Player Profile Series: OL Blake McJunkin

With fall camp nearing, the PS staff will profile all 22 projected starters throughout July. Today we take a look at senior offensive lineman Blake McJunkin.

Blake McJunkin

Position: Offensive Lineman

Size: 6-2, 300

High School: Plano (TX)

Classification: Senior

2011 review: McJunkin had a stellar sophomore season in 2011 and solidified his spot as one of the top linemen on the team. Unfortunately, McJunkin fell to a nagging ankle sprain, which caused him to miss most of the season in 2011. McJunkin who received national recognition as one of the top centers in the nation, was replaced by senior Bryce Tennison.

He suffered the ankle injury in SMU's first game of the season at Texas A&M. However, in the same game, McJunkin shielded Aggie defensive back Trent Hunter after he'd lost his helmet in an interception return. This action was recognized by Conference USA and was a single play out of many, substantiating McJunkin's nomination for the C-USA Sportsmanship Award which he won in June.

McJunkin only played in 3 games last season and was awarded a medical redshirt or the 2012 season.

2011 Grade: E for Effort

Outlook in 2012: Even after a year sidelined by injury, McJunkin is already on the Rimington Award watch list, recognizing the best center in college football. McJunkin will be a senior next year along with Jordan Free and Bryan Collins, and will be looked at as the foreman for the men protecting quarterback Garrett Gilbert.

As of right now, there are a few questions about who will start on the offensive line going into the season and at what position. The biggest discussion revolves around Stavion Lowe a transfer from LSU who could start immediately at right tackle. Bryan Collins is projected to start at that position as of now.

If Lowe is in shape to play right away, Collins can move back to right guard, which would move McJunkin back to center who should have a career season whether he plays center or guard.

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