Personal: Son of Robin and Chad Tharp and Darla Stephenson... Has one brother and one sister... Major is pre-sport science: community health... Would like to get a master's degree as well... Hobbies include football, working out, fishing and hunting.
High School: A four-year letterwinner... Played linebacker and running back... Was an all-state first team selection as a linebacker... Earned all-state honorable mention running back honors... Was a two-time all-league first team selection at both positions... Rushed for more than 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career... Defensively he registered more than 400 tackles... Team was 5-5 his senior season... Competed in track and basketball for one season each.
2009 (Fr.): Made a big impact in his first season as a true freshman, earning several honors... Named a Phil Steele MagazineFreshman All-America first-team selection and an honorable mention choice by CollegeFootballNews.com... Was a Freshman All-Big 12 choice by The Sporting News and Rivals.com... Started seven straight games to open Big 12 Conference play... Registered 59 tackles to rank fifth on the team... Broke up two passes on the year (Oklahoma and Nebraska)... Had a season-best 13 tackles against Nebraska... Registered 10 tackles against Duke... Also made nine stops at Kansas State.
2010 (RS): Missed the season due to a leg injury suffered early in training camp.
2011 (So.): Played in 10 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams ... Missed the Oklahoma and Kansas State games with an injury ... Made season-best five tackles against Northern Illinois ... Had three tackles in four other games, including three solo stops at Oklahoma State ... Returned to the lineup and had a solo stop on special teams at Texas ... Added two assisted tackles at Iowa State.
Career Honors: 2009: Phil Steele MagazineFreshman All-America First Team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America Honorable Mention, Freshman All-Big 12 by The Sporting News and Rivals.com.