Rimington Trophy Winner
All-ACC First Team
Coaches All-ACC First Team
2013 (SENIOR): Senior consensus All-America center anchored the FSU offensive line and led the FSU offense with 40 career starts...helped lead Florida State to a 14-0 record and the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship…played every offensive snap in the 34-31 come-from-behind victory over No. 2 Auburn in the national championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif….winner of the Rimington Trophy as the top center in the nation...one of five Outland Trophy semifinalists that is given annually to the top interior lineman by the FWAA... runner-up for the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy that went to line-mate Cameron Erving...named to several All-America teams and was an All-ACC First Team selection by the league’s coaches and media…a valuable asset in helping FSU quarterback Jameis Winston become nation’s top-rated passer and the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy...FSU’s most consistent offensive lineman had highest average grade on the team...had highest grade among offensive line in the last two regular season games - 89 percent against Duke in the ACC Championship Game and 88 percent at Florida...also led Noles with a grade of 87 percent at then-No. 3 Clemson and 95 percent against Bethune-Cookman...helped hold Pitt’s Aaron Donald, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, and Clemson All-America Vic Beasley to just four tackles and one TFL combined...the Noles set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) and the national record for points (723)…the Noles led the country with 94 touchdowns…FSU set the ACC and school records for total touchdowns (94), passing touchdowns (42) and the school record for rushing touchdowns (42)…ranked first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total offense (519.1)...with the nation’s top offensive line providing protection and opening holes, Florida State rushed for 2,844 yards (5.6 ypc), while passing for 4,423 yards.
2012 (JUNIOR): Redshirt junior who came into the season as the lone offensive line starter with more than one career start and anchored the young unit...started 13 games at center after working extensively at tackle in the spring...posted a team-leading season average grade of 85.6 percent...ranked second on the team with 26 knockdown blocks...made his 27th career start against Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl...has also started at guard during his FSU career.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Made 10 starts as a redshirt sophomore and played in 12 of 13 games...opened the year as the starting left guard, filling the void for graduated All-American Rodney Hudson, after making four starts at right guard in 2010...got his first work at center in the second half against Charleston Southern and took over the starting duties the following week against No. 1 Oklahoma...a tenacious competitor whose physical skills as a dominant run blocker were honed as a high school tight end in a run-based offense...led all Seminole linemen with 27 knockdown blocks on the year, including a season and career-high six at Clemson...added five knockdowns against Maryland and four each against Charleston Southern and Virginia...boasts the highest season average grade among linemen at 78 percent, posting six grades of 80 or better, including five through the first six games of the season...notched his top grade - 88 percent - against Virginia...missed the Boston College game while battling recurring headaches, but returned to action in the first half of the Miami game...was penalized just four times in 692 snaps on the year...had a 10-game stretch without allowing a sack and yielded just three over the course of the season...selected the offensive warrior in the weight room at the team's annual banquet.
2010 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Redshirt freshman who began the season as a reserve, but was thrust into action at right guard...participated in 361 plays but saw only spot action until replacing veteran starter David Spurlock midway through the Boston College game...made his first career start the following week at NC State and performed admirably on the big stage...missed the next two games with illness...returned to action on the road at Maryland, replacing Henry Orelus at right guard in the second quarter...started the last three games of the season and graded out at 77 percent in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech...followed that performance up by grading out at 80 percent with a 92 pass grade in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina...an outstanding pass blocker, also registered 13 knockdown blocks, including three each against Boston College, NC State and Virginia Tech.
2009: Redshirt season as a true freshman.
PERSONAL: A tight end in high school, had the frame and the tenacity to make the move to offensive line...primarily a blocker in a run-based high school offense, where he registered 43 pancake blocks...chose the Seminoles over Maryland, Syracuse, UCF and FIU...born November 15, 1990.