Villanova: Physical player with good tackling skills; Has very good football instincts; Expected to be a playmaker for the Wildcat defense.
2009: Named third team All-CAA; Started 12 of the 14 games he played in and tallied 73 total tackles (47 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss (fourth on team), two quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception; Had seven solo tackles and one assisted stop at Temple; Posted three solo tackles versus Lehigh; Credited with six total tackles and two tackles for loss at Penn; Recorded three solo stops, one assisted tackle, two tackles for loss and one sack against Northeastern; Made a career-high 11 tackles to go with an interception versus William & Mary; Registered three solo tackles, four assisted stops and a tackle for loss at New Hampshire; Credited with three total tackles and two tackles for loss at JMU; Missed the Rhode Island game due to an ankle injury; Tallied five total tackles (four solo) and a tackle for loss at Richmond; Posted one assisted stop at Towson; Totaled six tackles versus Delaware; Had three solo stops versus Holy Cross in first round of NCAA playoffs; Had three solo tackles and one assisted stop against New Hampshire in NCAA quarterfinals; Made three solo tackles against William & Mary in NCAA semifinals; Tallied seven solo tackles, two assisted stops, two tackles for loss and a sack versus Montana in National Championship game.
2008: Garnered second team All-CAA accolades; Played in all 13 games and had 70 total tackles (41 solo/29 assisted), 7.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass break-up; Tallied two tackles at West Virginia; Recorded three solo tackles and one pass break-up versus Lehigh; Made first career start at Penn and registered a career-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss; Credited with four total tackles versus Richmond; Made two solo tackles and three assisted stops and had a forced fumble at William & Mary; Posted four solo stops, one assisted tackle and a tackle for loss versus Rhode Island; Had four total tackles and a tackle for loss against James Madison; Registered eight tackles and made his first career interception at Northeastern; Had seven solo tackles and a tackle for loss against New Hampshire; Made five total tackles and a tackle for loss versus Towson; Tallied five total stops at Delaware; Totaled five tackles and a 49-yard fumble recovery versus Colgate in first round of NCAA playoffs; Posted four solo tackles and three assisted stops for seven total tackles against JMU in secnd round of NCAA playoffs.
2007: Played in nine games and recorded 21 tackles, five tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks (tied for third on team), one forced fumble and one pass break-up; Made one solo tackle versus Maine; Credited with two tackles and one pass break-up versus Penn; Had three assisted stops at JMU; Tallied two solo tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble against William & Mary; Registered three solo stops, three tackles for loss and one sack versus Massachusetts; Totaled two solo tackles against Hofstra; Recorded two solo stops and three assisted tackles at Richmond; Posted three solo tackles, one quarterback sack and one tackle for loss versus Delaware.
Henninger High School: Three-time first team All-CNY; Three-time All-League performer; First team All-State selection; Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game; Five-time Merit Roll honoree.
Personal: Geography major; Born 6/4/88 in Syracuse, N.Y.; One of five children of Ralph and Brenda Kirkland.