By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The Northern Iowa Football team held its annual media day Wednesday afternoon inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls as their preseason practice got underway earlier in the week. Former West Delaware standout and 2013 graduate Adam Reth is back and eligible to play his senior season after sitting all of his junior year serving a suspension by the NCAA. Seventeenth-year Panther head coach Mark Farley explained what exactly happened:
Although it wasn’t an ideal situation by any means, coach Farley says it couldn’t have worked out any better for Adam and the defensive tackle handled it very well:
Reth talks about how he was able to make the negative a positive and explained his role for the team:
UNI was 5-6 overall and 4-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play last season, Reth says that definitely instilled motivation in everyone’s mind within the program:
Reth also commented on being a senior leader now, the new coaching changes as several new coaches will roam the sidelines and the mindset the team has to have to be successful:
One of the those new coaches is Reth’s defensive line coach, David Braun, who comes from California coaching the same position at UC Davis. Braun had plenty of positive things to say about Reth as well:
After redshirting his freshman season, Reth saw action in all 14 games on the defensive line in 2014. He then started in 12 games on the defensive line in 2015 and had a breakout year, recording 59 tackles on the season with 36 of the solo variety. Reth was a three-year letter winner, all-district and all-state performer in football at West Delaware from 2010-2012. He holds a school record in most tackles-for-loss and lettered in wrestling for three years and placed first in state in 2012. Adam is the son of Mike and Gina Reth of Manchester and is majoring in technology management.
Three other former area coverage school student-athletes are on the Panthers roster, they include:
Sophomore offensive lineman, Colton Lueck a Dyersville native and Beckman graduate.
Peosta natives and Western Dubuque grads, freshman offensive lineman William Blaser and freshman defensive back Max Steffen.