Saturday, August 13 the gates of Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City will open for kids day. Thousands of families will swarm in to get the first glimpse of the 2016 Iowa Hawkeyes. Many of the young boys will sit, wondering and hoping that someday they could put on the black and gold. Years ago Muscatine’s Drake Kulick dreamed of being a Hawkeye, and in 2016, in his junior year, Kulick starts fall practice listed as the number one fullback on the depth chart. Kulick earned third team all-state honors as a linebacker his senior year at MHS. After walking on at Iowa as a linebacker he converted to fullback two seasons ago. With the graduation of seniors Adam Cox and Macon Plewa that left the door open for Kulick to challenge for the starting job. Iowa Runningback coach Chris White said “We have three guys competing for that spot. Brady Ross and Austin Kelly and Drake.” White lauded Kulick saying, “Drake is a lot like Adam and Macon, he just eats and breaths Iowa Football. With Coach (Chris) Doyle in the weight room, he has the toughness part of it, going in there and going after a linebacker. He is just born to be a fullback.” Iowa Strength and Conditioning coach Chris Doyle said, “Drake is an awesome kid, he has many of the typical qualities we see in a successful walk on. He’s tough, he’s physical,l he has good athletic ability. He is an exercise science major he has a real acute understanding of what it takes to excel on the field and how to prepare physically.”

Kulick is ready for his new role. “We practice hard, we practice fast, everything we do is competitive. When we get out to the game field, it feels a lot like practice and I have been prepared.” Kulick added, “I don’t care if people know my name or the face behind the helmet as long as we are winning the game.” “The people on my team and in this building know how important the fullback is in our offense and as long as our team is having success that is all that matters.”