Narinskiy Glad to be in Iowa City

Anton Narinskiy has moved around a lot in his life, so staying put in once place over the course of the next four or five years might be new to him. He moved to Iowa City in early June and spent the summer with his teammates and getting acclimated to the River City and its surroundings. We spoke with him at Media Day for some of his thoughts on his time in Iowa thus far.

How do you like being in Iowa so far?

It is great, a great place. The people are so nice. That's how it was when I was being recruited and how it is now.

When did you move in, and what have you done since that date?

I moved in on June 6. I am just trying to hit the weights, play football, and fit in.

Speaking of the weight program, how is Coach Doyle's program treating you?

Well, it is different from what I am used to. But it is great.

What has he been stressing in the weight room?

Just keep working hard. That is pretty much it. He does things differently than what I am used to, but if you look at Iowa's success, you know that what he is doing is working.

What are you looking forward to now that the season has officially started?

It's time to put the pads on and for the team to come together. I am just trying to learn as much as I can, I guess.

What position is the coaching staff looking for you to play?

Well, I am at the "Leo" position right now. I am just trying to learn a lot from the players. I have especially learned a lot from George Lewis, he has been a big help.

What are the things you will change from playing at Iowa compared to playing in high school?

It's a whole different game, there cannot be any mental mistakes here because everyone is big and fast. You just have to do the very little things well. There is going to be a lot of film work and extra position work.

How will you adjust from moving to Iowa City from Ohio?

I am used to moving in my life, I have moved a bunch of times. So I am fine wherever I go.

It has been said in certain places that you have a little "Dick Butkus" in you. What do you say to that?

I play as hard as I can I guess. Maybe I pattern my game after Ray Lewis because he plays so hard. Or Teddy Bruschi because you can just tell he loves the game. I cannot compare myself to someone like Butkus.

What do you see the outlook on the Hawks being? -- Great I guess, it is all up to how we prepare and practice. We have the makings to be a good team, great team, it is all up to us and what we do on the practice field.

Finally, what is the first line of the "Iowa Fight Song"? -- No, not a clue. But I think I will before camp is over. I think they make us sing.

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