Just like Cotton, however, those impressive prep numbers didn’t translate to big numbers in the Big Ten. Krieger-Coble finished last year playing in nine games for Iowa, making just four catches all season for 30 yards including his 16-yard touchdown catch at Michigan.
“Everyone gets their opportunity to come on the field at one point or another,” Krieger-Coble said. “I just tried to take advantage of that whenever I could.”
And just as he did when he began playing football at Mount Pleasant, Krieger-Coble could always rely on the advice of a more experienced player like Cotton. Having experienced some of the growing pains that comes with the redshirt season to the battle for playing time Krieger-Coble is likely to experience this season, Cotton has been there and done that at Iowa.
“It was really nice having someone that you already know to talk to,” Krieger-Coble said of his relationship with his former Panther and current Hawkeye teammate Cotton. “It was really cool to see him go (to Iowa) a few years before I did. When I was a little younger and just getting my feet in the water here, it was nice to have someone here. It was always easy to talk to him.”
Cotton, who like Krieger-Coble is also a second-generation Hawkeye as the son of another former Iowa football player Marshall Cotton (1984-97), has been just as proud to watch his Mount Pleasant teammate make such early strides on the college level.
“He played early on at Mount Pleasant and he’s really developed a lot ever since he got here,” Cotton said of Krieger-Coble. “He’s a hard worker and he’s going to give you 100 percent every day. I’m not at all surprised to see him doing this well this early. He was moved up early on by coach (Bob) Jensen as a freshman (at Mount Pleasant). He’s a gamer. Whenever a game is on the line, he’s the one that’s going to go out there to make that hard play to help you win.”