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Five things that you should know about Joe Dahl

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Playing in his first season of collegiate football as a redshirt sophomore last season, Joe Dahl was a major part of WSU's improvement upfront on its offensive line in 2013.

Joe Dahl
Joe Dahl
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Joe Dahl took a circuitous route to arrive in Pullman from Spokane. Once he was able to see the field Dahl made an immediate impact on WSU's offensive line. Here's some stuff to know about him.

Vitals

Name - Joe Dahl
Position - Offensive Line
Year - Redshirt Junior
Height/Weight - 6'4", 303 lbs.
Hometown - Spokane, WA

Things to know

1. Spokane to Pullman via Missoula - Dahl could have been part of the 2011 WSU recruiting class had he decided to. Paul Wulff made him a last-minute offer to come to Pullman, but the Spokane native  stuck with an initial commit he had made to play for former WSU assistant coach Robin Pflugrad at Montana. Pflugrad was out at Montana by the end of 2011 and Dahl decided to walk on to WSU to play for newly hired head coach Mike Leach. Outside of what is known about offers from Montana and WSU, Dahl was neither rated or listed as having any other offers on Rivals. His high school profile lists him as a 6'4", 240 lbs defensive end. Dahl now tops over 300 lbs. on the scale.

2. High school cager - In addition to football, Dahl also played basketball for University High School in Spokane. You can see him in his more slender high school frame on the court in the video below.

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3. Two years on the sideline - Dahl had a couple of years to grow into an offensive lineman's frame. He was redshirted his first year in Montana and ineligible for his redshirt freshman year at WSU because of NCAA transfer rules.

4. Instant role, last minute switch - Dahl started every single regular season game for WSU in 2014 at left guard. Then he switched with Gunnar Eklund in the New Mexico Bowl to start at left tackle.

5. 2014 starter - According to the recently released fall camp depth chart, the switch with Eklund from guard to tackle will be permanent for Dahl who is listed as the No. 1 left tackle ahead of redshirt junior Devonte McClain. I see no reason to believe Dahl will not hold onto this role for the entire season to come.