By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The Iowa Hawkeye Football team is eleven days away from their 2019 season opener. The new season brings high expectations and a chance for players to increase their playing time. That includes 2017 North Linn graduate Kyler Schott who is a 6-foot 2-inch 290-pound Offensive Lineman.
Schott saw action in one contest for the Hawkeyes a year ago as it came in their game one win over Northern Illinois as the offense gained 209 rushing yards. It was his debut at the college level after redshirting in 2017 after joining the program as a walk-on.
KMCH Sports Director Jon Swisher caught up with the Hawkeye sophomore at the program’s annual media recently. Schott shared his thoughts on himself and his team as the season draws closer:
Many high school football players across the county would love to be a part of the nationally recognizable Iowa Football program, Schott talked about what his favorite part of being a Hawkeye is:
Kyler definitely remembers where he comes from and keeps close tabs on athletics at his alma mater:
He gets back to the North Linn area as much as he can in the off-season months as well, in fact he was in Walker late last month participating in the annual Pickle Days ‘Barrel Toss’:
Having fun being back home was the main goal he achieved as he finished in fifth place behind his former line coach in high school- Joel VanEtten who was the runner-up behind Ryan Nielsen.
Schott earned first-team all-state honors as a senior at North Linn and first-team all-district honors three straight years, including being named district MVP as a senior. He was a four-year football letterman as offensive lineman and linebacker and was a team captain as a junior and senior. He also lettered in wrestling 4 years, track and baseball 2 seasons. Schott is the son of David and Dawn of Coggon and is a Criminal Justice major at the University of Iowa.
The Hawkeyes ended up in a 3-way tie for second place in the Big Ten West Division with a 5-4 mark and were 9-4 overall last season, starting 2019 off with a Outback Bowl victory over Mississippi State, 27-22, in Tampa, Florida. The home opener on the last night of August against Miami of Ohio is set to begin with a 6:30 kick-off time inside Kinnick Stadium.