Roth Making a Statement

Jan. 27, 2005

Editor’s Note: The following was written by Ivan Maisel of

MOBILE, Ala. — Four years ago, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz convinced Matt Roth to turn down Nebraska by promising the suburban Chicago high school star that he wouldn’t have to play defensive end. He could continue to play linebacker.

Roth, a two-time All-Big Ten defensive end, smiled Wednesday when asked about it. “I love playing linebacker,” Roth said. “Once they put my hand on the ground, it felt like a natural fit. I had a knack for it.”

If 30 sacks over the last three years is any measure, Roth has a knack for defensive end. Click HERE to read the rest of Ivan Maisel’s story.