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Personnel Points: Hawk on the rise

Iowa has produced a lot of talent on defense in recent years -- including this season

Updated: November 3, 2009, 7:43 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

Iowa has a number of players on defense who will have a chance to make a living in the NFL. One of them is senior middle linebacker Pat Angerer. He was the Hawkeyes' leading tackler against Indiana with 12 stops (1.5 of them were for a loss) and a forced fumble, and when you watch this young man in action, you can't help but see similarities with Zach Thomas.

Getty ImagesPat Angerer has been a Zach Thomas-like presence for the Hawkeyes.

At 6-foot, 235 pounds, Angerer isn't one of the bigger players at the position, but top instincts, very good speed to the football and a great passion for the game enable him to make plays all over the field. He's also very comfortable working in reverse, as he tied for tops on the team last season with five interceptions.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst