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July 27, 2013

Freshmen Impact Player #2: Donald Rocker

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The Freshman Impact Player Countdown Series continues to move forward like an offensive lineman in a buffet line. Speaking of offensive lineman, that where we'll shift our focus for this fine edition.

While the defensive line has a few question marks, the Hilltoppers' offensive line has a lot of answers with the return of senior veterans like Sean Conway, Ed Hazelett, and Luis Polanco. They will lead a group that features an experienced starter in junior Cameron Clemmons, an up-and-coming talented sophomore in Forrest Lamp, and an infusion of junior college transfers in John Delaney and Connor Popeck.

Experience upfront will be a tremendous asset for Bobby Petrino and his coaching staff as they instill their new offensive schemes and you know they'll bless Antonio Andrews with running lanes that resemble LAX runways.

While the offensive line seems to have all the answers, they can always use some more talent for added depth so the veterans can get a breather or two - enter Donald Rocker of Sandalwood (Fla.).

Rocker played both the guard and tackle positions in high school, but was recruited mainly as a guard. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder already has the size to make an immediate impact in the rotation, but the one element that stands out with Rocker is his footwork.

The combination of size and skill dubbed him the nickname "Stonewall," those same attributes could see him getting some major minutes in a backup role during his freshmen campaign.

Rocker was highly sought-after coming out of high school, with offers from Arizona, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Marshall, Florida International, Memphis, and Middle Tennessee. He was once committed to Florida International before re-opening his recruiting process and pledging to Western Kentucky back in January.

Rocker "Stonewallin" the opposition

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