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Iowa’s no-senior defensive line chews up Purdue

[ 0 ] November 9, 2013 |

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Iowa’s defensive line has made significant progress this season. Defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat has been in the middle of it all.

“Coach (Reese) Morgan is constantly coaching us,” Trinca-Pasat said. “He gets us prepared, and gives us confidence. We’ve just taken that step. We’re able to play football with confidence.”

Trinca-Pasat had two tackles for a loss and was nearly unblockable Saturday during Iowa’s 38-14 victory at Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue running back Brandon Cottom, top, is tackled by Iowa defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Purdue running back Brandon Cottom, top, is tackled by Iowa defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

“Technique wise we’ve really come together as a group,” said the 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior. “We’ve played well together as a group.”

The good news for Iowa is that Trinca-Pasat is part of an all-underclass defensive line for the Hawkeyes. Defensive tackle Carl Davis is also a junior. Defensive end Drew Ott is a sophomore. The other defensive end, Mike Hardy, is a junior.

Hardy has started the last three games for senior Dominic Alvis, who has been sidelined since the first half of the Ohio State game Oct. 19 with a back injury.

“I think that group has really grown as the year has gone on,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “And we’ve played without our lone senior for the last three or four weeks.”

Trinca-Pasat and Davis man the middle, which opens things up for the rest of the defense and “allows those other guys to do what they’re supposed to do,” Ferentz said.

Ott was credited with one sack and teamed up with Hardy for another. Iowa had nine tackles for a loss during the game. Seven of them were by the front four.

“We still have room for improvement,” Ferentz said. “And that’s the exciting thing to me.”

Trinca-Pasat didn’t practice in the spring because of shoulder surgery, but he’s making up for lost time in a season that will end in a bowl game.

“We’ll get those 15 extra practices (in December),” Trinca-Pasat said. “It makes up for not going to a bowl game last year. We’ll get a chance to get even better.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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