The Day Ricky wasn’t Ricky

122808stanziatpractice–John Campbell

What a difference two years has made for two of Iowa’s top offensive players. When the Hawks perpared for Texas in the 2006 Alamo Bowl, Shonn Greene was the subject of a little experiment and Ricky Stanzi was not Ricky Stanzi. Ricky was running the Iowa scout team and thus he was Colt McCoy, the Longhorn quarterback.  Stanzi laughs at the thought. “I was no Colt McCoy,’ he said.  He does admit the extra practice provided by the bowl experence definitely helped the young players.

Then there was the Shonn Greene experiment.  The Hawkeye braintrust decided to take at look at him at safety. The coaches knew Greene was a great athlete and they were trying to figure out some way to get him on the field.

Two years later coordinators Norm Parker and Ken O’Keefe smile when reminded of the experiment. Parker says Greene would have been the biggest safety around. Probably a better linebacker. O’Keefe just says he is glad Greene is back on the offensive side of the ball.

122808greeneatpracticeThursday, ShonnGreene will most likely wear his number 23 Iowa jersey for a final time. Most expect him to declare early for the NFL draft. Before he does that he has one more game to add to his single season rushing record. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t playing last year. Not bad for a guy who was being looked at as a defensive back the last time Iowa went to a bowl game.


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