Four-year letterwinner at Youngstown State (1992-95), where he played in three Division I-AA national championship games (winning two) under Jim Tressel. Holds the career tackles record with 512 and is fifth in career interceptions with 13. He was a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, AFCA, Football Gazette, Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation. His junior season, he was named National Defensive Player of the Year by the Sporting News, Football Gazette, and College Sports Magazine. Team MVP as a senior and later named to YSU's Hall of Fame.