College: Kansas State
How acquired: Signed with Cleveland as a free agent.
Highlights: Four-year letterman at Kansas State. All-Big Eight center as a senior. Started every game from freshman season on. Earned Academic All-Big Eight honors three times.
Personal: Agricultural and business major. Two-time All-State center at Centennial High School in Ulysses, Neb. Captured two state wrestling titles. Senior class president and member of National Honor Society. Last name pronounced "new year."
How acquired: First player (fourth overall) selected by Ravens in 1996 NFL draft.
Highlights: Four-year starter at left tackle for the Bruins. Started all 23 games UCLA played over the past two seasons and allowed just two quarterback sacks. Outland Trophy winner as the nation's premier lineman. Unanimous first-team All-America selection as well as All-Pacific 10. Averaged 13 knockdown blocks per game last season. Recipient of the John Boncheff Jr. Memorial Award, given to the Bruins' Rookie of the Year.
Personal: A history major, he twice earned Director's Honor Roll honors. Product of St. Alban's private school in Washington, D.C. Was a second-team All-America selection as a senior. Named the Washington area's Player of the Year by USA Today. His mother, Cassandra, is the executive director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for minority students.
Next for Ravens Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Site: Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.
When: Tomorrow, 7: 30 p.m.
Line: Bills by 3 1/2
TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)
Preseason records: Ravens 2-1; Bills 2-1.
Pub Date: 8/22/96