How 2018 Iowa commit Samson Evans will tackle position switch, how many Iowa offensive lineman will make watch lists and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Tuesday, May 23.
How Samson Evans will tackle his switch to wide receiver
Samson Evans drops back to pass, he doesn’t haul in the passes. That will all change for the 2018 Iowa commit once he becomes a Hawkeye.
The Crystal Lake (Ill.) Prairie Ridge High quarterback will play slot receiver and he isn’t too concerned about which end of a reception he is on.
“Majority of the time [in high school], I won’t worry about the college aspect,” Samson told Land of 10. “I will worry about that after [my senior season].”
Evans, a 3-star prospect per 247Sports, is looking to lead the Wolves to a second straight state title. It takes precedence, but he won’t ignore his future college home all summer. He plans to carve out time to start working on the basic fundamentals at wide receiver.
“I will probably work on routes and things like that just to get my feet better a little bit,” Evans said.
He is a little familiar with wide receiver, having played it as a freshman. But Prairie Ridge runs a triple-option offense so he spent more time sealing off cornerbacks than running fades.
“I know how to block,” Evans said. “I can run routes, but I’m a little rusty.”
Between his 5-foot-11.5, 200-pound frame and playing in an offense where he only threw 52 passes last season, Evans knew his college future might be at another position. Northern Illinois recruited him as a quarterback, but most of his 11 other offers were as an athlete. He embraced the unknown, splitting time between wide receiver and quarterback at camps last summer.
Evans impressed college programs with his athleticism and ability to make big plays. He gained 3,026 total yards and scored 56 total touchdowns last season. At Iowa, Evans will be asked to transfer his playmaking ability from the backfield to the perimeter. He’s looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s definitely a big jump,” Evans said. “I like having the ball in my hands. At the same time, I’m trying to do what’s best for my future.”
Even if he’s not thinking too much about it right now.
How many will it be?
The Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center, named Iowa’s James Daniels to its preseason watch list on Monday.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) May 22, 2017
It’s the first preseason recognition for an Iowa offensive lineman this season. It’s not going to be the last. Sean Welsh, Ike Boettger and Boone Myers are likely to end up on the Outland Trophy watch list, given to the top offensive lineman in college football.
Preseason watch list honors are given out like candy at Halloween. All a player needs to do is show up on the doorstep of an award committee to receive one.
But it doesn’t change the fact Iowa is just getting started on the preseason watch list front. So how many Iowa offensive lineman will end up on a watch list?
Give Jake Adams all of the awards
Jake Adams didn’t hit a home run, but still had a good day on Monday. After hitting .353 with 5 home runs last week, Adams was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week. He also took home the Big Ten Player of the Week Award for the second straight week.
Adams set the Iowa single-season home run record with 24 in the final week of regular-season play. He is doing everything Iowa wants out of its best hitter as the Hawkeyes enter the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa opens tournament play against Maryland on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET, BTN).
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