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Land of 10's Bobby La Gesse writes that "[n]o one on the Iowa roster brings a better skill set to disrupt [Penn State QB Trace McSorley] than (freshman DE A.J.) Epenesa."

"A desire to slowly bring him along [as] depth at defensive end primarily limited Epenesa to pass-rush situations the first three weeks," La Gesse explains. "It’s time to take the training wheels off. The Hawkeyes need Epenesa out for as many reps as possible." Through the first three games, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder former five-star edge rusher has recorded three tackles and 1.5 sacks. La Gesse is particularly enamored with his consistency given his relatively limited amount of snaps.
Source: Land of 10
Sep 19 - 8:26 PM

Iowa senior RB Akrum Wadley said his ankle is fine.

Wadley appeared to suffer an ankle injury in Saturday's win over North Texas, but he's apparently shaken its ill-effects quickly. With James Butler set to miss this weekend's game against Penn State, Wadley will get all the touches he can handle. Toren Young and Kelly Ivory-Martin will also see the field off the bench.
Sep 19 - 2:44 PM

Iowa senior RB James Butler will miss at least three games with a right elbow injury.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz specifically said "through the bye week," meaning Butler might return to the field on Oct. 21. Lead ball carrier Akrum Wadley missed the game with a lower leg injury, but likely will return against Penn State.
Sep 18 - 10:05 AM

Iowa senior RB Akrum Wadley appeared to suffer an ankle injury in Saturday's 31-14 win over North Texas.

Wadley posted 104 total yards in the first half before appearing to suffer the injury. He left the game in the early second quarter and exited for the locker room before halftime. With James Butler also suffering an injury on Saturday (to either his arm, elbow or shoulder), Iowa was down to Toren Young and Kelly Ivory-Martin in the second half. The Hawkeyes need their star runners to come back quickly with a huge game against Penn State looming on Saturday.
Source: Land of 10
Sep 16 - 7:24 PM

Iowa senior RB James Butler (undisclosed) left Saturday's game against North Texas early and went to the locker room.

Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter Marc Morehouse said that Butler looked "dejected" as he left the game. The injury appeared to be in the upper-body, possibly the arm. More information should be available soon, but for now Butler is questionable to return for the Hawkeyes.
Sep 16 - 6:05 PM

Iowa senior Sean Welsh likely moves to right tackle against North Texas to fill in for Ike Boettger.

The Hawkeyes offensive line will really be shuffled around in this one, with Keegan Render also moving to right guard from the left side. Iowa may be bracing for a long term injury here and are trying to get their best five on the field.
Sep 14 - 8:54 AM

Iowa senior T Ike Boettger will likely miss the remainder of the season due to an Achilles injury.

Boettger (6'6/300) suffered the potential season-ending injury in Saturday's overtime win over Iowa State. His loss is a major one for the Hawkeyes, as HC Kirk Ferentz in staff used him in a variety of capacities last season. He made nine starts at right tackle, two at left guard and one at left tackle during the past campaign.
Source: Land of 10
Sep 9 - 5:55 PM

Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley went 27-for-41 with 333 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's 44-41 overtime victory over Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes may have something on their hands with Stanley. The young signal-caller played the role of pure game manager in the opener against Wyoming, going 8-for-15 for 125 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. In this one, he looked like an up-and-coming star, averaging 8.12 yards per attempt while finding the end zone five times and not committing a turnover. Stanley's five-yard touchdown pass to Ihmir Smith-Marsette in overtime sealed the deal. Iowa has an easy matchup on deck against North Texas.
Sep 9 - 4:32 PM

Iowa senior RB Akrum Wadley had 118 yards and a touchdown on 28 attempts in Saturday's 44-41 overtime victory over Iowa State.

Wadley also caused havoc as a receiver out of the backfield, turning four receptions into 72 yards and a second score. That latter touchdown was enormous: With a little over a minute left and the Hawkeyes trailing by a touchdown, Wadley caught a Nate Stanley pass and used a combination of nifty feet and long speed to traverse 46 yards to the end zone to tie the game. It was his longest play from scrimmage of this young season. Wadley is averaging 117 rushing yards per game over the Hawkeyes' first two victories.
Sep 9 - 4:25 PM

Iowa redshirt junior CB Josh Jackson has "next level size" and "next level ball skills," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Virginia Tech's quarterback wasn't the only Josh Jackson that starred over the weekend. The Hawkeyes' version shifted back to defensive back from wide receiver in 2015 and started one game last year while stuck behind Desmond King (5th-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers) and Greg Mabin (UDFA signed by the Buffalo Bills). Jackson and his DB friends dominated in a showcase game against Wyoming's Josh Allen on Saturday, with Jackson finishing with five tackles, a pass breakup and interception returned 41 yards. "It’s still early to stamp Jackson with a draft grade but rest assured his name now appears on scouting sheets," Pauline wrote. Jackson can't rest on his laurels with Iowa State star WR Allen Lazard waiting for him this weekend.
Sep 6 - 2:58 PM

Iowa redshirt senior LB Josey Jewell was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week for his work in a win over Wyoming on Saturday.

Jewell (6'2/230) had already scooped up Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting 14 tackles and two sacks against the Cowboys on Saturday. He will try for a similarly strong output when the Hawkeyes travel to Ames for their showdown with Iowa State on Saturday.
Sep 5 - 4:45 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman T Alaric Jackson will start at left tackle in Saturday's game against Iowa State.

Jackson (6'7/285) started at left tackle against Wyoming in the opener, drawing the assignment over the more experienced Boone Myers. He performed well enough against the Cowboys to draw a second consecutive start for this weekend's in-state showdown with the Cyclones. For his part, Myers saw rotational work at left guard on Saturday.
Source: Land of 10
Sep 4 - 1:44 PM

Iowa redshirt senior LB Josey Jewell was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's win over Wyoming.

Jewell (6'2/230) recorded 14 tackles and a pair of sacks as Iowa manhandled the Wyoming offense, limiting it to just three points on the afternoon. After the game, Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz raved about Jewell's performance, saying that "he’s just got something about him, the way he plays, the tempo he plays at." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a potential second-round selection for next spring's draft.
Source: Land of 10
Sep 3 - 2:22 PM

Iowa junior WR Nick Easley had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 24-3 win over Wyoming.

The former JUCO All-American's biggest play was a 45-yard touchdown grab from Nate Stanley. Easley was easily Iowa's top receiver on the afternoon, catching half of Stanley's completed passes. While the slot receiver showed good chemistry with his signal-caller, Iowa's run-heavy offense will try to keep the ball out of the air as much as possible this fall.
Sep 2 - 3:46 PM

Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley went 8-for-15 with 125 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 24-3 victory over Wyoming.

It's a start. Like a pitcher staked to a big early lead, pressure was removed from Stanley by halftime. From there on, he used the play-action passing game to his advantage. Stanley is a big quarterback with nice arm strength and enough athleticism to at least keep defenses honest. He has work to do from a technical standpoint, but luckily, Iowa's strong running game and vicious defense will buy him some time to do so. Iowa takes on rival Iowa State next time around.
Sep 2 - 3:43 PM


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