A legitimate candidate for honors recognition at left tackle ... is one of two Red Raiders with a team-leading 31 career starts (LB Mike Smith) ... started 26 games the last two seasons ... tremendous frame and work ethic ... has developed into one of the most dominating linemen in school history ... one of the bright stars on the offensive line.
2003 - Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches) ... Third-Team All-Big 12 (AP) ... integral component of nation's top-ranked pass offense ... number of sacks allowed by the offensive line dropped from 46 in 2002 to 25 in 2003 ... Navy - dominated the trenches, helping pave the way for Tech's bowl season-best 497 passing yards ... Oklahoma - another stellar performance from the offensive line against the nation's top defensive unit ... o-line didn't allow a sack in the game, after OU entered the affair with 39 sacks on the season ... Texas - offensive line turned in outstanding performance, allowing only one sack, while helping the offense roll up 527 yards of total offense on the nation's 16th-ranked defensive unit ... Tech also passed for 365 yards against UT's fifth-ranked pass defense ... Baylor - offense rolled up 716 yards of total offense against the Bears, the second-best single-game total in school history ... Colorado - along with Keck, anchored the offensive line against the Buffaloes ... team passed for 399 yards and rushed for 91 more ... Missouri - Tech quarterbacks threw for 437 yards and four touchdowns ... line allowed only one sack in 73 pass attempts ... Oklahoma State - paved way for Henderson's second-straight 100-yard game ... also locked down OSU defensive line, enabling Tech to roll up 552 passing yards and 49 points ... Iowa State - key cog for RB Taurean Henderson's first 100-yard rushing game of the season ... Tech rushed for Leach era-best 240 yards ... 535-yard passing day for Tech offense ... Texas A&M - Red Raiders pass for 605 yards and score 59 against Aggies; most points allowed in A&M school history ... part of offensive line that allowed only one sack in 59 pass attempts ... Mississippi - provided Symons solid protection in 661-yard passing performance ... Red Raiders register 713 yards of total offense on the road ... N.C. State - Tech rolls up 681 yards of total offense, including 586 through the air ... New Mexico - solid performance in the trenches in Symons' first 400-yard passing game ... SMU - opened the season with solid effort against the Mustangs ... picked up the team's "Bone" award.
2002 - All-Big 12 Coaches Third Team ... started in all 14 games for the Red Raiders ... graded 87% against Baylor ... tallied a 90% grade against Missouri ... graded 89% against Iowa State ... graded 89% against SMU.
2001 - Redshirt freshman was given the chance to fulfill the promise he displayed as a redshirt during his freshman season ... he didn't disappoint ... started five games, including the last three ... provided solid combination of strength and speed ... possesses all the makings of a four-year starter should his development continue ... split time with Paul Erickson at left tackle ... part of nucleus responsible for quarterback Kliff Kingsbury's success.
2000 - Redshirt season.
High School: Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas ... played tight end as a senior in high school ...was also the punter on his high school team ... all-conference selection as a sophomore and senior ... starting center on Episcopal basketball team and pitcher on baseball team ... 95 mile per hour fastball ... named Male Athlete of the Year at Episcopal ... High School Coach: Dick Phillips.
Personal: Daniel Loper ... son of Cindy and Bob Loper ... born January 15, 1982, in Houston, Texas ... father played football at Rice ... majoring in exercise sport science.