August 9, 2008

Hundertmark looks to find his role

After getting his feet wet as a true freshman last year, Cody Hundertmark feels more prepared as he heads into his second season at Iowa and hopes to play a bigger role on the defense. At media day on Monday, Hundertmark talked about his first year with the team, what it is like to play for Coach Kaczenski, and some of his goals heading into the 2008 season.

Q: What was the biggest change coming from high school where you play almost every single down to kind of filling a role on the defense?

HUNDERTMARK: Probably just the way you learn. In high school, you take every rep so it's easy to watch yourself and see how you're improving. But when you're in this role you just get a few reps here and there so when you get your opportunity you've got to try to make the most of it.

Q: Working with a strength coach like Chris Doyle, what has that been like for you? Has he helped you add some muscle?

HUNDERTMARK: Yeah, I've gained about 20-25 pounds since I've got here. It's great. You work out all year round and instead of losing strength during the season, you keep your strength and gain some. Then in the off-season you can really build. This last winter was pretty challenging, especially right after the season was over. But it just builds throughout spring practice and then the summer workouts, so now everybody is ready for camp.

Q: What are some of your goals for this year and some of the things you are hoping to accomplish team wise?

HUNDERTMARK: I think as a team we're pretty much just improvement driven at this point. Obviously, last year we were disappointed. I think everyone was. We want to have a better year than last year. I don't want to get into a record or make a prediction, but we want improvement. Personal goals, I mean obviously I need to improve and I want to play a bigger role on the team. I know what I've got to do to do that, just improve and hopefully before it's all said and done I'll have more experience this year than I got last year.


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