June 3, 2011
MIH: #4 Riley Reiff
Riley Reiff won't give the media great soundbites, but he will be giving the Hawkeyes another year of sound play on the football field. The junior offensive tackle could be moving himself into the discussion with the outstanding tackles of the Ferentz era and his play will be key for the Iowa offense in 2011. Reiff comes in at #4 on our list of Most Indispensable Hawkeyes for 2011.
MEASUREMENTS: 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds
THE NUMBERS: 2nd team All Big Ten selection
WHY REIFF MADE THE LIST
Honestly, you could make a good case for Riley Reiff being higher on this list than #4 simply because he is already developed into a very good player and could be putting himself into position to be talked about with the likes of Bryan Bulaga and Robert Gallery. There are a lot of people who believe that Rieff would have been a fairly high draft pick in this year's draft if he had chosen that path. Thankfully for the Hawkeyes, he decided to stick around for his junior season.
From the moment he stepped into the lineup as a redshirt freshman, Reiff has had the look of a player that simply belonged on the field. More importantly, he keeps getting better each year, earning 2nd team All Big Ten honors last year. Heading into this season, most of the preseason magazines have him penciled earning 1st team honors. Reiff is a quiet young man who is shy when it comes to media attention, but he lets his play on the field do the talking. He has great feet in the trenches and toughness to his play that sets him apart from the rest of the pack.
Iowa is still pretty green when it comes to tackles to replace Reiff, so that adds to his value heading into the 2011 season. Every team needs a good left tackle and Iowa is fortunate to have one of the best in the country this year.
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