He was born on May 6, 1988 and graduated from South Forsyth High in Cumming, GA. As a redshirt freshman at Central Florida, he started 10 of 12 games at right tackle. He also caught 1 pass for 12 yards while getting reps at tight end. He moved permanently to tight end the following year, starting all 13 games. He caught 10 passes for 159 yards (15.9 avg) on the year. As a junior, he started 12 of 14 games, catching 6 passes for 59 yards (9.8 avg) and a touchdown. He had career highs as a senior with 21 catches for 235 yards (11.2 avg) and 1 score. He started 11 of 12 games he played in that year. He would earn All-Conference USA honorable mention honors both as a junior and senior. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
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Signed by Atlanta Falcons on April 30, 2012 ... Waived-injured by Falcons on August 11, 2012 and placed on injured reserve ... Waived-injured by Falcons on May 29, 2013 and placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Signed a three-year deal with base salaries of: $390,000 (2012); $480,000 (2013); and $570,000 (2014).