May 15, 2009

Hyde seeking playing time

As he gets ready for his freshman year at Iowa, Micah Hyde is willing to do whatever the coaches ask of him, but if possible the Ohio native would like to earn some early playing time. We caught up with the 6-foot-1, 178-pound Hyde to talk about the transition to college and moving to cornerback, playing in the Big 33 all-star game this summer, and much more.

Q: What have you been up to since signing day?

HYDE: Well, I'm doing baseball right now. I play basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.

Q: What do you play in baseball?

HYDE: Shortstop.

Q: How far along are you in the season?

HYDE: We're 17-6 right now. We have like two or three more league games left, so a couple more weeks.

Q: Are you doing football workouts on top of that then?

HYDE: Yeah, just lifting whenever I can.

Q: Is that with the program Iowa sent you?

HYDE: Yeah.

Q: What have you thought of it as you get into it?

HYDE: It's new, of course, but I've got to get used to it. It's actually pretty fun. High school workouts are nothing like that.

Q: You were out at Iowa's spring scrimmage in April. What did you think watching practice?

HYDE: It was new. It was a lot faster, but I'll adjust.

Q: Are they still talking about you playing cornerback?

HYDE: Yeah.

Q: How much have you talked to the coaches since signing day?

HYDE: Every now and then, I call Coach Parker and ask him questions. My high school coach talks to him a lot too.

Q: What have they said they expect or what do you expect coming in your first year?

HYDE: I don't know. I'll just be going out there in the summer for workouts and then figure out what's going on from there.

Q: When are you headed out there?

HYDE: July 12. Before that, I'm going to be in Pennsylvania for the Big 33 game.

Q: What position are you playing in that game?

HYDE: I'm playing receiver.

Q: How did they decide on that?

HYDE: They called me and asked me what I wanted to do and I just told them whatever they wanted, so they said receiver. It doesn't matter to me.

Q: Will that be a good way to finish out your high school career right before you leave for college?

HYDE: Yeah, definitely. It should be real fun.

Q: Heading out to Iowa in July, what are your goals this summer?

HYDE: I want to get used to the lifting program and of course, gain some weight. I want to get out there and play, so we'll see what happens.

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