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Leak Headed to Florida
Leak Headed to Florida

Posted Jan 6, 2003

The Iowa Hawkeyes had a eventful weekend after their disappointing performance in the Orange Bowl. The Hawks lost out on one of their top prospects in the nation's top quarterback, Chris Leak, but still were able to secure two solid and one soft commitments. That even included a much sought quarterback not named Chris Leak.

HawkTalkOnline.com made the necessary calls last evening to confirm the commitments of DT Teraz McCray and QB Eric McCollom.

Teraz had long been an Iowa lean after his official visit on the 22nd weekend of November. Teraz also completed an official visit to Wake Forest, and received strong heat to do so with Kansas State. The main distraction from Teraz making a verbal to Iowa was his desire to play for the Miami Hurricanes. However, after learning they had no intention of offering, he did move forth in announcing for Iowa.

McCollom also joined him this afternoon after hearing the news that QB Chris Leak would be attending Florida. McCollom was the second next quarterback prospect in line after Leak, and has many faithful in Iowa City very pleased.


The Hawks did receive one discouraging note with the commitment of QB Chris Leak to Florida. It is strongly believed the Hawks finished second in the race for Leak, but did not have enough down the stretch to pull forward.

However, it would be interesting to find out what University of Florida Coach, Ron Zook, promised Leak. Was Rex Grossman pushed out the door? Normally third or fourth round NFL quarterback prospects don't declare early for the draft. Especially in a QB loaded draft like this year. Hawk fans would agree on Mel Kiper's projection of USC quarterback, Carson Palmer, as the #1 pick of the draft. This year's draft will also feature quarterbacks like Byron Leftwich, Chris Simms, Dave Ragone, Chris Kingsbury, Brad Banks and Seneca Wallace. In addition it is rumored that Drew Henson, former Michigan QB, will foresake his baseball career and enter the draft. Henson was widely viewed as the #1 overall pick before he left Michigan early for the New York Yankee organization.

Grossman was a bright star for Steve Spurrier the previous year at Florida but struggled with Zook's offense. I saw that coach Zook was quoted on ESPN that if Rex comes back that it would be on the coach's terms. Is Florida not a happy place for a passer anymore? Only time will tell.

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