Selected by New York Giants in the sixth round (201st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, April 28, 2012…Waived by Giants, Aug. 31, 2012…Signed by Giants to practice squad, Sept. 1, 2012…Released from Giants’ practice squad, Sept. 7, 2012…Re-signed by Giants to practice squad on Sept. 17, 2012…Signed by Giants as a reserve/future free agent, Jan. 2, 2013...Waived by Giants, Aug. 31, 2013…Signed by Oakland Raiders to practice squad, Sept. 2, 2013…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Sept. 7, 2013…Signed by Raiders as an exclusive rights free agent, April 18, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Promising offensive lineman enters his second training camp with the Raiders after joining the team in September 2013…Appeared in 11 games in 2014 as a reserve lineman and on special teams…Played in 13 games and made three starts at tackle and contributed on special teams in 2013…Spent most of his rookie season on the New York Giants’ practice squad.
2014: Appeared in 11 games as an extra offensive lineman and on special teams after being inactive for the first four contests...(10/12) vs. SD: Saw first action of the season as an extra offensive lineman and on special teams...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Played five snaps on offense and contributed on special teams…(11/2) at Sea.: Saw action as a reserve…(11/9) vs. Den.: Saw action as an extra offensive lineman and on special teams...(11/16) at SD: Played on offense and special teams...(11/20) vs. KC: Saw action on special teams and appeared in 11 plays as an extra offensive lineman...(11/30) at StL.: Played seven snaps on offense...(12/7) vs. SF: Played 20 offensive snaps and contributed on special teams in the win...(12/14) at KC: Contributed on offense and appeared on three special teams snaps...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Played on offense and special teams...(12/28) at Den.: Contributed on offense and special teams in the season finale.
2013: Appeared in 13 games, with three starts, seeing action at tackle and on special teams...(9/8) at Ind.: Made his NFL debut, seeing action on special teams and as an extra offensive linemen...(10/6) vs. SD: Made his first-career NFL start at right tackle, helping the Raiders gain 299 total yards...(10/13) at KC: Subbed in at right tackle for the injured T Tony Pashos in the second half...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Started at right tackle and helped the offense rush for three TDs in the victory...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Started at right tackle and helped the offense total 560 yards before leaving the game with a toe injury...(11/24) vs. Ten. and (11/28) at Dal.: Saw action as an extra offensive lineman.
2012 (with NYG): Spent majority of rookie season on the Giants’ practice squad after being waived at the end of training camp.
COLLEGE: Played in 47 games with 42 starts at left tackle for UAB…Two-time All-Conference USA First-Team selection…Credited with 274 knockdowns and 34 TD-resulting blocks from 2009-11…As a senior, named All-Conference USA First Team for the second consecutive season…Named the conference’s best offensive lineman by the league’s coaches…Lombardi Award nominee…Selected to play in the Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile, Ala. ...Started all 11 games in which he played at left tackle…Recorded 94 knockdowns and 11 TD-resulting blocks…As a junior, named first-team All-Conference USA…Started all 12 games at left tackle and was credited with 12 TD-resulting blocks and 97 knockdowns…Did not allow any sacks as the Blazers led the league and ranked tied for 15th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (12)…As a sophomore, returned from a year of inactivity to start all 12 games at left tackle and was named All-Conference USA honorable mention…In 2008, sat out the season after being ruled academically ineligible, but was allowed to participate in practice…As a freshman, started seven games at left tackle…Made his collegiate debut as a starter against Michigan State…Majored in criminal justice.
PERSONAL: Attended Williamson High School in Mobile, Ala. …Lettered in football as a senior…Received honorable mention all-region selection by the Mobile Press-Register as a senior...Helped team advance to the class 5A state playoffs in 2006…Also played tuba in the school band…Active in the community, participating in the American Heart Association NFL Play 60 Challenge and a youth football clinic with the City of Oakland Parks and Recreation department…Volunteered at the Alameda County Food Bank – Fruitvale in 2014.
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