“It’s really exciting to get back here and get back on the field,” Krieger-Coble added. “We’ve got a lot of opportunities to get better before our first game (Aug. 31). I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the time.”
There are several area prep teams, from Fairfield to Oskaloosa, that know just how tough it is to stop either Cotton or Krieger-Coble on the gridiron. Cotton has gone from a multi-talented athlete that shined in several sports at Mount Pleasant while becoming a two-time first-team all-state talent for the Panther football team to a Hawkeye senior that is a First Team preseason All-Big Ten selection at kick return specialist after leading the conference with 28.2 yards a return last season.
Cotton, who came out of high school as a tailback who gained over 3,000 yards on the ground, also figures to play a key role at wide receiver in his senior campaign at Iowa. After going two years in Iowa City without playing one down of football, Cotton is happy the opportunities that are beginning to come his way.
“I had a lot of guys in front of me I could learn from when I first got here, so I saw what the older guys did,” Cotton said. “Around here, you just have to wait your turn. That’s what the older guys did. That’s what I did too.”
Like Cotton, Krieger-Coble came to Iowa and sat out one year to redshirt after a glorious prep career in Henry County. The son of a former Hawkeye softball player and the seventh member of his family to compete at Iowa, Krieger-Coble finished three letter winning years of varsity football as an Elite All-State selection and three-time All-State honoree after leading the team as a receiver and tackler while playing wide receiver, tight end and linebacker during his career.