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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The NFL dream
Ron Coluzzi is a busy man. He’s becoming an insurance salesman. He just started teaching kicking and punting to specialists. And he’s training for another type of job interview.
“I have a lot of different hats I am wearing right now,” the former Iowa punter said.
But there aren’t enough hats to keep him from training for the NFL.
When Coluzzi left Iowa, his plan was to work at trucking company J.B. Hunt and leave football behind. But Coluzzi changed his mind. He wanted to give pro football a shot, even if there are only 32 punting jobs in the NFL.
“I have to see if I can do it,” Coluzzi said.
So he’s been training in the Chicago suburbs and will head to a regional combine this weekend in Washington, D.C.
Coluzzi will get 15 kicks between punts and kickoffs to try to impress an NFL team. He doesn’t want the pressure or the situation to get to him. It’s similar to how he didn’t let becoming a social-media sensation impact him in the Michigan game.
“Each one needs to be my best ball,” Coluzzi said. “I can’t really worry about a bad ball or worry about that next one. I am going to do my best. If I get a phone call, great, if not, keep moving forward.”
Coluzzi will try to live in the moment. He hopes it works out for him. If it doesn’t, he’ll always have Iowa’s Pro Day, coming in March, to try to convince a team he’s worth a roster spot.
Epenesa (and Edwardsville) is No. 1
Tristan Wirfs may not be the only incoming Iowa football player to take home a state title this winter.
A.J. Epenesa plays on one of the best boys basketball teams in Illinois. In fact, his Edwardsville squad is the top-ranked team in the state.
— Matthew Kamp (@kamper317) February 21, 2017
The team was 13-0 heading into a contest on Tuesday night. The regular season wraps up for Edwardsville against Belleville East on Friday.
Mock draft time
Pro Football Focus recently released its latest NFL mock draft, and PFF sent Desmond King to Pittsburgh with the No. 30 overall pick.
The folks at PFF have had King as a first-round pick in their four mock drafts during the last several months. Most draft prognosticators see King as a second-round selection.
Former Hawkeye passes away
Loy L. Julius, a former Iowa wrestler, died on Feb. 10. He was 96.
Julius earned All-America honors for the Hawkeyes. He also served in World War II, joining the Army Air Corps in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Julius flew 65 missions, including two bombing missions on D-Day at Normandy. He also spent more than 30 years as a dentist in the Air Force.