IOWA CITY — Casey Kreiter first walked on to the Kinnick Stadium football field a scared freshman, but now, as he prepares for his final game as a Hawkeye deep snapper, he’s as proud as they come.
Kreiter’s last game is next week when the Iowa Hawkeyes face the LSU Tigers in sunny Florida. The DeWitt native got his break in the 2010 season finale, and his contributions this season have helped his team play in a bowl game following a 4-8 season in 2012.
“I think the one thing that I’m going to take away from this season is the resiliency of this team,” Kreiter said. “We’ve had our ups and downs this season, but as a whole, we’ve come to work every single day and given our full effort.”
The group of seniors made the decision long before the season started that there wasn’t going to be anything that was going to bring the Hawkeyes down this time around.
“I haven’t had much time to sit around and reflect on this season, but I remember one point early in the season where we as a group, especially as seniors, where we were going to play like we had nothing to lose,” Kreiter said. “We talked about setting goals as a leadership group, and one thing that stood out to me was talking about playing like it’s going to be your last snap.”
Kreiter also had to handle what was in front of him on-the-spot back in 2010 when he made his Hawkeye debut against the team he grew up rooting for — the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Casey was just a redshirt freshman at the time of the 2010 finale when then-long snapper Andy Schultze went down with an injury early in the fourth quarter.