Played sparingly as a freshman in 2011, but burst onto the scene in 2012 as the starting left offensive guard in all but one game ... has 28 knockdowns in 794 snaps over 17 games (12 starts) in his career.
2012: Had 27 knockdowns in 764 snaps over 12 games (12 starts) ... had four knockdowns in playing all 89 snaps against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1; it was his first career start ... had two knockdowns in 57 snaps at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... had a team-high five knockdowns in 81 snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had three knockdowns in 72 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had a team-high three knockdowns in playing all 67 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had two knockdowns in 39 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had two knockdowns in 48 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had three knockdowns in 85 snaps against N.C. State on Nov. 17 ... had one knockdown in 52 snaps against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... had two knockdowns in 101 snaps against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
2011: Had one knockdown in 30 snaps over five games ... played one snap in his first career game against Boston College on Oct. 8 ... played seven snaps against North Carolina on Oct. 22 ... graded 100 percent in nine snaps at N.C. State on Nov. 19 ... graded 86 percent with one knockdown in seven snaps against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3 ... played six snaps against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
Before Clemson: Two-time, first-team all-state pick at G.W. Carver High School ... #22 offensive guard in the nation and #39 player in Georgia by Rivals.com ... #31 offensive guard in the nation and #31 player in Georgia by Scout.com ... #19 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com ... #64 player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... first-team all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association as a senior ... led his team to 3,507 rushing yards and 34 points per game as a senior ... had 88 pancake blocks as a junior and 70 as a senior ... played in the Offense-Defense All-Star game in Myrtle Beach, SC ... All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStars ... attended the same high school as former Clemson All-ACC defensive tackle Brentson Buckner; he went on to play 12 years in the NFL ... high school teammate of fellow Tiger Corey Crawford ... coached by Dell McGee at G.W. Carver High School ... recruited by Charlie Harbison ... chose Clemson over Georgia, Miami (FL), and South Carolina.
Personal: Majoring in sociology ... born Nov. 17, 1990.