General: Three-year starting tackle ... Blossomed as a first-year starting left tackle in 2005 ... Was team's tallest offensive lineman ... Made 34 career starts.
2007: Named to CollegeFootballNews.com preseason All-Big Ten team (second team) ... NU's Thomas Airth Spirit Award recipient ... Played in second annual "Texas vs. The Nation" All-Star game in El Paso, Texas (Feb. 2, 2008) ... Along with Trevor Rees, was team's most experienced offensive lineman ... Helped NU tout one of the nation's top offenses, and the Big Ten's top passing attack ... NU led the Big Ten (regular season) in total offense (427.7 ypg).
2006: Starter at left tackle for a second straight season ... Missed the Purdue game after suffering a chest injury at Wisconsin.
2005: Starting left tackle ... Injured his shoulder against Arizona State, but returned to play vs. Penn State ... Helped lead NU to a record-setting offensive year.
2004: Saw reserve duty at offensive tackle.
2003: Redshirted ... Named offensive practice player of the game for the Miami contest.
High School: First-team coaches' all-state and first-team Associated Press All-State offensive lineman ... Helped lead the Rocks to a 15-0 senior season and a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today ... Led team to back-to-back state titles ... Rocks went 29-1 (14-1 in 2001) with him as a starter ... Top-ranked team in Kentucky ... Team was ranked nationally in 12 polls ... Two-time all-district and all-region selection ... A coaches and AP honorable mention all-state selection as a junior ... Also lettered in basketball ... Honor Roll ... Coached by Bob Beatty.
Personal: Born Dylan Andrew Thiry on 4/20/85 ... Son of Ann Strain ... Sister played volleyball at Rutgers ... Played high school football with Louisville QB Brian Brohm ... Chose NU over Purdue, Michigan State, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville and Wake Forest ... Communication studies major.