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Hawkeyes football players use three-week break in various ways

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Hawkeyes football players are back to the grind in Iowa City. The Hawks returned to campus to begin their summer workouts after a break between finals and the beginning of June. Not surprisingly, a lot of the players had multiple things that they did over their summer vacation. 

"This year, I took a class. It was kind of like an internship, like field experience class. I went to Des Moines, I worked with the Iowa Wild hockey team for two weeks. " said senior defensive lineman Parker Hesse. "And then I was back here, we worked on our final project, gave it to them. But yeah, it was three weeks. So not much of a break for me."

"Obviously, we had workouts that they wanted us to get done at home, so we did those...a lot of hanging out with my closer friends from high school. A lot of fishing too," said junior quarterback Nate Stanley.

"I went back to Sycamore [Illinois] for a little bit. Then I went out to see my parents in New Jersey," said sophomore linebacker Nick Niemann. "Then I just worked out and hung out...got refreshed a little bit before I came back."

"I made it back to Omaha for about a week-and-a-half. We have these big family dinners on Sundays, so I make sure I don't miss those. Those are big for my family and I don't get to do those all of the time, especially during the season or when I'm back here," said junior tight end Noah Fant. "And then I went up to Minnesota. I went up there for, it's kind of like a Bible camp for athletes, so I spent a week up there also."

The Hawks break between finals and the beginning of summer workouts is their longest of the year. They'll be confined to Iowa City for the most part, except for a couple of shorter breaks before fall camp kicks off in early August.

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