At the Mid-American Conference football preview, I asked Bowling Green State University senior linebacker Nate Locke for a name to watch for the Falcons defense this fall. I asked him to name someone he thought was "under the radar" coming into the season, and the name Locke gave me was defensive lineman Kyle Junior.
"Just the way I've seen him work, and his size — I think we may see him be a sack leader on our team," Locke said of Junior. "He's a monster. He's a freak. For his size, he's really quick.
"I hope he can get the penetration we need to keep offensive lineman off me so we can stop the run game. And I think he can do some great things with his pass rush."
The 6-3, 275-pound Junior is a redshirt sophomore who played in 12 games last season. He made 11 tackles in a reserve role, including six in the last three games.