McJunkin excited about being a SMU Mustang

If June Jones is looking for a center to lead the offensive line once Mitch Enright graduates, he has to look no farther then 2008 signee Blake McJunkin.

If June Jones is looking for a center to lead the offensive line once Mitch Enright graduates, he has to look no farther then 2008 signee Blake McJunkin.

The AP 1st Team All-State player has some good genes. Father, Kirk McJunkin, was a guard at Texas and was selected by the Steelers in the 10th-round of the 1984 draft.

Impressed with Coach June Jones and SMU, the Plano High Senior chose The Hilltop over ISU and Arkansas State.

"I was really close to going to Iowa State. They have a good program up there and Gene Chizek is a great coach," said McJunkin to PonyStampede.com on Tuesday night.

In the end, he picked the right school, "I was really impressed with SMU and could see myself playing there. It's really relaxed. I mean Dennis McKnight, my position coach, was coaching in board shorts and a tank top in the spring game."

After seeing the spring game, he is very impressed with SMU's progress so far.

"I thought the offense looked really good, but I was more impressed with the defense. They were flying around."

The progress that SMU will make over the years is another one of the main reasons he chose SMU.

"I'm excited to be in June Jones's first recruiting class….I'm excited to bepart of a new era and bring SMU football back to where it was in the 80's,"stated McJunkin. "June Jones knows the game. He is guy that brings creditability right away to the program. People know the name."

At 6'2, 260 pounds,McJunkin is not the biggest center in the world. It comes to no surprise that he tries to model his game after Indianapolis Colt center Jeff Saturday.

"He's a guy like me. Because we are undersized we have to pay attention to all of the little things like staying low and having good footwork. He is incredibly smart and a top player in the league," said McJunkin.

This next year, McJunkin will room with incoming quarterback Braden Smith. With the relationship between the quarterback and center very crucial, McJunkin has no idea who the main signal caller will be at this point.

"Both Braden Smith and Bo Mitchell are great players. We played Braden Smith in the playoffs and he almost single handling beat us…. I also understand Justin Willis is coming back. We should be set at the quarterback position."

A 3.8 GPA student, McJunkin would like to pursue a business degree at SMU Cox.


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