It’s August 1, the Hawkeyes play football this month, albeit 30 days away. Camp starts tomorrow and I’m ready for some football!
Checking in with jersey #30, is a bruising runner who saw action in just two games last year as a true freshman before slipping on the metaphorical redshirt and a freshman walk-on from Cedar Rapids who is joining his brother on the roster.
Henry Geil — RS Freshman
Green Bay, WI (Preble)
6’0”, 215 lbs
2019 Projection: Reserve RB
Quinn Schulte — Freshman
Cedar Rapids, IA (Xavier)
6’1”, 185 lbs
2019 Projection: Redshirt/DB-Athlete
Geil rushed only 15 times last season for 37 yards against Northern Illinois and UNI. After that we can only imagine that he went to work with Coach Doyle and is ready to contribute in 2019.
A three-start recruit, Geil came to Iowa from Preble High School in Green Bay, turning down offers from Michigan State and Iowa State, amongst others. He was a RB and LB in high school and rushed for over 1,300 yards as a senior.
Geil was missing from team activities for a stretch during late spring and into the summer leading to questions about his future, but he is currently back with the program and competing for carries with five other running backs.
As 2018 showed, there is an opportunity for a running back, any running back, to seize the starting position and make it his. While it looks like Geil won’t be given the first, second, or even third chance, he should get his chances somewhere during the season and it will be up to him to take advantages of any opportunity.
If the opportunities don’t arise, a switch to fullback or a transfer out of the program are certainly not out of the question.
Schulte is joining his brother, TE Bryce Schulte, on the Hawkeye roster. The younger Schulte was a QB/DB for the two-time Iowa 3A state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier High School. As a senior his stats were video game like as he threw for over 1,800 yards with 25 touchdowns and ran for over 1,000 yards and 23 more touchdowns.
He was a finalist for the All-Iowa Football Player of the Year with fellow Hawkeye Jack Campbell and TCU recruit, QB Max Duggan.
Schulte will certainly redshirt in 2019 and is listed on the roster as a defensive back.