- Comes to Tennessee after spending the past year as a defensive graduate assistant on Butch Jones' staff at Cincinnati
- Helped lead the Bearcats to a BIG EAST championship and was part of the staff that captured a Belk Bowl victory over Duke
- Was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive end at Central Michigan from 2006-09, playing his final three years under Jones
- Played in 54 career games at CMU starting in 23 of them including every game during his senior campaign, earning third-team All-MAC honors while helping lead the Chippewas to a conference championship
- In his four years at CMU, he made 123 tackles, including 25 for a loss, deflected three passes, forced two fumbles and recorded 13.5 sacks for 79 yards
- Participated in four bowl games as a player, while also winning three MAC Conference Championships.
- A native of Augusta, Ga., he majored in entrepreneurship at Central Michigan, graduating in 2010