Two-way lineman who also excelled in track and field as a Michigan prep. Redshirted in 2008. Started 11-of-13 games played in '09 -- one at left tackle, four at left guard and the final six at center. Sustained a concussion midseason, which kept him out of two games and prevented him from starting three others. Started all 12 games played in '10 (seven at right tackle, five at center). Did not play against Lake Erie (right quad). Sat out '11 -- tore cartilage in his left knee and required bone graph surgery. Started all 12 games in '12, including 11 at right guard and one at center. Moved to the pivot in '13, started all 15 games and won the Division II Rimington Award as the nation's top center. Had surgeries after the season to remove bone spurs in his ankle and tighten his shoulder joint. Strained his right quad running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and did not lift because of a right shoulder injury. Also competed in track at field (throws) at GVSU.
Has large hands. Good strength. Nice snap-and-step quickness. Works his hips and maneuvers to gain positioning. Can bend and slide. Can combo block and step to the second level. Smart, aware and competitive. Has played all along the offensive line. Four-year starter.
Size is just adequate and does not look the part. Fleshy midsection. Could struggle to drop anchor vs. powerful widebodies. Not explosive. Plays short-armed. Hand use needs work -- does not punch or jolt defenders. Latches on and stalemates rather than driving his man off the line. Has been dinged up. Marginal competition. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.
Adequate-sized, smart, strong, scrappy, decorated Division II center who lacks exceptional athletic traits for the pro game. Faces a big jump in competition, but has a chance to stick as a swing backup if his versatility translates. Also competed in track and field (throws shot put), which affected his year-round football training.