May 24, 2006

Donahue ready to compete for punting job

Iowa's lone representative at the high school All American game in San Antonio this year was Chicago punter Ryan Donahue.

Now, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Donahue is ready to report for his freshman year in Iowa City, where he hopes to compete for the starting punting job this year. The Chicago native will be trying to unseat returning starter Andy Fenstermaker, who returns for his senior year at Iowa.

Q: What have you been up to since we last talked back in January?

DONAHUE: I've just been playing volleyball and kicking here and there. I took a few months off from kicking after the year just to rest everything, but now I'm starting to get back into the swing of things.

Q: How did you last semester of high school wrap up?

DONAHUE: Oh, it was fine. It was just leaving school and saying goodbye to your friends, just the normal stuff. We graduated last Sunday.

Q: When are you heading to Iowa City this summer?

DONAHUE: I'm not sure yet. We haven't set a date.

Q: What will you do to prepare for your freshman year?

DONAHUE: I'll just prepare by kicking probably a few times a week. I'll be concentrating on my punting and just getting back into the swing of that, so I'm ready for camp and can compete for the position. I'm just going to try to prepare as much as possible and get ready for college academically and athletically.

Q: What is your mindset as far as the competition at punter this year?

DONAHUE: I'm sure the competition is going to be great. Andy Fenstermaker is a very good punter and any other guy that wants to compete for the job is going to have about the same chance that I do. I think it'll just come down to the wire and we'll see what happens. It's really the coaches' decision.

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