Dyakowski settling into starting role

The high today in Peter Dyakowski's hometown of Vancouver, Canada was 68 degrees. In Baton Rouge, temperatures today peaked at 91 degrees. Differences in temperature don't say much about a football player, but it does say that Dyakowski is a long way from home.

You can say it has been a long road for Dyakowski. Going away to school over 2,700 miles away would likely be hard for anyone. Many thought former LSU head coach Nick Saban was crazy when he was recruiting the young tackle from Canada. But five years later, he starts for the No. 8 team in the nation.


"It had been about four years and nine months since my last start," Dyakowski said. "Last time was in December of 2001 in my high school division championship game. Its been a little while, but I have got plenty of playing time here, but more in late game situations besides last year before I broke my foot."  


At 6-foot-5-inches and 310 pounds, Dyakowski said he is beginning to make the memories he always wanted to make here at LSU. As a fifth-year senior who waited for his chance to play, Dyakowski made his first start of his collegiate career on Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette,


"I thought I was going to be nervous," Dyakowski said. "But when it came down to it, I actually wasn't that nervous. I wasn't too worried about it."


Dyakowski played in four games in 2005 with no starts, missing six games with a broken foot. He played 77 total snaps and allowed no sacks on the year. Against UL-L, the first-team offense did not give up a sack.


However, the offensive line has been heavily criticized by Miles for not cranking up the running game in the first half all week. Dyakowski said his group will be ready for the Wildcats on Saturday.


"It took a little while to get our running game going," Dyakowski said. "That is one of the things we have to work out. By the end of the game we were running the ball very well. I think it was everyone getting started and playing the game. It was the first game of the season. We've had scrimmages, but it has been a while since we played another team. We had to find ways to start moving the ball and we did."


Dyakowski said the team had a few items they had to work on this week to prepare for Saturdays 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Nothing major was cited, and consistency seemed to be the problem according to the senior.

"We need to make sure we get all five guys on the O-line doing their jobs and executing assignments all at the same time and not have one guy miss," Dyakowski said. "We are all playing well so it should go well for us this weekend against Arizona."

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