A year ago Iowa defensive end Drew Ott was a second-team All-Big Ten selection. It was a fantastic season, and his teammates taken notice.
They're taking even more notice now. Ott was a mammoth in the opening game victory over Illinois State, recording his first two sacks of the season, and was the total cause of two to three others.
He finished with three tackles, but his impact was far greater. The Illinois State left tackle had no answer for his speed-rush off the edge, and Ott lived in the backfield on passing plays. Even if he didn't finish off the sack, he flushed quarterback Tre Roberson right to another Hawkeye that did. It was wasn't just his two sacks and three tackles, it is the focus and emphasis offenses have to pay towards him as well. It really opens things up for the Iowa defense in other ways, making them that more versatile and creative. With all the attention on Ott, it has allowed everyone else's job to be that much more easier.
It comes as no surprise to his teammates if you listen to running backs Jordan Canzeri and LeShun Daniels, and linebacker Josey Jewell in the video above. They are fully aware of the talent of Ott, and they also know how hard he works. They've come to expect this type of performance week in and week out.
His dominance on Saturday was even more exceptional than his season a year ago, and will definitely have him in the conversation for national accolades this season if it continues. It will continue if you believe his teammates.
As Jordan Canzeri shared, "From all the work he's put in, we expected greatness, and he even went over that bar today."