IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Parker Hesse came to Iowa as a 2-star recruit and was going to play linebacker. He switched to defensive end and was quickly thrown into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman when Drew Ott's suffered an ACL injury.
In that time, Hesse has 41 career starts and is without question the leader on the Iowa defense.
"When I was younger, I obviously dreamt of this," said Hesse. I didn't really fully expect to have the opportunity or to be in the position we are in right now."
He's also a leader off the field volunteering at several places and events, including the Children's Hospital. He's also a semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes players for their performance on the field, academics and community leadership.