June 19, 2013

Nebraska LB has interest

The Iowa Hawkeyes have had some success with small town eight-man football players over the years and have taken two from the state of Nebraska in the last couple recruiting classes. Will they look to add another one this year? It is certainly a possibility as the Iowa coaching staff has been showing interest in linebacker Garrett Poppen, who was at their one-day camp on Monday.

"It was a good camp," said Poppen. "I didn't run a forty because I've been having some hamstring problems, so I didn't want to hurt it again, but we did a lot of footwork drills and a lot of drop backs."

"The coaches said I did pretty well," he continued. "They like my size and my coverage ability and just said to keep in contact with them."

The 6-foot, 205-pound Poppen attends Giltner High School in Nebraska, which produced current Hawkeye defensive end Drew Ott. Like Ott and many others in eight-man football, Poppen lines up all over the field, playing inside and outside linebacker, defensive end, and running back.

As a junior, the Class of the 2014 prospect finished the season with 82 tackles on defense and helped lead Giltner to a state championship. On offense, he had 215 rushing yards and 444 receiving yards, scoring 16 touchdowns on the year.

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