Cats Await Calls from NFL

April 22, 2009

TUCSON--Several University of Arizona football players are on the radar and listed as potential selections in the NFL Draft to be held this Saturday and Sunday in New York City.

Observers have listed Eben Britton, who decided to forego his final year of eligibility in Tucson to enter the draft, as a potential first-round selection. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound left tackle was a first-team all-conference honoree in 2008.

Should he be selected in that round, he'd be the 11th first-round pick out of Arizona, joining most-recent top choice Antoine Cason, the cornerback who was selected 27th by the San Diego Chargers last April.

Senior receiver Mike Thomas also has potential first-day status in the draft after a good showing at the NFL Combine earlier this spring. The all-time Pac-10 receptions leader (259), Thomas also has an all-purpose background that could help him land a role in the professional ranks.

Other Wildcats who more realistically await possible free-agent calls from teams include kicker Jason Bondzio, linebacker Ronnie Palmer, safety Nate Ness and quarterback Willie Tuitama. Offensive lineman James Tretheway has been mentioned in that group as well, along with cornerback Marquis Hundley, guard Joe Longacre and linebacker Adrian McCovy.

Top Cat picks:

Eben Britton - Offensive Tackle6-6, 310Burbank, Calif. (Burroughs)

-----------Arizona: 3L... Three-year starter at tackle who redshirted in 2005 and expected to graduate (creative writing) on time, thus opted to enter NL draft in 2009... First-team All-Pac-10 selection as junior in 2008... Arizona's best and most consistent linemen in a period that saw the growth of the offense from an unbalanced attack to a dominant force in the Pac-10, finishing 2008 third in scoring, third in passing, fourth in total offense and fifth in rushing... Articulate team spokesman and team co-captain in each of his final two seasons... Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch-lists in 2008... In three years he had 37 starts in 37 games played... Senior year at LT, two at RT... Second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore in 2007...High School: John Burroughs, Ridgecrest, Calif., 2005... Earned Los Angeles Times all-region San Fernando Valley honors...Received votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West poll ... SuperPrep All-America and No. 37 offensive line prospect... PrepStar All-West... Max Emfinger national top 35 quickside tackles list, 4 stars... Participated in the CaliFlorida All-Star game player in January `05 in Miami as one of the nation's top prep stars... Cal-Hi Sports second-team All-State... A big presence who also played basketball... Targeted by numerous west coast schools, he played right tackle for two years and left tackle as a senior... Foothill League co-Lineman of the Year in 2004... Shot put and discus school records holder... Two varsity track letters and three in football... O-line MVP senior year as a team captain...Personal: Academic major was creative writing... Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council at UA for '08-'09... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2006...Son of Jeff and Abbie Britton of Los Angeles... Mother is a Columbia graduate and a journalist and business owner, father is a painter... Honor Roll student and scholar-athlete award winner four consecutive years in high school... Comes from a family of athletes, actors, writers and painters... Date of birth: Oct. 14, 1987, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mike Thomas - Receiver5-8, 195DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

----------Arizona: 4L... 2009 Shrine Game and Senior Bowl appearances... One of Arizona's all-time all-purpose threats and the Wildcats' and Pac-10's career leader in receptions (259)... First-team All-Pac-10 as a receiver and as the league's top punt returner in 2008... Two-time first-team all-league pick... Topped his four-year (no redshirt season) tenure as the nation's fourth active career receptions leader... Played a slot receiver position in 2008 and was used outside three previous years... Led the Pac-10 in catches in 2008 (74) and in 2007 with his career-best 83 grabs... Had a catch in all but one game of his 48 played, that being a season finale against Arizona State in 2005 when he had a cast on his hand and played decoy, giving him a catch in 37 consecutive games... As a junior his 1,038 receiving yards was No. 4 in school history and made him one of five Wildcats to eclipse that level... Finished No. 3 in UA history with his 3,231 receiving yards behind Bobby Wade (3,351 ) and Dennis Northcut (3,252)... His 23 touchdown receptions tied him with Wade for third in Wildcat annals... School-record 11 TD grabs in 2007 when his 83 catches were third-best in UA history... Had career-best 12 catches at Cal and at USC in 2007... Career-best 165 yards on 10 catches at Washington in 2007... Finished with 4,981 all-purpose yards, No. 2 in UA history behind Northcutt (5,392 from 1996-99)... Had 11 career 100-yard receiving games... Scored 170 career points, No. 9 in UA history and only fourth non kicker in Top 10... Caught 50 passes for 597 yards and two scores in 2006... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors... 2005 Freshman All-America honors (2nd team) by The Sporting News... Earned Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year honors, Arizona's first league offensive player of the year selection in history... Also named conference offensive player of the year from The Sporting News... Thomas set Arizona freshman records and put himself at No. 13 on the Wildcats' single-season chart with 52 catches for 771 yards, five for touchdowns...High School: DeSoto, Texas, High School, 2005... Played on West Team in 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January at San Antonio, the bowl for 78 top national players... Coaches' 2004 All-District 7-5A as both a wide receiver on offense and return specialist on defense... PrepStar All-Midlands... SuperPrep All-Southwest on its Texas 99 list at No. 83... Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100... Rushed for 333 yards on a mere 26 carries and had 15 receptions for 205 yards in a run-oriented offense... Max Emfinger Recruiting top 30 wide receiver rating, with 4.25 stars... Played on 9-2 team his senior year, finished ranked No. 37 by Texas HS Football... Football, track and basketball letterman, four years in football...Personal: Academic major is communication... Son of Faye and Michael Thomas of Dallas... Mom and dad are Louisiana-Monroe graduates... Mother is a teacher and dad is in real estate... Valet parking attendant at his church... Date of birth: June 4, 1987, in Bossier, La.

Thomas' Career TotalsYear	G-GS	Rec.	Yards	Avg.	TD	Long2005	11-4	52	771	14.8	5	752006	12-10	50	597	11.9	2	392007	12-12	83	1038	12.5	11	662008	13-13	74	825	11.1	4	56Total	48-39	259	3231	12.5	23	75Career 100-yard receiving games: 11Rushing:2005	5-40 1TD2006	6-682007	10-174 1TD2008	24-114 1 TDRushing Total	45-396, 8.8 ypc, 3 TDReturns:1-(-1) PR, 1-31 KOR 2006;26-615 KOR 2007;29-392, 2 TD PR 200814-317 KOR 2008Career Returns:KOR: 41-963, 23.5PRet: 30-391, 13.0, 2 TDCareer All-Purpose: 375 plays, 4981 yards, 13.3 ypp, 103.9 ypg8 tackles

Potential Arizona pros:

Jason Bondzio - Kicker5-9, 165Humble, Texas (Humble)


Arizona: 2L ... Arizona's career field goal leader in percentage (.833) with the two best season marks in that category as well, .875 in 2008 and .808 in 2007... Only kicker in UA history to score 100 points, as team leader in 2007... Added 97 as the club's top scorer in 2008... No. 6 on UA's all-time scoring chart with 197 points... Set two school records with 55 consecutive PAT kicks as a senior (most in a season, most consecutive in a season)... Just missed career consecutive PAT mark with 67 to close his two-year performance, one shy of Max Zendejas' mark from 1982-83... One of Arizona's top performers his two years in action... Kickoff specialist both years, with touch-back or consistent goal-line depth... Had the leg for 50+ FG kicks but didn't get to try with UA's improved offensive output during his tenure... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 both his seasons in a league with kicker wealth... Lou Groza Award semifinalist as a senior... First-team Pac-10 All-Academic in 2007 and 2008... Made 14 of 16 FG tries his senior year after 21 of 26 as junior... As junior he tied a school record with field goals in 11 consecutive games... Had two or more field goals in nine straight games as junior... For career was 22 for 25 from 20 to 39 yards... Just missed (wide) school-record 59-yard FG against WSU in 2007... Had career-high three field goals against OSU... Had not kicked in a game before 2007... Back-up kicker and travel team regular behind Nick Folk in both 2006 and 2005... Redshirted the 2004 season.High School: Humble High School, Humble, Texas, 2004 ... Honorable mention all-state 5A by the Associated Press ... SuperPrep All-Midlands postseason honors ... Played as kicker-punter in NFL Global Championship VIII in Houston for Team USA, an event bringing scholar-athletes with a 3.0 grade point average ... High school all-star appearance at the 2004 Super Bowl.... second-team All-Texas selection ... Set the Texas all-time consecutive PAT kick record in 2003, kicking 93 straight ... Averaged 38.5 yards per punt, made 35-of-36 PATs and 9-of-11 field goal attempts as a senior ... On his career was 126-of-127 PATs and 13-of-15 FG tries ... First-team all-district 22 5A ... Second-team Academic all-state Class 5A honors ... All-greater Houston Touchdown Club Preseason Offensive Player of the Year ... Academic All-District 22 ... National Honor Society student ... Club soccer player.Personal: Graduated with finance degree in December '07.... Master's in management finance in grad school... Son of Jack and Patsy Bondzio of Humble ... Mother is a teacher and father is a Houston Police sergeant ... Dad graduated from TCU and mom graduated from New Mexico State ... Likes sports cars, camping and NASCAR ... Full name: Jason John Bondzio ... Date of birth: Sept. 18, 1985, in Humble, Texas.

Bondzio's Career StatsYear	G	FGM-A	1-19	20-29	30-39	40-49	50+	Lg	Bk2007	12	21-26	0-0	4-5	9-11	8-9	0-1	49	12008	13	14-16	1-1	7-7	2-2	4-6	0-0	49	0Totals	25	35-42	1-1	11-12	11-13	12-15	0-0	49	1Punt: 1-41.0 in '07; 1-14.0 in 08Kickoffs: 155, with 43 touchbacks (27%).

Willie Tuitama - Quarterback6-3, 220Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary's)

----------Arizona: 4L... Second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference quarterback selection as senior... MVP of the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl with 24-for-35 tossing for 325 yards and two scores... Arguably the Wildcats' all-time quarterback with some numbers to back it up... Arizona's career leader in passing yards (9,211), passing touchdowns (67), attempts (1,276) and completions (786), plus interception percentage of 0.02... As a junior he set single season school records in all four of those categories with 3,683 yards, 327 completions in 524 attempts and 28 touchdown throws, plus set total offense season record (3,520)... School-record 8,727 yards in total offense his four years... Helped change Arizona's offensive personality beginning as a true-freshman five-game starter onward... Second to USC's Mark Sanchez in 2008 in passing yards per game (237.5) and pass efficiency (144.9).... The PE rating is the fourth best in school history and the top figure for any QB with more than 200 attempts... Owns two of the three 3,000-yard passing years at Arizona... Helped Arizona finish 10th nationally in passing as a junior, including some single-game marks of note: 510 passing yards and 517 yards in total offense at Washington, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honor... In last two years completed 65 percent and 62 percent of this throws, the second- and third-best mark in UA annals... Threw for five touchdowns against NAU and Washington in 2007, No. 2 in the Wildcat record book... Had a school-record 42 completions on record 61 throws and 309 yards at California in 2007... Did it all in first two years of a new offense... Considered a question mark after a banged-up soph year, Tuitama came through in a big way, starting and finishing his last 25 consecutive games... His 2006 season was abbreviated by hits to the head at LSU, vs. UCLA and ASU, effectively causing him to miss much of five games...Had 93 consecutive passes thrown without an interception bridging the 2006-07 seasons, a game shy of UA record of 128... Clearly one of the top themes in UA football for 2005 was his emergence in the seventh game of the year and his leadership and play the rest of the way... Came out of a planned redshirt year to play in five and start the final four games, providing an immediate team-wide spark... Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors in that short span from The Sporting News ... Led the Cats to victory with career-best 335 yards passing in his first start on the road at Oregon State and a week later over No. 7-ranked UCLA with a 204-yard effort...High School: St. Mary's High School, Stockton, Calif., 2005... SuperPrep All-America, rated its No. 16 quarterback... PrepStar All-America honors... Received votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Poll ... Cal-Hi Sports third-team All-State... Senior year he completed 158 of 254 passes for 2,734 yards and phenomenal 32 touchdowns, with only 7 interceptions... Led Stockton St. Mary's to California's Division I sectional championship, beating Nevada Union of Grass Valley, Calif., 50-45 with Tuitama completing his last 11 passes. He had no incompletions in the second half... Team finished 13-1 and Tuitama led the league in passing yards, completing 17 of 23 passes for career highs of 312 yards and five touchdowns in his final prep game... Max Emfinger top 30 dropback QB list with 4.5 stars... No. 12 QB prospect nationally... Two-year letterman in football and once in baseball... Senior team captain...Personal: Academic major is family studies and human development... Son of Lui and Nancy Tuitama of Stockton... Parents are University of the Pacific graduates... Dad is a broker and mom is a travel agent... Older sister, Tiare, played volleyball at Cal State Los Angeles... Relative of former UA tight end Brandon Manumaleuna of the St. Louis Rams, former USC All-American and All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau of the Miami Dolphins, and former ASU star Junior Ah'You, among others... Full name Willie Coonley Savea Tuitama... Date of birth: Jan. 13, 1987, in Stockton, Calif.

Tuitama's Career TotalsYear	G-GS	Att.-Comp.-Int.	Yards	TD	Pct.	Rating2005	5-4	142-82-5	1105	9	57.7	136.992006	10-9	211-118-6	1335	7	55.9	114.332007	12-12	524-327-12	3683	28	62.4	134.502008	13-13	399-259-8	3088	23	64.9	144.94Total	40-38	1276-786-31	9211	67	61.6	134.70

Other Professional Prospects from Arizona

Marquis Hundley - Cornerback6-0, 175,  Vallejo, Calif. (Santa Rosa CC)

Arizona: 2L... 13-game starter in 2008 taking over for Thorpe Award winner Antoine Cason at boundary cornerback... Junior college transfer who met the challenge in two seasons... Tied for team lead with four interceptions in 2008 including a key fourth-quarter pick in the end zone against BYU in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl... Also had interceptions against New Mexico, USC and Arizona State, with career-best 47-yard return against Sun Devils... Returned a fumble recovery 87 yards for a score against Idaho... Had 59 tackles as senior, with the four picks, seven PBUs and a forced fumble... Career-best eight tackles against Cal, USC and BYU in bowl game... Lettered as a starter on special teams in 2007... Finished with seven tackles and shared team-high with six tackles on kickoff coverage... Season-high three tackles vs. NAU... Had one tackle in position play and knocked down a pass... Was considered as a redshirt prospect after enrolling at mid-year 2006-07, but a solid spring put him in the mix from the start...Career Totals: 25 GP, 47 solo plus 19 assists for 66 tackles; 4 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FFJunior College: Santa Rosa, Calif., Community College, 2006... Helped team to 10-1 mark his final year... Santa Rosa played in inaugural State Center Bowl with a victory over Reedley College and was the final No. 3 state team and No. 4 nationally... All-NorCal Conference honors... Team won 12 straight road games under coach Keith Simons... JC Grid-Wire preseason second-team All-America... Among top 100 Juco prospects by SuperPrep...High School: Napa, Calif., High School, 2005...Personal: Sociology major... Date of birth March 10, 1986.

Joe Longacre - Offensive Guard6-3, 315, Katy, Texas (Katy)

Arizona: 4L ... Longacre finished his career with 40 career starts on the right side, one of the most consistent O-line performances in Mike Stoops' tenure at Arizona... Four-year letterman with three seasons as a starter...Redshirted as a true freshman during the 2004 season ... A top 2004 Texas recruit for UA.Career: 48 Games, 40 starts (36 consecutive)High School: Katy High School, Katy, Texas, 2004 ... Honorable mention all-state 5A by the Associated Press ... Texas Sports Writer's Association 5A first-team all-state selection ... first-team All-Texas honoree ... Second-team All-Texas honors, and preseason top 10 'watch list' member ... No. 5 rated offensive lineman ... Cited as the best lineman at the Houston Combine by ... Honorable mention AP all-state and first-team all-Houston area by Houston Chronicle ... Selected to NFL Global Junior Championship team for January competition ... Longacre's state-champion team beat fellow recruit Yaniv Barnett's team in the state semifinals, and finished 15-1 with a 2,000-yard rusher ... KHS Lineman of the Year in 2003 ... Three-year letterman, plus lettered in track as a shot putter and played baseball ... High school Leadership Council member and four-year Honor Roll student.Personal: Academic major is psychology... Son of Randy and Becky Longacre of Katy ... Father graduated from California and mother from Texas ... Likes the outdoors and camping, fishing and hunting ... Full name: Joseph Ransom Longacre IV ... Date of birth: Aug. 6, 1985, in Houston.

Adrian McCovy - Linebacker6-3, 237,  Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood)

Arizona: 4L... McCovy started nine games in 2008, finishing eighth on the club with 42 tackles... Was switched out with UA's nickel back Corey Hall at times... Hard-hitting style of play that also saw him on some kicking units... His senior year was his most consistent... Career-best seven tackles against BYU in Las Vegas Bowl 2008... Coaches could not get a hardship year for his junior campaign... Played as a true freshman and did not redshirt... Missed the final eight games in 2007 with a back injury... Had three tackles in a backup role and on the kick coverage unit... Played in 11 games and contributed 15 tackles in 2006, including shared sacks in two games... Started at middle linebacker and had a season-high five tackles against UCLA... One of the Cats' true freshmen lettermen in 2005... Exuberant player who contributed in all 11 games and as a special teams regular his freshman year... Finished with seven tackles, including two sacks... Season-high three hits and one sack at Oregon State...High School: Lakewood, Calif., High, 2005... Named First-Team Best in the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram ... SuperPrep All-America as No. 27 LB prospect, and No. 28 overall All-Farwest...PrepStar All-West region honors... Los Angeles Times All-Star Football Team (top 22)... Los Angeles Times all-region defense, Southeast/South Coast... Cal-Hi Sports second-team All-State all classes, first team Division I...Team-high 100 tackles for Division I semifinalists Lakewood, four sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal... 4-star, No. 29 linebacker prospect... No. 40 LB...Personal: Majored in sociology... Date of birth: July 7, 1987...

McCovy's Career TotalsYear	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Other2005	11-0	6	1	7	2.0-3	2 SK2006	11-1	9	6	15	1.0-6	1 SK2007	4-0	0	3	3	-	-2008	13-9	21	21	42	2-6	1 PBUTotals	39-10	36	31	67	5 -15	3 SK, PBU

Nate Ness - Safety6-2, 190, Gardena, Calif. (El Camino CC)

Arizona: 2L... Solid Division I career at Arizona after stellar junior college performance... Finished second on club with 75 tackles from free safety position in 2008... Two interceptions, one returned 75 yards for a score at Stanford, where he posted a career-high 14 tackles... A nose for the ball had him finish his two-year stint with seven interceptions and 10 passes broken up... Tied Jim Thorpe Award winner Antoine Cason for team lead with five interceptions as a junior, including two in the victory over No. 2 Oregon... Recovered a fumble and had 10 tackles at Washington in 2007... Took over for injured Dominic Patrick and started the Cats' final six games of the year... Finished with 32 tackles, one for a loss... UA's depth at safety gave coaches a chance to redshirt Ness and offer him a year's training in 2006... Was a travel squad player at times just in case...Junior College: El Camino College, Torrance, Calif., 2006... JC Athletic Bureau and CCCFCA first-team All-America 2005... JC-Gridwire first-team All-American for coach John Featherstone in 2005... Street & Smith's JC Super Soph entering the year... Rivals four-star JC... SuperPrep Juco 100 at No. 14... Mission Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Mission Conference... All-California first-team honors and all Region IV by California Community Colleges Coaches Association in 2005... El Camino was No. 4 in final JC-Gridwire rankings... Made the post-season 2004 JC Grid-Wire All-American team. Started all 11 games as a freshman at El Camino, with 76 tackles, 8 INT, 3 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt, 3 TD... All-State, 3rd team JC Grid-Wire All-American, team's defensive MVP... Returned two interceptions for scores in a game to earn Mission Conference defensive player of the week award... Had 19 career interceptions, eight for scores, in junior college...High School: Gardena, Calif. High School, 2004.Personal: Academic major is sociology... Cousin of USC star defensive back Darnell Bing... Date of birth: Sept. 5, 1986.

Ness' Career TotalsYear	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Other2007	12-6	27	5	32	1-1	5-91 INT, 2 PD, FR2008	13-13	44	31	75	2-9	2-75 INT (TD), 8 PD, FRTotal	25-19	71	36	107	3-10	7-166 INT, 1 TD, 10 PD, 2 FR

Ronnie Palmer - Linebacker6-2, 245, Spring, Texas (Spring)

Arizona: 4L ... One of the key players in Arizona's defense for four seasons, Palmer concluded his tenure with 41 starts in 43 games played at middle linebacker, numbers that would have been higher if not for a freshman-year injury... Twin seasons of 85 tackles in 2008 and 83 in 2007 showed his presence in the middle of things for a UA defense that helped turn the tide for the program... UA rated 3rd in the Pac-10 in total defense in no small part due to Palmer's performance... Led the squad with 13 tackles for loss... Added three sacks and an interception, plus knocked down three passes... Notched 27 tackles in the final three games of his UA career including season-high 12 against Oregon State... Second to all-conference pick Spencer Larsen with 83 tackles in 2007, plus broke up four passes and recovered a fumble... Season-high 11 tackles against Oregon in 07... As a sophomore in 2006 he was second on squad with 69 tackles, with five for losses and two interceptions, two forced fumbles, plus unit-high six passes broken up... Started all but UCLA game... Season-high 10 tackles vs. OSU... Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2005... An injury in camp stalled the Cats' defensive development that year... Missed the first five games of the year... Finished with 38 tackles in six games, two of those for losses and 1.5 sacks... Showed his promise with a career-high 14 tackles in his third game back at Oregon State... Redshirted the 2004 season.High School: Spring High School, Spring, Texas, 2004... SuperPrep All-Southwest honors and listed as the No. 32 prospect in Texas ... SuperPrep All-Midlands preseason and postseason selection ... Houston Chronicle Top 100 ... Fort Worth Star-Telegram State 100 honors ... Max Emfinger national Top 100 honors with a five-star inside linebacker rating among national Top 10 at the position ... Recorded 73 tackles his junior year and 70 as a senior ... Top 10 linebacker ... Lone Star Recruiting Top 10 linebacker ... Co-defensive player of the year in District 15-5A and all-district selection as a junior and senior ... Super Prospect LB ... Played quarterback as a sophomore ... Also played basketball, lettering twice and serving as captain his senior year ... Three-year football and track letterwinner ... Who's Who Among American High School Students listee ... National Honor Society member ... Football All-Academic Team honors.Personal: Academic major is sociology... UA student-athlete of the month honor for Feb. 2008... Son of Ronnie and Arelia Palmer of Spring ... Mom graduated from Jarvis Christian College and is a teacher, father attended Kilgore College and is a firefighter ... Church song leader and communion service aide, plus youth mentoring... Younger sister and brother, Nia and Joseph, and older brothers, Joshua and Jeffrey, all play or played sports ... Relative of former UNLV and NBA player Isaiah Rider, as well as former football players Corey Rider (Arkansas), Jonathan Thompson (Baylor) and volleyball player Ashley Toliver ... Full name: Ronnie Renor Palmer Jr. ... Date of birth: March 29, 1986, in Houston.

Palmer's Career totalsYear	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Other2005	6-5	18	20	38	2-14	1.5 SK,2006	12-11	41	28	69	5-10	2 INT, 6 PD, 2 FF, FR2007	12-12	54	29	83	3-9	4 PD, FR2008	13-13	45	40	85	13-30	3 SK, 2 PD, 1 INTTotal	43-41	158	117	275	23-63	3 INT, 4.5 SK, 12 PD, 2 FF, 2 FR

James Tretheway - Offensive Line6-6, 305, San Francisco, Calif. (El Camino/San Mateo)

Arizona...2L... Tretheway's performance in 2008 gives him a shot at continuing his career, improving from rotation and PAT duty in his first 13 appearances to start the final eight games at right tackle... His emergence and smart play helped solidify the front line of an offense that ended up in the top three in all major team categories in Pac-10 ratings... Used at guard or tackle previously, he started the eight 2008 games at RT... Lettered as a backup and special teams player in 2007... Played in final six games and eight total in 2007... Redshirted 2006 after an injury in fall camp thwarted his chance at expected early playing time... Contended for a key role at offensive tackle in spring ball 2006 after mid-year transfer... Junior College: College of San Mateo, Calif., 2005... JC-Gridwire first-team All-America... SuperPrep Juco 100... California Community College Coaches Association All-California Region I honors in 2005... Team was No. 9 team in final JC-Gridwire national rankings, 10-1 and Bulldog Bowl Champions... 2005 NorCal first-team All-League... 3-star and Top 25 OL listing... Rivals JC Top 100... First-team all-conference as a freshman...High School: El Camino High School, South San Francisco, Calif., 2004... Second- team all-league as a senior... National Football Foundation scholar-athlete award his senior year...Personal: Academic major is mathematics... Date of birth Oct. 7, 1985.

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