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Klug adjusting to redshirt season

He’s just going to be watching on the sidelines, but Caledonia’s Karl Klug is anxiously awaiting the Ohio State at Iowa college football game on Saturday night.

Klug is a redshirt freshman for Iowa.

"Yeah, we’re pretty excited about it," Klug said. "We have a couple of injuries, but I think we’ll be fine."

Klug attends all the home games, but does not take road trips with the Hawkeyes.

"I’ve been dressing for every home game," he said. "It’s pretty cool; the fans are really wild."

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Iowa expects Klug to be a defensive end in the future. He is 6-foot-4, but currently weighs between 215 and 220 pounds, light for a defensive end in the Big Ten. He is enjoying college, but is also struggling to adjust to the new life style.

"It’s been good, but it’s been a little stressful because I’m homesick," Klug said.

Part of being homesick is being away from twin brother Kevin Klug. Kevin is playing football at Minnesota State, Mankato. He is a backup linebacker and a member of the kickoff teams.

"It’s definitely weird because I was used to seeing him all the time," Karl Klug said.

The twins did get a chance to see each other last weekend because Iowa was on the road and Minnesota State had a bye.

"It was the first time we saw each other since Aug. 3," Karl Klug said.

He is fired up about Saturday’s game and looks forward to the day he can play for the Hawkeyes.

"I’m adjusting, it takes time," he said.

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• Jodi Holland, a Century grad, is a freshman on the North Dakota women's hockey team. Holland was a five-time All-Big Nine selection and a two-time all-state honorable mention pick for JM/Century. She is the program’s all-time leading scorer and was a captain the past three seasons. UND opens its season today at home against Manitoba.

• Heath Farwell, a linebacker and special teams player of the Minnesota Vikings will be at West Fire Grille in Rochester on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. He will be available to sign autographs and have photos taken with Vikings fans.

• Concordia-St. Paul freshman Maggie McNamara of Zumbrota was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Setter of the Week in volleyball. She averaged 15.17 set assists per game in beating a pair of ranked opponents. McNamara also had 29 digs, four blocks and two kills in winning the award for the third time in her young college career.

• Mike Torchia and Ben Puhl helped the University of Minnesota men’s cross country team place second at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday. It was the host Gophers’ best finish ever in the event. They were third in 1997.

Torchia, a freshman, placed 53rd overall in 25:51 in the 8K run. Puhl, a sophomore, was 60th in 25:54. The Rochester runners were the fourth- and fifth-place finishers for the Gophers, who entered the race ranked 23rd in the nation.

• Austin’s Claudia Pilot has qualified for the prestigious 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in amateur golf. Pilot tied for second place in the qualifying round held Thursday. She shot a 78 at Windsong Farm in Independence, Minn., four strokes behind medalist Rheba Mabie of Boulder Junction, Wis.

• The Junkyard Dogs finished in third place last week in the 75 and over National Senior Slowpitch Softball Tournament in Milwaukee. The team is sponsored by Automotive Recyclers in Marion.

Guy N. Limbeck’s local sports notebooks regularly run on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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