• Winner of the 2019 Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on.
• Attended Kirk Cousins' football camp as a youngster.
• Named the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the conference with 20.5 TFL as a junior.
OFF THE FIELD
• The 5th of 8 children in the family. Younger brother Charles, Jr. also played on the Michigan State football team; older brother Lourens is a national champion trampoline gymnast; sister Holliann is a lawyer, and sister Allison is a concert pianist. Father, Charles, is a heart surgeon.
• Graduated with his bachelor's degree in chemistry in December of 2020.
• Selected in the 7th round (#225 overall) in 2020, part of a 15-member draft class, the biggest in Vikings history since going to a 7-round draft.
• Placed on the Vikings Reserve/Injured list on 9/2/20.
• Part of a Big Ten draft class that had the 2nd-most players selected in 2019 behind only the SEC.