Eric's High School and College BIO

Prior to Rutgers: Four-year starter for Colonia High School coach Ben LaSala ... consensus Top 15 recruit in New Jersey ... starred at linebacker and running back for a 7-3 Colonia team that finished with an undefeated division record for the first time in school history ... totaled 115 tackles from his middle linebacker spot and rushed for 980 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007 ... ranked by as the No. 14 recruit in New Jersey and the No. 21 middle linebacker prospect nationally ... rated No. 13 in New Jersey by ... First Team All-Area by the Home News Tribune ... Second Team All-State by the Associated Press ... First Team All-Middlesex County and Second Team All-State by the Star-Ledger … one of seven members of 2008 recruiting class selected to play in the NY/NJ All-Star Football Classic at Rutgers Stadium … born 9/4/90.

2011: Has shown the entire nation his tremendous amount of courage, belief and strength throughout his injury rehabilitation … resumed his studies via Skype for the spring 2011 semester … was at several spring football practices, including the Scarlet-White spring game, where he made his broadcast debut on KnightVision … after graduation, has career aspirations to become a sports broadcaster … has become an inspirational speaker for several events in the area . 

2010: Key performer at defensive tackle who played in six games before suffering a career-ending spinal cord injury vs. Army (10/16) … ended the season with 13 tackles, including two for loss … season-high three tackles and a tackle for loss against Tulane (10/2) ... posted a pair of tackles, including a tackle-for-loss and recovered a fumble vs. Norfolk State (9/2) ... also had a pair of tackles at FIU (9/11) ... assisted on a sack against North Carolina (9/25).

2009: Backup defensive tackle to Charlie Noonan ... appeared in all 13 games ... 33 tackles on the season ... versatile athlete who led team with 13 tackles on kickoff coverage ... recorded a tackle-for-loss in seven games ... also had multiple tackles in 11 games ... career-high tying four tackles against the Terps … three solo tackles, including a TFL vs. West Virginia (12/5) and at Syracuse (11/21) … also posted three total tackles vs. USF (11/12) ... matched his career-high with four tackles and had 1.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with a fumble recovery vs. Pittsburgh (10/16) ... three tackles and assisted on a TFL vs. Howard (9/12).

2008: True freshman defensive lineman who made his collegiate debut against North Carolina (9/11) ... also saw action as a fullback and on special teams ... played in the final 12 games ... contributed two tackles and his first career TFL (1.5 TFLs in the game) in his third career game vs. Morgan State (9/27) ... saw action at defensive end at West Virginia (10/4) ... switched to fullback for the Connecticut (10/18) and Pittsburgh (10/25) games and wore jersey number 46 ... returned to defensive end and jersey No. 52 for the Syracuse game (11/8) and assisted on one stop ... posted a career-high four tackles against Louisville (12/4) ... followed that up with three stops in the Bowl against NC State (12/29).  




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