October 10, 2012

Hawks eye small school standout

With the Hawkeyes on their bye week, Kirk Ferentz could have gone to any high school game in the state, or the country for the matter, this past weekend. Where the Iowa head coach ended up going was Springville, IA, a town with a population of 1,074, to watch an eight-man team that is trying to make the state playoffs this year for the first time in school history.

"He could have gone anywhere in the state last Friday night and he decided to come here even if it was just for a half," said Springville head coach Joe Martin. "Just the fact that he came to Springville means they at least they know where we're at now."

The reason for Ferentz's visit to Springville, which is just east of Cedar Rapids, was four-sport athlete Jake Hulett. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder is a do-everything type of player on the football field having played a number of different positions in his career as a four-year starter in eight-man football.

"This is my second year as the head coach here and before I got here he was our quarterback, but I felt like at 6-3, 235, he's too physical to just play quarterback," Martin said. "So he plays tight end on offense and then comes in and plays some fullback for us too. On the defense side, he plays defensive end and some linebacker."

"On Friday, it just so happened that he actually ended up playing all of those positions within the course of the game," he continued.

In Springville's 52-16 victory over Valley Community of Elgin, Hulett ended up with 9 tackles, 4 TFL, and 2.5 sacks on defense plus 46 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving, scoring a pair of touchdowns on offense. On the season defensively, he has 64 tackles, 19 TFL, and 9.5 sacks through 7 games leading his team to a 6-1 record.

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