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NT Garay a surprising standout for Bolts

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By Michael Blunda

After parting ways with veteran Jamal Williams in the offseason, nose tackle was one of the Chargers' biggest concerns entering 2010. To the surprise of most, though, it has been a very stellar position during the season's first half. Credit goes to Antonio Garay, who has started every game and is playing the best football of his career. Never recording a sack while bouncing from Cleveland to Chicago to San Diego since 2003, Garay already has notched three in ’10, his first season playing the nose in a 3-4 defense. He also has been one of the main catalysts for San Diego's shutdown run "D" with the way he has clogged up the middle of the field. From what we hear, the one knock on the 6-4, 320-pound Garay has been his endurance. After showing well early in games, he has had a tendency to disappear in the second half, likely due to fatigue. Also of concern is the fact that the eight games in which he has played this season are already a career-high total; he previously had never played more than six games in a season. Overall, though, the Bolts can't complain about the way he has filled a major hole.

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