Saw action in two games as a senior defensive lineman … Played in contests against Wagner (Sept. 16) and Brown (Nov. 18) … Registered a quarterback hurry vs. Brown (Nov. 18).
Saw action in one game … Played in first career contest at Georgetown (Sept 24).
Contributed on the offensive line as a sophomore.
Contributed on the offensive line as a first-year.
A 2014 graduate of Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Patrick New … All All-East Suburban Catholic Conference 2012 … All-Area selection by the Daily Herald … Named All-State by Rivals.com … Academic all-state selection in 2012 … 2013 Illinois State Scholar, a prestigious award given to only 10 percent of high school seniors statewide … Led the Redwings to a 6-4 overall record as a senior … Also lettered in track & field … Honored as Rookie of the Year as a junior in track and field … Excelled in the shot put and discus ... Best shot put was a 44-5 ½ throw.
Born Charles P. Melka on December 3, 1994 … Son of Charlie and Jeanette Melka … Older brother Nicholas lettered in football for Columbia in 2012 and 2013 and graduated in 2015 … Father attended Arizona State and mother attended Loyola, Ill. … Chose Columbia over offers from North Dakota, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Illinois, South Dakota State and Southern Illinois … Enrolled at Columbia College … Majors in Political Science.