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Senior who was a primary backup at center behind Ryan Norton, before an injury placed him in the starting lineup early in 2015 ... has 30 knockdowns in 1,386 snaps over 31 games (14 starts) in his career ... preseason first-team All-ACC selection by ESPN the Magazine, Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News ... nation’s No. 5 center in the preseason according to Lindy’s.

2015: Second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... three-time ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week, a first for a Clemson lineman since 1989 (Stacy Long) ... had 25 knockdowns in 1,092 snaps over 15 games (13 starts) ... came in to relieve an injured Ryan Norton in the opener against Wofford and logged 40 snaps ... graded 90 percent for the game ... posted three knockdowns in 50 snaps versus Appalachian State ... played all 65 snaps against Notre Dame, with two knockdowns ... named co-offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches ... graded 92 percent in 61 snaps in win over Georgia Tech named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, his first career honor ... played 78 snaps and graded 88 percent against Boston College, again earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week recognition ... graded 90 percent at Miami and was a big reason the Tigers rushed for 416 yards ... played all 80 snaps and graded 89 percent in win over NC State, where the Tigers compiled 623 total yards ... graded 91 percent in win over Florida State ... also graded 91 percent at Syracuse, with three knockdowns ... posted team’s best grade at South Carolina (93 percent) ... played all 98 snaps of the ACC Championship Game, with a 92 percent grade ... played 90 snaps in the Capital One Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, and graded 89 percent with three knockdown blocks ... had a pair of knockdowns in the National Championship Game, while grading 88 percent versus Alabama.

2014: Had three knockdowns in 207 snaps over eight games (one start) ... played 26 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... played 52 snaps against SC State on Sept. 6; it was his first career start ... played 12 snaps at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20 ... played 47 snaps against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had two knockdowns in 16 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... played seven snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... played three snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29 ... had one knockdown in 44 snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013: Had two knockdowns in 182 snaps over eight games ... played 57 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7; it was his first career game ... played 29 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had one knockdown in 10 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 5 ... played 17 snaps against No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 19 ... played five snaps at Maryland on Oct. 26 ... played 47 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2 ... played eight snaps against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had one knockdown in nine snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23.

2012: Redshirted ... enrolled in January.

Before Clemson: Rated as the No. 89 player in the nation, No. 1 center in the nation and No. 1 player in Tennessee by ESPN ... first-team All-American by ESPN, MaxPreps.com and Sports Illustrated ... No. 6 center in the nation by Rivals.com ... helped Maryville High School to the state title each of the last two seasons ... Mr. Football Lineman-of-the-Year in Tennessee ... played in the Under Armour All-America game ... county player-of-the-year ... led his team to a 15-0 record as a senior, as his team was ranked No. 11 in the nation by MaxPreps.com ... first commitment to Clemson’s 2012 class ... coached by George Quarles at Maryville High School ... recruited by Dan Brooks.

Personal: Majoring in sociology ... born Aug. 26, 1994.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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