2001 (Sophomore) - FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION by Kansas City Star... HONORABLE MENTION ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION by coaches and Associated Press... Named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award... FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION... Served as a team representative... Named MOST IMPROVED DEFENSIVE PLAYER for second straight year...
Played in all 11 games with 10 starts at linebacker... Tied for third on the team with 68 total tackles... Fourth on the squad with 49 solo tackles and second with 19 assisted tackles... Ranked second behind Ben Leber in TFLs with 11 on the season for 26 yards... Tied for third on the team with three sacks for 10 yards... Posted a career-high 12 tackles, including a career-best 10 solo stops, at Nebraska (11/10)... One of three Wildcats with double-figure tackles against the Cornhuskers, joining Josh Buhl and Jon McGraw... Twice led the team in tackles with eight vs. Texas A&M (10/20) and nine at Iowa State (11/3)... Credited with five solo tackles in the opener at USC (9/8)... Posted his first sack of the season against New Mexico State (9/22) to highlight five tackles on the day, including two TFLs... Had nine tackles against Colorado (10/6), including eight solo stops... Registered a team-high eight tackles against Texas A&M (10/20)... Against Iowa State (11/3) had a season-high three TFLs, including one sack, to go with team-best nine tackles... Followed with an even more impressive game at Nebraska, where he broke career-highs for tackles (12) and solo tackles (10)... Among those 12 tackles were three TFLs and one sack.
2000 (Freshman) - SECOND TEAM FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN by The Sporting News... BIG 12 DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR by league coaches... FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12... Fourth Wildcat under Bill Snyder to be named Big 12 Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year (Chris Canty '94, Travis Ochs '95, Mark Simoneau '96)... MOST IMPROVED DEFENSIVE PLAYER by K-State coaches... Finished 11th on team in tackles with 39... Also had 26 solo stops... Played in 13 of Wildcats' 14 games, including the Cotton Bowl... Started in final six games, including Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl... Finished with 6 tackles for losses of 14 yards... Had an interception against Iowa State (11/4)... Had career-high seven tackles each in three separate games... Went 6-1-7 vs. Ball State (9/16) to set career-high in solos... Also had 5-2-7 outing vs. Nebraska (11/11) and followed with 4-3-7 chart at Missouri (11/18)... Had 13-8-21 on defensive stats after breaking into starting lineup at Texas A&M (10/21).
1999 - Redshirt season ... Overachiever Award winner with Andrew Shull for work done with stength and conditioning while redshirting.
Western Hills HS - Earned all-district and all-state honors in Class 4A in 1998... Was a four-year letterwinner at Western Hills... Western Hills HS is at the 4A level in District 9 in Texas... First team all-district as a freshman, sophomore and junior before winning district defensive MVP honors as a senior... Second team All-State pick by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram... Third team All-State pick by the Texas Sportswriters Association... Team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior... SuperPrep All-Southwest Region... Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100 for Texas... PrepStar All-Big 12 Region pick... Had 93 solo, 41 assisted tackles, 10 tackles for losses of 134 yards, three interceptions (one for touchdown), one safety, one forced fumble and one recovery in 1998... Had three 20-tackle games as a senior... Averaged more than 14 tackles per game throughout his high school career... Labeled as the "Most-Feared" Defensive Player in District 9-4A as a senior... High school coach was Glen Keller... Also participated in track & field for four years, finishing third in the 4A State meet for the shot put as a junior, and winning three district titles in the shot and two in the discus entering his senior year... Won the shot put and discus at the 1999 Texas Relays with a career-best throw of 59-0.50 and 192-4 respectively... Set a Texas all-class record in the discus with a throw of 210-9 to become the first Texas athlete to throw the discus more than 200 feet... The toss was the 11th best all-time at the high-school level and came in the 4A regional meet.
Personal - Born June 21, 1981... Mother is Nedra Pierce ... Ambition is to attend law school... Greatest sports thrill in high school was winning first playoff game in school history as a sophomore... Uncle, Ozell Cooks, played football at North Texas.
Bowl Performances - Credited with three solo tackles in Wildcats' 35-21 win over Tennessee in 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic... tallied 10 tackles, including five solo stops, vs. Syracuse in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl... also recorded three tackles for loss (-11 yards), including a pair of sacks (-9 yards), vs. the Orangemen.
Career highs - Tackles: 7, 3 times (last at Missouri, 11/18/00); Solo tackles: 6 vs Ball State (9/16/00); TFL: 2 vs Texas A&M (10/28/00); Interceptions: 1 vs Iowa St (11/4/00); PBU: 1, 3 times (last vs Iowa State, 11/4/00).