Iowa's Brandon Scherff could be the NFL's top draft pick in 2015.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
There really is no such thing as an off-season for big-time college football players. The Iowa Hawkeyes will start fall practice soon, with big expectations after an 8-5 record last season, which doubled their win total from 2012.
Three starters are back on the offensive line, including Denison, Iowa, native Brandon Scherff. On Monday, long-time NFL executive Gil Brandt suggested that Scherff could be the overall number-1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6'5", 315 pounder is on every preseason award watch list.
Athlon Sports magazine has Iowa ranked 26th in their preseason poll, predicting a 9-3 record. The Hawks say any success will start in the o-line.
"Me and Brandon come out and do a little extra work and then just work in these skills and drills sessions," said junior Andrew Donnal. "I'm just trying to improve my technique."
"I'm trying to fill those shoes and become another great offensive lineman," said junior Austin Blythe. "It's something that I've been working towards."
The Hawkeyes have released the start times for their first three games.
The opener against Northern Iowa on August 30th will start at 11:00 AM and can be seen on the Big Ten Network. The Hawkeyes will face Ball State at home on September 6th at 2:30 on ESPN 2. Iowa's home game against Iowa State will kick off at 2:30 on September 13th. That matchup will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
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