Last year, the Panthers finished 5-4 overall, after starting the year 4-1(their loss was to an Illinois team). Kreiger-Coble only played in three and half games last season, but the year still leaves a sour team in his mouth.
"Last year we started off pretty well, but we didn't exactly finish like we wanted. But, the biggest thing is we know that we could have made it," said the tight end. "Things just didn't fall into place. Going into this year, we are sort of thinking the same thing. We have confidence that we can do what we did two years ago. We lost our quarterback, but that is about it."
The future Iowa tight end caught more than 500 yards in passes last season despite hurting his ankle. Now, with the pressures of recruiting off his shoulders, he expects to even be more productive.
"It gives me the ability to not have to think about it. Every time I go out there, I don't have to impress someone," said the 2011 commitment. "I know that I already have what I have been working for. It's not like I don't have to work for anything, but I can relax in a sense and know that no matter what happens I have chance to play at the next level."
With Mt. Pleasant less than an hour away from Iowa City, most fans in the 3A town are Hawkeyes. But even with Krieger-Coble's commitment, things haven't changed for future Hawkeye.
"No one has changed, everybody has been the same. They are all so happy for me and love the fact that they get a chance to watch me through college."
How does he feel about Iowa recruiting two other tight ends in the 2011 class?
" (Laughter) It's a good thing. It's going to make us all better and give us a chance to work and learn with each other. It will make us all better," said Krieger-Coble.
Football camp started this week for Mt. Pleasant and two-a-days start on Monday. For Krieger-Coble, his excitement level might be at a new high. After constant speed workouts and weightlifting sessions this summer, the tight end is up to 218 pounds. Nearly eight pounds of muscle heavier than he was last season.
It's going to be really great. We have a team that is close. We have expectations, but we are not exactly picked to be the best team. We know that and we are using it as motivation," said the senior. "We are going to give everyone our best shot. We are not on the radar like some teams, but it's okay. It gives us a sense that we are going to surprise some people."
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