Iowa knew when it got into the Louis Trinca-Pasat business that this was going to take some time.
Trinca-Pasat didn't start playing football until he was in high school at Chicago's Lane Tech. There, he played tight end but spent 80 to 90 percent of his time on offense lined up as a wide receiver.
There is a cultural gap, but at this point, nearly two years into the Iowa program, it probably doesn't mean anything. Trinca-Pasat is of Romanian descent. His parents are from Romania and have been in the country for 20 years. Of the family’s five children, Louis is the only one who was born in the United States.
His accent is kind of a cross between Chicago and Eastern European. “People say I have an accent, so I guess I do,” he said for a story when he committed to the Hawkeyes.
Trinca-Pasat shows up at about one minute here.
Three most interesting bio items a year in . . . 1) Graduated [from Lane Tech] with a 4.2 GPA; 2) led high school team to an 11-3 record and Chicago city championship as a junior; 3) parents are Estera and Vasile Trinca-Pasat.
Key quote . . . Kirk Ferentz: “Donavan Johnson, Mike Hardy are guys I think that are going to grow, they have great growth potential. We’re excited about that. Good movement. And then Louis is the same kind of guy. He’s played linebacker. Outside-in, that type of thing. So, we think he’ll grow into a down guy as well.” "Down guy" means hand-on-the-ground D-lineman.
Standing after spring . . . The Louis Trinca-Pasat project continues. There's no real rush here, either. At 6-3, 262, he'll be ready when he's ready. His strength is speed and quickness. He probably needs to work on strength, making the "outside-in" transition.Note from the video above, Trinca-Pasat is lined up over a guard as a defensive tackle (or 3 technique). When he enrolled at Iowa (a semester early, the same time QB A.J. Derby did), Trinca-Pasat was projected as a D-end. The D-tackle spot probably means one more solid weightroom year before LTP is ready to assume a spot on the depth chart.