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77 Laken Tomlinson
2014: Returning starting offensive right guard ... returning All-ACC offensive lineman ... named to the preseason Watch List for the Outland Trophy, an honor presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman ... candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award, an honor presented by the Rotary Club of Houston to the nation’s top lineman ... preseason second team All-America choice by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... preseason All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports (1st team), Lindy’s Sports (1st team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (1st team) ... charted as the No. 2 OG prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft by CBS Sports behind Tre’ Jackson of Florida State ... listed as the No. 3 OG prospect and No. 45 overall prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft by Lindy’s Sports ... member of Duke’s OL unit ranked No. 24 nationally by Athlon Sports ... one of five active ACC players to have earned both first team All-ACC and Academic All-ACC honors, joining teammates Kelby Brown, Jamison Crowder and Will Monday as well as Florida State’s Jameis Winston ... nominated for the AFCA’s Good Works Team which recognizes community service in addition to academic and athletic achievement ... in 39 career games (39 starts), has played 2,981 snaps ... one of two current Blue Devils to have played in all 39 games over the past three seasons, joining WR Jamison Crowder ... among active offensive linemen nationally, career snap total ranks second behind only Chris Jasperse of Marshall (3,032) ... enters the 2013 campaign having started 39 consecutive games ... current streak of consecutive starts matches the longest of active offensive linemen nationally, joined by Dominic Espinosa of Texas, B.J. Finney of Kansas State, Rowdy Harper of Houston and Jasperse ... career starting assignment total ranks first among active offensive linemen in the ACC ... on the field for 900+ snaps in each of the past three seasons and 1,000+ snaps in each of the past two years ... has played 70+ snaps in 29 career games while averaging 76.44 snaps per game ... one of three returning starters along the Duke offensive line as the group (Tomlinson, Takoby Cofield & Matt Skura) combines for 82 career starts entering the 2014 campaign ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, ranked among the team leaders in both power clean (347 lbs.; 2nd) and back squat (540 lbs.; t2nd) ... in May, 2012, joined nine teammates on a mission trip to Langano, Ethiopia for water well-digging project ... part of a trio of three-time Academic All-ACC selections on the Duke roster, joining LB David Helton and DE Dezmond Johnson.

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 ... double majoring in evolutionary anthropology and psychology.

Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 330
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Lane Technical
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