The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in third round (95th overall) of 2012 NFL Draft, April 27, 2012.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Versatile offensive lineman who saw time at guard and tackle in his rookie season of 2012…Has appeared in nine games…Missed all of 2013 with a foot injury suffered in training camp.
2013: Suffered a foot injury during training camp and was placed on the reserve/injured list on Aug. 31.
2012: Dressed for 14 games and played in nine, with one start…Inactive for two others…Played 110 offensive snaps…(10/14) at Atl.: Made his NFL debut on special teams…(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 the 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…(12/30) at SD: Made his first career start, playing 37 snaps while alternating at right guard…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 at Utah…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, starts on the Cleveland defensive line…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…Participated in the NFL Play 60 Character/Youth Football Camp on June 8, 2013, helping children with their football skills and passed on messages of teamwork, hard work and leadership.