NEW MEXICO:Former walk-on who quietly developed into one of the nation's premier centers and a top NFL prospect...ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him as the country's No. 1 senior center much the season... accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine college all-star games...first center in UNM history named first team all-MWC three times...preseason watch list selection for the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy (best center)...an imposing physical presence who at 6-7, 325 pounds was one of the biggest starting centers in the country...also spent some time in practice at strong tackle late in the 2004 season and looked very impressive working on the edge during training camp...coaches were confident in his ability to play either position if needed...dramatically increased his strength during his final two years...set the position power clean record with a lift of 352 pounds in the spring of `05...upped his squat 15 pounds to a max of 565...also boasts a 425 bench and 360 incline bench...has outstanding footwork and rare quickness and agility for a player his size...runs like a tight end...established himself as a team leader and displayed a higher level of intensity on the field in his final season...49 career games with 44-straight starts anchoring the middle of a gigantic offensive line unit known as "The Hitmen"...416 knockdown blocks in his career (8.7 avg. - 48 games counted)...a redshirt in 2001, was placed on scholarship in the fall of 2002...younger brother, Erik (18), is a rookie center who signed with UNM last February.
2005 (SENIOR):Put together one of his finest seasons, earning first team all-MWC honors for the third straight year...CollegeFootballNews.com ranked him as the league's No. 1 offensive lineman...led the team with 115 knockdown blocks in 11 starts...averaged a career-best 10.5 knockdowns per game...5 games on the year with double-digit KD totals...overall performance grade was over 80% in each game and 90% or higher in 8 games...A+ assignment grade (95% or better) in 9 games, including 7 straight to close his career...a key to the success of one of the Mountain West Conference's premier all-around offensive line units...The Hitmen were the power behind the league's No. 2 rushing attack (22nd nationally) and only allowed 19 sacks, which were the second-fewest in the MWC (among the 8 teams with 300+ pass attempts)...vs. Air Force...Outstanding effort in his final home game...recorded 7 KD blocks and an overall performance grade of 93% (97% assignment, 88% technique)...helped the Lobos rush for 227 yards on the day...at Utah...Quietly enjoyed one of the best games of his career against one of the premier defensive line units in the MWC...did not make a single assignment error, earning a flawless 100% grade for the fifth time in his career...also executed his block with perfect technique on a season-high 94% of his 79 snaps...season-high overall performance grade was a stellar 97%...also added 7 knockdowns and did not allow a sack...got downfield to spring Hank Baskett's long gain on a WR screen and also opened the hole for DonTrell Moore's TD run...vs. Colorado State...Solid performance up front, helping the Lobos rush for 191 yards...notched 5 KD blocks and posted an overall performance grade of 91% (95% assignment, 87% technique)...released downfield, making the key block on 2 long DonTrell Moore runs...cleared out the Rams' MLB on Moore's record-setting 37-yard run that pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the 4th straight year...at San Diego State...Continued his stellar play, posting 14 more knockdowns and an overall performance grade of 95% in 97 offensive snaps...near flawless 99% assignment grade and a season-high technique mark of 91% for the second straight week...led a convincing performance by the O-line against an active front 7 as the Lobos churned out 286 rushing yards and 534 total...The Hitmen also did not allow a sack in 32 pass attempts...at Wyoming...Led The Hitmen as they dominated the line of scrimmage, clearing the way for UNM's 237 rushing yards on 66 attempts, the most since 1984...the O-line also allowed just a single "coverage" sack when the QB ran out of bounds...tallied 14 KD blocks and turned in his most technically sound game of the year...posted a performance grade of 95%, including a technique evaluation of 91%...made virtually no assignment errors, grading out at 99%...vs. BYU...Recorded a team-high 14 knockdown blocks to lead an outstanding performance by the UNM offensive line...The Hitmen cleared the way for the Lobos' 244 rushing yards and did not allow a sack against the high pressure BYU defense...also posted a near flawless 99% assignment grade...at TCU...Turned in his most impressive physical performance of the season, recording a season-high 15 KD blocks, 3 shy of his career-high...recorded an overall grade of 90% (96% assignment, 83% technique) and helped DonTrell Moore finish with 129 yards against a stout defensive front...at UTEP...Led the team with 9 knockdown blocks and posted an assignment grade of 90%...helped DonTrell Moore pound out 161 yards rushing on 28 carries...vs. New Mexico State...Notched 8 knockdown blocks before the UNM starters rested in the 4th quarter...finished with an outstanding overall grade of 92% (97% assignment, 88% technique)...helped lead a dominant performance by The Hitmen who paved the way for 314 rushing yards and did not allow a sack...at Missouri...Part of a outstanding effort by the Hitmen who paved the way for 200 yards rushing and did not allow a sack against an athletic Big 12 defensive front...lead the team with an impressive 93% overall grade (99% assignment, 88% technique) and a team-best 11 KD blocks in all 73 snaps.
2004 (JUNIOR):Turned in one of the finest seasons ever by a UNM center...enjoyed a terrific start to the year with impressive performances against the Lobos' powerful early season opponents and was sensational throughout the conference schedule, solidifying his status as the MWC's premier center...was rewarded by the coaches and media with first team all-conference honors for the second straight season...2nd on the team with 120 knockdown blocks in 12 starts (10 avg.) during the regular season...double-digit KD totals in 8 games, including 5 straight to close the year...averaged 12.4 pancakes per game (62 total) over the final month of the regular season...was also one of the Lobos' most technically sound lineman and was usually exactly where he needed to be...his assignment grade was at least 95% in 9 games during the fall, including the final 8 contests of the season...did not make a single assignment error in 4 games, including 3 straight to close the regular season, all of which were Lobo victories (vs. Texas Tech, at CSU, at BYU, vs. Wyoming)...meanwhile, his execution was exceptional as well...had 5 games with a technique grade of 90% or better, including marks of 94% and 95% in the final two regular season games...rare athletic ability was on display earlier in the year when he played on the kick return team for several games, stationed in the wedge just in front of the return men...Emerald Bowl (vs. Navy)...Strong effort in sloppy conditions...finished with 12 knockdowns, notching an assignment grade of 95% and technique mark of 80%...vs. Wyoming...Continued his stellar run, notching a perfect 100% assignment grade for the third straight game, along with a career-best 95% technique grade...also tallied 10 more knockdowns in all 60 snaps as the Lobos churned out 304 rushing yards on 45 carries...at BYU...Turned in probably the finest game of his career to help the Lobos win back-to-back games in Provo for the first time and attain bowl eligibility...posted a team-high 16 knockdown blocks (1 shy of his career-high), recorded a career-best 94% technique grade and had a flawless 100% assignment grade for the second straight game...cleared some nice holes and did a fine job blocking downfield to help DonTrell Moore go over 100 yards rushing...also did an excellent job in pass protection against an aggressive, blitzing defense...at Colorado State...Led a tremendous performance by The Hitmen which helped UNM win in Fort Collins for the first time since 1995...matched his career-high with a perfect 100% assignment grade...also had 12 KD blocks and an 89% technique mark in all 69 snaps...he and his mates paved the way for 184 rushing yards and did not allow a sack...vs. San Diego State...Outstanding game, leading the team with 12 knockdown blocks against a strong defensive front...had a 95% assignment grade and a technique grade of 82% in all 70 snaps...at Air Force...Excellent effort, recording 12 knockdown blocks and posting an assignment grade of 98% and a technique grade of 90% against the Falcons...he and his unit helped DonTrell Moore notch another 100-yard game and allowed just 1 "coverage" sack...at New Mexico State...Enjoyed another spectacular performance, helping The Hitmen blow open some massive holes as the Lobos' piled up 321 yards on 62 rushing attempts (5.2 avg.) and did not allow a sack...tied a career-high with 17 KD blocks and finished with a career-best technique grade of 91%...also had a 94% assignment mark in 67 offensive plays...vs. Texas Tech...Turned in one of the most sound games of his career as the O-line paved the way for 142 rushing yards and did not allow a sack against a solid Big 12 defensive front...had a flawless 100% assignment grade and an impressive 90% technique mark in 65 offensive snaps...also added 5 knockdown blocks and had a perfect snap on Wes Zunker's game-winning field goal...vs. Washington State...Outstanding effort in the season-opener...posted 11 KD blocks, had a team-best assignment grade of 93% and a 89% technical grade to help the Lobos' rack up 415 yards of total offense, including 186 on the ground, against a stout Cougar defense.
2003 (SOPHOMORE):First team all-MWC selection who recorded 114 knockdowns during the regular season...43 KD blocks in his last 3 regular season games (14.3 avg.) of the year...member of a dominant offensive line unit which powered the nation's 16th-ranked rushing offense (2nd MWC) and the MWC's top-ranked scoring offense...Wyoming...Led the O-line and tied a career-high with 17 knockdown blocks to help the Lobos pound out 336 rushing yards in blizzard-like conditions...did not allow a sack and finished with a 97% assignment and 81% technique grade in all 75 snaps...Air Force...Tallied 14 knockdowns with a 97% assignment grade in all 69 offensive snaps...part of a dominant run blocking performance by "The Hitmen" as the offensive line notched 82 KD blocks to pave the way for the Lobos' 274 rushing yards...Colorado State...Tremendous game, logging 12 KD blocks along with an assignment grade of 96% in 57 snaps...blew open some giant holes to clear the way for DonTrell Moore's career-high 242 rushing yards...completely walled off the DT and LB as Moore went untouched up the middle for a 45-yard TD run to close the first half...UNLV...Solid performance, recording an assignment grade of 95% and a technique grade of 85% in 73 snaps...also had 3 knockdowns...Utah...Had perhaps his best game as a Lobo, recording 16 KD blocks with a 97% assignment grade and team-best 83% technique grade...did not allow a sack and helped "The Hitmen" steamroll the nation's 25th-ranked run defense as UNM piled up 407 rushing yards on the afternoon...San Diego State...Notched 6 KD blocks, including a fine blitz pick-up on the Lobos' longest pass of the day, as UNM churned out 207 rushing yards against the MWC's top-ranked defense...97% assignment grade...Utah State...Another dominant blocking performance, recording 15 knockdowns in 86 snaps...cleared the way for DonTrell Moore's second straight 100-yard game (132 yds.)...New Mexico State...10 KD blocks in all 67 plays to help pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 3rd 100-yard game of the season...BYU...9 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack against a physical Cougar front line...Texas Tech...7 KD blocks in all 96 plays to help pave the way for the Lobos' 235 rushing yards...career-best 88% technique grade.
2002 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN):Inherited the starting center job from junior Justin Colburn, who moved back to quick tackle to replace injured sophomore Nate Hembree...battled a foot injury which limited his development in the spring, but came on to notch 69 knockdowns in 13 games on the season, including 8 straight starts at center...Colorado State...9 knockdowns in 72 snaps...helped pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 181 yards rushing, the most allowed by the Rams all season, and did not allow a sack...BYU...9 KD blocks in 75 snaps...San Diego State...career-high 17 knockdowns in all 74 plays...Utah...6 KD blocks in all 74 snaps...UNM's offensive line did not allow a sack and got 268 yards on the ground against the nation's 16th-ranked run defense...Utah State...13 knockdowns in all 81 offensive plays...UNLV...7 knockdowns in his first career start...played all 58 snaps...Baylor...first career appearance...1 KD block in 6 plays.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2001 graduate of Cibola HS...three-year letterman for the Cougars...named second team all-state, first team all-city in 2001...second team all-city in 1999...played in the North/South all-star game.
PERSONAL:Born May 8, 1983, in Albuquerque, N.M...age is 22...son of Rick and Vicki...major is General Management.
CAREER HIGHS:Knockdown Blocks: 17 (3 times).
Assignment Grade: 100%, (4 times in 2004).
Technique Grade: 95% vs. Wyoming (11/20/04).