He was born on May 10, 1989 in Minneapolis, MN and attended Rosemount (MN) High School. As a freshman at South Dakota, he started all 11 games at right tackle. He started all 10 games as a sophomore at the same position, earning honorable mention All-Conference honors. His junior season saw him start all 11 games at left tackle and earned first-team All-Great West Conference honors. He followed that up with another first-team All-GWC performance as a senior while starting all 11 games at left tackle. He also added first team FCS All-American honors that year and was named GWC Offensive Lineman of the year. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Signed by Washington Redskins on May 6, 2012 ... Cut by Redskins on August 31, 2012 ... Re-signed by Redskins to their practice squad on September 3, 2012 ... Activated from Redskins practice squad to their 53-man active roster on December 5, 2012 ... Re-signed by Redskins on February 27, 2015 ... Not tendered as a restricted free agent by Redskins on March 9, 2016, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 16, 2016.
Signed a one-year deal with Falcons worth $760,000. Due to the minimum salary benefit, he will only count $600,000 against the Falcons salary cap in 2016.