The Defense Never Rests
At this corner, wearing Black and Gold uniform number 21, representing the University of Iowa, is Matt Stockdale. Matt, a senior from Iowa Falls is a solid 5-10 and 190 pounds. A perpetual motion machine, Matt never stays in one place very long. I am not referring to his high school best of 10.58 in the 100 meter dash. His schedule is full as he is more popular than a postman at an overseas army post. Matt doesn't just play football. He is a true student-athlete, earning academic All Big Ten honors each of the last three years. However, Matt wears several hats due to his many endeavors.
First, let's look inside the Black and Gold helmet. After starting three games in 1998 at free safety, Matt has found a home at left corner. Defensive coordinator Norm Parker said on press day that Matt is so enthusiastic, smart and such a hard worker that Norm is counting on Matt completing his career at Iowa with a stellar senior season. Matt is one of the leaders of the defense and will be using the savvy gained through playing and through numerous hours in the film room.
A business major, Matt must wear a thinking cap as he is a regular on the Dean's list. When I spoke to Matt at press day, his outgoing personality and infectious smile told me that he has a fine career ahead of him in business. In fact, Matt worked this summer in medical sales for Medtronic Sofamor Danek Surgical Sales.
Matt was a summer intern in 1999 for the National ‘I' Club at the UI Foundation. Mark Jennings, Executive Director of the National ‘I' Club, enthusiastically supports his former charge. "Matt is a quality person and a talented student athlete. All of us at the UI Foundation are looking forward to Matt's senior leadership and a fine senior season", said Jennings.
Longtime family friend, Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Heartland Pork, says, "Matt is the perfect example of what hard work and dedication to excel will do to create a super individual."
Prominent Des Moines attorney Dick Thornton adds that "Matt is the perfect example of someone small in stature that has a huge heart" The old axiom, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog", fits Matt to a T.
Gary McElmuray, Matt's coach at Iowa Falls High School, sums it up by saying "He was always a leader in both the classroom and in athletics. Matt works very hard and deserves all the accolades he gets."
The Shadow hopes that Stockdale can cap his career by making all Big Ten as he leads the Hawks to a bowl game. But, enough about his hats and caps. I'm beginning to think he's that pesky reporter at the Daily Planet with that big cape.
That's my take, but what do I know?
P.S. The Shadow has found something he feels every Hawk fan, who doesn't understand why we have to have a premium service, should read. Its a post by Bill Sornsin, CTO of Scout.com and 85' graduate of U of Iowa. Bill explains the economics of running a network and why premium is so important in the survival of network like Scout.com!!!!!
Bill Sornsin's Post