IOWA CITY, Ia. – Summer is a good time for a football team to bond, but who should a quarterback hang out with?
Receivers thrive on chemistry. Offensive linemen offer protection.
“You have to go with everybody,” Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock said. “It just all depends on your schedule, and some guys have work.”
The Hawkeyes feature eight returning starters on offense and should be a catalyst for this season’s success.
Rudock says having left tackle Brandon Scherff, center Austin Blythe and right guard Jordan Walsh back in the fold makes his mother feel better.
But how much time does Rudock spend with any of his front five?
“Not too crazy much,” he said, “because they’re usually gone fishing before I even get done with my workouts.”
Rudock works to find a rhythm with his receivers, but even that has its limits.
“Who you hang out with more is kind of (how) your schedules match up,” he said.
Enjoying a break: You might think players are anxious for practices to begin in August, but July brings its own rewards.
“I could go for summer all the time,” defensive end Drew Ott said. “You’re just getting bigger and stronger, and that’s only going to help me in football.”
Ott estimates he’s add 35 pounds since joining the Hawkeyes in 2012. He’s now listed at 6-4, 270.
“I think I’ve gotten a lot faster, too,” he said. “A lot better conditioning football-wise. So I think it’s been nothing but positive steps for me.”
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