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Q&A: Former Hilltopper Jordan Walsh becomes a starter for Hawkeyes

It's safe to say Jordan Walsh is a mainstay for the University of Iowa football team.

After sitting out during a redshirt season in 2011, the Glenbard West graduate and native of Glendale Heights is prepping for his third season as an offensive lineman for the Hawkeyes. He saw action in seven games during the 2012 season, started all 13 contests last year as a right guard, and is ranked No. 1 on Iowa's depth chart at right guard heading into preseason practices.

Walsh recently took time to speak with Suburban Life sports reporter Scott Schmid about his offseason work, transforming into a full-time starter and competing in the Big Ten conference.

Schmid: What did this summer entail for you?

Walsh: This summer we had morning weights, and I also had to take a couple of classes and I did an internship with Four Oaks [a counseling service for kids with behavior issues].

Schmid: How is the feeling as you begin football camp?

Walsh: It's definitely exciting. Like any camp, I'm always excited to start. I'm looking forward to competing and trying to get better every day.

Schmid: What's your mindset going into camp after starting all 13 games last year?

Walsh: Each day I want to improve a little more. And I also want to try to help the younger guys, the incoming freshman, try to lead a little more as well.

Schmid: Talking about last year, what was it like becoming a full-time starter?

Walsh: It was a lot of fun. Going through a lot of workout programs here and summer camp and conditioning, it made it all worthwhile. Being able to compete against other Big Ten schools, it's awesome.

Schmid: How do you describe being a part of the Big Ten conference?

Walsh: It's a dream come true. I watched the Big Ten growing up and I always wanted to play in the big games. I'm living my dream.

Schmid: Do you feel that the Glenbard West football program prepared you for the next level?

Walsh: I definitely think West helped me get ready for the next level because of the coaching staff. They pushed you very hard and the workouts were demanding, just like college.

Schmid: What is your major and what would you like to eventually do?

Walsh: Human services. I looked into both counseling and social work. I didn't know which one so I tried both. I really like the counseling aspect and with human services, there are more counseling things you can do with that.

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