2016 – Appeared in 11 of UVA’s 12 games with two starts … one of nine UVA true freshmen to appear … one of six UVA true freshmen to make at least one start … made collegiate debut on kick coverage at then-No. 24 Oregon … made first two collegiate tackles at Duke in the ACC opener … saw his first playing time on defense against then-No. 22 North Carolina … finished with four tackles and his first sack against the Tar Heels … made first collegiate start against then-No. 5 Louisville when Zach Bradshaw was too banged up to play on defense … made five tackles and 1.0 tackle for a loss against the Cardinals … also broke up a pass against UL … made one tackle at Wake Forest … made one stop against Miami … made two tackles at Georgia Tech … recorded six stops at Virginia Tech … recorded one sack and recovered a fumble against the Hokies.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Played linebacker and tight end at Bishop O’Connell High School for head coach Colin Disch … rated a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … rated a two-star recruit according to Rivals.com … spent first two years of high school at Gonzaga … son of former UVA great, running back Barry Word … Barry Word ranks No. 11 all-time at UVA in career rushing and was the 1985 ACC Player of the Year before a seven-year NFL career that included stops with the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals.