Hawkeyes yuk it up over Brandon Scherff's ridiculous pancake block

Rick Brown
Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) tosses a pass as offensive linesman Brandon Scherff (68) lays out Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Reggie Mitchell (15) during the second half.

IOWA CITY, Ia. -- Brandon Scherff's pancake block of blitzing Pittsburgh cornerback Reggie Mitchell in the fourth quarter Saturday quickly became an Internet sensation.

A few Hawkeye players watched the clip, starring Iowa's senior left offensive tackle, on the flight home.

The play also drew a lot of attention in the team film session Sunday.

"That was a fun film session," right offensive tackle Andrew Donnal said. "We got some laughs out of that."

Iowa center Austin Blythe said there's another chapter to the story. Several plays earlier, on the same drive, Scherff pulled on the play and Mitchell cut him down.

"The guy said, "Gotcha,' " Blythe said. "Brandon said, 'OK, I'll get you next time.' And that's exactly what happened. He got a little bit of revenge. That's just an example of a guy doing his job. (Scherff) did it well."

Scherff has a class that conflicts with Tuesday's weekly media session. But Donnal said his friend and teammate took some satisfaction from the play.

"We're offensive linemen," Donnal said. "That's our job, to protect the quarterback."

Asked his reaction to the play, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said, "You know, it's probably more about the guy that got hit's reaction than mine. (Scherff's) a guy that loves playing. He's got good awareness, and that's what that played showed really. Good vision, good awareness, which is an important trait for everybody."