NEWTON — Will Brock pulled double duty for Newton Senior High School’s Cardinal football team the past couple of years. Starting this fall, Brock will only have to focus on the defensive side of the football.
Brock, who graduated from NHS Sunday, recently signed a letter of intent to play football for Grand View University in Des Moines. The Vikings are the undefeated NAIA national champions, going 14-0 in 2013.
“I’m excited about the opportunity Grand View gives me to play college football. I looked at a couple of colleges before deciding,” Brock said. “Grand View has a great football program.”
Brock goes into the Viking program as a linebacker. Brock, 6-1, 210 pounds, was a two-time Iowa Class 3A All-District 4 linebacker for Newton. He also earned Class 3A All-District 4 academic honors.
Brock recorded 47 unassisted tackles and 20 assisted tackles as starting middle linebacker for the Cardinals. He led the team with 67 total tackles. Brock placed 14th in the district in solo tackles.
Brock had 4.5 tackles for loss his senior season. He also forced one fumble, recovered one fumble, and blocked a kick. He is Newton’s career leader in blocked kicks with three. Brock moved to second on the NHS career total tackles list, 126.5, and career solo tackles, 102. He is tied for first in career fumble recoveries with three.
He led the Cardinal defense, but he also was an anchor on the offensive line.
Brock was a starting offensive guard for the Cardinals the past two years.
“I’m looking forward to competing at the college level,” Brock said. “I’m going to go 100 percent all the time and do what I need to do to help the team. I want to thank all my coaches here at Newton for all the time and effort they gave to helping me develop as a player.”
Brock is the son of Kristi and Joe Brock of Newton. He said he is interested in business administration or political science as college majors.