SOLON, Ia. — Iowa commit Tyler Linderbaum is poised for a big senior season with the Solon Spartans, as part of what might be the best defensive line in the state.

Linderbaum headlines the unit, though. And he showed why in his home opener Friday night — on the very first play of Solon's rivalry game against eastern Iowa powerhouse Regina. And in front of his recruiter at Iowa, no less. 

He had a pair tackles for loss, a sack and a couple more tackles before halftime of this game.

Linderbaum, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound nose tackle known for his uncanny athleticism, picked Iowa over Iowa State and interest from Minnesota. 

Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBain_.