Tulsa: A two-year letterwinner and returning starter . . . 2001 –– Played in 10 of 11 games . . . missed the UTEP game with a shoulder injury . . . started eight games at left guard . . . had a high grade of 100-percent against New Mexico State . . . also graded 86-percent against Fresno State . . . had a season-best 18 knockdowns against Fresno State . . . also had 13 knockdowns vs. Indiana State, 11 each against Boise State and Rice, and 10 against Oklahoma . . . moved from tackle to guard in 2001 spring drills . . . 2000 -- Played in all 12 games . . . saw action on offense and on special teams . . . 1999 -- Was one of several freshmen to sit out the 1999 season due to redshirt status . . . Overall -- Moved from tackle to guard during spring drills . . . came out of spring drills as the starter at left guard . . . moved to offensive tackle from tight end during 2000 spring drills . . . runs extremely well and is athletic . . . plays well against both the run and pass.
High School: Was a two-year letterwinner at Freeport Area High School . . . started his junior and senior seasons at tight end and was a starting defensive end as a senior . . . caught 17 passes for 259 yards and five TDs his senior season . . . had career statistics of 27 receptions for 366 yards and seven touchdowns . . . was credited with 84 career tackles and seven quarterback sacks . . . earned all-conference honors both as a tight end and defensive end his senior season . . . was chosen to participate in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic . . . was named to the Butler Eagle's Sweet 16 and was named a Valley News Dispatch all-star. . . was the league's Most Valuable Lineman his senior season . . . was a second-team all-conference tight end as a junior . . . also lettered three times in baseball and one year in basketball . . . high school coach was Mark Kaczanowicz.
Personal: Lists the Pittsburgh Steelers as his favorite NFL team . . . enjoys playing baseball and basketball . . . his favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows . . . "ESPN SportsCenter" is his favorite TV show . . . lists Happy Gilmore as his favorite movie . . . his favorite athlete is major league pitcher Randy Johnson . . . favorite road stadium is Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium . . . majoring in management . . . born November 16, 1980 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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