He was born on April 27, 1989 and graduated from Carrollton (GA) High School. He walked onto Auburn's football team, and first earned playing time as a sophomore appearing in 13 games as the team's long snapper on field goals, PATs, and punts. He also had 4 tackles on special teams. As a junior, he received a scholarship and appeared in 14 games as the team's full-time long snapper. His senior season, he played in 13 games as the full-time snapper and had 3 tackles on special teams. He earned Academic All-SEC honors three times throughout his career at Auburn. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on April 30, 2012 ... Signed to a contract extension by Falcons on September 17, 2014.
Signed a three-year deal with base salaries of: $390,000 (2012); $480,000 (2013); and $570,000 (2014). The deal also included a signing bonus of $2,500 ... Signed a four-year extension in 2014 worth $3.505 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus. His base salaries are: $660,000 (2015); $760,000 (2016); $780,000 (2017); $805,000 (2018). His cap hits are: $670,833 (2014); $760,000 (2015); $860,000 (2016); $880,000 (2017); and $905,000 (2018).