Kreiter looked up to another former Saber, Marcus Schnoor, who played for the Hawkeyes from 2001 to 2005.
“I was at the right age growing up to kind of see him blossom,” Kreiter said. “He really set the tone for me to say that a small-town Iowa kid can become a special teams captain for a Big Ten school when it’s all said and done.”
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is appreciative of what Casey has meant to the Hawkeyes.
“We have enjoyed having a young man like Casey and all of our senior leaders on our team for the presence they bring not only on-the-field, but off of it as well,” Ferentz said during his weekly radio show on Dec. 18.
Casey shared similar sentiments toward Ferentz and the coaching staff.
“They’re a family-oriented staff who is second to none,” he said. “You get the feel when you get here they care about you on and off the field. If I had the choice to go to a national perennial on a full-ride scholarship or relive every experience I’ve had as a Hawkeye, I’d choose walking on and doing it all over again here at Iowa because of the people here and what they stand for.”
Kreiter took home several awards at the team banquet Dec. 8. He was the lone special teams player to receive the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award, given to players on the roster recognizing their outstanding leadership off the field.
He also took home the 2013 Brett Greenwood Award. The Greenwood Award is given to a walk-on football player who exemplifies what Greenwood stood for when he was with Iowa. Greenwood is a 2006 graduate of Pleasant Valley.
Kreiter also took home the Reggie Roby Special Teams Award as a specialist.