Dinsdale fulfills dreams with Hawkeye football

Iowa Western’s Colton Dinsdale will join the University of Iowa football team as a preferred walk-on. The Gladbrook-Reinbeck alum played 12 games at linebacker this season for the Reivers. (Photo courtesy of IWCC Marketing)

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Coming out of Iowa's smallest 11-man football division, Gladbrook-Reinbeck alum Colton Dinsdale knew he'd have to work hard to stand out and continue his college football dreams.


Two years of football with Iowa Western Community College gave Dinsdale the experience he needed after finishing his high school career with the Rebels.


The coaches at Iowa Western understood Dinsdale's ultimate goal.


"I've always been interested in (the University of) Iowa since I was a little guy," Dinsdale said. "The whole family are Hawkeye fans and I've been a fan since I was in elementary school."


The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker has earned his chance, catching the eye of the Hawkeyes as he finished up his second year with the Reivers and announcing his transfer earlier this month to the Iowa City campus, where he is considered a preferred walk-on for the Hawkeye football team.


"Iowa Western, being the winning team that they are, helped me with this opportunity," Dinsdale said. "The coaches there push you as hard as they can, they want to coach you the same as a D-I school would coach their kids: It's day in and day out football."


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