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Brian Ferentz: No Better College Lineman Than Brandon Scherff

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IOWA CITY When push came to shove last December, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff decided he was happy at Iowa and the NFL could wait.

That was a very, very good thing for Iowa.

Scherff, a 6-5, 320-pound senior, was a potential No. 1 draft pick after putting in a full season as Iowa's left offensive tackle last year. He ended up on the Big Ten coaches all-conference first team. Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz was surprised at that. He thought more in the way of honors would've gone Scherff's way after 2014.

Ferentz did his best to put Scherff at the top of a lot of lists during a Wednesday news conference. He went down a list of areas that he believes Scherff needs to improve in to become a more complete player.

And then it was a love fest, or, as Ferentz termed it, a "love letter."

"That's my disclaimer, I will share my love letter to Brandon Scherff with you guys now," said Ferentz, who's beginning his third season as Iowa's O-line coach. "If this guy doesn't get recognized for what he is moving forward, I think it would be a real travesty.

"There's not a better offensive lineman in college football, that's my opinion. I think you guys know after two years and some of you knew me well before then [Ferentz was an offensive lineman for the Hawkeyes from 2002 to 2005], I don't say things like that lightly."

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