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Iowa lineman Brandon Scherff gets high praise, but maybe not from PETA

[ 0 ] April 23, 2014 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz caught people’s attention last week when he said there’s not a better offensive lineman in college football than senior tackle Brandon Scherff.

Scherff took that high praise in stride Wednesday.

Brandon Scherff (68) lines up against LSU in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon Scherff (68) lines up against LSU in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

“It’s nice, coming from him,” the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder from Denison said. “But you really can’t think about that. I haven’t done anything this year. I just have to worry about myself and take it one day at a time, one play at a time.”

Ferentz added that Scherff isn’t a finished product. In addition to polishing technique, Ferentz feels Scherff needs to become a real leader on this team. Scherff accepts that challenge.

“Just showing people the right way to do things in practice, instead of just standing around,” Scherff said. “Making sure guys have their hats off at team meals. Just doing the small things.”

Ferentz joked that about the only people Scherff isn’t popular with are PETA or animal rights groups since he’s such an avid hunter and fisherman.

Scherff has been busy at his hobby since the 2013 season ended with a 21-14 loss to LSU in the Outback Bowl.

“Went coyote hunting,” Scherff said. “Deer hunting. We shot a couple at (Austin) Blythe’s place. I went ice fishing. We’re turkey hunting now.”

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