Engaged with a son. Prepped at a small school in Iowa, where he won a state basketball championship and went to three state title games in football. Redshirted in 2009 and did not play in 2010 (academics). Started all 11 games at defensive end in 2011, recording 51 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 14 sacks with a batted pass and seven forced fumbles. Played hurt in 2012 but was a Buck Buchanan Award finalist (FCS outstanding defensive player). Started 10 of 11 games as a rush linebacker and posted 74 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks with two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Did not start against Northern Iowa. Was the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Started 11 of 12 games and registered 71 tackles for 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks with four pass breakups, an interception and four forced fumbles. Was ejected for targeting against Missouri State and had to sit out the first half against Indiana State. Participated in the East-West Shrine Game.