by Lee Brecheen
February 23, 2010 – When you watch your Saturday college football games this coming season on TV or games on Thursday or even Friday night be looking for two Louisiana natives playing in the Mountain West Conference which has power house programs like Utah, BYU, and TCU. These kids should get on the field this year coming off a True Freshman season. They are Daryl Johnson and Dillon Farrell, both Red Shirted, and will be competing to play either special teams or some Offensive Line in 2010.
Dillon Farrell signed with New Mexico in 2009 out of Christian Life HS in Baton Rouge, LA, and will either play Offensive Guard or Offensive Tackle. Dillon might have to wait his turn since the Offensive Line returns three starters and three key backups. What’s most impressive to me about Dillon is this kid was a four year starter on defensive line in High School and he weighed 160 pounds at 5-8 when he was a 9th grader in high school, and now Dillon stands 6-5 and weighs 275 pounds. I see Dillon at worst playing on the offensive line for extra points. Look for this kid to start by his Red Shirt/sophomore year unless there are injuries to the Offensive Line this year.
OT Daryl Johnson (6-4, 313 pounds) once played basketball for Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge, put on a lot of weight his Junior and Senior seasons in High School. Daryl, like Dillon, started two years on Defensive Line at Southern Lab HS. Look for Daryl to also get a lot of reps on the extra point team, and possibly the Field Goal team. Daryl will compete with two seasoned veterans at Offensive Tackle this year. Daryl like Dillon will probably start in 2012 on the offensive line.
These are two Baton Rouge Offensive Lineman that you need to remember because they might bring this team to a Bowl game one day. They are the types of kids you need coming up in the trenches to beat programs like Utah, BYU, and TCU, which have enjoyed great seasons in the last decade. BYU has had a great program the last 30 years .
All photos courtesy of the Universtiy of New Mexico