He was born on August 30, 1989 and attended Central High in Omaha, NE. As a redshirt freshman at Miami, he played in 1 game as a reserve. As a sophomore, he started 5 games out of 13 at right guard. He moved to left guard as a junior, where he started all 13 games. As a senior, he would start all 12 games at left guard, and would be credited with not allowing any sacks nor committing any penalties all season long. Originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft.