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Hawkeyes enjoy Florida sun ahead of Outback Bowl

The Hawkeyes have been working hard here on the practice field in Tampa but they are going to have plenty of fun off the field.

The Iowa Hawkeyes practice in Tampa, Florida, ahead of the Outback Bowl. (SCOTT SAVILLE/KCRG)

Some players showed off their skating and trike riding skills at the Tampa Bay Lightning game. Amani Hooker got to showcase his Minnesota hockey talent.

“I had a lot of fun, i mean i know you guys saw the pictures I was just like a little kid riding a bike, so it was fun it was awesome, with Nate and TJ out there,” said Hooker. “I was 1-1 shooting it and that was my goal, we didn’t win but technically we did win but it was still fun.”

On Saturday, the Iowa players will get to spend the afternoon at Busch Gardens but unfortunately for some like 6″8 Matt Nelson and 6″7 Anthony Nelson they are too tall to go on the rides.

“I have not shrunk so I’m expecting I won’t be able to go on that one again,” said Anthony Nelson.

The Nelson’s couldn’t go on the rides 2 years ago but they did have an advantage feeding the giraffes.

The Hawkeyes play Mississippi State Tuesday in the Outback Bowl.

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