Iowa Seniors Prepare For Last Game in Kinnick Stadium

The Iowa Hawkeye seniors prepare for their last game in Kinnick Stadium.

The Hawkeyes are 10-0 with a chance to move to 11-0 on Saturday but that won't be the only emotion pouring into the game. Iowa also has a chance to finish the season undefeated at home, an honor that would be a perfect sendoff for their seniors as they play their last game inside Kinnick Stadium of their college careers. 

The pre-game festivities are always important to the families and a few of the Hawkeyes shared their thoughts on what they are expecting as they trot out of the tunnel for the last time.

"My parents and older sister are coming," running back Jordan Canzeri said. "It's the first game my older sister has ever came to so that will be awesome. It's tough for my (mother) to travel. She made the first game and she'll be at this one. It'll be an emotional day just to see all of them in my last game at Kinnick. We still have to lock it down, not let it affect us too much or get to us too much, play our game and not have that out-of-body experience."

"I know she'll be emotional," the senior added. "It will be awesome to see that. It's something as a son that you always want to make your parents proud. In the back of my mind I hope I did that."

"I have some family coming," fellow senior Jordan Walsh shared. "It's hard to simulate what it will be like. I'm going to have to go out there and see it for myself. I don't know how I will react. I know how my (mother) will. She'll be pretty emotional."

It's been a roller coaster of a ride for the seniors, going through a lot of highs and lows in their time of Iowa City. Many will look back at their time as a Hawkeye football player with the fondest of memories.

"For me, it's awesome, I've put so much into this, it's been such an amazing ride being here at this school, it's such a blessing," Canzeri mentioned. "To be able to play my last game in Kinnick is a blessing. It's so awesome to be a part of that and a blessing."

"It has been a blur," Walsh noted. "I remember my first day coming to campus for offseason workouts over the summer, driving from Williamsburg to the complex at the Jacobsen building. It's flown by. It's been a great ride. I'm a lot different. I've learned a lot on and off the field. I've made some great friends."

Wideout Tevaun Smith is looking forward to it, but more so to get victory number 11.

"I'm excited," he pointed out. "It's my last game in Kinnick. It's been (a lot of) fun. To clinch and get the Big Ten West title will be the most important for us. I'm looking forward to it. I'm not worried about it being a negative and I'm not going to lose any focus. For a lot of guys it's a lot more important to them. The eleventh win is more important than anything."

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