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Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was likened to Tom Savage by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"His 2015 tape was more impressive [than his 2016 tape], but deep-ball accuracy issues, poor pocket awareness, and unnecessary hesitation as a passer shows up in both seasons," Zierlein wrote. "Beathard plays checkers with safeties rather than chess, which could always hinder his ability to attack down the field with success. Could be a career backup who finds himself in the action at some point down the road." After completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 2,809 pass yards and a 17/5 TD/INT rate in 2015, Beathard fell off as a senior (56.5 completion pct, 1,929 yards, 14/10 TD/INT)
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:45 PM

Former Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson said that redshirt freshman T Alaric Jackson was "probably one of the strongest freshmen that I’ve seen in the program."

While Jackson redshirted this past season and was not able to show off his big boy strength on Game Day, he has plenty of untapped potential to be molded by HC Kirk Ferentz and company. "He’s definitely athletic for his size. He can move," Johnson said in breaking down the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder's game. "Really, if it’s next year or a few years from now, he’s going to be doing some good things for Iowa." Jackson ranked as a three-star recruit on Rivals during the 2016 cycle.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 19 - 2:10 PM

Iowa hired North Dakota State OC Tim Polasek to serve as offensive line coach.

Said Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz in a statement, "Tim has been involved in programs that have won at a very high level, earning a reputation as a great teacher, and as an individual who has established great relationships with his co-workers and players." Over the course of two separate jaunts with North Dakota State, Polasek spent a combined 10 years on that FCS sideline.
Feb 14 - 7:39 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman passes along that Iowa will hire Northern Illinois WR coach/special teams coordinator Kelton Copeland to serve as wide receivers coach.

Copeland had roamed the Northern Illinois sideline since 2013. He coached up the running back unit his first two years at NIU before shifting over to coaching wide receivers this past season. Now moving on to Iowa, he will work under new Hawkeyes OC Brian Ferentz.
Source: Feldman
Feb 14 - 5:52 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell forwards Iowa freshman RB Kyshaun Bryan as a player who could potentially outperform his 2017 ranking.

Bryan slid into Iowa's 2017 class as a three-star running back and the No. 6 all-purpose back by Rivals' standards. Farrell wonders if he might find a way to outperform Eno Benjamin, a one-time Iowa commitment who eventually ended up at Arizona State. "Bryan is a patient runner [who] flashes a second gear when given daylight in the open field," notes Scout.com. "This Florida native is a tough runner [who] possesses impressive vision and instincts when operating in the open field." It should be noted that the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder dealt with his fair share of injuries during his high school career at St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida).
Source: Rivals
Feb 10 - 8:41 PM

Iowa signed four-star 2017 T Mark Kallenberger.

Along with five-star DL A.J. Epenesa, Kallenberger stands as a jewel in Iowa's 2017 recruiting class. He pledged his name to the Hawkeyes last March and there was no subsequent winter drama on National Signing Day. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder as the No. 4 tackle prospect in the Midwest for the 2017 cycle, noting that Kallenberger "[b]locks to the whistle and [his] feet don't stop until the play is over or his man is on the ground." The outlet would like to see him fill out physically while improving his work in pass protection.
Feb 9 - 2:19 PM

Iowa hired Miami Dolphins assistant Ken O'Keefe to serve as quarterback coach.

O'Keefe has served in multiple capacities on the Dolphins sideline over the past five seasons. Prior to that NFL gig, he had acted as Hawkeyes offensive coordinator under HC Kirk Ferentz from 1999-2011. In a reminder that time is just a snake eating its own tail, O'Keefe will be working alongside OC Brian Ferentz, whom O'Keefe coached during Ferentz's time as an offensive lineman at Iowa during the mid-2000's.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 7:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "[t]he more people I speak with the more it seems [Iowa CB] Desmond King has locked himself out of the first round."

"Leaving Mobile many felt King was badly exposed during Senior Bowl practice and has more limitations than first thought," Pauline writes. During the Senior Bowl practice week, the analyst noted that some squads had been shifting King from corner to safety on their boards due to concerns over his speed and size. He checked in at 5-foot-10 during Senior Bowl festivities. Should King be "locked out" of the first round this spring, he should be able to find himself a team by the end of the second round.
Feb 3 - 5:30 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Iowa five-star 2017 verbal DE commit A.J. Epenesa "has the perfect mentality to become a leader and team captain for the Hawkeyes down the road."

"A big, powerful rush end with a great work ethic and motor? That’s Epenesa, who will fit right in with the defensive scheme at Iowa and lead by example," Farrell explains. We have long had our eye on the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, who has not budged off his Iowa pledge from last February at any point in the proceeding months. In their final set of rankings for 2017, Rivals placed Epenesa at No. 30 overall on the master list. They were also kind enough to toss a coveted fifth star his way. Josh Helmholdt -- the outlet's Midwest recruiting analyst -- has written that Epenesa is "uniquely athletic for his size and possesses rare physical gifts."
Source: Rivals
Jan 27 - 5:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that some teams have moved Iowa CB Desmond King from corner to safety on their Draft boards.

"Teams are concerned about King’s speed," Pauline wrote. They also likely have reservations about his size, as King measured in at just 5-foot-10 at the Senior Bowl. King will be an interesting evaluation. He was dominant in college thanks to his cover skills and physical game, but his measurables may conspire to push him out of Round 1. To his credit, King is perfectly willing to shift to safety.
Jan 27 - 3:00 PM

Iowa CB Desmond King says he’s willing to move to safety.

King spent his decorated Iowa career at corner. Luke Easterling's report at Draftwire also featured the tidbit of King telling Easterling that the Baltimore Ravens "seemed like a perfect fit" for his game while "likening his connection with their staff to the relationship he has with his Hawkeye coaches." King measured in at a disappointing 5-foot-10 at the Senior Bowl. "His ball skills and toughness make him a successful cover man, but his willingness to mix it up in the box against the run set him apart from this year’s corner class," Easterling wrote. "King’s best traits would also make him a playmaker at safety, and his lack of ideal size and elite speed could move him to that spot." King won the Thorpe Award as a junior.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 27 - 12:45 PM

Iowa graduate WR Jonathan Parker will transfer.

As a graduate, Parker will have eligibility for the 2017 season if he decides to bolt to another FBS school. A foot injury limited him to one game last year. He also has experience at RB and on kick returns.
Jan 25 - 4:06 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo writes that "there are still some questions about [Iowa CB Desmond King's] ability to hold up in press coverage."

King is on hand for the Senior Bowl this week. Palazzolo sees this as a prime opportunity for the standout Iowa corner to ease concerns about his work in press coverage. Wrote the PFF analyst, "the Senior Bowl is a perfect week for King to prove his doubters wrong with a strong showing in one-on-ones and team drills." The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder finished with an 86.2 overall grade on PFF this past season, good for 14th in the country. Pro Football Focus slots him in as the No. 10 prospect in this draft class on their current board.
Jan 24 - 5:26 PM

Iowa received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 WR Henry Marchese.

Marchese, an Illinois native, ranks as Scout.com's No. 18 wideout in the Midwest for the 2017 cycle. The outlet notes that the 6-foot-2, 165-pounder "[d]oes a nice job with his release off the line, but can still work on his change of direction and explosion out of his breaks and on double-moves." Scout likes him as a red-zone target once he joins Iowa, though he will need to bulk up a bit once he hits Iowa City.
Jan 24 - 4:47 PM

Iowa redshirt senior RB Derrick Mitchell will transfer.

Mitchell will earn his degree in May and transfer as a graduate. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Mitchell had only two carries for 12 yards and a touchdown this past year along with six receptions for 24 yards. He was buried on the depth chart behind LeShun Daniels, Jr. and Akrum Wadley. With Wadley returning, Mitchell will look for more playing time elsewhere. Rising sophomore Toks Akinribade is now Wadley's most experienced backup.
Jan 19 - 2:20 PM


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