FSU returns four standouts on an ever-improving line that is now in need of a new starter at right tackle in the wake of Menelik Watson's early exit to the NFL Draft.
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2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: The veteran of the offensive line who has the most game experience (27 starts, 35 games) and is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation's top center. Tough lineman who displays quickness and great feet. One of four starters returning from an offensive line that helped an FSU offense in 2012 go down in school history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards. Instrumental in FSU's resurgent running game, which has produced 2,882 yards and a single-season school record 40 rushing touchdowns. Versatile lineman, who can play center, guard and tackle.
2012: 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: 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 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.