Played in all 12 games with five starts…led team with 91 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and added one interception, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry…tackles total tied for 10th in ACC…registered 10 or more tackles in four games…earned team’s Most Improved Award…produced career-high 15 tackles and one pass breakup at North Carolina State…opened season with 11 tackles vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…recorded 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and one quarterback hurry the next week in 36-26 win vs. Samford…ended season with 10 tackles vs. No. 13 Florida…made five stops at Syracuse…had three tackles in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…registered nine tackles and one pass breakup in 28-24 victory at Louisville…made seven tackles at No. 17 Miami…matched tackles total next time out in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest…had three tackles vs. No. 2 Clemson…made nine tackles and first career interception in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College.
Impressive freshman that appeared in all 13 games in a reserve defensive back and special teams role, cracking the starting lineup against Syracuse and at No. 4 Clemson…recorded 29 tackles and two pass breakups…made his collegiate debut against No. 1 Alabama, producing three tackles…put on a career day in his start at defending national champion Clemson, racking up 10 tackles to rank second on the team.
Consensus four-star prospect and No. 1 recruit in North Carolina who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…versatile prospect who can play safety, linebacker, tight end or wide receiver…rated the nation’s eighth-best safety and No. 63 overall prospect by Rivals…ranked the sixth-best outside linebacker and No. 96 recruit in the nation by 247Sports…didn’t start playing defense until his junior year…recorded 108 tackles and three interceptions to go along with 45 catches for 751 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season…as a junior, had 85 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven pass break-ups, and 35 receptions for 634 yards playing receiver…received all-conference honors as a junior and a senior…a hard hitter, who often lined up at linebacker in high school, but also displayed elite coverage skills…ESPN said “he is blessed with ideal measurables and versatility”…was named 2016 Associated Press First Team All-State and captured 2016 All-USA North Carolina First Team honors…came away with four tackles in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, helping lead the East Team to victory…also a standout prep hoops player…committed to Florida State in January 2017…chose the Seminoles over South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan and Penn State among several others.