IOWA CITY, Iowa - After losing three of their last four games, including the final two at home, Iowa captains Brandon Scherff, Quinton Alston and Louis Trinca-Pasat are inspired to end their college careers on a high note. They'll get that chance on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville against Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
"I want to say that we're determined," Scherff said. "As seniors, this is our last game to play in the Hawkeye uniform, which is hard to believe. We've had a couple of good days of practice already and we're just trying to improve and move forward."
Iowa remained in the Big Ten West Division title hunt heading into the last two games of the season. They fell by two points to eventual champion, Wisconsin, and in overtime to Nebraska. Both losses occurred in Kinnick Stadium.
"I'm anxious to get back to work," Alston said. "Obviously, the last two losses, that leaves a bad taste in our mouths but we're anxious to get back on the field and prepare as hard as we can and continue to grow as a team so when we get to the bowl game we can give it our best shot."
The Hawkeyes, who lost to LSU in last year's Outback Bowl, receives another crack at an opponent from the Southeastern Conference.
"The SEC is considered king so I was happy that we got to play an SEC team," Alston said. "I'm happy to get to the game. I'm just anxious to get back on the field.'
Watch what else Iowa's trio of captains said in Sunday's press conference (Note - Fellow Captain Mark Weisman missed this gathering to be a Bullsworth Trophy Dinner):