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Number Six: Jordan Eckstrom
Man, the next time I hear a defensive or offensive lineman lament all the attenion given to skill position players, I will think back to writing this post.
Despite the fact that senior-to-be Jordan Eckstrom started every game at guard last season and recorded four tackles, I could not find a single picture of him in our records - this despite the fact that our Rob Carlson routinely takes over a thousand pictures per game.
The importance of the men in the trenches cannot be overstated, and to have a returning starter at the guard position is a luxury that will allow Lake's new QB some time to adjust to the position.
Eckstrom is a capable run blocker and was exceptional in pass protection last season. It is also likelty that Eckstrom will see significant time on the defensive line this season.
We apologize for the lack of picture and the short post, but such is the life of an offensive lineman. If he's doing a good job, he hardly gets noticed by the untrained eye. While we may not be able top celebrate Eckstrom's sixth-place ranking with bells and whistles, we can certainly say that Viking fans will appreciate his leadership and experience when the season rolls around.