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An all-MW candidate, who could develop into one of the top defensive players on the West Coast ... Is a big, strong tackler ... Seems to always be in the right position to make the big play ... Worked his way up from special teams to seeing time at middle linebacker as a true freshman in 2013 ... Started all 13 games at outside linebacker in 2014 ... Was drafted with the 935th overall pick in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals ... Also pitched for the Mountain West Championship Aztec baseball team in the spring ... Has led the Aztecs in tackles three times over his career.
2015: Was named a preseason all-Mountain West second-team selection by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports ... David Fox from Athlon Sports named him the preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year ... Also was deemed an “SDSU Player to Watch” by Lindy’s Sports.
2014: Was named a honorable-mention all-MW performer by the league’s media and coaches ... Also was chosen as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year ... Was named to the Mountain West midseason second team by Phil Steele ... Started and played in all 13 games as a true sophomore ... Had 83 tackles (54 solo), including 10.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions for 146 yards, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries ... Had an interception long of 64 yards, which was the 33rd longest in FBS on the season ... Ranked fifth in the MW and tied for 45th in the nation with 0.31 interceptions per game ... His 146 interception return yards were the seventh most in the country ... His 36.5 yards per interception return ranked third in the nation (min. 4 interceptions) ... Led the team in interceptions (4), tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (4), and tied for first in forced fumbles (2) and solo tackles (54) ... Numbers over the first three games of 2014: 13 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 0.0 sacks, 1 INT, 0 FF. Numbers over the final 10 games (eight of them MW contests): 70 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 3 INT, 2 FF ... Made his first career start in the opener vs. Northern Arizona, where he had two tackles, 0.5 TFL and a 64-yard interception ... The 64-yard interception return, which was the longest in Division I for the first week of play, got SDSU to the 1-yard line, where Donnel Pumphrey punched it in from a yard out ... Both the interception and the 0.5 TFL were the first of his career ... Had five stops (three solo) and a career-high 1.0 tackles for loss at No. 21/23 North Carolina ... Came up with six tackles (one solo) at Oregon State ... Had five tackles (four solo), his first career sack and a 26-yard interception against UNLV ... Had a career game at Fresno State, making a career-high 12 tackles (seven solo), a career- best 3.0 tackles for loss, a sack and his first career forced fumble ... The 12 tackles were the most by an Aztec on the season and was the first time he led the team in tackles over his career ... His previous best was six heading into the game ... Started for a sixth straight game at New Mexico, making eight tackles (five solo) with 1.0 tackles for loss ... The eight tackles ranked second on the team and were the fourth most in the game ... Came up with seven tackles (five solo) in another start against Hawai‘i along with a tackle for loss ... The seven stops ranked second on the team ... Made his eighth straight start at Nevada and had two solo tackles ... Had a five-tackle game vs. Idaho in another start and added his first two quarterback hurries ... Had another solid outing at Boise State, making nine tackles (six solo) and his team-leading third interception of the year ... The nine tackles ranked second on the team and tied for third in the game ... Was named the MW Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 24 for his play vs. Air Force, making 10 tackles (nine solo), to go along with a forced fumble, an interception for a touchdown and a tackle for loss ... The 56-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the victory for the Aztecs as the team’s final score with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter ... It was his fourth pick of the season and second forced fumble of the year ... He led the team in tackles for the second time of his career ... Had a team-high seven tackles against San José State, along with two sacks (and TFL) for 22 yards ... Started once again vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, recording five tackles, including three of the solo variety ... Also was a relief pitcher for the 2015 San Diego State baseball team, pitching 5 1/3 innings over seven appearances, striking out four batters. 2013: Played in 11 games as a true freshman, registering four tackles (three solo) ... Saw time on special teams and as a middle linebacker ... vs. Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) ... Did not play in the opener vs. Eastern Illinois ... at No. 3/2 Ohio State (Sept. 7) ... Was on the travel roster to Ohio State, but did not play ... vs. Oregon State (Sept. 21) ... Saw his first career action on special teams vs. Oregon State ... at New Mexico State (Sept. 28) ... Logged playing time vs. New Mexico State without recording a stat ... vs. Nevada (Oct. 4) ... Played again vs. Nevada, but did not find the stat sheet ... at Air Force (Oct. 10) ... Saw time at Air Force without making a stat ... vs. 15/18 Fresno State (Oct. 26) ... Played vs. Fresno State without finding the stat sheet ... vs. New Mexico (Nov. 2) ... Played again against New Mexico with more time at middle linebacker, but did not record a stat ... at San José State (Nov. 9) ... Saw time again at special teams and MLB at San José State without making a stat ... at Hawai'i (Nov. 16) ... Had his first three career tackles (two solo) at Hawai'i ... vs. Boise State (Nov. 23) ... Played again vs. Boise State, but did not make a stat ... at UNLV (Nov. 30) ... Also played at UNLV without finding the stat sheet ... vs. Buffalo (Dec. 21, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ... Made one solo tackle in a reserve role vs. Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
High School: A linebacker, who was named the GAC South defensive player of the year after making an eye-popping 193 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions as a senior in 2012 ... The 193 tackles were the most in the greater St. Louis area ... Named a first-team all-state selection as a senior and earned second-team honors as a junior ... As a senior, was chosen as the defensive state player of the year by both the coaches and media ... Was a two-time first-team all-league selection ... Also saw some time as a wildcat-formation quarterback, where he rushed for 150 yards and four scores ... Helped lead Francis Howell to a 12-2 record as a team captain in 2012, where it was Missouri Class 6 runner-ups ... The Vikings also were 9-4 in 2011, advancing to the Class 6 semifinals for the first time, and 10-2 in 2010... Is a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Also was ranked as the 98th-best middle linebacker by Scout.com ... A three-star athlete who also played basketball and baseball and can throw in the low 90s as a right-handed pitcher ... As a senior, led Francis Howell to a Missouri Class 5 state title and a 33-5 record, going 9-0 on the mound with a 0.64 ERA and 74 strikeouts and hitting .434 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs ... As a junior, went 4-4 with a 1.34 ERA, while striking out 56 in 57 2/3 innings ... Was drafted with the 935th overall pick in the 31st round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in June 2013 ... A team captain in both football and baseball.
Personal: Born Dec. 27, 1994, in Beaverton, Ore. ... Son of Kurt and Kristen Munson ... Father, Kurt, was a defensive lineman at Oregon State ... Was also recruited by Ohio and Toledo, and received more scholarship offers from Missouri State, Murray State, Tennessee-Martin and Southern Illinois ... Received more interest from Arizona State, California, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri ... Also considered Wyoming, Hawai'i and Fresno State ... Is majoring in business administration with a focus in marketing.