While he's still growing into his body and polishing his technique, Tomlinson has a bright future ahead of him as he continues to develop.
Only a redshirt sophomore, Tomlinson impressed coaches last season as a freshman, starting every game at right guard for the Blue Devils' offense.
Out of high school, the Illinois-product received scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan State and Illinois, but he chose to accept an offer from Duke, redshirting in 2010. Tomlinson fought for playing time last summer and earned the starting nod at guard, impressing the Duke coaching staff with his aggressive and physical playing style.
08/08/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-ACC TEAM (MEDIA): G Laken Tomlinson, Duke (52) 6-3 330 Senior-R Chicago, Ill.,...Tomlinson, a 6-3, 320-pound redshirt senior, anchored a Duke offense that established school single-season records for total first downs (298), offensive yards (5,966) and points (459) in 2013. A second team All-ACC pick last season, Tomlinson, who was also named a preseason All-America second team selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, is entering his fourth season as Duke's starter at right guard. - Duke football