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#77 Laken Tomlinson
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 330
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Lane Technical
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Updated: 07/22/2013
2013: Returning starting offensive right guard ... preseason third team All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... listed as the No. 23 draft-eligible offensive guard in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... gifted, talented lineman with the ability to excel in both run blocking and pass protection ... in 25 career games (25 starts), has played 1,974 snaps ... career starting assignment total ranks tied for seventh among active offensive linemen in the ACC ... enters the 2013 campaign having started 25 consecutive games ... on the field for 900+ snaps in each of the past two seasons ... has played 70+ snaps in 21 career games while averaging 79.0 snaps per game for his career ... one of four returning starters along the Duke offensive line as the group (Tomlinson, Takoby Cofield, Dave Harding & Perry Simmons) combines for an ACC-high 104 career starts entering the 2013 campaign ... in May, 2012, joined nine teammates on a mission trip to Langano, Ethiopia for water well-digging project ... two-time Academic All-ACC selection ... one of four current Duke offensive linemen to have earned Academic All-ACC honors joining John Coleman, Harding and Simmons.

2012: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, a team honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... played a team-high 1,048 total snaps to earn the program’s K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award ... started all 13 games at right offensive guard ... played 70+ snaps in nine weeks including a season-high 107 against Miami ... helped the Blue Devils score a school single-season record 410 points while ranking second in the ACC in sacks allowed per pass attempt (1:29.00) ... part of a Duke offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in first downs per game (4th; 22.15), time of possession (4th; 31:07), passing yards per game (5th; 283.9) and points per game (5th; 31.5) ... helped in the protection of 3,000-yard passer Sean Renfree (3,113) as Duke became just the second team in ACC history (Florida State, 1995) to have two 1,000-yard receivers in Jamison Crowder (1,074) and Conner Vernon (1,074) ... part of an offensive unit that boasted a school single-season record and NCAA-best three players with 65+ pass receptions ... in the run game, assisted in opening holes as Duke’s top three running backs combined to rush for 1,401 yards on 283 attempts (4.95 avg.) ... in May, 2012, joined nine teammates on a mission trip to Langano, Ethiopia for water well-digging project.

2011: First team Freshman All-America pick by Sporting News ... Academic All-ACC selection ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week choice after helping Duke throw for 335 yards with zero turnovers and zero sacks allowed in a 31-27 road win over FIU ... started all 12 games at right offensive guard ... became just the seventh first team Freshman All-America choice in school history, joining Tony Benjamin (1973), Carl McGee (1975), Chris Port (1986), Michael Tauiliili (2005), Kyle Hill (2008) and Conner Vernon (2009) ... finished second on the team in total snaps played (926) behind Perry Simmons (927) ... played 70+ snaps in all 12 weeks including a season-best 102 versus Wake Forest ... helped Duke rank among the ACC leaders in both passing offense (2nd) and sacks allowed per passing attempt (3rd) ... aided a Blue Devil passing attack that had four players catch 40+ passes for just the second time in school history and first time since 1982 ... part of a Duke line that opened holes for 19 rushing TDs, a total that matched the program’s highest total since 1995.

2010: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Lettered four seasons at Lane Technical High School under coach Rich Rio ... All-America choice by SuperPrep ... listed as the 23rd-best offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com ... named the 26th-top offensive line prospect in the nation by SuperPrep ... charted as the 29th-best offensive guard in the country and the 12th-top overall prospect in Illinois by Rivals.com ... tabbed as the 20th-best offensive tackle in the country by USA Today’s Tom Lemming ... all-state selection as a senior by both the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune ... team MVP as a senior ... two-time all-city pick ... four-time first team all-conference selection ... helped Lane to the 2008 Chicago Public League football championship ... also lettered in track and field ... at the 2009 Chicago Public League track and field championship meet, placed first in the discus (140-06) and second in the shot put ... in the 2009 Illinois 3A state championship track and field meet, threw personal bests of 141-1 in the discus and 47-7 in the shot put to place 17th and 22nd, respectfully, in the preliminary heats.

PERSONAL: Son of Audrey Wilson  ... born February 9, 1992 ... double majoring in evolutionary anthropology and psychology.

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