At Florida State: Named to the preseason Watch List for the Outland Trophy which is annually presented to the top interior lineman in college football...a preseason All-America Honorable Mention selection by nationalchamps.net...member of the Bednarik Award watch list...one of ESPN's "10 Seniors to Watch" in 2007... rated as the fifth best tackle in the nation and is a preseason All-ACC first team selection by The Sporting News...named to the preseason All- ACC first team choice by Blue Ribbon Magazine...a 2007 preseason All- ACC first team selection by Athlon Magazine...the No. 21 defensive lineman in the nation as the beginning of the 2007 season according to Rivals.com...team leader who will start on the defensive line for the second consecutive season...has a dominating interior presence because of his size but is known for his quick burst of speed on his first step...plays with the quickness of a dominant defensive end and the power of a strong defensive tackle...as consistent a player as there is on the Seminoles' roster...plays with a tremendous knowledge of the position that he has gained by playing alongside current NFL players Travis Johnson (Houston Texans) and Brodrick Bunkley (Philadelphia Eagles) who were both first round NFL draft selections...will help the Seminoles interior line form one of the top run and pass defense groups in the ACC in 2007...has started 25 of the last 26 games on the defensive line...started 11 games at the nose guard position, two games at the defensive tackle position in 2006 and 12 games at the defensive tackle position in 2005...begins the 2007 season as the starter at the nose guard position...has 16.5 tackles for minus yardage - the ninth highest total in school history...considered to be one of the top four defensive tackles prospects in college entering the 2007 season...named as the most valuable defensive player and earned the prestigious Hinesman Award as the most dominant player as awarded by the coaching staff during spring practice in 2006...also named the King of 3-on-3 for the defense and the most dependable defensive tackle.
Junior Year (2006): Started 11 of the Seminoles' 13 games at the nose guard position and two at the defensive tackle position...first two starts (against Miami and Troy) came at the defensive tackle position ...was moved to the nose guard position as a starter after the game two injury to Paul Griffin...finished seventh on the team in tackles, and first among all defensive lineman, in tackles with a career-high 28 stops...eight tackles for minus yardage ranked fourth on the team...season-high of six tackles came against Boston College with multiple tackles coming in eight of 13 games...tied his career-high with two tackles for minus yardage against Florida...recorded at least one tackle for minus yardage in six games...won the Bill McGrotha/ Spirit Humanitarian Award at the 2006 football banquet.
Sophomore Year (2005): Shined in his first season as a regular on the defensive line in 2005, starting 12 of 13 games at the defensive tackle spot opposite Brodrick Bunkley...tied for second on the team in tackles by a defensive lineman with 26...his 7.5 tackles for loss ranked sixth on a Florida State team that led the nation in that category with 126...tied for third on the team in quarterback hurries with 12...had two tackles, 1.5 for loss, including one sack and three hurries in the season opener against Miami...notched career-highs in tackles (eight) and tackles for loss (two) against NC State...given the Second Effort Award and was also named the most dependable defensive tackle by the coaching staff in the spring.
Freshman Year (2004): Appeared in all 12 games...finished the year with six tackles, including one for loss, and two pass breakups... backed up Brodrick Bunkley at defensive tackle...recorded two tackles in a game twice (Miami and Duke)...named the Most Improved Defensive Lineman and was given the Second Effort Award for the defense following spring drills.
2003: A redshirt season.
High School: Graduated from Cartersville in 2003...a three-star player by Rivals.com and the 28th-rated defensive tackle in the country...rated to Rivals.com Georgia Top 50...recorded 93 tackles and 11 sacks his senior season...as a junior he had 88 tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles and scored two touchdowns...had a 345 lb. bench press, a 495 lb. squat and a 330 lb. power clean...played on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school...chose Florida State over Florida.
Personal: Born Mar. 7, 1985...brother attends Florida A&M... favorite class he has taken at Florida State has been Greek Mythology ...majoring in literature.