As a freshman in 2013: Game-By-Game Statistics Started three of the 12 games played this season ... Saw action at tackle, left guard, and center ... Part of an offensive line group which excelled in pass protection allowing just 16 sacks compared to 32 sacks in 2012 ... UMass was tied for fifth in the league for fewest sacks allowed in 2013 ... Also helped the offense's run game improve in year two at the Football Bowl Subdivision ... UMass rushed for over 1,500 yards on the ground averaging 125.2 yards per game in 2013 compared to 1,075 yards rushing and an 89.6 yard per game average in 2012 ... Rotated into the offensive line at No. 23 Wisconsin (8/31) ... Started at center against Maine (9/7) ... Also saw snaps as a reserve lineman against Kansas State (9/14), Vanderbilt (9/21), Bowling Green (10/5), Buffalo (10/19) and Western Michigan (10/18) ... Started at tackle as part of the jumbo formation UMass opened the game with against #17/21 Northern Illinois (11/2).
Before UMass: A German national who played for the Cologne Falcons, which is an American Football team that is in the North Division of the German Football League ... Attended FOS Ansbach, a high school in Ansbach, Germany ... Plans to study molecular engineering at UMass ... A four-year starter for the Falcons where he played every position on the offensive line ... Named an All-GFL selection four consecutive years (2009-12) ... Named to the German National Team in 2011 and 2012 ... A two-time team captain (2011 & 2012).