2010: Saw action in two games ... competed against Indiana State and on Senior Day against Eastern Illinois.
2009: Saw action in four games ... started the last two games of the season against Youngstown State and No. 9 Northern Iowa at left guard ... opened a big hole for Cliffton Gordon as he scored a four-yard touchdown against the Penguins ... also blocked for Brown who threw for a career-high 328 yards in that game against YSU.
2008: Began the season as Illinois State's starting right tackle but was injured after three games ... finished the season by seeing action in four games total, which included three starts ... recorded his first-career tackle against Eastern Illinois.
2007: A reserve who saw action in one game (Indiana State).
Normal Community HS: A four-year letterwinner ... the Ironmen finished as runner-up for the 2005 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 6A State Championship with a 12-2 record ... team won the Big 12 Conference championship for the first time in 21 years ... named to the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team ... named first-team all-area by the Bloomington Pantagraph ... team captain his senior season ... coached by Hud Venerable.
Personal: Born January 26, 1988, in Austin, Texas ... son of Mike and Monna Cross ... has a younger sister, Michelle ... his father, Mike, volunteers on the stat crew for the Illinois State men's and women's basketball games ... former prep teammate of ISU's Jake Detmers and Marcus King ... major: political science.