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Iowa Hawkeyes Football Team Shows off Hidden Talents, Covers Tyler Childers, Keith Whitley, Grateful Dead

by Thad Mitchell
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A couple of members of the Iowa Hawkeye Football team showed some off their secret talents by belting out classic songs.

Hawkeye Quarterback Spencer Petras gets the talent showcase going with a rendition of a Tyler Childers song.

“The first song I am going to sing for you today is ‘Shake the Frost’ by Tyler Childers,” the quarterback says with a guitar in hand. With a smooth voice and guitar expertise, Petras nails the country song from one of his favorite musicians.

“I bought a guitar my first summer in Iowa,” he says. “I never really got into playing it until this past winter. With the quarantine, I had a lot of free time on my hands to play it and get comfortable with it.”

Next up is Hawkeye lineman Dalles Jacobus. The football player selects a Keith Whitley song and performs it to perfection. He sings Whitley’s “Don’t Close your eyes” in front of an audience of his teammates.

Petras switches gears from his first song and performs “Friend of the Devil” by The Grateful Dead. Highlights of the Iowa Football team are shown on the video while the quarterback sings and strums his guitar.

Iowa Football Featured in Show

The improvised talent show is part of “The Heartland,” a show that features an inside look at the University of Iowa athletics program. Now in its second season, The Heartland gives Hawkeye players a chance to show what they can do away from the field.

According to the school’s website, The Heartland is produced by the University of Iowa Athletics HawkVision staff. The Heartland provides a weekly all-access look at the Iowa athletic programs during the fall and winter athletic season.

It will include 13 football shows this fall. The 12 winter shows will feature men’s basketball in each edition. The women’s basketball and wrestling team will also have features. The Hawkeyes lost their season opener to the Purdue Boilermakers by a score of 24-20. The game marked the Big 10’s return to the field for the 2020 season.

H/T: Hawkeye Sports