Stross Sees Downside to Stardom

Trey Stross will run out onto the Kinnick Stadium turf for the last time this Saturday against Minnesota. Teammates respond to heckling on his Face Book page after tough game at Ohio State.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - I've heard some booing in the last month in various sports venues. Luckily, none of it has been directed towards me, at least that I know of. I may have changed opinion with this analysis.

There better not be any boos this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. We do not need a repeat of Senior Day in 2007 when Adam Shada heard booing directed at him.

You might want to rain one down on Trey Stross after his audacity to drop a few passes at Ohio State. Bad move.

This kid has given five years of his life for University of Iowa football. He's overcome injuries to make it to his day. He's blocked his tail off all season and served as a senior leader.

It is a shame when a few knuckleheads paint all Iowa fans with their idiocy. That's about the only way to explain people sending Stross disparaging messages on Face Book after his tough game at Ohio State last Saturday.

Those inspirations pushed Stross into posting an apology on his Face Book Wall. The Ohio native said that he played for the No. 1 team, the No. 1 fans and he was sorry.

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz heard about it.

"I wouldn't recommend that. I don't understand the phenomenon quite frankly," Ferentz said. "I don't know why people go on that. But I also understand I am 54 and not 20.

"I don't see any benefit of going on that stuff. But we live in America."

Yes the coach is a bit older, and much like my parents, unaware of the benefits of social networks. There are crazy people in the internet.

Stross' teammates were a tad more in tune with the downside of being in the public eye.

"I just think it's horrible," Running Back Adam Robinson said. "People are messaging him on Face Book with such negative comments. The guy had a bad game. That's going to happen. You're not going to play 100 percent all of the time.

"I know a lot of fans are upset, but Trey is a warrior. I know he tried his best out there. He was giving his all. He was diving for balls. He wanted to win as much as the rest of us. We're not turning our back on him."

Stross dropped three passes in a Iowa's 27-24, overtime loss to the Buckeyes. A Rose Bowl Berth was being contested.

"You feel for him as a teammate because you know he already knows what he did," Receiver Marvin McNutt said. "If that happened to me, I wouldn't like it if people talked to me that way. As a teammate you just have to go to him and tell him you love him and you're still here as his brother.

Stross pulled his profile picture from his Face Book Wall after Saturday's game. He usually used a picture of him playing for the Hawkeyes.

"I think he's handled it well," McNutt said. "He knows he can't look back on it because that won't help us in the long run. For him to say that he lost the game on his own, that's kind of selfish on his part. He knows he can't think like that."

Stross has started all 11 games this season coming into Saturday's regular-season finale against Minnesota. He's third on the team with 27 receptions for 379 yards and a touchdown.

Put your hands together.

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