Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz praises Tyler Linderbaum's consistency, comments on OL rotation for Indiana game
Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz gave a lot of praise to offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum on Wednesday.
He spoke to the media during his press conference and touched on just how consistent he is, both on and off the field.
🗣 KF: "Tyler Linderbaum is a model of consistency on and off the field. He is quality. Tyler takes a lot of pride in what he does." #Hawkeyes
— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) August 31, 2021
Ferentz then confirmed that Linderbaum is likely to play at center this Saturday against Indiana.
“Pretty sure Linderbaum will be at center….We’ll get to learn more about those guys Saturday.” Coach Ferentz adds they could play up to 8 o-linemen on Saturday.
— Zack Winiecki (@zackwiniecki) August 31, 2021
As Winiecki’s tweet also says, the offensive line could be doing a lot of rotating during the game.
Linderbaum has been a staple on Iowa’s offensive line for the last couple of seasons and was even a finalist for the Rimington Trophy just last year. That trophy goes to the best center in college football and even though he didn’t win it in 2020, he’ll be a strong contender again for it this season.
He was also named first-team All-America by both The Athletic and Pro Football Focus for the 2020 season. Coming into 2021, Linderbaum was also named to the preseason 1st-team All-America by Phil Steele and preseason 1st-team All B1G by Athlon Sports.
Iowa will welcome Indiana to Kinnick Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET and it’ll be televised by the Big Ten Network.