High school defensive back-quarterback who also returned kicks as a Virginia prep. Redshirted in 2009. Saw his first collegiate action in 2010 and played in 14 games, including four starts at free safety and one start at the WHIP linebacker position; had 45 tackles, a team-high nine pass breakups and no interceptions with 1.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Was suspended for the first quarter of the Orange Bowl for missing a team curfew. Started all 14 games in 2011 (11 at FS, three at rover) and had 89 tackles, 10 pass breakups and one INT with five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. During spring drills in 2012, he was moved to cornerback and had a breakout year, totaling 48 tackles, 16 pass breakups and five INTs with 1.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 13 starts. Was named the MVP of the Russell Athletic Bowl, returning an interception 32 yards in the Hokies' victory over Rutgers. Suffered a torn ACL and lateral meniscus of his right knee in a pickup basketball game in January 2013, requiring surgery (performed by Dr. James Andrews). Was unable to participate in off-season workouts and spring drills. After sitting out the first seven weeks of the season, he returned to the field in October and started three games, tallying four tackles, one pass breakup and no INTs. Early in his third start against Miami, he sprained his left ankle and missed the rest of the year.
Thickly built with defined muscle, a nice wing span and thin ankles. Very good body control and ball skills. Adjusts well in the air. Fluid pedal and movement skill for his size. Very good press strength to hem receivers at the line. Has extensive experience at safety and was used as a gunner and jammer on special teams. Very smart and well-spoken.
Average short-area quickness and leaping ability. Technique needs to be coached up. Not natural commanding the back end and making coverage adjustments vs. complex schemes. Likes to do things his own way -- confidence borders on arrogance and could rub some people the wrong way.
Big, strong cornerback with appealing size, field speed and press-coverage ability. Must prove that he can recover from off-season knee surgery and return to being the player he was as a junior.