Originally published on 7/7/2014
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports ranked the top 20 "freakiest athletes in college football," and Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff almost made it to the top of the list.
The senior from Denison ranks No. 2, just behind Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates.
Feldman explained why Scherff is so high on his list of players "who can wow coaches and teammates."
"The latest in Kirk Ferentz's terrific pipeline of elite O-linemen, Scherff is a 6-5, 325-pound left tackle with an uncanny knack for excelling in pretty much everything he attempts. According to Hawkeyes staff, Iowa began heavily recruiting Scherff when he was a 280-pound quarterback. He also, despite his enormous size, was a standout pitcher who threw in the mid-80s and had a nasty breaking ball; a basketball player, who averaged a double-double; and a varsity letter-winning tennis player, in addition to being a state champion shot putter. But Scherff isn't just one of those rare athletes who has the dexterity to excel at everything he does — he also has the freak-wiring in his genes as well."
Last week, Iowa's offensive line was ranked No. 1 in the conference by the Big Ten Network, due in large part to Scherff, who is projected to be a first-round pick in next year's NFL Draft.
Scherff feels no need to pat himself on the back.
"I've told them that I haven't done anything this year," Scherff said when asked how he responds to the growing praise. "I have to focus on trying to make other people better, as well as myself."