Huge news, best C in college.
The kid grew up in Solon, enjoys putting that tigerhawk on every Saturday. He is going to ride it out for another year....I am glad he is coming back.Great news, but I would figure Linderbaum is a lock for the NFL. Can he really improve his draft stock that much with another year?
Not to mention the ability of the coaches to recognize where he would be best, not on the DL where he started outI wouldn't be surprised if this has already made the rounds again, but worth a read - extremely complimentary analysis of Linderbaum from an NFL prospect perspective:
Switching from one side of the ball to the other is never an easy task. Sometimes, wide receivers switch to cornerback, or safeties become running backs.www.profootballnetwork.com
Say what you will about Iowa as a program (good or bad), but they can really teach OL play. It's remarkable. If we could land NFL caliber RBs with the kind of consistency Wisconsin does, who knows where'd we be.
Linderbaum looks like a classic Iowa OL story - big + strong + instinct for leverage (wrassler) + high motor + work ethic + being taught technique by the best. He oughta make some NFL GM very pleased in the near future.
I think he's nuts not to go now, but I'm thrilled to have him back.