OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Thabo Sefolosha #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots over Gary Neal #14 of the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 31, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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No. 79, Neal Deiters, Senior, Offensive Line
Who he be: Neal is a senior who has filled various roles on Northwestern's offensive line since his redshirt freshman year. That year, the 6-foot-8 Deiters went from backing up to starting at right tackle, but he was bumped from that role as a sophomore. Since then he's been a reserve at right guard, at first behind Doug Bartels, then behind Ben Burkett this season. He only played games this year, though, and I can't for the life of me remember or find out why. (I am bad at what I do.) I'm also just realizing that this is a football player that was a freshman when I was a freshman and he's still in college and I'm crying uncontrollably why why why make it stop.
Random song I feel like posting: "Helpless", Neil Young and the Band. I think Neil Young is probably one of the musicians who most definitely falls under the "musicians I really liked back when I only listened to music my dad listened to, didn't like for a long time, and now sort of appreciate", but only in a Billie Holliday-esque "wow, this guy is so much better at everybody else at sounding depressed" sort of way. Well, I mean, he's awesome in other ways, but mainly in that way. The Band never really fell under that definition - they've always been awesome to me - and Young's performance in their last show is pretty spectacular under the Holliday definition. Also, the urban legend is that Martin Scorsese needed to hire special film editors to remove a visible hunk of coke from Neil Young's nose during this performance, which, well, good for Neil.
I before E, except...: When in "Neil", unless your last name has a spelling where I follows E, in which case you should spell it "Neal". (As someone with an alternate spelling, I'm very attuned to the ins and outs.)
Player Profile Tidbits: I feel like the "something people would be surprised to learn" is a ringer in terms of which question in the Q-and-A players have to fill out will be most entertaining.
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
A: I enjoy watching the show "So You Think You Can Dance" on TV. It's fun to watch and very entertaining.
I eagerly await an offensive-linemen-only version of that show.
Looking forward: I'll be honest, I once again did a bad job. I was at spring practice this year and didn't take note of who was where on the line as well as I should. The gist is Patrick Ward has shifted from right tackle to left to replace Al Netter. With no incumbent at either position, you have to assume Deiters is a presumptive starter at either right guard or right tackle. His size and former starting gig has him suited for the latter, but I think the coach's plan right now is to have him start at the guard spot and Chuck Porcelli at RT. That makes for an awful experienced and awful big - Deiters is 6-foot-8, Porcelli 6-foot-7, both weighing in at 315 - right side of the line. I look forward to Kain Colter running many an option to that side of the line without having to worry about any trouble coming from anybody that's supposed to be blocked.