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Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz is not ruling out the possibility that senior RB James Butler (elbow) could take a medical redshirt for the season.

Ferentz indicated that Butler will be undergoing an X-ray in the coming days which should provide some clarity as to just how close he might be to a return. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder initially injured his elbow in a September 16 win over North Texas. Iowa is off on bye this weekend, with their next game coming against Northwestern on October 21. We should have a better idea of Butler's outlook by that juncture.
Oct 13 - 5:15 PM

Iowa junior WR Nick Easley had seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-16 win over Illinois.

Quietly, Easley has emerged as one of the Big 10's best slot receivers. He doesn't get the targets that receivers in pass-first systems do, but the JUCO import has strong hands and knows how to find open spots on the field. Easley boasts a 27-281-4 line on the year.
Oct 7 - 3:44 PM

Iowa senior RB Akrum Wadley ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Saturday's 45-16 win over Illinois.

He also had two catches for 14 yards and a second touchdown. This was a nice bounce-back performance for the Hawkeyes' star, who was held to only 30 yards on the ground last week against Michigan State. Wadley is up to 483 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, and he's chipped in a 14-258-3 line as a receiver out of the backfield.
Oct 7 - 3:40 PM

Iowa senior RB James Butler (elbow) could return for the Hawkeyes on October 21 for their game against Maryland.

Butler has been out since 9/16 after he injured his elbow against North Texas. A transfer from Nevada, Butler had run for 158 yards with a 4.4 yards-per-carry playing behind Akrum Wadley.
Oct 5 - 8:30 PM

Iowa redshirt junior S Brandon Snyder (knee) is expected to make his season debut when the Hawkeyes take on Illinois on Saturday.

Snyder tore his left ACL near the beginning of April, but has put in fantastic work on the rehab front in order to put himself in line to take the field come Saturday. ACL tears can often take 7-9 months to heal for mere mortals. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was actually medically cleared for last weekend's game against Michigan State, but Iowa opted to hold him out of that contest. His return will be a welcome one for the Hawkeyes -- last season, the free safety logged 85 tackles (3.0 for loss), a trio of interceptions and a trio of forced fumbles. He figures to be somewhat limited initially in terms of game-snaps simply due to his long layoff.
Oct 5 - 1:41 PM

Iowa senior RB Akrum Wadley rushed for only 30 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while catching three passes for 17 yards in Saturday's 17-10 loss to Michigan State.

Sparty thoroughly dismantled Iowa's offense this afternoon. The Hawkeyes finished with 19 rushing yards total, while throwing for only 212. Wadley surpassed 115 rushing yards in each of Iowa's first two games, but he has only 134 rushing yards total over the past three combined.
Sep 30 - 8:08 PM

After a massive game against Penn State on Saturday, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline named Iowa senior LB Josey Jewell a "riser" in his draft notes on Monday.

Jewell (6'2/230) was everywhere in the near-upset of Penn State, collecting 16 tackles, picking off a pass, recovering a fumble and breaking up a pass. Pauline notes that Jewell plays with "incredible instincts, football smarts and intensity." Jewell won't wow anyone with his size, speed or strength, but every once in a while there's a football player who defies the odds because he just gets the game. Jewell might be one of those players.
Sep 25 - 7:46 PM

Iowa redshirt senior LB Josey Jewell had 15 tackles, three TFL, one interception and one fumble recovery in Saturday's loss to Penn State.

Jewell's interception at the end of the first half led to Iowa's first touchdown, which gave the Hawkeyes a 7-5 lead heading into halftime. He was all over the field for much of the night, with his name regularly called by the broadcast team, but Walter Football's Charlie Campbell had some qualms with his performance. "Jewell was stiff in space, as he couldn't break down to get [Saquon] Barkley to the ground," Campbell wrote. "In the NFL, Jewell see plenty of shifty backs he is going to struggle against. He is a very good college player, but for the NFL he might only be a rotational linebacker." By way of contrast, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Jewell as a potential second-round selection.
Sep 25 - 4:26 PM

Iowa senior RB Akrum Wadley rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while catching four passes for 75 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 21-19 loss to Penn State.

Wadley didn't quite hit the operatic highs that opposing back Saquon Barkley did, but he was a shining star in his own right -- especially in the fourth quarter. In that quarter alone, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior styled a 70-yard touchdown reception and bolted for a 35-yard scoring scamper. The latter touchdown gave Iowa a 19-15 lead with just 1:49 remaining in the game, but alas for the home faithful, Penn State would come roaring back to score a walk-off touchdown on fourth-down to down the Hawkeyes on the ensuing drive. Wadley and company will have the practice week to lick their wounds before they take on Michigan State next weekend.
Sep 23 - 11:21 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz said that senior RB Akrum Wadley (ankle) "should be a full go" for Saturday's game against Penn State.

Per Ferentz, Wadley looked sharp during the practice week. He was dealing with a minor ankle injury initially sustained against North Texas last Saturday.
Sep 23 - 7:26 PM

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


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