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Houk is a 6'7, 280 pound lineman who has raw untapped potential on the offensive line. So why does everybody always talk about potential when talking about Houk? That's simple. He's listed as an offensive lineman but here's the catch, he's NEVER played offensive line before.
"I've never played offense
before," Houk told CN at
Houk had never played offense before, until Barney Cotton tried the big man out at tackle last week at ISU's camp.
"I learned a lot. Basically it's just all footwork. Keeping my feet flat, wide and not losing my balance," Houk said. "I'm not very happy with it (his performance) but for it being my first time on offense, I guess I did ok. I didn't really do a good job of pass blocking or anything, but it was my first time."
Houk said that after the camp that Coach Cotton really felt like he had some potential on the offensive side of the ball.
"You are talking about some very good upside if you can light a fire under Houk to see him play with more passion and more of a mean streak," said Josh Clark of Scout.com.
Will Houk be offered by
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In case you forgot, Houk does have a dreadful downside. Houk was born and raised a Hawkeye fan, and he's not afraid to admit it.
"I was a Hawkeye and I'm still a Hawkeye. I will always be a Hawkeye. I've got Hawkeye license plates and Hawkeye stickers in the back of my truck," Houk said.
Bold words from a prospect looking for an ISU offer, but you have to respect the kid for being honest. I know I do.
The big question to ask now is if Houk is in a Cyclone uniform, how will he feel about the Hawkeyes then?
"I'd really want to play the Hawkeyes so they knew that they missed out," Houk said.
That's the answer we all were looking for.
CN will keep you updated on Houk and if he gains an ISU offer.