Overview: Strong candidate for the Outland Trophy and the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2010...will replace Thomas Austin as leader of the Clemson offensive line...second-team All-ACC offensive tackle, he will be the leader of the offensive line in 2010 and one of the team leaders overall...played career-high 674 snaps in 2009 and enters 2010 with 34 career games played, 23 games started and 103 knockdown blocks...had 13 games played and 12 starts in 2009...preseason first-team All-ACC by Lindy's, Blue Ribbon and Athlon, a second-team selection by Phil Steele...won Strength Training Award for offensive tackles in the spring practice of 2010...tied for eighth on the team in the bench press with a 405-pound lift....came to Clemson from Winston-Salem, NC, first Tiger signee from there since Perry Tuttle, an All-American on Clemson's 1981 National Championship team... has started each of the last three Clemson bowl games.
2009: Started 12 of the 14 games and played in 13 of the 14...missed all of the TCU game with an injury and played just nine snaps at Maryland due to injury...so, Clemson was 9-3 when he was healthy and 0-2 when he was not...had season-high seven knockdown blocks and season-high 85 percent grade in the win at #8 Miami (FL)...he had a lot to do with that big Clemson win when the Tigers scored 40 points...had five knockdown blocks and an 81 percent grade in 48 snaps against Boston College in the Tigers' 25-7 win...had five knockdowns and an 81 percent grade in the win over Virginia...had a film grade in the 80s in seven of the 14 games, including the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...played well in the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech when the Tigers rushed for 323 yards and five touchdowns...had 44 knockdown blocks for the year and a 79 percent average grade from the coaches.
2008: Played 11 games...missed two games early in the season when he had an injury from a moped accident...played the last nine games, but he saw limited action at #24 Florida State when he suffered a concussion in the first half...fourth on the team in knockdown blocks (42.5)...had an 81-percent average grade, second-best on the team...played 517 snaps, fifth-most on the offense...tied for third in starts (10) among offensive linemen...had a team-high 82-percent grade against #24 Alabama...had the highest grade among Tiger offensive linemen in four games, second-most on the team...had a team-high 86-percent grade against #21 Wake Forest and Georgia Tech in back-to-back games...had a team-high 88-percent grade against South Carolina...graded in the 80s in seven of his 11 games...had an 80-percent grade and seven knockdowns in a season-high 71 snaps at Virginia, then had six knockdowns and an 88-percent grade in 61 snaps against South Carolina.
2007: Played 248 snaps in 10 games, with a career-high 75 snaps in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against #21 Auburn...had 16 knockdown blocks, including five intimidation blocks...had his best game against Wake Forest when he had an 84-percent grade with four knockdowns, including a team-season-tying-high three intimidation blocks...had an 89-percent grade at Duke in 28 snaps...played 19 snaps at South Carolina...played 22 snaps at N.C. State...played 31 snaps against Louisiana-Monroe...played 30 snaps and graded 83 percent against Central Michigan...eighth among Tiger offensive linemen in snaps.
Before Clemson: First-team all-state by AP at Carver High School...Shrine Bowl selection...all-region and all-conference as a junior and senior...#27 prospect in the state by Rivals.com...#53 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com...played his entire senior year as a 16-year-old...three-time letterman...first Tiger signee from Winston-Salem, NC since Perry Tuttle in 1978...had a 3.6 career GPA...coached by Keith Wilks...chose Clemson over Hampton and S.C. State...born Apr. 26, 1989...majoring in management.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide