Senior Moments: Hinkel & Schnoor On Last Lap

Ed Hinkel and Marcus Schnoor will be among the Iowa seniors who will come out of the tunnel one final time on Saturday. Hinkel is thankful that he gets the chance to do that with his boots on and Schnoor is thankful to have fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a part of the Iowa program.

Ed Hinkel

Q: What has made this senior class so special?

Ed Hinkel: We had a good class coming in. We all stuck together and worked hard and pushed each other. I think that is what has helped us over the long run.

Q: When did it start to hit you that this is your last game?

Hinkel: It probably won't until after the game. It's something I have not thought about too much. It will hit us after the game.

Q: When you got here, seeing the other guys in the class, did you think they were good?

Hinkel: Yeah, I think just the attitude that everybody. Even when we were redshirting, the attitude we took to practice and working out. You could tell that the guys in this class wanted to be success and would do anything it took.

Q: Iowa still had not had a winning a season when you picked them. That was done on faith.

Hinkel: Yeah, we all just believed in what Coach Ferentz was telling us and we had the sense that this program was going to turn around. It has.

Q: How gratifying for you is it to be back healthy for this final game?

Hinkel: It's nice. There was a time where I was not sure if I could do it or not. It was awesome to be out there last week and hopefully I will be back there last week.

Q: So much for easing your way back into the lineup against Wisconsin.

Hinkel: I guess that is how I wanted it. I wanted to get involved early and get all the bad thoughts out of my mind and take a hit early and walk away.

Q: Did your arm run through the back of your mind?

Hinkel: A little bit. I would be lying if I said it wasn't. It was something that was in my head and I am glad that I was able to get it out of the way early.

Marcus Schnoor

Q: How will senior day be for you?

Marcus Schnoor: I have been waiting for this for a long time. It's been such a great time. I have had a lot of great moments here the last four years. Coming into the last game will be real emotional. It has been a lifelong dream to be a part of the Hawkeye tradition and get on the Iowa playing field. It has been great. Running out on the field for the last time will be real emotional.

Q: Do you remember the first time you ran through the tunnel?

Schnoor: Yeah I do. It was my first year here and I dressed one game that year against Michigan. Even though I was not playing, it was electrifying in front of 70,000 Hawkeye fans. I remember the first one well and I will remember the last one well.

Q: Does it feel that way all the time?

Schnoor: Obviously, it's different when you know you will be playing. To be a part of the Hawkeye family means a lot. Running out into Kinnick Stadium is a special place.

Q: Your biggest contributions have been on special teams this year.

Schnoor: I have had a great time with special teams this year. I think our units have done a great job of winning games, changing field position. Our kickoff team has been amazing this year and hopefully we finish off as well as we have done all season. Just being a part of Iowa's special teams is a special thing. It's a big part of our tradition. A lot of young guys develop into key role players through special teams. It has been fun this year.

Q: Who would you say are some of the young guys that have made those strides this year?

Schnoor: There are guys, like Zach Gablemann. He has been outstanding on kickoff. He is a middle linebacker. Mike Klinkenborg will be back. Devan Moylan, Andy Becker, Charles Godfrey is doing a great job. I am sure I am forgetting a lot of guys. There are guys doing their job.

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