TENNESSEE TRIVIA - Enters the 2009 season with 35 career starts, the most among active Tennessee players.
CAREER GAMES/STARTS - 39/35
2009 - Games/Starts: 1/0 ... Former all-star saw only action of season late in win over Georgia ... Limited throughout year by knee surgery during fall camp.
2008 - Games/Starts: 12/12 ... Enters 2009 having made 35 consecutive starts at center -- longest active UT streak ... Started fourth game of his collegiate career (Sept. 30, 2006, at Memphis) and hasn't missed since ... Vols saved their best offensive line work for last in 2008, rushing 51 times for 222 yards at Vandy and another 53 times for 210 yards against Kentucky in pair of wins ... Part of Vols offensive line in 2007 that led nation with only four sacks allowed.
2007 - Games/Starts: 14/14 ... Named All-SEC honorable mention by Associated Press ... Ended season with streak of 23 consecutive starts at center ... Vols led country with only four sacks allowed (Rutgers next with 10) ... Starting quarterback Erik Ainge was sacked just three times in 519 pass attempts, setting major college record for minimum 300 attempts ... Team's combined 534 pass attempts meant opponents sacked UT quarterbacks once every 133.5 attempts ... Contributed 10 knockdown blocks at Mississippi State on his way to SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors ... Recovered key Vols fumble late in South Carolina win ... Helped Tennessee offense produce a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver.
2006 - Games/Starts: 12/9 ... Earned unanimous Freshman All-SEC nod from league coaches and Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.com ... Was only unanimous selection to Freshman All-SEC Coaches squad ... Saw action against California at center, helping Vols rush for 216 yards ... Took over starting job at center against Memphis ... Part of offensive line unit that allowed only 19 sacks -- third-fewest in the league -- against 415 pass attempts -- second-most in the league.
2005 - Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned USA Today second-team All-USA honors ... Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year in Mississippi ... Played for West squad in U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Named to Riddell All-America squad ... Member of Jackson Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen prospects in Mississippi ... Two-time All-State by Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Also twice named All-Area and District Lineman of the Year and three-time All-District choice ... Four-year prep starter at center while leading Collins to 49-5 record ... School had 30 consecutive wins during runs to state titles in 2001 and 2002 ... Recorded more than 90 pancake blocks while earning 95 percent blocking grade as senior ... Tallied school record 116 pancake blocks as junior in 2003 ... Honor roll student while earning All-Area Academic Student of the Week honors.
COACH AT COLLINS HIGH SCHOOL - Bruce Merchant.
BORN - March 5, 1987.
2007 All-SEC Associated Press (honorable mention)
2007 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (Oct. 13)
2006 Freshman All-America Rivals.com
2006 Freshman All-SEC Coaches
2005 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll