July 28, 2008

Reisen enjoys Shrine Bowl experience

Future Hawkeye Jake Reisen was all over the field on Saturday making tackles sideline to sideline in helping the South win this year's Shrine Bowl, 41-0. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Reisen, who graduated from Iowa City Regina, talks about the Shrine Bowl experience, sharing the field with a few future teammates at Iowa, if he will still grayshirt, and much more.

Q: It looked liked you had a pretty good game on Saturday.

REISEN: Yeah, I did alright. I think I ended up with seven or eight tackles.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the whole experience last week?

REISEN: We actually practiced pretty hard going into the game because we obviously wanted to win. We thought we had a pretty good team. It was a good week going up to Minneapolis to the Shriners Hospital. It was great helping out all the kids. It was a great experience.

Q: Did you get to talk with some of the kids up in Minneapolis?

REISEN: Yeah. We set up like an obstacle course and then we participated with the kids. It was just really great meeting all the little kids and it was fun just playing with them for a day.

Q: Did you already know a lot of your teammates on the South going into the game?

REISEN: Yeah, I knew all of the Iowa guys coming in like Adam Robinson, James Ferentz, James Vandenberg, and Steven Staggs. I knew some other kids from the local area too.

Q: So you went up against a lot of those guys in practice probably. What did you think of James Vandenberg running the offense?

REISEN: He can throw the ball anywhere. He's got such a strong arm and he's mobile too. I didn't think he was going to be that mobile, but he can move around in the pocket and he can make just about any throw.

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