We’re continuing our march toward the scheduled return of Iowa football. Up today is Iowa’s ass-kicker in the middle: center Tyler Linderbaum.
Tyler Linderbaum- Sophomore
Solon, Iowa (Solon)
6’3”, 288 lbs
2020 Projection: Starting Center
Tyler Linderbaum is the only returning offensive lineman who started all 13 games last season. That seems kind of important!
After a relatively outstanding campaign in 2019, Linderbaum, along with Alaric Jackson, set the stage as two anchors for an offensive line that could fill in as a strong... strength for the 2020 edition of the Hawkeyes.
A season after earning honorable mention conference honors by coaches and media, Linderbaum is generating noise as an early departure, with some places projecting him as a first round pick in 2021. The notion is more than a little outlandish, but still exciting at the same time.
The former defensive line recruit was without question the most consistent player after Tristan Wirfs on the line last season, and will be a lodestar up the middle for a line that will rely heavily on its veterans this season.
More than anything, Linderbaum proved his worth with all the QB sneaks Nate Stanley ran last season. I’m willing to bet Spencer Petras is at least slightly more mobile than Stanley!