while totaling 80 tackles, six behind team leader Brandon Meriweather … had a streak of seven consecutive games with at least one sack, the second-longest streak in school history … appeared in all 12 games with one start as a freshman, totaling 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight QB pressures and 5.5 tackles for a loss.
First name pronounced “cuh-LAY-us” … attended South (Aurora, CO) High School and was a two-time All-State pick as a DE as a junior and senior while also playing TE as a senior … established a state record with 58 sacks over his four seasons with 38 of those coming in his final two seasons … as a senior, recorded 19 sacks, 188 tackles and two INTs on defense and added 38 receptions for 412 yards and four TDs as a TE … as a junior, recorded five TDs off of blocked kicks and fumble recoveries … an all-around athlete, also garnered All-State accolades in basketball as a junior and competed in track and field, qualifying for the state meet in both discus and shot put in 2003 … younger brother, Jared, was a SS at Miami (FL) and spent time with the Cardinals in training camp in 2011 … other brothers played college football as well; his older brother Ciare was a DB at Colorado State from 2004-05 and his brother Raj played football at Butte and Orange County Junior Colleges and was a receiver at Adams State … Sociology major at Miami.