Smart linebacker who plays the position well . . . Earned valuable time with the top unit in the spring . . . Projected to be a contributor . . . Heady-type player who knows the game . . . Continues to improve size and quickness . . . Hard-working kid . . . Made one start and played in all 11 games in 2009 . . . Netted 14 tackles, including nine unassisted efforts . . . Also recovered a fumble . . . GLIAC All-Academic Team pick . . . Redshirted in 2008 . . . Graduated from Munster (Ind.) High School in 2008 . . . Coached by Leroy Marsh . . . Tallied 142 total tackles with two sacks his senior year . . . Netted 68 solo stops and 53 assists as a junior . . . Two-time all-conference and all-area selection . . . Served as team captain . . . Twice chosen as team’s MVP . . . Only two-time team MVP in school history . . . Played fullback and tight end in addition to linebacker as a prepster . . . Also competed in basketball and track . . . His father, Stephen, played football at Ohio University . . . Has two sisters . . . Enjoys working out and fishing . . . Served as a DARE role model while in high school . . . FSU Letters: One . . . Birthdate: 5/24/89 . . . Major: Finance Corporate Accounting.