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There are only 100 days to go until our first SAINTS game of the 2020 season. Tampa Bay vs New Orleans SAINTS. Brees vs Brady. Therefore tomorrow morning, Saturday June 6th, the countdown begins. As we begin our traditional countdown this year we salute SAINT TEX for her many years of bringing us the COUNTDOWN. Thank you again SAINT TEX. Tune in tomorrow morning as we begin with number,
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Margus Hunt

Hunt grew up in Karksi-Nuia. That is a small town in southern Estonia. His sport of choice growing up was throwing the discus, shot put, and hammer. Apparently, he became very good at it. He started training with an Olympic bronze medalist from the 2004 Summer Olympics, Alexsander Tammert. In 2006, at the World Junior Championships in China, Hunt broke a world junior record. Just a few days later, he won the gold medal in shot put and the gold medal in discus becoming the first athlete to win both at the World Junior Championships.
In 2007, Hunt left his home country of Estonia for Dallas, Texas in order to train with Southern Methodist University track and field coach Dave Wollman. Coach Wollman had previously worked with Hunt's former training partner, the Olympic medal winner, Aleksander Tammert. However, by the time he arrived at SMU, the university had dropped its men's track program. Hunt still wanted to be able to train under Wollman, so he tried out for the football team at SMU. When Hunt tried out, his physical power, combined with a 4.7-second in the 40 yard earned him a scholarship from head coach June Jones. He played for the SMU Mustangs for the next four years. In his first 14 games, he blocked eight kicks. He eventually broke the school record for blocked kicks in a season. Before he left SMU, he was the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked field goals with (10) and ranked second in blocked kicks. Hunt, is a now a seven-year NFL veteran. The 6ft 8” defensive end started off in Cincinnati after becoming their 2nd round draft selection in 2013. In seven seasons, (4) for the Bengals and (3) for the Colts, he's played in 91 regular season games with 25 starts. His last four years have been more productive than the first three, which makes sense because he was such a raw talent coming out of SMU. It would be okay with me if the former track event gold medal winner gets his next World Championship with the SAINTS.

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Derrick Kelly

Kelly is from Havana, Florida where he played tackle at East Gadsden High School. He was named to the 4A All-State first-team as a senior and received second-team honors as a junior. He was rated as a four-star recruit who had scholarship offers from LSU, UCLA, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Florida State. When it was time to make his final decision he decided to become a Seminole where he played both guard and tackle during his time there. After being red-shirted his first year, he had four starts as a red-shirt freshman before he had a season ending injury. He started all 13 games as junior, at both left tackle and left guard. He had to miss a couple of games his senior year due an but he did start in 9 games as a tackle. He graduated with bachelor's degree in social science. The SAINTS signed Kelly as an undrafted free agent and at the end of preseason he made New Orleans practice squad.

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There is no #67 on the roster so today we feature former SAINT,

Stanley James Brock

Brock is from Portland Oregon. He played football at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a tackle. He was selected first team All-American as a senior. He was also selected as first team all Big Eight Conference. In 1980, the SAINTS selected Brock with their first round pick, the number 12 overall pick in the draft. He played 13 years for New Orleans before ending his career with the Chargers. After he retired from the NFL, he coached at Army and he also coached in the Arena Football league. He became a color analyst for the radio broadcasts of SAINTS games for several seasons, succeeding Archie Manning. Brock was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Calvin Throckmorton

Throckmorton played on both the offensive line and the defensive line at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. As a senior he was credited with 13 pancake blocks on offense and on defense he made 61 tackles with 9 of them for a loss. He started all four years on the defensive line. He was a consensus three-star recruit coming out of high school. His college days were spent playing on the offensive line for the Oregon Ducks. After being redshirted, he started all 12 games at right tackle and he only committed (1) penalty. Throckmorton entered his senior season on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and was named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press. While at Oregon he had 52 consecutive starts mainly at right tackle, however he also had starts at center, left tackle and right guard. Through his last (45) games at Oregon, he only allowed (1) sack in 3,224 snaps. He was a first team All-Pac 12 selection, and second team All-American for two years. He was also a first team Pac 12 All-academic selection. He was also named the fifth-best offensive line prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft by USA TODAY. It was a surprise to many that he was not drafted, and the SAINTS swopped in and got him to sign as an undrafted free agent immediately after the draft. The SAINTS were willing to give him a signing bonus as well as a $110,000. guaranteed salary to get him to come to New Orleans. With the ability to play multiple offensive line positions, it is hard to imagine he won't be with some NFL team this year, if not the SAINTS.
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:smilielol: Those uniforms are frightening indeed, and thanks for the warning.
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Calvin Throckmorton cannot possibly be a massive offensive lineman. He has to be a little guy with a.monocle playing a part in a black and white film with the 3 Stooges, W. C. Fields, or the Marx Brothers. I hope he makes it because he has one of the greatest names in football history. :9:
 
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Adrian Magee

Magee played high school football about 70 miles north of New Orleans in Franklinton Louisiana. He joined the team there the year after they had won the Class 6A state championship. He was an all-state selection at Franklinton High, and was considered a four-star recruit when he signed to play ball for LSU. His cousin is running back Terrence Magee. Adrian was a four-year letterman at LSU, where he earned the nickname "Jiggly Puff" . He started at three different positions on the offensive line during his collegiate career. A video of him executing two pancake blocks within a single play against Vanderbilt went viral. Before he left LSU he had played in 40 career games, starting 20 contests at left guard, left tackle and right tackle. Last year in the LSU championship season, Magee started all 15 games mostly at left guard but he did start two games at left tackle. He earned All-SEC second-team honors. He graduated from LSU and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the SAINTS.

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WILLIAM BARNETT CLAPP

Clapp went to Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. He was a four-star prospect coming out of high school. It was no surprise when Clapp decided to go to LSU since his family has deep ties to the Tiger program. His father, Tommy was a former defensive tackle there and his brother, Matt, walked on as a fullback. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Clapp started all 12 games for LSU and did not allow a sack all season. He followed that up his sophomore year with 11 starts, he was named to the All-SEC team, and again he did not allow a sack that year. As a junior he started all 13 games and for the second year in a row he was named to the All-SEC football team. As a three year starter at LSU he showed his versatility on the offensive line as he started all 36 games that he appeared in (13) at center, (12) at left guard, and (11) at right guard. He was on the conference Academic honor roll and he graduated with a degree in sports administration. After his junior season, he decided to forgo his senior year of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL draft. He was drafted by the SAINTS in the seventh round. Last year he appeared in 14 games and started three.

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CAMERON TOM

Tom went to Catholic High in Baton Rouge where he played tackle and guard. He was named to the All-District 5 first-team and tabbed as both Honorable Mention All-State and first-team All-Metro as a senior. He was also a member of the track & field team, for whom he helped the Bears win 2011 and 2013 District Championship, capturing All-District in shotput. Tom went to Hattiesburg to play football at Southern Miss. As a freshman, he started nine games and remained a starter his next two years. He graduated from USM with a bachelor's degree in finance. He entered the NFL draft in 2017 but went undrafted and then signed with the SAINTS. Tom enters his fourth year with New Orleans after being on injuried reserve all last year. He has played in 11 regular season games and both postseason contests with one start in 2018 after starting his career on the practice squad. The SAINTS resigned Tom last April
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Maybe the Saints should keep an eye on track & field competitors!
We seem to have a clear preference, for the Shot Put, for our line!
I think we should have a shot put and discuss competition right after the Quarterback Challenge each day in camp.
 
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NICK EASTON

Easton played football in Lenoir, North Carolina at Hibriten High School. As a senior, he started as the center helping his team to a first-ever undefeated season. He earned All-State honors and served as a captain. He was a two-time All-Conference and All-County selection. Easton also lettered in track and field and was a standout in discus, earning conference and county titles. As a teenager he originally visited New Orleans with his church youth group for a community service project following Hurricane Katrina. Easton played for the Harvard Crimson football team from 2010 to 2014. He played in 24 career games for Harvard and was a first-team All-Ivy League, and first-team FCS North All-American selection. He started 10 contests as a senior in 2014. He also earned Academic All-Ivy League honors after majoring in economics. Easton had an interesting start to his NFL career. After going undrafted, he was signed by Baltimore as an free agent. He had a great preseason but didn’t stick with the Ravens as they traded him to the 49ers and then a month later he was traded to the Vikings where he played for (4) years. He has appeared in 33 games with 23 starts at guard and center over his NFL career with Minnesota and New Orleans. Last year was his first season with the SAINTS, and Easton played in ten games with six starts at left guard.

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This may be the deepest offensive line depth and competition in Saint's history. There is a great mixture of solid veterans and rookies that are hungry to make the team. I foresee at least 3 going on IR to stash them away. Hate that we are not getting to see these guys in OTA's.
 
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We have no #61 on the current roster, so it is time to look back at a player who was with the SAINTS from the begining in 1967 until 1973,

DELANO ROGER WILLIAMS

Del was born in 1945 in the small town of Live Oak, Florida. His hometown is not too far away from Tallahassee so it is not surprising he played college football at Florida State.
Williams is a member of Florida State's All-Time team. In the 1967 NFL draft, the SAINTS selected Del as their third round pick. He played seven years in New Orleans as an offensive guard. Williams died way too early in life at the age of 39 of ALS, the same disease that impairs Steve Gleason.
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Today is "Two for Tuesday" so we will also feature another #61 for the SAINTS,

JOEL HILGENBERG

HIlgenberg is from Iowa City, Iowa and just Like Del Williams he stayed close to home when it came time to play college football. Joel played for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was drafted by the SAINTS in the fourth round in 1984 . Joel played center & guard for New Orleans for ten years. He even had his brother Jay as a teammate with the SAINTS in 1993. Joel went on to be an assistant coach for the Packers for a few years. after his playing days were over.

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