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Brandon Scherff: "I'm Happy With My Decision to Be a Hawk for One More Year"

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Iowa junior left tackle Brandon Scherff told KCRG-TV9 on Monday that he plans to return to Iowa for his senior season.

"I had the idea in my head before me and my family met with Coach Ferentz and Coach Brian yesterday, and that just kind of sealed the deal for me," Scherff said.

The 6-5, 315 pound Scherff was projected by many NFL Draft experts to be a first-round pick. He was named first-team All Big-Ten by the conference's coaches this season.

Scherff's return would help Iowa maintain a strong running game, especially with the graduations of right tackle Brett Van Sloten and left guard Connor Boffeli, as well as backup tackle Nolan MacMillan.

"We got one game to take care of on Jan. 1, and then we'll get ready for next season," Scherff said. "I've already had [my mind] made up, and there's no reason to wait. Just get it out there so everybody knows. I'm happy it's out there and it's over with.

The Denison, Iowa native said he did think about playing in the NFL.

"Yeah, you've always dreamed about going there when you were a little kid. I've had the opporunity, and I'm lucky enough to be in that spot right now, but I'm happy with my choice... Coach Ferentz and Coach Brian helped us out with that yesterday, they showed us some contracts that have happened before. I'm happy with my decision to be a Hawk for one more year."