Selected by the Cardinals in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Potter started six of the eight games he appeared in during his rookie campaign.
2012: Played eight games in his rookie season, taking over as the starting LT after the bye week and started six straight games before missing the season finale with an ankle injury … active but did not play in each of the first four games of the season … made his NFL debut playing one snap as an extra offensive lineman on a QB sneak @ StL (10/4) … active but did not play in the next three games … came in at LT in the second quarter and played the remainder of the game @ GB (11/4); also played as a tackle-eligible lineman on LaRod Stephens-Howling’s one-yard TD run … made his first career start at LT @ Atl (11/18) and helped block as Stephens-Howling ran for a career-high 127 yards and a TD on 22 carries … started at LT and helped Beanie Wells tie his career high with three rushing TDs vs. Det (12/16) … inactive (ankle) @ SF (12/30).
Started 42 games in four seasons at Boise State, appearing in 51 of a possible 53 games and delivering 272 knockdowns and 47 TD-resulting blocks … leader of an offensive line that consistently allowed among the fewest sacks in the nation each year he was with the team, finishing fifth in 2008 (13 sacks in 438 attempts), first in 2009 (5 sacks in 458 attempts), third in 2010 (8 in 424 attempts) and first in 2011 (8 on 477 attempts) … earned first-team all-conference honors in each of his final three seasons, adding third-team All-America honors as a junior in ’10 and first-team All-America honors in 2011 … as a senior in ’11, earned first-team All-America accolades and was one of two players to be selected All-Mountain West Conference first-team unanimously … earned consensus All-America honors, joining T Ryan Clady (2007) as the only Bronco players to accomplish that feat since Boise State joined the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision prior to the 1996 season … started all 13 games at LT, extending his starting streak at the position to 34 games … leader of a front wall that led the nation, for the second time during his BSU career, in fewest sacks allowed, yielding just eight sacks on 477 pass plays … following the season, added Academic All-America honors from Capital One … named to the 2011 Outland Trophy Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman, and to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, awarded annually to the nation’s top lineman, prior to the season … started all 13 games at LT as a junior in ‘10 and was named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference for the second straight year … received All-America third-team accolades from the Associated Press … provided excellent pass protection, as BSU finished third in the nation for fewest sacks allowed (8) ... named second-team ESPN Academic All-America as selected by CoSIDA and to the WAC All-Academic Team … earned first-team All-WAC honors following a sophomore campaign in which he started at LT for the final eight games ... after missing the season opener due to injury, saw action in four games before earning the starting job ... part of an offensive line that allowed the fewest QB sacks in the nation (5) ... named to the WAC All-Academic Team … appeared in every game except the season opener (injury) and started eight games at offensive tackle as a freshman in ‘08 … named to the All-WAC academic team.
Attended Timberline (Boise, ID) High School where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line and earned first-team All-State and All-Southern Idaho Conference honors as both a junior and senior … during his senior season, he did not allow a single sack, after giving up only two on 286 pass attempts the previous year … also lettered in basketball, lacrosse and track … graduated with a degree in Business in May 2011 and is working on a graduate degree.
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