Four named to first team
Marshall 27, Old Dominion 7
JUNIOR SEASON (2015): In first season in Herd program following transfer from Maryland, played final nine games of season – mostly at Will (weakside) linebacker -- after missing first four games due to injury … Made 37 tackles (11 solos), including 4.5 for loss, with 1.5 sacks … Also had four pass breakups and forced a fumble … Top tackles games were with eight , on two occasions (Old Dominion and FIU).
TRANSFER YEAR (2014): Sat out the season after transferring from Maryland to Marshall in summer of 2014 … Arrived to Herd program as August camp began and missed much of camp … Was Scout Team linebacker and was named Offensive Scout Team MVP for the looks he provided to the Herd offense in practice.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013 at Maryland): Final game for Terps was as No. 2 inside linebacker in the 2013 Military Bowl against the victorious Herd … Appeared in 13 games, with three starts … Finished season with 24 tackles (13 solos), including four tackles for loss and two sacks. Also had one pass breakup … Recorded one kick return, for 13 yards and had career-high six tackles in loss to Syracuse (Nov. 9) … Made five stops (four solos) and a sack in win over N.C. State (Nov. 30) … Posted four tackles, including first career sack, in loss to No. 8 Clemson (Oct. 26).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012 at Maryland): Started season as Scout Team linebacker but was pressed into duty at quarterback after a rash of injuries at that position ... Finished with four games, all starts late in season … completed 39-of-84 passes (.464) for 500 yards with six TDs and two interceptions and long completion of 43 yards … Also rushed 58 times for a net of 14 yards (152 gain, 138 lost), with one TD. Long run was 10 yards … First action and made his first career start against Georgia Tech (Nov. 3) ... Finished 9-of-18 for 115 yards and two touchdowns as well as 24 yards rushing … Started against No. 11 Clemson (Nov. 10), finishing 6-of-12 for 41 yards and a touchdown ... Went 8-of-19 for 136 yards and two touchdowns in start against against No. 10 Florida State (Nov. 17) ... Was 16-of-35 for 208 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina (Nov. 24) … His 16 completions and 208 yards passing against UNC were season highs, and added 20 yards rushing and his first career rushing TD against North Carolina as well.
HERD FILE: Born June 28, 1993 … Regents Bachelor of Arts student at MU … As 2011 senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High, was named to Maryland’s 4A/3A (large schools) All-State first team at linebacker … Led team to 10-1 season and playoffs as quarterback and linebacker … Had 50 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions … Threw for 1,244 yards and 15 touchdowns … Ranked No. 28 among Maryland top 100 on MarylandVarsity.com … Played in Chesapeake Bowl for top prospects from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia … His father, Rayford Petty, played linebacker at Elon in 1977 and ’78 and is now the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Howard, where he was head coach from 2002-06 and in 2013 (record 31-36). He’s also previously worked at Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, Delaware State and Southern.