Tulsa -- A two-year letterwinner and returning starter . . . has played in 16 career games and has 14 starts, including 13 at center and one at guard . . . has been named a Conference USA All-Academic Honoree for three straight years . . . 2007 -- Played in all 14 games and started 13 contests at center . . . started the first six games at center, and played the entire game in those six contests . . . came off the bench due to injury and played center at UCF, then returned to the starting lineup for the last seven games . . . graded over 80-percent in four games . . . had a high grade of 85-percent vs. UTEP . . . had a high of six knockdowns vs. UAB and UTEP . . . was named to C-USA Academic Honor Roll . . . 2006 -- Played in the first two games of the season . . . played 121 total plays and tallied 13 knockdowns . . . had his first collegiate start vs. BYU at right guard . . . had nine knockdowns while playing 53 offensive snaps in the season opener against Stephen F. Austin . . . played 68 snaps vs. BYU . . . was named to C-USA Academic Honor Roll . . . 2005 -- Was one of several true freshmen to sit out the season due to red-shirt status . . . was named to C-USA Academic Honor Roll . . . Overall -- Showed tremendous toughness in 2007 as he battled through injuries . . . a very intelligent player . . . possesses a good understanding of the offense.
High School -- Was a four-year letterwinner at Comanche High School . . . started four years on the offensive line, and three seasons on the defensive front . . . played on teams that compiled a 34-11 record in four seasons . . . was a first-team all-state selection by the Tulsa World his senior season, and also earned all-state honors by the Oklahoma Coaches Association . . . earned second-team all-state merits from the Daily Oklahoman as a senior, and was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Daily Oklahoman in his junior season . . . was a three-time Duncan Banner all-area performer, and named to the Lawton Constitution all-area team both his junior and senior seasons . . . was the 2004 Lineman of the Year by the Duncan Banner and Lawton Constitution . . . was also named the District 2A-2 Lineman of the Year as a senior . . . was ranked as the fifth-best lineman in the state by Rivals.com . . . was selected to participate in the Oil Bowl . . . high school coach was Dale Condit . . . also lettered three years in baseball, basketball, powerlifting and two years in track . . . was the state runner-up in the shot put as a junior and senior.
Personal --Enjoys fishing and playing the guitar . . . his favorite professional athlete is Lance Armstrong . . . lists the Dallas Cowboys as his favorite NFL team . . . while growing up his favorite NFL player was Troy Aikman . . . his childhood dream was to be a professional baseball player . . . his favorite sport to watch besides football is baseball . . . a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes . . . parents are Alan and Linette Simpson and Tony Whaley . . . majoring in exercise sports science.
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