Selected by Oakland Raiders in third round (95th overall) of 2012 NFL Draft, April 27, 2012…Signed first contract, July 28, 2012.
At a glance
2012: Dressed for 14 games and played in nine, with one start; inactive for two others…Played 110 offensive snaps…Versatile big man took preseason practice reps at both left and right guard, and tackle, to provide key depth on the Raiders’ line…Inactive for season’s first two games…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Dressed for the first time, creating depth with Khalif Barnes (groin) inactive, but did not play…(10/14) at Atl.: Made his NFL debut, as part of the field-goal and PAT units…(11/11) at Bal.: Played most of the fourth quarter, taking his first snaps on the offensive line; began at guard before moving to tackle…(11/18) vs. NO: Saw several snaps as a blocking tight end, helping Marcel Reece to 103 yards on the ground…(12/16) vs. KC: As a blocking tight end, helped pave path for 203 rushing yards, including 110 from Darren McFadden, in 15-0 win…(12/23) at Car.: Saw spot duty as a blocking TE, then played the final two series at right guard for an injured Mike Brisiel (concussion)…(12/30) at SD: Made his first career start, playing 37 snaps while alternating at right guard with fellow rookie Lucas Nix; helped protect Terrelle Pryor in his first NFL start, shutting out a Chargers defense that had piled up 11 sacks the week before.
COLLEGE: Started final 38 games at right tackle, playing in 48 career contests…As a senior, earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after starting 12 games…Named to preseason watch lists for Outland Trophy and Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award …Graded a team-high and career-best 85 percent for blocking consistency…As a junior, named second-team All-Mountain West Conference by league’s coaches and media…Started all 13 games at right tackle, grading out at 83 percent…Posted 15 touchdown blocks and 48 knockdowns as part of an offensive line that ranked 13th; in the nation by allowing just 12 quarterback sacks…Had a season-high 87-percent grade and two touchdown-resulting blocks vs. San Diego State…Helped offense average 389 yards per game…Helped Utes rank 23rd nationally in scoring (33.08 points per game)…As a sophomore academic all-conference player, started all 13 games at right tackle…Produced 41 knockdowns and delivered 12 touchdown blocks…Helped Utes average 389.54 yards per game and allow just 20 sacks…Returned from his LDS mission and saw action in 12 games as a freshman…Earned first career start when he lined up at left tackle vs. UNLV, finishing with two knockdowns and one touchdown block…Named to honor roll and academic all-conference…Chemical engineering major.
PERSONAL: Brother-in-law, Paul Kruger, the Ravens' second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, starts on the Cleveland defensive line after helping Baltimore to a Super Bowl title in 2012...Attended Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah…An all-state selection in 2004, adding Region III Player of the Year and team Most Valuable Player honors, also served as team captain…Led team to region title and state semifinals…Led team to state finals as a sophomore and junior…Also lettered three years in basketball and twice in track…A three-time honor-roll student and an academic all-state pick, also received a Scholar Leader Athlete nomination from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame…Served an LDS mission for two years…Volunteered at the Gatorade Junior Training Camp in San Leandro, Calif., in November 2012.