Depth strong on offensive front
Hurricane has 198 student-athletes honored
Practices begin March 5 and end with spring game on April 6
The chore of filling three starting positions left by graduation has gone pretty smooth
Tulsa -- A two-year letterwinner and returning starter . . . enrolled at Tulsa in January 2011 after graduating early from Memorial High School . . . has played in 20 career games with 14 starts . . .
2013 - Started all 12 games at left tackle . . . graded over 80-percent in all 12 games . . . graded 94-percent on 63 plays at UTEP . . . played a season-high 93 snaps against Rice . . . had a grade of 91-percent against both Iowa State and Marshall . . .
2012 - Played in eight games and had two starts . . . saw action against Tulane, Nicholls State, Marshall, Houston, UCF twice, SMU and Iowa State . . . played 50 snaps in his first three games played . . . saw his first collegiate action against Tulane, playing 24 snaps . . . also played 25 snaps vs. Nicholls State . . . played just one snap against Marshall and UCF . . . saw extensive playing time at SMU due to an injury to Brian DeShane in the second quarter and played 74 plays . . . made his first collegiate start in the C-USA Championship game against UCF, and was in the starting lineup for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Iowa State . . .
2011 - Was one of several freshmen to sit out the season due to red-shirt status . . .
Overall - Has the most experience among the offensive linemen . . . has great size and ability . . . has a high football IQ . . . a very competitive player . . . an intelligent and well-rounded player . . . can be a physically dominating player . . . has made the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in his first three years.
High School -- Was a three-year letterwinner and started at Memorial High School . . . started at both offensive tackle and nose guard in each of his three years . . . was a second-team all-state selection by the Tulsa World his senior season . . . earned Tulsa World first-team all-metro honors as a senior . . . was the state of Oklahoma's fourth-best offensive line prospect heading into the season according to the Tulsa World . . . was credited with 118 pancake blocks in his career, along with 55 tackles and 10 TFLs . . . had 54 pancake blocks and 19 tackles as a senior . . . competed at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January 2010 . . . was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . high school coach was Tony Daniels.
Personal -- Favorite TV show is "Family Guy" . . . the Oklahoma City Thunder is his favorite pro sports team . . . his biggest sports thrill was starting as a red-shirt freshman in the C-USA Championship Game and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl . . . the TV Reality Show he could win is "Redneck Island" . . . has two older sisters . . . father is John Stafford, and stepmother is Annette . . . mother is Kelley, and his stepfather is Craig Fisher . . . majoring in electrical engineering . . . was born July 22, 1993.
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