Duke Football BIO
77 Laken Tomlinson
CAREER: Lettered four (2011-12-13-14) seasons … helped Duke to 28 wins over four seasons including the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and three bowl game appearances (2012 Belk, 2013 Chick-fil-A & 2014 Hyundai Sun) … played in and started 52 games at right guard … on the field for 3,962 career snaps … served as team captain in 2014 … consensus All-America pick in 2014 … two-time first team All-ACC selection in 2013 and 2014 … four-time Academic All-ACC pick in 2011-12-13-14 … Allstate AFCA Good Works team selection in 2014 … recipient of the 2014 Courage Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the Orange Bowl … represented Duke in the Senior Bowl on January 24, 2015 in Mobile, Ala. … participated in the NFL Combine on February 17-23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Ind. … in May, 2012, joined nine teammates on a mission trip to Langano, Ethiopia for water well-digging project.2014: Consensus All-America selection … first team All-America pick by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation … also received second team All-America honors from Athlon, Sporting News and USA Today … first team All-ACC choice by both the league’s head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association … recipient of the Courage Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the Orange Bowl … named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team which recognizes community service in addition to academic and athletic achievement … finished second in the balloting for the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top blocker in the ACC … served as a team captain … started all 13 games … anchor of Duke’s offensive line which led the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (3.15) … key component of an offensive front that ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (36.23) and second in the league in sacks allowed per game (1.00) ... part of a Blue Devil offensive unit that became the first in school history to average 180+ rushing yards and 210+ passing yards per game … helped open holes for a Duke rushing attack which averaged 181.85 yards per contest, the program’s highest mark since 1977 ... member of Duke’s offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in fourth down conversions (16; 1st), fewest turnovers lost (15; t2nd), red zone offense (.875; 3rd), scoring offense (32.4; 4th), rushing offense (181.8; 5th), first downs per game (22.0; 5th) … helped the Blue Devils to top-50 national offensive rankings for sacks allowed per game (8th), fewest turnovers lost (16th), red zone offense (34th), scoring offense (40th), rushing offense (46th) and first downs (286; 46th) ... aided in the protection of QBs Anthony Boone and Thomas Sirk, who combined to complete 266-of-467 (.570) passes for 2,767 yards with 22 TDs against just eight interceptions ... opened holes for Duke’s ground attack that featured four backs with 375+ yards and 24 rushing TDs while Boone (5), Sirk (8) and Shaun Wilson (5) became just the fourth trio in Duke history to post 5+ rushing TDs each in a season … helped open holes for Wilson to establish the school single-game record for rushing yards with 245 against Kansas and set the Duke single-season standard for average rushing yards per attempt at 7.67 ... on the field for 981 total snaps.
2013: First team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches ... second team All-ACC pick by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... named to both the ACC and national All-Bowl Teams by ESPN after helping the Blue Devils compile 661 total yards and 48 points against Texas A&M in the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. ... Academic All-ACC selection ... integral component of Duke’s offensive front that ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (27.8) ... part of a Blue Devil offensive unit that established school single-season records for total first downs (298), offensive yards (5,966) and points (459) ... member of Duke’s offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in total offense (426.1; 4th), scoring (32.8; 5th), rushing (178.0; 5th) and passing (248.1; 6th) ... helped the Blue Devils to top-50 national offensive rankings for fourth down conversion percentage (.696; 8th), fewest fumbles lost (6; 12th), fewest penalties per game (4.57; 25th), fewest penalty yards per game (40.71; 32nd), first downs (298; 36th) and passing offense (50th) ... helped a Duke offensive unit that became the first in school history, and one of just four in the ACC in 2013, to amass 25+ rushing and 25+ passing TDs ... aided in the protection of QBs Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette, who combined to complete 296-of-467 (.634) passes for 3,472 yards with 26 TDs ... opened holes for Duke’s ground attack that featured Connette’s school single-season record-tying 14 rushing TDs while four Blue Devil running backs combined for 1,905 yards with each averaging 5.0+ yards per attempt ... on the field for 1,007 total snaps.
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 ... graduated from Duke in December, 2014 with degrees in both evolutionary anthropology (B.A.) and psychology (B.S.).