Patience pays off for Dyakowski

Peter Dyakowski is undoubtably one of the most colorful members of LSU's 2006 football squad. He can often be found catching foul balls at Alex Box during baseball season and drives one of the most popular vehicles on the team; a 1979 Firebird that he rebuilt. Dyakowski is not a Cajun surname from south Louisiana, nor is it native of protestant north Louisiana.

The 6-5, 294 pound offensive tackle comes from Vancouver, Canada, where hockey rules sports enthusiast and endzones run 20 yards deep.


Dyakowski is the first and only Canadian to ever wear LSU's purple and gold. He grew up playing football in Vancouver and played for one of what he believes is only 30 high school football teams in the country.


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 Louisiana," Dyakowski said. "Now when I call back home, everyone brings it up when I drop a vowel because I am picking up a Southern accent."


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 preparations for Tennessee.


"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.

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