Angerer Balances Busy Schedule

Once the summer rolls around, football will be the main focus for Bettendorf's Pat Angerer. But first thing's first for one of the state's top linebackers: helping his Bulldog team to a state soccer championship and competing at Drake Stadium in the men's state track meet.

Competing in two sports at the same time should actually help Angerer's speed and footwork. His personal-best in the open 100 meters is 10.9, which placed in the Drake Relays as well as state. He's also the starting forward for the second-ranked soccer team in Iowa.

But football still occupies part of Pat Angerer's hectic schedule. He recently attended the NIKE Camp in Iowa City, where he ranked as one of the best linebackers.

"I think he was one of the top players there," said Bettendorf coach Randy Scott. "He ran a 4.6 40, which was the second-fastest linebacker time, and ran a 4.26 pro agility, which was the number one time for linebackers." His 40 time may look slower when comparing it to other linebackers around the country, but Scott thinks it will drop further after Angerer's been in a Division I program for a while.

"He runs with a motor and plays the game at a very high speed," Scott said. "He's very fast, which you have to have in a linebacker. A 4.61 linebacker at this point in time, being a junior in high school, they think that they can get him in their weight program and drop him to a 4.5 or 4.4. That would be tremendous for an inside or outside linebacker at the next level."

When soccer and track are over, Angerer will prepare for a busy summer that will include trips to camps at Iowa State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn State and Oklahoma.

The standout linebacker has said the Cyclones rank at or near the top of his list, but Scott also believes Angerer is nowhere near making a decision.

"We've had coaches from Iowa State, Penn State, Oklahoma and Nebraska in here recently," Scott said. "Iowa State is very high, but he's very open-minded right now."

Cyclone coaches Terry Allen and Dan McCarney made a trip to Bettendorf last week to check in on Angerer.

"They were here early in the morning, bumped into Pat and sent him on his way to class like they can legally do," Scott said. "They wanted to know where he's at and what he's doing – just kind of monitoring him. I think they got his transcripts, something they need to have, and were on their way."

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