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Richard Rodgers (Green Bay) and Khairi Fortt (New Orleans) were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft
Courtesy: Cal Athletics
Two Former Cal Players Taken in 2014 NFL Draft
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/10/2014

NEW YORK CITY – Two former Cal football players were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft that concluded Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City after seven rounds and 256 selections. Tight end Richard Rodgers (Green Bay Packers, third round, No. 98 overall) was selected Friday, while linebacker Khairi Fortt (New Orleans Saints, fourth round, No. 126 overall) was picked Saturday. Both were early draft entrants who gave up their final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Rodgers played in 35 of 37 possible games while starting 11 contests during three seasons at Cal from 2011-13. He finished his career with 59 receptions for 896 receiving yards (15.2 ypr) and two touchdown catches. Rodgers had his best campaign as a junior in 2013 when he totaled career highs of 39 receptions and 608 receiving yards to rank third on the team in both categories while matching his single touchdown reception from the previous season. He had 20 catches for 288 yards as a 2012 sophomore.

“I’m just excited to get this opportunity, and I’m ready to get out there,” Rodgers said during a media teleconference call after his selection. “I’m getting out there on Thursday, and I can’t wait to get after it.”

“I think it’s going to be a great experience,” Rodgers added about teaming up with another Rodgers from Cal in quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “I’m going to get to learn from a veteran quarterback who is one of the best in the league if not the best.”

Fortt was one of 12 national semifinalists for the 2013 Butkus Award® at the collegiate level for the honor given annually to the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Fortt, who started the first nine games of the 2013 season before missing the final three contests due to injury, recorded 64 tackles to rank third on the team after leading the squad for most of the season. He was 18th in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.1 stops per game, while adding 3.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-1 yard) in 2013. In his two seasons at Penn State from 2010-11, Fortt played in 22 contests and compiled career totals of 50 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards).

“Right now I just couldn’t be happier,” Fortt said. “I’m just happy I finally got picked, and I can’t wait to get down to Louisiana and start working out with the team and getting to know the guys.”
Fortt and Rodgers were all among the top 2014 NFL Draft prospects to attend the NFL Combine in February along with Cal teammate DT Deandre Coleman.

In addition to draft selections, many players who are not drafted typically join NFL rosters shortly after the NFL Draft by signing NFL undrafted free agent contracts.

Other former Cal players who completed their collegiate eligibility in 2013 and were eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft and attended local pro days hosted by both Cal and the San Francisco 49ers include RB Brendan Bigelow, OL Mark Brazinski, PK Vincenzo D’Amato, CB Kameron Jackson, LB/DE Chris McCain and DT Viliami Moala.

Visit CalBears.com for coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft selections of former Cal football players as well as subsequent NFL undrafted free agent signings.

Cal Football NFL Draft Notes (Updated Through 2014 NFL Draft)
► Cal extended strings of having at least one player selected in the top three rounds of the NFL Draft to eight years (2007-14) and two in the first four rounds to five years (2010-14), but the Golden Bears did have a string of having at least three players selected in the NFL Draft snapped at nine years (2005-13).
► Cal has had 26 first-round picks and 226 selections overall since the draft began in 1936.
► Cal has had 53 selections overall and 10 first-round picks in the last 15 drafts that have taken place beginning with the 2000 draft.
► Cal has had four first-round picks in the last six drafts, with at least one each in three consecutive drafts from 2009-11 including two in 2010. Cal has not had a first-round pick since 2011.
► Steve Bartkowski (1975) is the only Cal player to ever be selected with the first pick overall in the draft.
► Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars, 10th overall, 2010) and Cameron Jordan (New Orleans Saints, 24th overall, 2011) made Cal only the second Pac-10/12 team to ever have defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts.
► Cal became the first Pac-10/12 team in 40 years to have two first-round selections in the same year that no other Pac-10/12 team had a single first-round selection when Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars, 10th overall) and Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions, 30th overall) were both first-round selections in 2010. USC’s Al Cowlings (Buffalo Bills, 5th overall) and Sid Smith (Kansas City Chiefs, 26th overall) were both picked in the first round of the 1970 draft, while no other Pac-10 team had a first-round selection.
► The most Cal players selected in a single draft were the 10 chosen in 1952, while Cal's six players selected in the NFL Draft in 1977, 2008 and 2012 tie for the second-most in school history.

Richard Rodgers Conference Call Transcript
On playing wide receiver rather than tight end at Cal in 2013 contributing to his decision to enter the NFL Draft early
“I think it contributed to my decision a little bit, just because our offense here last year didn’t really use tight ends at all, or very little I should say. It didn’t really concern me. Obviously you see the tight ends now that are in the NFL. A lot of people are playing a style [where the tight end is] off the line. It didn’t worry me at all. That wasn’t a big factor.”

On the feedback he received from NFL teams regarding not playing tight end as a 2013 junior
“There were a lot of questions about blocking. Since my first two years I was playing tight end a lot of teams looked at my sophomore year film if they wanted to see me on the line blocking.”

On going to Green Bay
“I’m just excited to get this opportunity, and I’m ready to get out there. I’m getting out there on Thursday, and I can’t wait to get after it.”

On playing with fellow former Cal player Aaron Rodgers
“I think it’s going to be a great experience. I’m going to get to learn from a veteran quarterback who is one of the best in the league if not the best. I’m going to be kind of learning anything I can. At the tight end position you have to know a lot of things protection-wise and scheme wise, and talking to the quarterback is one of the best ways to learn information about an offense especially as a new player coming in.”
 
On being selected by Green Bay and in the third round
“I really had no idea. You don’t really know that much going into the draft other than crazy things happen. I had no idea and I was just as surprised as anyone else.”

On whether adding weight to play tight end in the past his health
“It wasn’t a problem with my weight that hurt my feet. I actually got hurt against Southern Utah my sophomore year. I partially tore a ligament in my foot. That’s what was causing me the speed problems and the pain in my foot. It wasn’t about my weight. I can play fine at any weight just and be just as athletic. It was just that injury that I had suffered. That’s why I had all the problems.”

On Aaron Rodgers’ tweet welcoming him to Green Bay
“I think that’s fantastic. I don’t have any social media so I wasn’t able to see that, but to hear that is very, very exciting and I can’t wait to get out there and get to work.”

On how it feels to exceed the expectations of where he was projected to be drafted
“I don’t really believe in this stuff on the internet. I’m sure there are lots of people reading things on the internet, but I don’t believe in doing that. It was one of the reasons I don’t have any social media. Wherever I go, I go, and that was my mindset going in. If I went in the last pick in the draft or the third round like I did I was going to bring my work ethic to whatever team [I was picked by] and just play my heart out.”

On the reaction of his father Richard Rodgers Sr. (his father is the special teams coordinator for the Carolina Panthers and a former Cal player)
“Yes, he called me tonight. He talked to my mom and my sister first before me because I was on the phone with the Packers. But I talked to him on the phone and he was very excited. He was just leaving the Panthers’ facility and a lot of people started texting him and calling him, so he was really excited. He’s just happy for me. He really didn’t have words to explain it at the moment but I’m sure I’ll talk to him later on.”

On whether the Panthers and Packers play in 2014
“I don’t know. I’m not sure. If they do that would be very interesting.”
Editors’ note: The Panthers and Packers are scheduled to play in Green Bay on Sunday, October 19.
 
On his ideal playing weight in the NFL
“Probably around 265, I think that’s my ideal weight.”

On not having social media
“I used to have it, and I decided that I didn’t want it anymore so I stopped doing it. I stopped about a year and a half or two years ago now, somewhere around there. I lost count. I don’t find myself looking at my phone for hours.”

On who called him from Green Bay
“I talked to the scout, GM, tight ends coach and offensive coordinator. I talked to everyone. They welcome you and mostly just see if you’re excited and ready to get to work. I’m pretty sure everyone does the same thing. You talk to a bunch of people that were in the room. They said they were excited to have me, and I told them that I was excited to get out there and get to work.”

Richard Rodgers Bio
Richard Rodgers, TE, 6-4, 245, Worcester, MA/St. John’s HS
Rodgers played in 35 of 37 possible games while starting 11 games during three seasons at Cal from 2011-13. He finished his career with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 ypr) and two touchdown catches. Rodgers had his best campaign as a junior in 2013 when he totaled career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving to rank third on the team in both categories while matching his single touchdown reception from the previous season. He had 20 catches for 288 yards as a 2012 sophomore.
 
After Cal
► Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (98th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft
► Entered the 2014 NFL Draft as an underclassman, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
► Participated at the 2014 NFL Pro Scouting Combine, ranking tied for sixth among  tight ends in the broad jump (9’8”), ninth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.47), 11th in the vertical jump (31.5”), 12th in the 40-yard dash (4.87) and 13th in the bench press with 16 repetitions of 225 pounds
► Also participated at the 2014 Cal Pro Timing Day and San Francisco 49ers Pro Day

Cal Career (2011-13)
► Played in 35 of 37 possible games with 11 starts during three seasons from 2011-13, finishing his career with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 ypr) and two touchdown catches, as well as seven rushes for nine yards, and one kick return for five yards to total 910 all-purpose yards
► Also added three tackles one blocked kick
► Had the longest catch of his career with a 75-yard reception vs. Portland State as a 2013 junior and had four catches of 50-plus yards in his career
► Had at least one catch in each of the final 19 games he played in and 20 of the 22 contests he participated in over his last two seasons
► Played tight end for his first two seasons from 2011-12 before moving to inside receiver for his final campaign in 2013
► Wore uniform No. 11 for his final two seasons in 2012 and 2013 after being No. 82 in his first season with the program in 2011

Junior (2013)
► Posted career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving to rank third on the team in both categories while matching his single touchdown catch from the previous season over 11 games played and five starts
► Had the team’s highest yards per reception average (15.6 ypr) among its top eight receivers and was fourth overall
► Posted two of his three career 100-yard receiving games with a season-high 125 yards on five catches against Stanford in the season finale and four catches for 100 yards against Portland State, with the longest two catches of his career also against the Vikings (75-yard TD) and the Cardinal (62 yards) that were the team’s second and third-longest catches of the season
► Registered a career-high-tying seven catches for 71 yards against Washington
► Had receptions and receiving yards in other games against Oregon State (6-68), Washington State (4-85), Northwestern (4-38), UCLA (3-34), Oregon (2-38), Arizona (2-24), Colorado (1-20) and Ohio State (1-5)
► Had at least one catch in all 11 games he played in
► Recorded at least one catch of 20 or more yards in nine of 11 games and had a team-high total of 11 receptions of 20 or more yards
► Added nine rushing yards on seven carries with all of the yards and carries other than one including a career-long five-yard run coming against UCLA for a total of 617 all-purpose yards
► Also picked up two tackles with both coming against Washington State
► Dropped 30 pounds from 275 to 245 from the previous season in his first campaign as an inside receiver after playing tight end the previous two seasons
► Ranked as the nation’s No. 26 draft eligible tight end by Phil Steele prior to the season
► Named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards Offensive Awards Watch List for the Tight End Trophy
► Missed all of spring practices due to injury

Sophomore (2012)
► Played in 11 games including the first six starts of his career, recording 20 receptions for 288 yards receiving and a career-high-tying one touchdown
► Ranked first on the team among regulars and second overall with an average of 14.4 yards per catch, while he was third in yards receiving, tied for third in touchdown catches and fourth in receptions
► Had at least one catch in each of the final eight games and nine of the 11 contests he played in overall
► Posted a career-high-tying seven receptions and a career and team-high 129 yards receiving with one catch going for 50 yards and another for 42 to help lead Cal to a victory over South Division champion UCLA
► Caught three balls for 76 yards and his first career touchdown on a seven-yard reception at Utah, with one of his catches going for a season-high 51 yards
► Named an honorable mention College Football Performance Awards Tight End Performer of the Week after his performances both vs. UCLA and at Utah
► His 51, 50 and 42-yard catches were the second, third and fifth-longest catches of the season by a Cal player
► Also had multiple catches in games versus Oregon State (3-15) and Arizona State (2-14)
► Had the first catch of his career against Southern Utah (14 yards) and added single receptions in contests against Washington (23 yards), Washington State (seven yards), Oregon (six yards) and Stanford (four yards)
► Recorded the first tackle of his career in the season opener against Nevada
► A preseason candidate for the John Mackey Award given annually to the nation’s top tight end
► Helped out with punting drills during the spring when the team was short on punters

Freshman (2011)
► One of only three true freshmen to play in all 13 games along with Mustafa Jalil and Viliami Moala, getting in all of his action off the bench
► Contributed the team’s lone blocked kick of the season when he blocked a punt vs. Presbyterian
► Had one kick return for five yards in the regular-season finale at Arizona State
► Named the nation’s No. 26 freshman tight end by Phil Steele prior to the season

St. John’s High School (2008-10)
► Prepstar All-American as a 2010 senior when he led all Massachusetts Division C-1 players in receiving, scoring and sacks, while also ranking No. 10 in tackles
► Registered 65 catches for 1,064 receiving yards and hauled in 16 touchdown grabs during his final prep campaign when he was named All-State by ESPNBoston.com, while also adding seven rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, 2-of-3 passing for 89 yards, a 37.2 punting average, seven punt returns for 73 yards and four kick returns for 91 yards as a senior for a 12-1 squad that won the state's Division IA Conference with a 5-0 league mark
► Also recorded 35 tackles, 8.0 sacks, one interception that he returned 35 yards, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense as a senior
► Posted a solid 2009 junior season when he was named the Defensive MVP of the Division IA Conference with 42 tackles, 3.0 sacks and four interceptions including one that he returned 75 yards for a touchdown, while also contributing 49 receptions for 800 yards and 20 TD catches on offense
► Prominent on special teams during his 2008 sophomore campaign, punting 16 times for a 35.2 average, while making 33 extra points and two field goals
► Also played basketball and averaged 14.5 points per game as a junior in 2009-10

Other
► Full name is Richard Christopher Rodgers II
► Born January 22, 1992
► Parents are Richard Sr. and Mindy Rodgers
► Garnered four and a half stars from Tom Lemming, while being given three by ESPN, Rivals and Scout as a member of the 2011 recruiting class
► Played wide receiver and defensive end as a prep but was recruited to Cal as a tight end, where he was listed among the best in the nation by Rivals (No. 24) and ESPN (No. 34)
► Listed as the No. 9 athlete nationally according to Lemming and the No. 168 player overall
► Checked in as the nation's No. 65 receiver according to Scout
► Listed as the No. 3 player overall in the state of Massachusetts by Rivals
► A SuperPrep All-Region player who was tabbed by the media outlet as the No. 6 player in the New England area
► Father is a former Cal football player who was prominently involved in "The Play" in the 1982 Big Game (given credit for calling “The Play” and making the final of five laterals), and went on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, had collegiate coaching stops at Diablo Valley College, San Jose State, Portland State, New Mexico State and Holy Cross, picked up professional coaching experience in the NFL’s minority internship program with the Oakland Raiders and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe, and is now the special teams coordinator with the Carolina Panthers under former Cal teammate and current Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera

Khairi Fortt Conference Call Transcript
On the phone call from the Saints
“I was at home with a couple of my friends from high school back in Stamford [Connecticut] with my parents as well. We were just hanging out and I got a call from Texas. I knew the New Orleans Saints were up so I thought it was probably like [Cal teammate] Darren Ervin’s father from Cal. I picked up and it was the defensive coordinator of the Saints. He said that they were going to pick me up in about 10 minutes. He said congratulations. I really didn’t know what to say. I had been watching the first, second, third and all the way until near the end of the fourth rounds, and I didn’t go in the first 20 picks [of the fourth]. I was level-headed but a little down about it, but right now I just can’t be more happy. I’m just happy I finally got picked, and I can’t wait to get down to Louisiana and start working out with the team and getting to know the guys.

On being drafted in the same round as fellow Connecticut native Kevin Pierre-Louis, who was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round with the 132nd pick overall
“I heard about that. I wasn’t watching it because I was in the moment and so excited about everything [with my draft] but my parents came outside and said that Kevin got picked up. I thought that was crazy to have both of us linebackers from Connecticut that we both go around the same time to great organizations. It’s just a blessing from God that we get these opportunities. I know we’re both going to work hard and represent Stamford, Connecticut, the little town that we are. I just can’t wait.”

On his journey to the NFL that ran through both Penn State and Cal
“I would say life doesn’t always go as planned because you never can plan life. I feel like you’re always going to have adversities. I thought that going to Penn State was an experience, everything was a learning experience. You learn from every part, every second that I was at Penn State and at Cal – two different schemes, two different styles of play, a bunch of coaches. Now that I made it I feel like all those experiences have helped me be the man I am today. Just to get picked up by the Saints I’m elated now.”

On whether he wondered if things would ever work out for him
“No, I always had faith in God that He would put me somewhere. What’s meant to be is meant to be. I expected that and now that I got picked up I can see this was His plan.”
 
On going to one of the better organizations in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints with a pretty good defense
“It’s going to be great, because you have guys there that have experience that I can learn from. Having another Cal player there in Cam Jordan ... he actually took me on my official visit at Cal so we kind of know each other a little bit. Going to play for a great defense and great coaches, I’m so lost for words right now. I’m still trying to process everything. I’m thinking about this call. I’m thinking about flying down there. I’m thinking about playing, wearing those colors. It’s crazy right now.”

On when Cam Jordan hosted him at Cal
“When I was a recruit back when I was 17 and I was going to graduate high school early. Cam and Kendrick Payne were my two hosts and took me out and everything. I actually liked Cal, but it was far away from home. It’s just kind of ironic how we ended up at the same place again. We’ll have to see if we can get some more Cal guys on the team. You know just to represent.”

On whether he has talked to Cam Jordan since he has been selected
“No, I haven’t. I have about 300 messages right now, but no. People are calling me as I’m talking right now. I probably will talk to him in a few days or hours. I’m just trying to take this all in right now.”

On his experience at Cal
“My time at Cal went very well. Obviously it’s a lot different area than an East Coast state, definitely than Stamford, Connecticut. But I had a great time there. I loved all the moments I had with my teammates especially. The coaches were great. But obviously I moved on.”

On working towards graduating from Cal
“I have three classes left to graduate and my mom is adamant. Of course she’s adamant, she went to Georgetown and Columbia. She played basketball in college so she knows the grind, but she also knows the work it takes. She told me that I would be naïve to think that football is a career, because it’s not. I could be done in three years, five years, you could be done in six years and that’s a good term but it’s not the rest of your life. That degree you’re going to have for the rest of your life, so I’m going back to get my degree maybe next spring or through the NFL CEP program, which is a new program that the NFL has in regards to graduating and finishing up school.”

On whether the Saints showed a lot of interest in him prior to the draft
“This kind of came out of left field. I don’t know if anybody has seen Draft Day and the inside scoop, but it does get a little bit crazy in how they kind of leak plays in and try not to say a lot about players so people don’t grab them. After the combine they didn’t have any contact with me or my agent about anything.”
 
On his major at Cal and what he wants to do with that once football is over
“It is American Studies with a focus in diversity and representation. With an American Studies major you can kind of pull from every department – the social part, the science part, you can even do mathematics if you can find somewhere that you can fit that in. But I’m just worrying about this degree because I know that a Berkeley degree can take me a long way. I was talking to a couple of guys that own a couple of corporations, or CEO’s of a corporation, [and they] just look for the Berkeley degree. When I get out [of football] I was looking to get into real estate or investing in land back in California. My roommate and I Nick Forbes – we have some plans.”

On his role with New Orleans
“Whatever they need. This is like a job. You can be in college and get your degree in finance but end up doing just marketing. You’re not just going to say no. You just do your job and do what’s expected of you. I’m going to do that. I’m going to fit in wherever I need to fit. If they want me to play running back I’ll go carry the ball. I don’t know how my knees will hold up but I’ll do anything they want me to do to help the team out.”

Khairi Fortt Bio
Khairi Fortt (ky-REE fort), LB, 6-2, 240, Stamford, CT/Penn State/Stamford HS
Fortt was one of 12 national semifinalists for the 2013 Butkus Award® at the collegiate level for the honor given annually to the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Fortt played in and started the first nine games of the 2013 season at Cal in his first and only year of action for the Golden Bears after redshirting in 2012 following his transfer from Penn State just prior to training camp. Fortt, who missed the final three games of the 2013 campaign due to injury, recorded 64 tackles to rank third on the team after leading the squad for most of the season. He was 18th in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.1 stops per game. Fortt, who was an early entry for the 2014 NFL Draft with one season of collegiate eligibility remaining, added 3.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-1 yard). In two seasons at Penn State from 2010-11, Fortt played in 22 contests and compiled totals of 50 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards). He was invited to and participated in the 2014 NFL Pro Scouting Combine.
 
After Cal
► Selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round (126th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft
► Entered the 2014 NFL Draft as an underclassman, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
► Registered the top highlight by a former Cal player at the 2014 NFL Pro Scouting Combine with 30 reps off 225 pounds in the bench press to rank tied for the most among linebackers, while also adding marks of 36” in the vertical jump and 10’0” in the broad jump to tie for ninth among linebackers, and a time of 4.70 in the 40-yard dash to rank 11th in his position group
► Also participated at the 2014 Cal Pro Timing Day and San Francisco 49ers Pro Day

Cal Career (2012-13)
► Started all nine games he played in during his lone campaign on the field for Cal as a fourth-year junior in 2013 before missing his final three contests due to injury
► Redshirted his first season at Cal in 2012 after transferring from Penn State on Aug. 1, 2012
► Wore No. 11 for the majority of his career but also spent time as No. 22 during his 2013 junior season due to conflicts with double numbers on special teams and spent his 2012 redshirt season as No. 13

Junior (2013)
► One of 12 semifinalists at the collegiate level for the Butkus Award® given annually to the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels
► Started at the WILL linebacker position for all nine of the games he played in before missing the final three contests due to injury, recording 64 tackles to rank tied for third on the team, while adding 3.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards), 0.5 sacks (-1 yard) and one quarterback hurry
► Ranked 18th in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.1 tackles per game
► Led Cal in tackles through nine contests but suffered a season-ending injury in Game 9 against Arizona during a contest in which he had the second-most tackles in his Cal career with 10 and added 0.5 tackles for loss
► Registered career highs of 13 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (career-high-tying -2 yards) and one quarterback hurry against Ohio State, with both the 13 stops and 2.0 tackles for loss also team game-highs and tied for the most by a Cal player in 2013
► Had at least three tackles in each of the seven other games he played in against Portland State (9; 0.5 TFL, -1 yard; 0.5 sack, -1 yard), UCLA (8), Oregon (7; 0.5 TFL, -2 yards), Oregon State (6), Washington (4), Washington State (4) and Northwestern (3)
► Listed as one of the “Top 10 Players Back from Injury” in the nation by Athlon prior to the season
► Missed much of the team’s spring practice sessions including the spring game due to injury

Junior (2012)
► Redshirted
► Did not play
► Announced he was transferring to Cal from Penn State on August 1
 
Penn State (2010 – Spring 2012)
► Played in 22 contests with one start over two seasons for the Nittany Lions from 2010-11 after beginning his collegiate career at the school as a mid-year enrollee in January of 2010, compiling two-year totals of 50 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards)
► Played in every game off the bench as a 2011 sophomore, recording 33 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards) while posting season highs of six tackles vs. Eastern Michigan, 2.0 tackles for loss in the TicketCity Bowl vs. Houston and 1.5 sacks (-13 yards) against Iowa
► Played in nine of the Nittany Lions' 13 games as a 2010 true freshman, registering 17 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard)
► Recorded a Penn State career-high 11 stops and 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) in the lone start of his Nittany Lions’ career against Illinois during his freshman campaign
► Finished 2012 spring practice listed as Penn State's co-starter at middle linebacker

Stamford HS (2008-09)
► Earned second-team USA Today All-American honors and was selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his 2009 senior season despite being slowed by injury, finishing with 63 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception which he returned 46 yards for a touchdown
► Registered his best prep numbers as a 2008 junior when he recorded 118 tackles, five forced fumbles and four interceptions to earn a spot as one of only 30 players in the nation on the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award watch list prior to his senior season

Other
► Full name is Khairi Savid Fortt
► Born March 24, 1992
► Parents are Guy and Dr. Tabitha Fortt
► The nation's No. 5 rated prep outside linebacker in the 2010 recruiting class according to Rivals, while Scout had him at No. 11


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