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Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz floated the possibility that freshman QB Peyton Mansell could win the starting job in August.

Mansell remains a longshot to start over Nathan Stanley or Tyler Wiegers, but Ferentz at least kept that door open. Channeling his inner Yoda, Ferentz said, "Difficult, it would be. But not impossible. Difficult. Got to believe the impossible’s possible, right? That’s what sports and life are all about, right? For him, and then you’ve got to show us." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mansell was a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, with Rivals ranking him as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the class.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 20 - 4:55 PM

Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh revealed that he has battled depression in a personal essay posted to the Hawkeyes' official website.

"Football, the driving force for many years of my life, went from a source of purpose to a source of apathy," Welsh wrote. "I started to feel a myriad of negative emotions: sadness, anxiety, dread and anger. They hit me like a bombardment from the moment I woke up to when I went back to bed. It was every dimension of terrible. And I kept wondering what was wrong." Welsh went on to say that he's received help and is looking forward to the future and the 2017 season. "Depression also taught me pure, visceral humility and that I need to be honest with myself and others about how I feel," Welsh wrote. "Without the support of my family, Coach Ferentz and his staff, my teammates and my friends – I’m not sure I would’ve gotten off the mat." The full essay is available at the link below.
Jul 19 - 7:23 PM

Iowa senior LB Ben Niemann is a "linebacker I like on film," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He’s a stout linebacker who plays big football and flashes three-down ability," Pauline wrote. "A big senior campaign should push Niemann into the fifth round." Last year, Niemann started all 13 games, posting 69 tackles, three TFL, one interception and four pass break-ups.
Jul 14 - 1:50 PM

Iowa redshirt sophomore DE Anthony Nelson "flashed dominance at times last season and is an exciting prospect for the future," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"Nelson is a developing pass rusher with great length and solid size," Pauline wrote. Nelson (6'7/250) posted 33 tackles, seven sacks, eight TFL, two forced fumbles, one pass break-up and three QB pressures last fall.
Jul 14 - 1:32 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Iowa redshirt senior LB Josey Jewell higher than most because he "love[s] his instincts, intensity and playmaking ability."

"Jewell is constantly around the action making plays against the run or pass while also selling out on the blitz when his number is called," Pauline wrote. "Jewell likely won’t test well in the lead-up to the draft. He’s short (under 6-foot-1) and won’t impress anyone with blinding speed." Jewell, who Pauline previously comped to Kiko Alonso, recorded 105 tackles this year. "I grade Jewell as a second-round pick off the film but could see him falling into the fourth round based on computer numbers," Pauline wrote.
Jul 13 - 6:15 PM

Iowa junior C James Daniels "blocks with great explosion at the pivot and shows ability at the line of scrimmage or on the second level," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Daniels (6'4/285) started 11 games for the Hawkeyes last season. "He has next-level size and comes with growth potential," Pauline wrote. Daniels is the brother of former Iowa RB LeShun Daniels, who signed with the Patriots as a UDFA after this past draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. recently ranked James Daniels as the No. 2 underclassman draft prospect at his position.
Jul 13 - 1:40 PM

Iowa senior RB James Butler forced more missed tackles on both runs and receptions last season than any other returning running back in the FBS.

The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Butler, a versatile playmaker, gained 1,342 rushing yards and 381 receiving yards last season. He's rushed for at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. After transferring over to Iowa City in a July 4 stunner, he'll team with Akrum Wadley to form a devastating 1-2 punch.
Jul 7 - 2:51 PM

Nevada senior RB James Butler transferred to Iowa as a graduate.

A holiday shocker. Butler had initially considered a transfer after the Wolf Pack hired Jay Norvall as head coach -- he is shifting the team to an Air Raid -- but following an uneventful spring, he looked locked-in for the coming season with Nevada. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder's addition to the Hawkeyes gives HC Kirk Ferentz one of the best running duos in the Big Ten. Butler has rushed for at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns each of the last two seasons and will pair with Akrum Wadley, who himself rushed for 1,081 yards (6.4 YPC) and 10 touchdowns last season.
Jul 4 - 3:28 PM

Nevada OC Matt Mumme said that his hope for senior RB James Butler is that he will be able to show increased versatility in the newly-installed Air Raid offense.

Butler admitted that he was weary of working in an Air Raid following Nevada's previous run-first attack under former HC Brian Polian -- he even briefly considered a transfer. After talking it through with Mumme, he opted to stay put. Said the offensive coordinator, "You need to separate yourself from everybody else and show how versatile you are out of the backfield and how you can catch in space. Everybody knows he’s a great running back and he’s going to get his yards." Butler has rushed for at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons. He also caught 37 passes last season, a number which could see a bump in 2017. Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks him as the No. 37 running back in college football.
Jun 30 - 6:09 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Iowa junior C James Daniels as the No. 2 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Daniels (6'4/285) started 11 games for the Hawkeyes last season. The two games he did not start were missed due to injury. At the end of the season, Athlon Sports named him to the All-Big Ten second team. Daniels is the brother of former Iowa RB LeShun Daniels, who latched on with the Patriots after going undrafted in April.
Jun 27 - 7:39 PM

Iowa received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 T Jack Plumb.

While the Hawkeyes see a future left tackle in Plumb, he has some work to do before he would be physically ready for the rigors of Big Ten play. He is listed at 6-foot-8, 235 pounds on Scout.com heading into his senior season at Bay Port High School (Wisconsin). Added weight over the next year-plus will be a necessity. Beyond that, he still needs reps on the offensive line, as he played tight end for Bay Port last season. Consider him a potential diamond-in-the-rough for the Hawkeyes down the road. He certainly has the bloodlines for football -- his mother's cousin is Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, his paternal grandfather is former Bears assistant Ted Plumb and his maternal grandfather is the late Fritz Shurmur, who coached with the Packers.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 26 - 6:48 PM

Iowa senior G Sean Welsh said that redshirt freshman T Alaric Jackson possesses "a great maturity level for his age."

"He’s really picked up a lot and learned a lot. Just all around he’s made a lot of strides and a lot of improvement in the past year," Welsh said. Senior T Ike Boettger has been impressed with his development, too, and specifically pointed to Jackson's work with strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. When the former three-star recruit initially joined the Hawkeyes in 2016, he measured 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, but he has beefed up to around 320 pounds in the last year-plus. He will likely serve as a backup left tackle behind Boone Myers during the coming campaign.
Source: Land of 10
Jun 8 - 4:45 PM

Iowa redshirt sophomore LB Angelo Garbutt announced he is leaving the football program.

Garbutt played in just three games last year after redshirting his first season with the program. The former three sport athlete did specifically say he would continue his football career elsewhere.
May 29 - 9:30 AM

Iowa sophomore TE Noah Fant had a gun pointed at him in an Omaha park on Tuesday, but the incident did not escalate.

According to the Omaha Police Department's report on the incident, a man pulled a gun on Fant in a park and told him to leave. Fant then left and called the police, who later arrested Matthew Trimble, 23, for the alleged incident. Trimble is facing a charge of making a terroristic threat with a firearm.
Source: Land of 10
May 25 - 4:59 PM

Iowa sophomore CB Manny Rugamba has recovered from the broken collarbone he suffered at the end of the 2016 season.

Rugamba broke his collarbone against Nebraska and subsequently sat out the Hawkeyes' bowl loss to Florida while recovering. The injury marked a premature end to what had been a nice freshman campaign for the 6-foot, 172-pounder, who logged 19 tackles and a pair of interceptions in 12 games. Iowa is hoping to see him step up as a leader during the coming season with Desmond King moving on to the NFL.
Source: Land of 10
May 16 - 5:58 PM


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