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Getting to Know: Vikings OL David Yankey

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: May 14, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Name: David Yankey

Position: OL

School: Stanford

Background:

  • Became eight unanimous All-American in school history and first two-time first team All-American since offensive lineman Bob Whitfield in 1990-91 (Whitfield played under Dennis Green before he became the Vikings head coach in 1992)
  • Was a starter on one of the best offensive lines in the country that finished seventh in tackles for loss allowed (4.14 a game), 11th in sacks allowed (1.14 a game) and 22nd in rushing offense (207.4 yards a game)
  • Started 40 out of 41 games over the last three seasons dating back to his sophomore seasons
  • Born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Roswell, Ga. during his childhood
  • His father, David Sr., passed away on Sept. 23 of cardiac arrest

On the opportunity to block for running back Adrian Peterson

"I’m excited. I’ve watched that guy explode on Sundays for the past couple years. So to get a chance to play with him and block for him and do some of that magical stuff in person is exciting."

On if he's talked to Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson

"Yes, I have. I know him because his son Nick Davidson is out of Stanford (offensive lineman), so I’ve met him a few times. I actually met with him at the NFL Combine in the formal interview, and I’ve been in contact with him. He’s awesome."

On how Stanford's offense has helped him develop as an offensive lineman

"I think it’s huge, a big focus on technique. Having that technical emphasis and running an offense that is really pro-style. It gets you really well prepared for the NFL."

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