Senior is expected to return to the starting lineup after serving as the “utility player” in ASU’s offensive-line rotation a year ago ... in his return to the starting five, he will likely be responsible for protecting the blind side of ASU’s right-handed quarterbacks at left tackle ... is the biggest of ASU’s projected starting linemen at 6-3, 285 pounds ... is also regarded as perhaps the most physical and intense player across ASU’s offensive front.
2009: Was slated to be ASU’s starting right tackle but suffered an ankle injury during a physical education class just days before the season opener at East Carolina and missed the first two games of the season ... when he returned to action in Week 3 vs. Samford, he assumed a “utility player” role on the offensive line, usually rotating into the game on an every-other-series basis ... mainly manned the right-tackle position when in the game ... averaged 36 snaps per game ... was on the field for 40 or more plays in each of the final five games of the year ... graded out at 75 percent or higher in 10-of-11 graded performances ... received five grades of 80 percent or higher, good for second on the team behind all-American Mario Acitelli (eight).
2008: Started all 14 games at right guard ... was part of an offensive line that was the first at ASU since 1989 to sport the same starting five each week for an entire season ... graded out at 80 percent or better in 6-of-13 graded performances ... his 88-percent grade over 70 snaps at No. 5 James Madison was the highest grade of the season for an ASU offensive lineman with a minimum of 50 plays in a game ... nearly matched the mark again three weeks later when he achieved an 87-percent grade over 56 snaps at Samford ... he also went above the elusive 80-percent mark versus Jacksonville (36 plays — 81 pct.), The Citadel (59 plays — 81 pct.), Furman (60 plays — 81 pct.) and Chattanooga (33 plays — 84 pct.).
2007: Appeared in nine games, making two starts at right guard versus Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern when regular starter John Holt shifted over to right tackle in place of an injured Jonathan Bieschke ... saw siginificant playing time as a blocking tight end (wearing No. 84) during ASU’s postseason run ... did not catch a pass, but did score a touchdown in the national championship victory over Delaware when he recovered a fumble by Kevin Richardson in the end zone ... graded at 70 percent or higher in all seven graded performances.
2006: Redshirted ... excelled in the classroom as a member of ASU athletics’ academic honor roll.
High School: A first-team 4A all-state honoree at Dobyns-Bennett, just across the state line from Boone in Kingsport, Tenn. ... helped lead the Indians to a 9-1 mark in 2005 ... was a three-year starter at center ... played for head coach Graham Clark, who served as a graduate assistant under legendary ASU mentor Jim Brakefield in 1979.
Personal: Full name is Daniel Ray Kilgore ... born Dec. 18, 1987 (22 years old) ... son of Barbara and David Kilgore ... cousin, Brantley Kilgore, played baseball at Tennessee ... cousin, Jay Dobbs, played volleyball at Milligan College ... majoring in physical education ... member of ASU athletics’ academic honor roll.