At Florida State: Florida State's starting left guard entering twoa- days...named a pre-season All-ACC second team selection by Athlon...has stepped into a leadership role for the line especially in the weight room...has show toughness and continues to improve his work ethic every day...coaching staff expects him to have a big season if he continues to put in the same work he has all off-season...has started 26 games in his FSU career, more than any returning player on the offensive or defensive side of the ball...has played in 36 games in three seasons and appeared in 35 consecutive games...has started 22 consecutive games...dropped his weight to 276, the lightest he had been in almost six years, before hitting the weight room and building back up to 283.
Junior Year (2006): Joins John Frady as the only two returning offensive linemen to start all 13 games in 2006...behind Claude and the offensive line, FSU rushed for 100 yards six times and piled up over 400 yards of total offense on four occasions... Florida State's offense ranked fourth overall in the ACC (324.7 yards per game), second in passing (230.6) and second in scoring (26.5 points per game)...started the Boston College contest as quarterback Drew Weatherford accounted for 338 yards, the fourth-highest single-game total in the ACC during 2006...also on the line as Antone Smith rushed for 20.2 yards per carry against Duke, the fourth-best single-game performance in the conference in 2006...versus Rice the Seminole offense piled up a season-high 287 rushing yards and 500 total yards with Claude in the starting line-up.
Sophomore Year (2005): Joined right tackle David Overmyer and quarterback Drew Weatherford as the only offensive players to start in all 13 games in 2005, opening each game at the left guard position...was one of the few constants on an offensive line decimated by injuries throughout the season...provided protection for a unit that ranked first in the ACC in pass offense, second in scoring offense and third in total offense...named most improved offensive lineman by the coaching staff after spring practice in 2005.
Freshman Year (2004): Played in nine games including the Gator Bowl against West Virginia...one of four true freshman to play in at least nine games during the season...earned most of his playing time in special teams but earned valuable playing experience at the guard position...first appearance of his career came against North Carolina and he played in each of the remaining games during the season.
High School: Graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School in 2004...rated a four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 8 rated offensive guard in the nation...fifth rated offensive lineman on the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...an extremely talented lineman who moves very well...did not give up a sack and had 35 pancake blocks during his senior season...earned All-Dade County honors and was also named all-state first-team for Class 5A...helped his team to an 11-2 record as a senior...did not allow a sack and had 29 intimidation blocks as a junior...earned first-team All-Dade County and second-team all-state honors...earned All-6A-4A First-Team honors from the Miami Herald during his senior season...the No. 79 recruit in the nation by Scout.com...played for team Florida in the 2004 CaliFlorida Bowl following his senior season.
Personal: Born Jan. 15, 1984...major is social science...is on course to graduate in three years... plans on being a counselor or physical education teacher after college...winner off the Matt Schmauch Academic Commitment Award in the spring of 2007.