Granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in July 2019 … is a junior eligibility-wise in 2019 and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
2018 (Redshirt Junior): Appeared in all 13 games and made 12 starts at inside linebacker … Ranked sixth on the team with 47 tackles … Registered at least one tackle in every game and made multiple stops in 12-of-13 … Opened the season with four tackles and a fumble recovery that he returned 15 yards for a touchdown in shutout win over Alcorn State (Sept. 1) … Had six tackles at USF (Sept. 8) but was ejected from the game due to a targeting penalty in the second half, a turning point in Georgia Tech’s 49-38 loss … Was forced to sit out of the first half at Pitt (Sept. 15) due to the previous week’s targeting call but returned to make two tackles in the second half of the defeat … Was in on a sack against Clemson (Sept. 22) … Had five tackles and a quarterback hurry in rout at Louisville (Oct. 5) … Recorded a career-high seven stops in win at North Carolina (Nov. 3) … Had six tackles in Quick Lane Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 26).
2017 (Redshirt Sophomore): Sustained a lower-body injury during fall camp and missed the entire season.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in all 13 games with one start at outside linebacker (Sept. 17 vs. Vanderbilt) … Finished the season with 12 tackles … Ranked second on the team with four special-teams tackles (two on kickoffs, two on punts) … Matched a career high with three tackles at Pittsburgh (Oct. 8) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 12).
2015 (True Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Three-year letterwinner … Team captain as senior while leading Buford to three-straight state titles … Buford was 58-2 in four years … 2014 all-county, all-state first team selection and region defensive player of the year … Also played receiver, punter and punt returner … Led Buford with 75 tackles along with nine pass breakups, two interceptions and two punt returns for touchdown as senior … Coached by Jess Simpson, who is now defensive line coach at ACC rival Miami … Lettered three years in track for head coach David Snell … Team captain all three years … Was 2013 Georgia state pole vault champion.
Personal: Has two older brothers and one younger sister … Father, Buddy, was two-time All-Pro linebacker for Atlanta Falcons and 1980 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year … Brother, Justin, was drafted by Cincinnati Reds out of high school … Brother, Jessel, played football at Auburn in 2009-11 and Delaware in 2011-14 … Majoring in economics.