Made the transition from walk-on to second-team All-Pac-10 honoree following his senior season ... chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
2005: Started 10 of 12 games in 2005, missing the Illinois and New Mexico State games ... one of three Cal offensive linemen who earned all-league recognition ... ranked second on the team with 9.5 pancake blocks and finished third on the squad with 24 knockdown blocks during the regular season ... received Cal's Ken Cotton Award as the team's most courageous player.
2004: An honorable mention all-league selection ... started all 12 games for the Bears ... produced 31.5 pancake blocks during the year - second only to Marvin Philip's 43.5 - and had 10.5 vs. Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl ... won the starting left guard spot coming out of spring practice, despite seeing limited time due to shoulder surgery in December 2003.
2003: Filled in admirably for the injured Jonathan Giesel at left guard, drawing the starting nod the final four games of the season, including the 2003 Insight Bowl, and six of the final eight contests.
2002: Appeared in 10 games as a reserve left tackle.
High School: First player from his high school in 18 years to play on an NCAA Division I team ... earned first team all-league honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman his senior year ... also served as team punter ... voted both team MVP and Most Scholastic, as well as team captain ... named the South Sequoia League Student-Athlete of the Year ... in addition to football, earned honors in basketball and golf.
Personal: Spent 11 months as an exchange student in Argentina ... hobbies include raising parrots and playing golf ... parents are Eric and Gaylene Merz ... sociology major.