Team Preview: Iowa Western

Since they started as a program in 2009, Iowa Western has rivaled schools that have had programs for decades, both on the field and in the number of prospects they produce. This year will be no different and the Reivers hope the talent they've amassed can take them to the top of the rankings this fall...

At quarterback, the Reivers feature one of the top returning signal-callers in the country in Jake Waters.

Waters started all 11 games, completing 62.7% of his passes for nearly 2,700 yards with 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions. While he's still waiting on his first offer, several D-1 programs have started to show him some interest and with a big 2012 season, expect him to be a hot commodity for schools looking for a player who can come in and lead their offense the moment he steps on the field.

At tailback, Iowa Western is loaded with returning starter Aaron Wimberly back after racking up over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman in 2011. He's already got several offers to his name and more schools are showing a lot of interest.

Joining Wimberly in the backfield will be West Virginia bounceback Vernard Roberts and Don Jackson who rushed for nearly 2,500 yards his senior year of high school in 2010.

When Waters drops back to pass, he will have several options to look at including two that have already committed to D-1 programs.

Martize Barr is a 6', 185 pound wideout who has great hands and speed and has already committed to Illinois while Deon Long is bigger (6'1, 195) and a little more physical and he plans to sign with Maryland in December.

Joining those two will be last year's leading receiver, Andrew Stone, who totaled 49 receptions for 493 yards and five touchdowns from his slot position.

Along the offensive line, the Reivers boast two players -- Dallas Hinkhouse and Mike Smithberg -- with D-1 offers and another one -- Cody Donnelly -- who could garner attention as the season moves along. Those three will be joined by several talented freshmen who promise to be big-time recruits in 2013.

On defense, the Reivers are loaded up front with the likes of DE Devon Nash, DT Jordan Heiderman and DE Rodney Coe, all of whom possess offers from BCS schools.

The linebackers feature several players who have schools eyeing them including Terrell Porter, who transferred from Grand Rapids CC, and Steven Funderburke who is a Tulane bounceback.

The secondary will be patroled by the likes of Vance Roberts, who, like his brother Vernard, is a bounceback from West Virginia, and Isaiah Johnson, a big, physical safety who transferred from Western Carolina.

Iowa Western gets started with a game against APU Cole College in Denver, Colorado on August 25th before starting their season for real the following week against New Mexico Military.

Then they face off against Trinity Valley in an out-of-conference game that should be one of the best of the season.

If Iowa Western can get off to a good start, they have a chance to be undefeated before the start of the post-season and that's when anything can happen and usually does.


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