Reserve linebacker saw action in 11 games ... Made 16 tackles and one sack ... Forced a fumble on a driving Michigan State squad in the red zone ...Recorded five tackles (four solos) against Arkansas State ...Posted two tackles in win over Virginia at Micronpc.com Bowl ... Had tackle for loss against Minnesota.
Played in 10 games as a backup linebacker and on special teams, making 27 tackles, including 20 solos ... Recorded two tackles for loss, broke up one pass and forced a fumble ... Made career-high seven tackles with five solos vs. Wisconsin ... Made five stops with two solos vs. Iowa ... Had four tackles with three solos vs. Purdue and Indiana ... Made three stops vs. Ohio State ... Picked up two tackles with one tackle for loss vs. Louisville.
Earned varsity letter as a true freshman as a standout special teams player ... Played in seven games and made two solo tackles.
High school Highlights
Earned all-conference, all-area and all-region honors three times ... Team captain as a senior ... Named to Gridiron Greats "Elite Team" ... Named Sarasota Herald "Player of the Week" ... Named a preseason All-American by The National Recruiting Advisor... Played linebacker ... Made 117 tackles as a senior with one interception, five sacks and eight tackles-for-loss ... Made 247 tackles in his three-year varsity career with six interceptions ... Helped lead national-powerhouse Riverview to No. 3 ranking in 1996 USA Today national prep poll ... Three-year varsity team record was 33-4, including 12-1 as a sophomore and as a senior ... Riverview was ranked in USA Today Top 25 prep poll all three varsity seasons ... High school coach was John Sprague ... Earned three letters in football, one letter in basketball and one letter in track ... Ran 440-yard dash and threw the discus in track as well as earned a varsity letter in basketball as a sophomore ... Member of the honor roll and was named Riverview "Student of the Month."
An accomplished sketch artist... Lists Dick Butkus, Kevin Hardy, Dana Howard and Simeon Rice as his Fighting Illini heroes ... Admires motivational speaker Tony Robbins ... Dad, Willie Long, played in the former American Basketball Association with Denver ... Spent most of his childhood in Albuquerque, N.M. before moving to Sarasota in high school ... Mother is Sally Theresa Contreas ... Plans to major in animal science and would like to pursue a career working with animals.
Tackles: 7 vs. Wisconsin, 10/17/98
Solos: 5 vs. Wisconsin, 10/17/98