Signed by Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent, May 11, 2012…Waived by Ravens, Aug. 31, 2012…Re-signed by Ravens to practice squad, Sept. 1, 2012…Signed by Ravens as a reserve/future free agent, Feb. 6, 2013…Waived by Ravens, Aug. 25, 2013…Signed by Oakland Raiders to practice squad, Sept. 11, 2013…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Oct. 5, 2013…Waived by Raiders, Oct. 7, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, Oct. 9, 2013…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Oct. 27, 2013…Waived by Raiders, Oct. 28, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, Oct. 30, 2013…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Nov. 9, 2013…Waived by Raiders, Nov. 11, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, Nov. 13, 2013…Signed by Raiders as a reserve/future free agent, Dec. 30, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Young, versatile offensive lineman who can play both tackle and guard…Spent most of the 2013 season on the Raiders’ practice squad after being released by the Ravens in training camp and appeared in one game with Oakland…Was on the Ravens’ practice squad for their Super Bowl XLVII victory.
2013: Appeared in one game…Spent most of the season on the Raiders’ practice squad…(11/10) at NYG: Saw reserve action at guard along the offensive line.
2012 (with Bal.): Spent the entire season on the Ravens’ practice squad.
COLLEGE: Played in 29 career games at Illinois, making 19 starts...Was named a team captain as a senior in 2011, when he also was the recipient of the team’s Red Grange Award for dedication...Started all 13 games at strong-side guard, helping the Illini produce two rushers (Nathan Scheelhaase and Jason Ford) with at least 600 rushing yards and All-Big Ten WR A.J. Jenkins tally 90 catches for 1,276 yards and 8 TDs...Helped Illinois to 518 total yards of offense, including 308 rushing yards, in the win over Indiana...Aided the Illini to 296 rushing yards and 463 total yards of offense against Western Michigan...Played in all 13 games at both guard and tackle as a junior, making six starts at guard...Helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in the Big Ten and the 11th-best in the nation (246.1 ypg)...The Illini broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.5), in addition to producing the fourth-most total yards (5,162) and second-most rushing yards (3,199) in school history...Aided the Illini offense in recording 559 yards of total offense, including a season-high 519 rushing, in the win over Northwestern...Made his first-career start at guard against Ohio State...As a sophomore in 2009, played in one game, logging 11 offensive snaps against Illinois State...Played in two games as a redshirt freshman in 2008...Redshirted his true freshman season in 2007...Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
PERSONAL: Prepped at Quincy Notre Dame (Ill.) High School, where he was a two-time IHSA and Chicago Tribune All-State tackle as a junior and senior...Earned 2006 Max Emfinger All-American honors and was rated a Top-100 recruit in the Midwest by SuperPrep...Also garnered all-state honors by the Champaign News-Gazette as a junior and senior...Earned three letters in football and four in wrestling.
Former Seahawks DE Benson Mayowa has seen increased playing time in recent weeks and his makes his Silver and Black Show debut as the he prepares to face his former team.
Head Coach Tony Sparano spoke to the media after Thursday's practice as the Raiders get ready to take on the defending Super Bowl champs this Sunday.
Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday's practice as the Raiders get ready to head to Seattle to face the Seahawks this Sunday.