Fifth-year senior who returns to anchor an impressive offensive line from the center position...second team Sporting News preseason All-America selection also included on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the top interior lineman in the country...also earned a spot on the preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award...has made 20 starts over the last two seasons...started seven games at left guard as a sophomore in 2008 and started all 13 games at center last season...has been a key contributor on two offensive lines that have helped pave the way for two of the top three rushing attacks in school history...began his collegiate career at Oklahoma, where he played in five games and made one start as a freshman in 2006...transferred to Stanford and sat out the 2007 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
2009 (JUNIOR): Earned second team All-Pac-10 Conference honors in his first season as Stanford's starting center after taking over for Alex Fletcher...made a smooth transition from left guard to the center position...started all 13 games and played a key role on a line that allowed the fewest sacks (7) in the Pac-10 and helped pave the way for the top rushing attack in school history (2,837)...earned second team All-Pac-10 academic honors...recipient of the Vardell Award as the player who best combines athletics and academics.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Was a steady force on the offensive line that helped pave the way for the second-highest rushing total in school history...made seven starts at left guard...suffered a high-ankle sprain at Washington on Sept. 28 and missed the next three games...second team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection.
2007: Sat out the season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
2006 AT OKLAHOMA (FRESHMAN): Saw action in five games and made one start as a true freshman...took 52 of his 85 snaps on the year in a start against Tulsa...also saw action against Oregon, Texas, Colorado and Iowa State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Gaduated from Jenks (Okla.) High School...named first team all-state by Tulsa World and The Oklahoman...District 6A-4 MVP Lineman by Tulsa World...Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State selection...ranked as the 64th best offensive lineman prospect in the nation by Scout.com...ranked as the No. 22 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com...also rated as the seventh-best recruit in the state of Oklahoma...has marks of 442 pounds in the bench press and 525 in the squat...clocked at 5.27 in the 40-yard dash...was a National Merit Semifinalist...majoring in history.