- As a teen, tried out for a role as an extra in Finding Forrester in order to earn money to pay his cell-phone bill and wound up landing the lead role, despite a lack of previous acting experience.
- Played football at Amherst College.
- Became a spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2008 Light the Night Walk after portraying college-football star Ernie Davis, who died after a battle with leukemia, in the film The Express.
- Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States (2008)
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