Bjorklund Ready To Make His Mark

2017 College of the Canyons OT Tyler Bjorklund (6-5, 290) has a handful of offers already and he told that he is ready to make his mark with the Cougars this fall...

"I have offers right now from Old DominionMassachusettsIdaho, Northern Colorado, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Abilene Christian, Illinois State and Missouri State," Bjorkland told recently. "I had an offer from New Mexico, but they wanted me to come in this fall, so I think really they are just interested in me at this point because I am not sure if the offer is still out there right now.

"New Mexico StateKansas State and Montana State have also been showing me a lot of interest."

As a freshman, Bjorklund started all but two games for the Cougars at left tackle.

"I'm good as a pass-blocker because I have good footwork and I that I excel as a run-blocker because I am pretty physical," Bjorklund said. "In high school, I played every positions -- tackle, guard and center -- but in college I have pretty much only been at tackle and I just feel comfortable there."

This offseason Bjorklund has been hard at work perfecting the little things about playing the position.

"I've really focused on my footwork," Bjorklund said. "It's already pretty good and like I said, I feel like it's one of the reasons I have been so successful, but you always can be better, so I've been focused on that. A lot of it has to do with working with my offensive line coach and my steps and making sure I am setting up correctly.

"I am also working hard on staying healthy. I've been lifting and stretching and just making sure I am doing everything to help my team be successful."

Bjorklund, who played his prep ball at Velencia (Ca.) High School, is a solid student, but he didn't attract the attention he had hoped after his senior season, so he decided to go the JUCO route.

"COC is really close to home, so that was definitely a big factor, but I have known (Canyons) coach (Ted) Iacenda since I was eight years old and I just felt very comfortable here," Bjorklund said. "Besides that, I really liked the direction of the program here and their reputation for getting guys moved on to four-year schools and I felt like if I came here and was successful, that I could have some options when it was all over."

As noted earlier, Bjorklund is a good student so he was a full-qualifier, so he plans to finish up his academic work in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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