Life of a lineman

The big men battle on the field, but strike up friendships off it

Originally Published: July 8, 2012
By Mason Kelley | ESPN RecruitingNation

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Elijah Qualls settled into his three-point stance. He could feel the fury building along the line of scrimmage.

The 6-foot-1, 285-pound Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande defensive lineman prepared to pounce, digging his cleats and one hand into the turf, while the fingers on his free hand flickered.

Qualls, whose long, curly hair poked out of the back of his black helmet, stared across at Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison County), a 6-4, 316-pound offensive lineman. ...

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