Damon Bullock had an excellent season for Mansfield, rushing for 1,606 yards and 22 TDs. He suffered a broke collarbone as a junior. He told the Fort Worth Star Telegram that he believe it stunted his recruiting. Iowa was his only offer with Tulsa and North Texas showing interest.
“I think it hurt a lot,” Bullock said about his shortened junior season. “Every Division I school I have talked to, like Tulsa, North Texas and Texas Tech, they all wonder why I haven’t had any Division I offers. It’s because of my junior year.”
Iowa offered the day before signing day and Bullock jumped.
"I just want to come in and help as much as I can and do whatever I can to help contribute to the team," Bullock said. "I think the collarbone slowed down my recruiting a lot. I just want to thank coach [Kirk] Ferentz for giving me the chance."
Links -- If FBS schools were looking to see some durability out of the 6-0, 195-pound Bullock after an injury marred junior season, they found it during a stellar senior year.
Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Holds school record with six touchdowns in a game. 2) Set personal best of 248 rushing yards in a game as a senior. 3) Had 235 rushing attempts for 1,606 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Bonus -- Was born in Baltimore and moved to Texas in eighth grade.
Ferentz on -- Bullock's letter of intent didn't come in until early last Wednesday evening, so no coaches were able to talk about Bullock, who committed to the Hawkeyes the day before signing day.
I asked him what style of running back he thought he was.
"I'm probably more all-around," he said. "I like to run downhill. I can run around you. I can run through you. Just kind of all around."
Bullock played Class 5A football for Mansfield (Texas). He said, "I know it's not the biggest, but I think it's the most competitive."
Projection is fun -- Bullock can play in the slot. He can play defense. Iowa brought him in as a running back, but it also brought in three others and already has a sophomore and a freshman on the depth chart.
So, would Bullock be open to a position change, if it worked out that way?
"Of course, I'd be open to it," Bullock said. "I'm coming in to try to help as much as I can."
That said, I see a first year similar to Anthony Hitchens, who started at safety, then practiced some at running back and finally ended up playing some safety in dime packages against Missouri in the Insight Bowl.
Bullock has the size at 6-0, 195 to have some versatility. Iowa has a need for depth at safety.
And maybe, just maybe, this is the year not everyone gets hurt at running back.