Selected in the second round (60th overall) of the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers (5/9/14).
GP/GS (47/15) [5/1]; 2016 (16/6); 2015 (16/9) [3/1]; 2014 (15/0) [2/0].
2015 Season (Carolina Panthers)
Played in 16 games with nine starts for Carolina…Finished fourth on the team with a career high five sacks…Recorded sacks in five consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career…Added 31 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed…Contributed to unit that finished sixth in the NFL in total defense…Part of defense that helped Carolina lead the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39), points off turnovers (148) and turnover differential (+20)…POSTSEASON: Started in NFC Championship versus Arizona (1/24)…Saw action in NFC Divisional Playoff versus Seattle (1/17) and Super Bowl 50 versus Denver (2/7)…Finished with a franchise postseason record three sacks…Added an interception and eight tackles…Vs. Indianapolis (11/2): Sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for a loss of six yards, starting a streak of sacks in five consecutive games…Vs. Green Bay (11/8): Sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a loss of six yards, forcing a fumble…At Tennessee (11/15): Sacked Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota for a loss of seven yards in the fourth quarter…Vs. Washington (11/22): Recovered a strip-sack of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, dropping him for a loss of seven yards before stripping the ball…At Dallas (11/26): Dropped Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel for a loss of 10 yards...Super Bowl 50 vs. Denver (2/7): Sacked Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning three times, tying Reggie White (Super Bowl XXXI vs. New England) and Darnell Dockett (Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pittsburgh) for the Super Bowl record…Added an interception in the second quarter and a strip-sack fumble and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to become the first player to record multiple sacks and an interception in the Super Bowl and the first player since San Diego’s Leslie O’Neal (vs. Kansas City 1/2/93) to amass multiple sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in a postseason game.
2014 Season (Carolina Panthers)
Selected in the second round (60th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Played in 15 games and was inactive for one game...Tied for third on the team with four sacks, including one in three consecutive games...Posted 12 tackles, nine quarterback pressures and one forced fumble...Contributed to unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense...Inactive at Tampa Bay (9/7)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Wild Card versus Arizona (1/3) and NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10)...Recorded four tackles...HONORS: PFWA All-Rookie...Vs. Seattle (10/26): Victimized Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for first career sack, dropping him for an eight-yard loss...Gathered a career-high three tackles...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/14): Notched a seven-yard strip-sack of Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown...Vs. Cleveland (12/21): Sacked Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer for a 12-yard loss...At Atlanta (12/28): Collected a six-yard sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as part of a season-high six-sack effort by the Panthers, who surrendered a season-low three points and yielded a season-low two rushing first downs...NFC Wild Card vs. Arizona (1/3): Part of defense that set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed in a postseason game with 78.
Played in 38 games with 25 starts at Missouri...Entered NFL following junior season...Effective end pass rusher and hard-nosed run defender on the edge with the speed to drop into coverage and bulk to move inside...Produced 93 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 19 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and 13 passes defensed...2013 (Jr.): First-team All-Southeastern Conference selection...Started 14 games...Stood second on the Tigers with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss while pacing the team with 14 quarterback pressures - the second most in school history...Key member of defense that gathered a conference-high 41 sacks...Compiled 43 tackles and forced a team-leading three fumbles to go along with one fumble recovery...Returned only interception 49 yards for a touchdown in addition to posting six passes defensed...2012 (So.): Played in 12 games with 10 starts...Finished third on the team with 10 tackles for loss...Recorded 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures and one forced fumble...Ranked first among defensive linemen and second on the team with seven passes defensed...2011 (Fr.): Played in 12 games with one start...Notched 13 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack...2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Attended New Madrid (Mo.) HS...Majored in business management at Missouri...Name is pronounced COE-knee EE-lee.