Selected by the Cardinals in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft and has appeared in all 32 games (4 starts) during his first two seasons.
2012: Saw action in all 16 games for the second straight year and made his first four starts (two at DE, one at DT, and one at NT) … totaled 15 tackles, two passes defensed, three QB hits, and two QB pressures … recorded one solo tackle and two QB hits in the season opener vs. Sea (9/9) … made his first career start in place of the injured Calais Campbell at DE @ Atl (11/18); had one tackle, one pass defensed, and one QB hit … started for the second straight game and recorded one tackle vs. StL (11/25) … collected two tackles @ NYJ (12/2) … made his third start of the season and totaled a career-high five tackles, including one for loss, and one pass defensed @ Sea (12/9) … started at NT vs. Det (12/16) … recorded two tackles in the season finale @ SF (12/30).
2011: Played in all 16 games and had 16 tackles, three passes defensed, a sack, and a forced fumble during his rookie season … recorded a tackle for loss in first career game vs. Car (9/11) … had one unassisted tackle @ Was (9/18) … registered one tackle, one QB pressure, and one QB hit @ Sea (9/25) … posted his first career sack, forcing a fumble by QB Eli Manning that led to a Cardinals TD in the third quarter vs. NYG (10/2); also had a season-high three tackles … finished with one solo tackle and his first career pass defensed @ Bal (10/30) … had one pass defensed and one QB pressure vs. StL (11/6) … posted a tackle for loss @ SF (11/20) … tied his career high with three tackles vs. SF (12/11) … collected two tackles, including one for loss vs. Cle (12/18) … recorded two tackles @ Cin (12/24).
Played in 40 games (12 starts) during his four seasons at UCLA and had 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and five passes defensed … defensive recipient of the Bruins Kenneth S. Washington Award as the team’s most outstanding senior in 2010 after starting all 12 games and ranking sixth on the team with 41 tackles (27 solos) … added 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, two passes defensed and a forced fumble … as a junior in ’09, was co-recipient of UCLA’s Captain Don Brown Memorial Award (most improved player) after playing in all 13 games as a reserve DT … registered nine tackles (five solos), adding two sacks for minus 17 yards … played in all 12 games as a reserve DT as a sophomore in ’08, registering 13 tackles (eight solos), a tackle for loss and a QB pressure … played in three games as a reserve DT as a freshman in ‘07… totaled three tackles (two solos), a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss … redshirted in ‘06.
Attended Henry J. Kaiser (Fontana, CA) High School and was a first-team All-San Bernardino County selection by the Riverside Press-Enterprise … earned all-league honors as a senior DE while registering 69 tackles with seven sacks and nine passes defensed … served as a team captain and led his team to a 10-3 overall record in 2005 … a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, who ranked him as the 39th-best strong-side DE in the country and the 68th overall recruit in the state of California … also lettered in track and field and was a member of his high school’s debate team … History major at UCLA … brother, Chris, was drafted in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers after playing DE at Fresno State (2007-10).
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