SFA football expected to return to top 25 after 6-5 finish in 2011
One of the nation's top returning centers.
Has played in 36 games, earning 35 starts during his career
Anchor of the nation's top pass blocking group last season
Has the versatility to play all five positions on the line.
Two-time All-Southland Conference selection
2011 (Junior): Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference ... Played in and started all 11 games ... Was a key figure in the Lumberjacks' offensive line that led the nation in pass protection surrendering fewer sacks than anyone else in the country despite passing the ball nearly 600 times.
2010 (Sophomore): A second-team All-Southland Conference honoree ... Played in and started all 12 games ... Started the first three games of the season at right guard before moving to center where he started the final nine ... Graded out at 94 percent ... Helped protect 2010 Walter Payton Award winner and two-time SLC Player of the Year Jeremy Moses ... 'Jacks led the nation in passing offense for a second consecutive season ... SFA finished the year ranked among the nation's top 20 in sacks allowed surrendering only 13 sacks while putting the ball in the air more than 600 times.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 13 games earning 12 starts on the season ... Helped protect SLC Player of the Year Jeremy Moses ... Graded out at 88 percent ... With Steel on the front lines, the Lumberjacks were one of the top producing offenses in the country ... SFA finished among the nation's top 10 in scoring and total offense and led the nation in pass offense.
2008 (Freshman): Utilized his redshirt season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner for coach J.G. Cartwright ... Named 2005 newcomer of the year ... Was honorable mention all-state on offense and defense ... A 2007 all-district selection as a linebacker and offensive lineman ... Recorded 223 tackles during his high school career ... Made 130 stops as a junior and 93 in nine games prior to an injury as a senior ... Lists his best individual performance as a 20-tackle effort against Paradise High School ... Holds school record as the fastest lineman (4.69).
Personal: Son of Kenneth and Marla Steel ... Born June 5, 1989, in Azle, Texas ... Has not yet decided on a major course of study.