Appears to have gained a clean bill of health after working his way back from a pair of frustrating injury-plagued seasons ... Will open senior campaign as a member of the offensive two-deep ... Penciled in as Eric Graham's top backup at the left tackle position at the beginning of preseason camp ... Was a former defensive tackle who was converted to an offensive lineman two years ago (during the 2004 season)but did not have an opportunity get acclimated to the new position because of an injury ... Expected to provide quality depth in the trenches or as a member of the special teams' unit.
2005: Did experience game-day action ... Fought nagging knee injury throughout season which required arthroscopic surgery during the winter.
2004: Opened season on program's defensive roster but was moved to the offensive line early during the season ... Appeared in just one game (at West Virginia) but did not record any statistics.
2003: Did not experience game action as a redshirt freshman ... Labeled as a valuable scout team performer.
2002: Redshirted ... Spent true freshman season on the Pirates' developmental roster.
Prep School: Turned in stellar season as a top-tier defensive lineman for coach John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy ... Totaled four sacks, three quarterback "pressures" and 18 total tackles.
High School: Enjoyed noteworthy prep career as a lineman at Sanderson High School ... Also picked up a pair of basketball letters as a junior and senior.
Personal: Full name is Lance Matthew Neisz ... Born December 13, 1980 ... Major is communications.