He was born on May 4, 1988 and graduated from Maize (KS) High School. He didn't play football in high school. He first played as a sophomore at Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS, where he earned NJCAA All-American honors and was also an All-Jayhawk Conference honoree. He transferred to Valdosta State the following year, starting 10 games at left tackle and allowing only one sack. He earned 1st team All-Gulf South Conference honors as well as 2nd team Division II All-American honors. As a senior, he started 14 games at left tackle. He was named a Gene Upshaw Award finalist, given to Division II's top lineman. He also was a 1st team All-GSC and All-American honoree. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on April 29, 2013.