Michael Malloy can't wait to play a football game again. His senior year at Bishop Heelan was cut short after a knee injury and he redshirted for the Hawkeyes as a freshman. Now, Malloy is healthy and ready to run.
Like all college football players, Malloy is bigger and stronger than he was in high school. But the redshirt freshman says he's just as fast, proving it by being the leading rusher in Iowa's spring game.
"Scoring a touchdown and being able to rush during the spring game was definitely a great experience," said Malloy. "It was great to be out there on the field with the guys in pads and be able to hit. Hopefully if I keep it going and all the team works together I'll be able to get some carries this year."
Malloy ran for over 1,600 yards as a junior at Heelan with 31 touchdowns. He played in just two games as a senior when he blew out his knee. A three-sport star in high school, being away from the game has made him want it even more.
"We definitely are expecting big things. We just have to stay together and play together and listen to our coaches and work hard. I think we'll be able to turn some tides but we just have to keep it going and make sure we prepare the best we can."
Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock are 1-2 on Iowa's running back depth chart. But the Hawkeyes have a history of injuries at that position and Malloy never knows when his number will be called.
"I definitely have to prepare like I have to play and like I have to be the next man in. That's what coach likes to preach to us. We always have to be ready and that's how everybody on our team prepares. I think we're doing a really good job of that and I think we did a good job of that last year being prepared for that with Mark and everybody. I just gotta be ready and wait my turn."
Malloy was awarded a full scholarship in June. Michael's brother Alex, a basketball standout at Heelan, is a pre-med student at Iowa.
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