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2019 Top 25 MAC Players: #8 Luke Juriga, C, Western Michigan

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A steady presence

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You can almost bet that any time an interior offensive lineman is on a top player’s list, not only are they really special, they are probably under ranked. Luke Juriga is no exception. The 6’4, 298 pound product of Aurora, Illinois has been a steady presence on the Western Michigan Broncos line since the nearly undefeated 2016 season. After red-shirting as a freshmen, Mr. Juriga has gone on to start every game over the next three seasons at guard. Over those three seasons, the Western Michigan Broncos have been effective running the football, finishing in the top 25 in YPG in two of those seasons.

Not only is he durable, he is a great player. He is strong and fast, holds his blocks, and is intelligent. He is three time academic All-MAC, after all. Juriga has also been recognized for his on the field achievements, garnering First Team All-MAC honors as a junior after being named to the Second Team as a sophomore. He is also being noticed outside the MAC realm of influence, being named to the Outland and Remington watchlists, given to the nation’s best interior lineman and center, respectively.

While Juriga was not as highly touted as some Western Michigan recruits in that run, his success is hardly a shocker, given that his father played at Iowa before heading to the NFL. Given Luke’s size, speed, and durability, there is a really good chance we will see the younger Juriga playing on Sundays, as well.

He also just might have the coolest named bar in all the nation.

According to this article by Nick Buckley of the Battle Creek Enquirer, he is also quite the woodworker. In this link, you can see some of his products. In the bar, a sign I presume he made has the name, “The 8th OT.” Well done, on the sign, and the name.