Collegefootballnews.com recently did a feature on the top 50 five star busts from the class of 2005. Unfortunately, all three of Iowa’s five star players from that class made the list. Here’s what collegefootballnews had to say:
45. OG Dan Doering, Iowa – While Doering has been a valuable and versatile
backup for the last three seasons, that’s not what you expect from one of the
nation’s top-ranked offensive line prospects. Unable to crack the Hawkeye
starting lineup, in part because of injuries, he has one more year to get
noticed, possibly as the replacement for Seth Olsen
33. OT Dace
Richardson, Iowa – For Richardson, the talent has always been there, but the
health has not. After laying the groundwork in 2005 and 2006 for a terrific
career, he was felled by a series of knee injuries that required surgery. The
problems interrupted much of his 2007 season and shelved him for 2008. He
remains cautiously optimistic that he’ll resume his career
Tony Moeaki, Iowa – Persistent injuries over the last two seasons have prevented
Moeaki from maxing out his full potential. He’s made 46 career grabs, peaking at
the beginning of 2007 with an eight-catch, three-touchdown effort against
Syracuse. He’s hoping to put it all together next fall, provided the NCAA grants
him a medical hardship for the eight games he missed two years ago.Worth the
Hype? Not quite
So according to collegefootballnews, Iowa had three of the top 45 busts of the class including the fourth biggest of 2005. It is hard to argue against that, as all three haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of their potential. The one point that can’t be overlooked is that all three of these players have been seriously unlucky with injuries. Tony Moeaki has shown flashes of greatness at times but has also turned into Iowa’s very own injury prone version of Ken Griffey Jr. or Grant Hill. Like the article says, all three remain optimistic to make an impact in 2010 and make one final run at reaching that potential.
The 2005 class will always be looked at as a disappointment. But, as long as ranking are around there will always be players who get overlooked. For every Jake Christensen (****, 15th Ranked QB) somewhere there is a Dallas Clark (walk-on, high school QB).
Due to having to take a year of prep school after 2004, Shonn Greene is technically listed as a 2005 recruit as well. From the 51st rated running back to consensus All-American and Doak Walker award winner, I’ll take a handful of three stars the caliber of Shonn Greene any day.
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