Ex-Gopher Recruit Reggie Rock Lands at Iowa State

Reggie Rock, a 5-foot-10 quarterback/defensive back from St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall, has landed at Iowa State. Rock entered the 2004 season with a scholarship offer from Minnesota. However, things did not go as a expected as a senior for Rock, who was thought to be headed to Wayne (PA) Valley Forge Military Academy, but elected to head to Ames.

Reggie Rock started the first five games of the season as a quarterback, but was replaced by sophomore Joe Springer after the Raiders' second straight loss. Rock completed 50 of 94 passes (53.2%) for 887 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Rock moved to defensive back and did a good enough job to be named first-team Star Tribune All-Metro and second-team All-State by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Associated Press. He had 30 tackles, including 24 solo tackles. The Raiders finished the season 8-4.

Rock, who attended the Minnesota football camp and several Gopher games, had his scholarship pulled, which left him without a Division I offer. Rock got some later interest from Illinois, who hired former Florida head coach Ron Zook. Rock attended the Florida football camp last summer and attracted the attention of the Gator staff.

Rock had 2,050 yards passing and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 475 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. However, he will play defensive back for the Cyclones.

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