On line -- OL Andrew Donnal

Marc Morehouse
Published: May 29 2011 | 12:01 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 4:49 pm in
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Iowa doesn't need O-linemen for 2011. The Hawkeyes are set with Reiff, Zusevics, Ferentz, Gettis and Scherff/MacMillan. They can always use depth, but the Hawkeyes are good here.

You don't have to spin this too far ahead to see a need. After 2011, Iowa might be in the market for two new offensive tackles. Some guy from the Dan Patrick Show (I think) has junior Riley Reiff going No. 7 next April. An ESPN Insider posts lists Reiff among the top three OL for the 2012 draft.

It's pretty safe to assume Reiff, 6-6, 290, is going to have a decision to make at the end of the season. Maybe, probably.

With Markus Zusevics headed into his senior season (and probably a shot at the NFL draft), Iowa could find itself needing a pair of tackles for 2012.

Hello, Andrew Donnal.

Three most interesting bio items a year in . . . 1) Participated in Army All-American Bowl and selected to team USA vs. World All-Stars in conjunction with Super Bowl; 2) first team all-district and all-Northern Lakes League offensive tackle; 3) named to all-Northern Lakes League Academic Team.

Key quote . . . Kirk Ferentz on 2010 signing day: "We’ll see. With Bulaga really being the exception, Bryan came in and played a lot as a freshman. But that’s so uncommon. For us, if we’re counting on that, then we’re really screwed up. And if it happens, that’s a good thing. But I think realistically, we’re hopeful they can come in get their feet on the ground. If they can contribute a little bit, great. But I think more importantly a year from spring, hopefully they’ll be right in the thick of things. And they’re two guys we’re real excited about, too. I think they’ve got great potential. So that’s the good news, but I hate for any incoming player to feel like, boy, they’ve got to come in and save our football team. Hopefully we’ll get some guys to make contributions. I think that will be the case.

“But it’s kind of like summer school. I just don’t think you put that kind of pressure on a first-year guy and if it happens, beautiful. But if it doesn’t, too, you know we’re just trying to get their feet on the ground get them going in the right direction.”

Donnal on playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl: “I thought it gave me a lot of confidence going there, being able to hold my own with the best in the country,” Donnal said. “It was a confidence booster.”

Standing after spring . . . Donnal (6-7, 295) comes out of spring probably looking at a shot to wedge his way into a No. 2 spot. Right now, junior Matt Tobin (6-6, 285) and sophomore Brett Van Sloten (6-7, 290) hold those spots. This likely will be a year where Donnal's best strides will be made behind the fence at the Kenyon Practice Facility. He can put himself in position to seriously challenge for what could be two tackle openings in 2012.

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