Strong, experienced outside linebacker who is a returning starter ... has excellent speed and quickness ... could be a strong candidate for all-conference honors ... expected to be one of the Tigers’ top defensive players ... transfer from Virginia Tech who joined the Tigers prior to the 2012 season.
2012 SEASON: Appeared in all 11 games for the Colonial Athletic Association co-champions ... made nine starts ... ranked fifth on team with 49 tackles ... made 2.5 tackles for lost yardage ... recovered a fumble and also forced a fumble ... broke up two passes ... made first start for the Tigers in season opener at Kent State and made five tackles ... made 1.5 tackles for lost yardage at Kent State ... helped Tigers to a win over William & Mary with five tackles ... made a career high 11 tackles and forced a fumble at Louisiana State ... had seven tackles in Homecoming victory over St. Francis ... helped Tiger defensive effort at James Madison with six tackles ... had three tackles, including one for lost yardage, against Old Dominion ... helped Tigers to win at Villanova with three tackles and a pass breakup ... made two tackles in overtime win at Delaware ... contributed three tackles to victory over Rhode Island ... led Tigers to 64-35 win at New Hampshire with four tackles in season finale.
AT VIRGINIA TECH: Two-year performer at linebacker for the Hokies ... appeared in four games in 2011 and made six tackles ... one of the team’s top specials teams performers.
AT GRANBY H.S.: Earned All-State and All-Region honors for Coach David Hudak ... made 143 tackles as a senior ... also intercepted five passes and scored two touchdowns ... had three sacks ... had team high 153 tackles as a junior ...also recovered two fumble and intercepted six passes in junior year ... also wrestled at Granby and earned All-State honors.
PERSONAL: Has two brothers and two sisters ... has done community service work with Relay For Life ... favorite NFL team in the Dallas Cowboys ... lists former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis as his favorite NFL player ... favorite athlete LeBron James ... favorite movie is “Friday Night Lights” ... lists Will Smith as his favorite actor ... won national wrestling title as a sixth grader ... enjoys eating chicken ... son of James Clark and Tonya Wade ... born on September 25, 1990 in Greensboro, N.C. ... major is economics.