Tulsa -- A two-time letterwinner and returning starter . . . has played in 20 career games and has started 14 contests . . . 2007 -- Started all 14 games . . . had four games with double-digit knockdowns, including a high game of 13 vs. Tulane . . . had a high grade of 84-percent vs. Army . . . played all 1,126 offensive snap during the season . . . earned honorable mention Conference USA accolades . . . 2006 -- Played in six games, including the last five contests on special teams . . . played four offensive snaps in the season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin . . . 2005 -- Did not see action . . . 2004 -- Was one of several true freshmen to sit out the season due to red-shirt status . . . Overall -- Big, strong and powerful . . . very athletic for his size . . . a very durable player . . . an all-conference caliber player.
High School -- Was a three-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Northeast High School . . . played on both the offensive and defensive lines . . . earned second-team all-state honors as an offensive lineman by the Tulsa World . . . was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Daily Oklahoman . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman Big All-City second team as a defensive lineman his senior season . . . had 83 tackles and a Class 5A-best 13 sacks and four fumble recoveries from his defensive line position as a senior . . . was an all-city and all-district selection his senior season . . . was credited with 57 tackles, eight sacks and nine fumble recoveries his junior campaign . . . totaled 41 pancakes from his offensive line position in his final two seasons . . . high school coach was Ron Kroeger.
Personal -- Favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers . . . lists former great Barry Sanders as his favorite NFL player . . . his favorite TV show is "Family Guy" . . . has over 700 songs on his MP3 player . . . his favorite sport to play and watch besides football is basketball . . . his favorite food is Italian . . . mother is Charlene Thomas . . . majoring in communication.
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