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Tann will join Iowa as preferred walk-on

Cedar Rapids Washington senior David Tann has fond memories of attending University of Iowa football games as a kid growing up.

Now he hopes to collect memories of actually playing for the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

Tann, a 5-foot-10 safety, has accepted an offer to join the Hawkeyes as a preferred walk-on for the 2012 campaign.

"My family used to go to one game a year and have this big tailgate there," Tann said Tuesday night. "I remember playing in the parking ramp, throwing the ball around.

"It's always been a dream to be in the black-and-gold, to be a Hawk. I just always wanted to be on that field somehow as a player."

Winona State, an NCAA Division II school in Minnesota, offered Tann a partial scholarship. He weighed his two main options and decided in favor of the Hawkeyes.

"It's a great opportunity," he said.

Tann helped the Warriors (8-4) reach the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs last season as a two-way player. He finished second on the team with 101 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and three sacks. He intercepted three passes and returned one of them for a touchdown.

Tann rushed 82 times for 680 yards and eight touchdowns at fullback. He also caught 13 passes for 145 yards and three TDs.

He was named first team all-Metro, first team all-Mississippi Valley Conference and second team all-state last season on defense.

Tann said the Hawkeyes plan to use him on special teams in addition to playing safety.

"It's exciting, but I haven't done anything yet," he said. "There's a lot of work to do."

Colleges use the term "preferred walk-on" to designate players they have recruited who will join the team when preseason drills begin in August.

 

MVC Football Standings


Mississippi Div.
W
L
W
L
Pts
OP
CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS
y-Iowa City High 5
1
8
3
301
241
Quarterfinals
y-Iowa City West 5
1
9
2
459
174
Friday, Nov. 8
y-Kennedy 4
2
8
4
291
219
Xavier 21, Kennedy 0
y-Hempstead
3
3
4
6
224
266
Bettendorf 17, Pleasant Valley 6
Dubuque Senior 3
3
4
5
171
177
Semifinals
Jefferson
1
5
1
8
111
268
At Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)
Waterloo East
0
6
0
9
75
341
Friday, Nov. 15
Valley Division
W
L
W
L
Pts
OP
Xavier 31, Bettendorf 7
x-Washington 5
1
6
4
181
203
WDM Dowling 17, WDM Valley 3
y-Xavier 5
1
12
2
416 112
Championship
y-Prairie
4
2
5
5
220
195
At Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)
y-Cedar Falls
3
3
7
4
236
157
Friday, Nov. 22
y-Waterloo West 2
4
4
6
263
258
WDM Dowling 44, Xavier 13
Linn-Mar
2
4
2
7
250
378

Wahlert 0
6
2
7
105
282

















FINAL
y-clinched playoff berths, x-won division title
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