Junior offensive tackle Thad Boatner underwent back surgery after the first week of spring ball and is questionable for the 2008 season.
2007: Sustained a knee injury early in fall camp which forced him to miss the season's first six games ... Dressed but did not play against Colorado, then saw first action of season at No. 20 Kansas ... Did not play against No. 19 Texas in Waco, but saw action in each of the Bears' final four games ... Played career-high 69 snaps vs. Texas Tech ... 183 of 227 snaps on season came over final three games.
2006: First-team Academic All-Big 12 selection played in eight games as a redshirt freshman along the offensive line to earn first Baylor letter ... Saw action on 30 snaps for year, splitting time at both guard and tackle.
2005: Elected to take a redshirt year ... Named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
High School: Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Texas ... Member of Texas Football's 2004 Top 300 ... 2004 first-team Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association all-state selection (Class 2A and A) ... 2004 Waco Tribune-Herald Super Centex pick ... 2004 Prep Star national All-American ... Two-time all-district honoree on both sides of the ball ... Anchored offensive line that helped Hamilton rush for 386 yards and 30.8 points per game ... Averaged 8.6 pancake blocks and 15.5 knockdowns per contest ... Averaged 9.6 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and a blocked field goal ... Helped Bulldogs to a 12-2 record, a district title and the 2004 2A Division II regional semifinals ... Also participated in power lifting, track and tennis ... National Honor Society member earned spot on school's A Honor Roll ... 4-H and FFA member ... Coached by Chris Wilde at the District 10-2A school.
Personal: The son of Sharon and Arvel Boatner, Thad Cory Boatner was born Dec. 18, 1985, in Weatherford, Texas ... Enjoys auto mechanics and restoration, bowling and audio electronics ... His older brother Yancy was a senior offensive lineman on Baylor's 2006 football team ... Management information systems major.