I was an extremely talented defensive end coming out of North Carolina.  Being ranked #7 overall in the state of North Carolina, I felt that I had a responsibility to my state and my family to exceed any and all expectations that were going to be placed before me at Penn State.  That being said I never reached my true potential while lettering 3 years for the Nittany Lions.  The concept of “next in line” had always been something I had heard all throughout my sports career, but I had never been the victim of it because I was always the star performer in any sport I participated in.  A conversation I remember candidly with my defensive line coach Larry Johnson, suggested that nothing was going to be given to me.  If I couldn’t be trusted and consistent on the practice field Monday through Thursday, I wasn’t going to increase my snaps on Saturday.   Still not taking advantage of the opportunities and being consistent on the practice field, my redshirt junior year I was still the 3rd defensive end on the roster.  I had to take a hard look at myself in the mirror and realize that there was a slim to none chance that I was going to have the opportunity to play in the NFL.  That being said, I graduated with a degree in Finance (3.56 GPA) in 3 ½ years from the Smeal College of business and got an offer from PNC Bank to work in their corporate offices in Pittsburgh during one of the worst recessions in history. This was my moment of truth.

I Am Orange Arrow

 

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

High School: Walter Hines Page High School

Highlight: North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl, 31 Full Athletic scholarship offers

Sport(s): Football, Basketball

College: The Pennsylvania State University

Sport(s): Football

Highlight: Academic All American 2010, Academic All-Big Ten 2009, 2010