Rutgers' defensive line ready for battle in trenches at Iowa

No. 20 Iowa's Kinnick Stadium is the seventh-largest Big Ten venue for college football, notorious for serving as a hostile environment.

Sophomore defensive end Mike Tverdov and the rest of the Rutgers football team's four-man front line understand this. It's a 180-degree rotation from playing a lower-tiered FBS school like UMass to a competitive nationally-ranked Big Ten opponent on the road.

The Hawkeyes' (1-0) quarterback Nate Stanley, who is fourth on the team's all-time touchdown list (55), has been a headache for defensive pass rushes in the past. 

But, the Scarlet Knights (1-0) have made strides on that end. Once ranked 116th for passing defense, the defensive line has built chemistry and looks poised for a breakout year.

"It's a great opportunity," Tverdov said on facing the offensive line. "I think when opportunities like that present themselves, it gives us the chance to showcase our talents and see what we really can do."

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