Iowa's Drew Ott and Nate Meier Dominating
One of the headlines from Saturday's scrimmage was the dominance of the two starting defensive ends for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Both seniors, Drew Ott and Nate Meier, took advantage of the young sophomore offensive tackles, exposing them throughout the action.
Ott and Meier were both disruptive, at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield. They deflected attempts in the passing lanes, met at the quarterback for multiple sacks, and even came off the edge in run support creating mass havoc.
"Yeah, I went against Nate (Meier) today," offensive tackle Ike Boetgger said following Saturday's scrimmage. "He's a great player and a lot to handle off the edge. He's been winning a lot of the battles but going against him makes me better. He won a lot of battles today, too. Everyday I'm getting better, and he's a big reason why."
The offensive tackles have to block the senior stars on the edge, but they're not the only ones that notice the superb play from that position group.
"Drew is a beast down there, all the time," pointed out Greg Mabin, one of the starting cornerbacks for the Hawkeyes. "He's been down there making plays in the run game, and also in the passing game. That just makes our job as a secondary a lot easier when he contributes in the passing game as well."
Nate Meier has started 13 games already for the Hawkeyes and is poised for a breakout season, while Drew Ott has started 25 games and was a second team all-conference selection a year ago, so this headline isn't exactly shocking to many that follow Iowa football.
Check out video of the two sensational ends from Fall camp.
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