Selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft to help bolster the offensive line as an offensive guard. Has yet to play in a game after suffering from a torn ACL his rookie season.
2016: Acquired by the Lions via trade in 2016 and spent the season as a member of the team’s practice squad.
Played more than 2,500 snaps at both tackle and guard for the Clemson Tigers over four seasons. A two-time All-ACC selection and two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member. Earned three letters as a Tiger.
2013: A First-Team All-ACC selection for a second consecutive season. Played his final year as a team co-captain while starting in 13 games.
2012: Played a team high 987 snaps while recording 23 knockdowns on the year.
2011: Played in 13 games with 10 starts. Third on the team in knockdowns.
2010: Played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman.
Graduated on May 10, 2013 from Clemson University with a degree in secondary education.
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