No. 29 -- DT Louis Trinca-Pasat

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March 31, 2014 | 8:35 pm

DEFENSIVE TACKLE LOUIS TRINCA-PASAT

Arrival:Trinca-Pasat had an excellent list of offers coming out of Chicago's Lane Tech, including Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois. All schools projected him as a defensive end, which made sense. Trinca-Pasat played the position and tight end. He also played some wide receiver.

The first time he stepped on a scale at Iowa he weighed in the 240-range. Sometime during his redshirt season in 2010, the switch flipped to defensive tackle. Trinca-Pasat knew this was going to be the long road to the field. He was a "move" player at Tech making the transition to power and leverage. It takes time to build the body and learn how to "wrestle" along the line of scrimmage.

2012 Takeoff: Fast forward to spring 2012, Trinca-Pasat weighed in at 283. He also gave an excellent account on what it's like to pile 40 pounds of lean muscle mass on your body.

I never really understood that myself, Trinca-Pasat said in a spring interview. I know a lot of the older guys, like Karl [Klug] and Mike Daniels, they told me to take some time to get used to your weight.

At first, you put on the weight and youre a little off-balance, he said. You might be a little slower than normal. The conditioning also takes some time, but once you reach that weight and consistently working with it, it starts to come naturally.

It feels like Im playing at 243 again.

The development showed during the spring scrimmage. LTP played tackle with the first unit. The first-team offense had success running the ball, but Trinca-Pasat found his way to the quarterback a few times and generally held his ground.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz paid attention.

"I doubt anybody made more progress than Louis Trinca-Pasat," Ferentz said. "He was kind of on the ropes back in December, quite frankly. A young guy who really was starting to question where his heart was and how important it was to him, and it showed up in his performance. He was out there, he looked OK, but nothing to write home about.

"In the spring, hes really just quietly emerged, and by the second half of spring ball, hes playing as well as anybody on the field either side of the ball. So, hes clearly taken some steps."

If Trinca-Pasat emerges, that could keep true freshmen Jaleel Johnson and Faith Ekakitie off the field. They could spend the season building their bodies and come in for 2013 that much more ready.

Either way, a productive Trinca-Pasat would give Iowa's D-line, an obvious "hot spot," a giant boost.

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