Selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and was the only rookie to start all 16 games for Arizona.
2012: Started all 16 games at RT in his rookie season … was the only Cardinals rookie to start every game and was one of just six rookie offensive linemen in the NFL to start all 16 games as a rookie … started at RT in his first career NFL game vs. Sea (9/9); helped limit the Seahawks to just one sack in 37 pass plays … helped the Cardinals run for 102 yards and a TD on 32 carries @ NE (9/16) … helped Cardinals rush for a season-high 182 yards on 30 carries vs. Buf (10/14) … helped lead the way as LaRod Stephens-Howling ran for 104 yards and a TD on 20 carries @ Min (10/21); marked the first career 100-yard rushing performance for Stephens-Howling … helped block for Stephens-Howling as he ran for a career-high 127 yards and a TD on 22 carries @ Atl (11/18) … blocked as Beanie Wells tied a career high with three rushing TDs vs. Det (12/16).
Appeared in 37 games at Ole Miss, starting the final 29 contests at RT … played three years at Mississippi after attending Hargrave Military Academy following his senior year of high school … a two-time All-SEC selection, never allowed a QB sack while playing with the first unit o-line and finished his career with 239 knockdown blocks and 29 TD-resulting blocks … played in every game in three seasons, starting the last 29 games at RT … helped lead the way for 14 individual 100-yard rushing performances and two 200-yard performances … as a junior in ’11, earned third-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and was named first-team All-SEC by the NFL Draft Report after starting all 12 games at RT … all of the Rebels’ 12 TD runs came via rush lanes cleared out by the junior … recorded 102 knockdowns, the most by any offensive tackle in the league … as a sophomore in ’10, garnered second-team All-SEC honors from The NFL Draft Report as he started all 12 games at RT … did not allow a sack, leading a front wall that paced the league and ranked 22nd in the nation for fewest sacks allowed (14) … following a year at the Hargrave Military Academy, joined the Ole Miss program and played in all 13 games as a freshman in ‘09 … took over as the starter at RT for the final five contests … before he was inserted into the lineup, the Rebels ran for 10 TDs in eight games, but once he took over on the right side, the ground attack scored 12 times in five contests … attended Hargrave (Chatham, VA) Military Academy following high school, where he was rated the top prep player in the nation.
Attended Liberty Christian (Lynchburg, VA) Academy and was an All-State and All-Virginia Independent first-team selection as an offensive tackle and nose guard … helped guide the team to a 10-1 record and the league title as a junior, producing 35 tackles with six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a defensive unit that allowed only 88 points for the season … as a senior, led a strong defensive effort as the Bulldogs yielded only 117 points en route to capturing their second league title, ranking 20th in the state while compiling a 13-0 record … posted 21 tackles with four sacks and also picked off a pass … at the conclusion of his high school eligibility, participated in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl … Liberal Arts Major.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stops by NFL Total Access to give his thoughts on the current NFL playoff system and hints at which players he will be targeting in free agency and the draft.