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What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
6’3” 265 lbs.
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
University of New Hampshire
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
All of the CAA teams, most of the (former) Big East, and some of the MAC schools.
How did you choose your school?
Ultimately I wanted a place I was going to be comfortable both on the field and in the classroom. UNH is a family atmosphere, where the coaches and professors want to see you succeed in life, and you won’t find a team that is closer.
Where are you from?
Telford, Pennsylvania. It is a suburb of Philadelphia.
Who is your role model, and why?
My parents are my role models. My father is a hard working individual who has instilled a never give up attitude in me. My mother is a loving woman who has always been there for me and has been to every one of my games no matter where it’s been.
Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?
We have had many scouts come to our school. They are saying I’m a guy that is between a defensive end and outside linebacker due to my size. A lot will depend on my pro day.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played youth soccer and a year of basketball. I am a second-degree black belt in Taekwon-Do and I also participated in the long jump and high jump in track & field.
I was a tight end as well in high school.
At your position, what separates you from others?
My knowledge of the game definitely separates me from others. I am a quick learner on the field, and I will compete until the whistle blows every snap.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I look for any keys that my opponent will give away. I look at the stance pre-snap for a run or pass key, their pass set and hand placement, and if they lean on contact.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Ben Ijalana, former Villanova offensive tackle.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
I would compare myself to Jared Allen. He is a hard-worker on the field and is an intense competitor.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis my senior year of high school and it got to the point where I needed the surgery to remove my colon. I got the surgery May of 2011 and wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to play football again. It was a long process, but with the help of my family and coaches I overcame this obstacle and returned to school and football 100% healthy.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I always listen to music, but two songs that always have to play are “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross to help relax, and “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins right before I go out on the field.
What is your biggest strength?
My work ethic
What is your biggest weakness?
My size and whether I fit as a linebacker or defensive end.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I’m here to win. I will do whatever it takes to win and I will outwork any opponent that I face.
Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?
My favorite player was Reggie White and my favorite team was the New York Jets.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
Chris Kyle, Reggie White, Muhammad Ali