The 6-5, 294 pound offensive tackle
Dyakowski is the first and only
Canadian to ever wear LSU's purple and gold. He grew up playing football in
When it came time to choose a collegiate destination, the usual choice for his location would have been to attend a PAC-10 school. Instead, he chose LSU because of the weather and the people. Five years later, he now starts at offensive right tackle for one of the best football programs in the nation, just 2,777 miles away from home.
"I really enjoy my time down here
and I'm really glad I came down here to
Dyakowski's hard work and
dedication has finally proven worth while now as a starter. He's played in nine
games during his collegiate career with no starts and looked to receive
considerable playing time in 2005 until he broke his right foot during
"Last year I almost got to the point where I felt I could make a difference on the team, but then broke my leg," Dyakowski said. "That was really frustrating, but I just kept working at it and just playing on this field makes it all worth it."
Now as a possible starter, Dyakowski takes over in a group that returns only two starters in Will Arnold at left guard and Brian Johnson at right guard. He believes the offensive line shouldn't miss a beat, and that this year's group is talented.
"We have a lot of guys that are gone and people say we have a lot of new guys, but the fact is we have a lot of guys that have been around for a while," Dyakowski said. "We have already made progress today and in only the second day of camp. [The offensive line] should be fine."
Not only is Dyakowski succeeding on the field, but he also graduated in the spring with a degree in history. He donates more time to community service projects and activities than any other LSU student-athlete, and is LSU's nominee for the 2006 SEC Football Good Works Team.