Whale Branch Early
2017 (Redshirt Senior): Saw action in 10 games with six starts…Missed three games due to injury…Finished with 39 tackles (24 solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss…Added one interception and one fumble recovery…Had one PBU…Started and made Miami debut in season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2) and posted seven tackles (six solo)…Made second straight start in secondary and had five tackles (four solo) in win over Toledo (Sept. 23)…Started and had three tackles (two solo) and one PBU in win at Duke (Sept. 29)…Recorded first interception of Miami career and totaled six tackles (four solo) in start at Florida State (Oct. 7)…Missed games against Georgia Tech (Oct. 14), Syracuse (Oct. 21) and at North Carolina (Oct. 28) due to injury…Returned vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 4)…Had three tackles and 1.0 TFL in win over Notre Dame (Nov. 11)…Finished with six tackles and 0.5 TFL in win over Virginia (Nov. 18)…Saw action at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Started ACC Championship Game against Clemson (Dec. 2) and finished with four total tackles (three solo)…Started Capital One Orange Bowl against Wisconsin (Dec. 30) and finished with five tackles (three solo) and one fumble recovery.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Started all 12 games … Walter Camp All-American … Athlon All-American … first-team Associated Press All-American … first-team STATS All-American … first-team College Sports Madness All-American … first-team HERO Sports All-American … first-team All-Southern Conference … first Bulldog in program history to earn Walter Camp All-America honors twice … recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery … interceptions total tied for 3rd on The Citadel’s single-season list and passes defended total tied for 4th in school history … interceptions total ranked 1st in SoCon and tied for 3rd in FCS … average of 1.2 passes defended per game ranked 2nd in conference … was one of five defenders in FCS with two multiple-interception games in 2016 … grabbed interceptions on back-to-back plays in second round of FCS Playoffs vs. No. 19 Wofford … also made two interceptions with two pass breakups and four tackles in 19-14 victory vs. Furman … named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Paladins … had solo tackle in season-opening 24-23 win at Mercer … made four tackles in 31-24 win at Gardner-Webb … had two solo stops in 37-14 victory at Western Carolina … recorded two tackles, one interception and career-high-tying three pass breakups in 38-14 win at North Greenville … made two solo tackles in 22-14 victory vs. No. 5 Chattanooga … had three tackles and one fumble recovery in 24-21 win at Wofford … recorded five tackles, one interception and career-high-tying three pass breakups in 45-10 win vs. ETSU … registered season-high seven tackles in 38-35 victory vs. No. 20 Samford … made three tackles in 30-20 win at VMI … had two stops at North Carolina
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 13 games … Walter Camp All-American … first-team STATS All-American … second-team Associated Press All-American … second-team College Sports Madness All-American … CFPA Elite Defensive Back Award … first-team All-Southern Conference … September Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Month … recorded 46 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, five interceptions, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick … interception total ranked 1st in SoCon, 8th in FCS and 6th on program’s single-season list … 13 passes defended tied for 6th-highest single-season total in program history … average of 1.0 pass defended per game ranked 2nd in SoCon … recorded career-high 10 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and two pass breakups in 44-25 win at Samford … named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Bulldogs … grabbed career-high two interceptions and made career-high three pass breakups and two tackles in 28-10 win vs. Western Carolina … made two tackles and one interception in season-opening 69-0 win vs. Davidson … had two tackles and two pass breakups at Georgia Southern … registered three tackles, one blocked kick and one interception returned for a touchdown vs. Charleston Southern … had one solo stop in 39-12 win vs. Wofford … made six tackles in 38-17 win at Furman … had five tackles in 21-19 win vs. Mercer … recorded four tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in 35-14 win vs. VMI … made four tackles at No. 9 Chattanooga … had two stops in 23-22 win at South Carolina … recorded three tackles, 1.0 for loss, in 41-38 win at Coastal Carolina in first round of NCAA FCS Playoffs … made two tackles at Charleston Southern in second round of NCAA FCS Playoffs.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts … named to Southern Conference All-Freshman Team … recorded 51 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, with two interceptions and three pass breakups … also returned three kickoffs for 59 yards … named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording three tackles and intercepting a pass at the 1-yard line in 28-26 win at Mercer … registered season-high seven tackles and one pass breakup in 42-35 win vs. Furman … made three solo tackles, 1.0 for loss, in collegiate debut vs. Coastal Carolina … made six tackles at defending national champion Florida State … recorded four tackles and one pass breakup at Charleston Southern … had one solo tackle in 37-14 win vs. Gardner-Webb … made two solo tackles at Wofford … made three tackles in 63-56 win vs. Charlotte … registered six tackles, 1.0 for loss, vs. Chattanooga … recorded six tackles, 0.5 for loss, and first collegiate interception at Western Carolina … registered four tackles, 0.5 for loss, and one pass breakup vs. Samford … made six tackles in 45-25 win vs. VMI.
2013 (True Freshman): Worked with the Bulldogs’ scout team while redshirting.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Whale Branch Early College High School … lettered four times each in football, basketball and baseball and twice in track and field … served as a team captain his senior year when he caught 35 passes for 899 yards and 14 touchdowns, returned two punts for scores and intercepted three passes his senior season … named the Region 5A Wide Receiver and Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game … made 27 receptions for 512 yards and seven touchdowns and picked off two passes his junior year … earned all-region and region wide receiver of the year accolades for the first time in his career … caught passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore … all-region and all-area selection in basketball and baseball during the 2011-12 school year and a gold medalist in the 4×100 meter relay when his team won the Class A state championship … member of the National Honor Society.