Aug. 16, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa football roster includes four student-athletes from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in Maryland: three from DeMatha and one from Bishop McNamara.
That one from McNamara is safety Nico Law from Clinton, Md.
"It's kind of fun; you have people here from back home," Law said. "It's somebody you can relate to."
The strength of that athletic conference has helped Law transition to the Division I college game. Other schools in the league are Archbishop Carroll, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Bishop O'Connell, Gonzaga College, Paul VI Catholic, St. John's College, Bishop Ireton and St. Mary's Ryken.
Law was named first-team all-state after a senior season where he made 106 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss. He compiled four interceptions and scored three touchdowns as a wide receiver. Law also lettered in track.
"I came from the WCAC and it is kind of like a college-level league," said Law, whose Mustangs were winless in 2011.
A defensive back, Law has seen the bulk of his time at safety after playing both safety and cornerback in high school.
"As far as corner, you have to be in shape," Law said. "As far as safety, you have to be versatile and you have to play hard."
Law selected the UI because of its strong football program and the fact it is a "nice place to focus on school."
"It's cool because (Prater's) experience allows me to step up my game and he's been a lot of help in this process," Law said. "(Coach Parker) has taught me that it's all about the technique; it's all about the little things and the basic stuff. You have to learn those things to move on and get better."
In Prater and Parker, Law is learning from the best. Now he is chomping at the bit to defend the best...as in Hawkeye senior wide receiver Marvin McNutt.
"I want to go against him, but I haven't had a chance to yet," Law said. "Shaun takes all the reps."
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Law is undecided on an academic major, but he isn't undecided on his goals for the upcoming season.
"I want to be an impact player on this team," Law said. "I want to come in and play my role and bring something positive to the team."
Law and the Hawkeyes completed their 14th practice of the preseason Tuesday. They are eying the season-opener Sept. 3 against Tennessee Tech inside Kinnick Stadium.