One counterculture defensive end (OK, Drew Ott probably isn’t counterculture, but he doesn’t have a TV right now so that alone makes him different than 99 percent of America) travels from Iowa City to Trumbull, Neb., in search of America.
You wanted Part 2 of Drew Ott’s odyssey across Iowa on a moped. Here you go. Thanks to Drew for telling the story. He just had his mullet shaped up for the weekend, courtesy of fellow DE Dominic Alvis. It looks spectacular.
On throttling down in practice: “I’ve been taught that my whole life. It’s what’s in me and I don’t know how to do it any other way than full speed.”
I won’t show you Austin Blythe’s cauliflower ear. You’ll have to find me on Instagram for that. He was a high-level prep wrestler at Williamsburg High School, so that’s where that came from. He mom used to get mad at him for not wearing his headgear. He’ll probably get it fixed eventually.
How are we doing in organic chemistry? “We’re doing all right. It’s kind of tough. We’re doing all right. It’s not supposed to be easy.”
“The series the past couple of years hasn’t been as competitive as we’d like it, but it’s our jobs to make it competitive.”
Morris is one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Award.
Here’s the snippet from the e-mail announcement:
Senior, 6-2, 230, Solon, Iowa
Performance: Lott POW Week IX/89 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11.5 tackles for losses, 4 passes defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 4 sacks/382 career tackles/Captain of team as both junior and senior/Mid-season All-Big Ten
Character: 3.82 GPA; academic all Big Ten/Five times on Iowa Dean’s List/National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete/”If you want to create the ideal student-athlete for a college football team, it would be James Morris” – Iowa Linebacker Coach LeVar Woods/Awarded the Hayden Fry ‘Extra Heartbeat’ Award voted upon by his teammates/“The guy works extremely hard on the practice field. He’s unbelievable in terms of his preparation away from the field, away from the building. He’s a great leader, just a great role model to be on the football team. Scary smart student on top of it. Yet he’s a normal guy. I think that’s why he’s able to be a leader.”Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.
“Flipping 4-8 to 8-4, it’d definitely be a huge win for us. We have to do what we can to get this win.”
I noticed Christian Kirksey wearing his letter jacket. Thought it looked cool, so I asked about it. They give them out when they win their freshman letter.
QB Jake Rudock had a run-pass option on the third-and-10 late in the fourth quarter last week against Michigan. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz was the only receiver in route. CJF remember exactly the last time Rudock had run-pass option.