Born in Sugar Land, Texas ... parents are Gifford and Wendy ... father was a quarterback with the Houston Oilers for six years before becoming a TV sportscaster in Houston ... father was an All-American football player at BYU and played basketball for the Cougars ... mother was a BYU cheerleader ... older brother Giff played basketball for BYU, too ... grandfather Stan Nielsen played basketball for BYU (1940-41) ... is an Eagle Scout ... recruited by Houston, TCU, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Rice and Duke ... married Taylor Porter in December, 2008 and they have a daughter who was born last August ... served a volunteer two-year Church mission to Puebla, Mexico ... serves as president of the Cougar Council representing all BYU student-athletes ... majoring in economics.
Was two-time first-team all-district and all-city at Clements High ... selected to the Minute Maid Classic All-Tournament Team ... coached by Herb Espinosa ... was English Student of the Year as a freshman ... was all-district and all-city in basketball, too ... played for the national, state and district champion Houston Heat, a team that won the World Wood Bat Championship.
Year Avg. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB-SBA 2006 .231 17-7 39 8 9 4 0 1 9 16 3 5 1-1 2009 .167 7-1 12 0 2 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 0-0 2010 .347 53-51 202 40 70 13 2 3 39 96 15 11 3-4 2011 .279 57-57 179 39 50 10 1 0 27 62 37 18 3-3
Had a walk-off single against Northern Colorado in the 10th inning.
Academic All-Mountain West Conference ... ended the season with a current three-game hitting streak ... filled in admirably at second base when Andrew Law was injured in the second week of the season ... led BYU with a pair of hits and two RBI in a 5-4 upset at No. 4 TCU ... homered in BYU's last two games of the season against Utah and New Mexico in the MWC Tournament.
All-Mountain West Conference Tournament selection ... led team with seven game-winning RBI: 12th inning sac-fly at Portland, walk-off single vs. Utah, two-out single vs. Seattle, triple vs. New Mexico, one-out single at SDSU, one-out single at Air Force, and a two-out single vs. SDSU in the MWC Tourney ... ended season with a five-game hitting streak ... in on four of the six double plays turned by BYU vs. UNM, one shy of NCAA record, a new MWC record ... batted .324 in league games.