Played in 46 games with 33 career starts on the offensive line.
A 2012 Phil Steele All-SEC Third-Team selection...A 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team selection by the league's head coaches...A CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America Team Honorable Mention for his contributions his first season as a Gator.
Started and played in 11 games at left tackle in 2012, including eight consecutive starts (Bowling Green, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia)...Also started contests against Jacksonville State and Florida State...Graded out the highest among offensive linemen after the Bowling Green game...Graded out 80 percent or better in all but one game, and above 90 percent against BGSU, LSU and Florida State.
Started at left tackle in nine contests in the 2011 season: FAU, UAB, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Furman...Saw time at tackle in Florida's 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl...Received the Extra Effort award following his performance in the season opener against FAU...Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-SEC Fourth Team (OT) and the Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Third Team (OL)...Placed on the Outland Trophy Watch List.
Played in 12 games and started eight...In addition to playing primarily right tackle, saw time at left tackle, as a blocking tight end in certain situations and on special teams on the field goal unit...Started in Florida's games vs. Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State and Florida State, with all starts coming at right tackle except Tennessee (left tackle)...Graded out a Champion in Florida's win over Kentucky.
Played in 10 games his freshman season, starting the last five contests, including South Carolina, FIU, FSU, Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship Game and Cincinnati in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl...Secured his first career start as a Gator at left tackle in the 24-14 win over South Carolina on the road and played the entire game...Became the first true freshman to start at left tackle since Reggie Green in 1992 and the last true freshman to start at either tackle since Mo Collins started at right tackle for UF in 1995...Saw action in the last series of the game in the win over Kentucky, grading out a Champion at 83 percent...Saw action on the line in Florida's second game of the season against Troy, taking 16 snaps and grading out a Champion at 81 percent.
Named the High School Maxwell Award winner among offensive linemen...Named first-team all-state on the offensive line...Collected 50 tackles while playing on defense...Led Jack Britt to the Class 4-AA state championship game...Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Selected as a first- team 2008 EA Sports All-American...Named a U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Year finalist...Chosen as the Cape Fear Region Player of the Year...Named to Parade Magazine's High School All-American team...The North Carolina ESPN Rise Gatorade Football Player of the Year...A 2007 AP all-state selection...Named No. 37 recruit in the Rivals 100...Both parents are in the U.S. Military and have served in the Middle East...Father was stationed in Afield goalshanistan, but was approved for leave to see Nixon commit to UF at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla....Coached by Richard Bailey.