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Iowa is in discussions to extend head coach Kirk Ferentz's contract beyond the 2019 season.

"I want Kirk to retire at Iowa," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. Ferentz makes $4 million per year, but it was signed in 2010 and we all know how contracts have grown since then. The Hawkeyes finished 12-2 last season thanks to high level play and a favorable Big Ten schedule, losing their final two games against Michigan State and Stanford. Ferentz is known for building one of the top "pro factories" for offensive linemen.
Source: The Gazette
Jun 23 - 9:20 AM

Iowa redshirt sophomore TE Jameer Outsey will transfer.

Outsey joined the Hawkeyes as a three-star linebacker in 2014. He transitioned over to tight end last August. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder recorded just one catch for 10 yards in his first year at the new position. Unless he transfers to the FCS, he will have to sit out the 2016 season due to transfer regulations. This is a depth blow, but shouldn't cripple the Iowa offense. Redshirt senior TE Greg Kittle figures to see the majority of tight end targets in 2016 barring injury.
Jun 18 - 1:45 PM

Iowa senior QB C.J. Beathard and Clemson's Deshaun Watson were the only 2015 Power 5 quarterback who attempted 50-plus fourth quarter passes without throwing an interception.

Not bad company for Beathard, a sleeper draft prospect. For all the talk of Iowa's conservative offense, Kirk Ferentz trusted Beathard to let it rip when it counted. Beathard's 14 20-plus yard fourth quarter completions were the second-best Power 5 total behind only Washington State's Luke Falk (who had double the attempts to do it). Beathard went 44-of-63 (69.8 percent) for 706 yards, six scores and no interceptions in fourth quarters last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 12:05 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz indicated that with health and experience on his side, senior QB C.J. Beathard could improve in 2016.

"This was his first year playing. Considering the limited amount of quality practice and mobility," Ferentz said, "I thought what he did [in 2015] was impressive. It really speaks to his tenacity. This fall, to have him healthy and practicing and running the team, that's going to be a real benefit." Beathard fought through a sports hernia during the 2015 campaign, one which he underwent surgery to repair earlier this offseason. Despite that injury, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound gunslinger racked up 2,809 yards passing (61.6% completions) with a 17/5 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 237 yards and six touchdowns in leading Iowa on their almost-perfect run.
Source: Campus Rush
Jun 11 - 7:51 PM

When Iowa senior CB Desmond King was grappling with a possible jump to the NFL draft this winter, HC Kirk Ferentz told him "[d]o what you really feel compelled to do."

"I told [Brandon Scherff in 2015 and King in 2016], you will be playing in the NFL. Whether you get there this year or a year later, it probably won't make a huge amount of difference in your career or financial earning power," Ferentz explained. King ultimately decided to return for his senior season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder won the Jim Thorpe Award on the strength of 72 tackles and eight interceptions recorded over the course of the 2015 campaign.
Source: Campus Rush
Jun 11 - 4:48 PM

In an interview with Campus Rush, Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz singled out sophomore DE Parker Hesse as an under-the-radar player to watch in 2016.

Ferentz believes that because Hesse was thrown into the fire after Drew Ott suffered a season-ending ACL tear last October, he has a sneaky experience edge that isn't found in most players heading into their sophomore campaigns. "As a result, we feel like he's more prepared this year to play," Ferentz said, "and he had a really good spring." During his freshman season, the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder recorded 44 tackles (3.0 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Source: Campus Rush
Jun 11 - 3:41 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman RB Eric Graham will transfer.

According to Rivals' Blair Sanderson, Graham is looking at junior colleges in Mississippi. Consider this a depth loss for Iowa and little more. LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley will be taking the vast majority of carries for HC Kirk Ferentz this coming season. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Graham should be able to find a more suitable situation for playing time with a JUCO joint.
Jun 9 - 1:39 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman LB Justin Jinning will transfer.

Jinning announced his decision on Instagram, writing that 2015 was "a year of many ups and downs" and that he would like to "take advantage of new doors that have opened." The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was a member of the Texas Top 100 as a junior and senior at The Colony before he hooked up with the Hawkeyes as part of their 2015 recruiting class.
Jun 9 - 1:24 PM

Per Pro Football Focus, Iowa senior TE George Kittle is the highest-graded tight end returning to school.

Kittle led the Big 10 runner-ups with six touchdown catches on 20 receptions for 290 yards (14.5 yards per catch average), quite efficient indeed based on his 25 targets. Kittle also had the best yards per route run average of any college tight end at 3.09 last year. The biggest reason he's the highest-graded returner at his position, though, is he's the best-graded returning Power-5 tight end. (14.5 yards per catch average)
Jun 3 - 8:31 PM

Pro Football Focus' Kevin Connaghan highlighted the return of senior QB C.J. Beathard and a relatively soft schedule as reasons Iowa could post back-to-back undefeated seasons.

By PFF metrics, Beathard was the best returning quarterback in the Big Ten last season, posting a +16.7 grade. Beyond Beathard's steady guiding hand, they receive a few schedule breaks this season -- same as in 2015. Only one of their five Big Ten road opponents (Penn State) won more than two conference games last season. They also manage to avoid big boys Michigan State and Ohio State completely, though Michigan will come calling at Kinnick Stadium on November 12. In terms of non-conference schedule, HC Kirk Ferentz and his squad will be hosting Miami (OH), Iowa State and North Dakota State. The former two won a combined six games against FBS opponents last season, while the latter is looking to replace QB Carson Wentz. "Going 12-0 again will not be easy, but with things setting up in their favour, the Hawkeyes have a great chance to record another memorable season," Connaghan wrote.
May 31 - 1:53 PM

Following the firing of Baylor HC Art Briles, Iowa four-star 2017 RB Eno Benjamin tweeted that he was happy he did not commit to the Bears.

"So glad I made the right choice and decided not to pursue Baylor. Smh," Benjamin wrote. The Bears had been pursuing his commitment, but the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back opted to join the Hawkeyes in late April.
May 26 - 4:48 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman speculated that Iowa senior CB Desmond King could be used as an offensive weapon.

This is just Sherman's speculation, not any concrete sort of news. Still, King-on-offense is at least an interesting idea and it wouldn't shock us if it had crossed the mind of HC Kirk Ferentz a time or 10 during some of Iowa's offensive droughts. Wrote Sherman, "Coach Kirk Ferentz might be tempted [to utilize King on offense], though the Hawkeyes possess some nice talent already at receiver." For his career with the Hawkeyes, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound corner has picked off 11 passes. Eight of those interceptions came last season. King finished the 2015 campaign being named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, handed out annually to the top defensive back in the country.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 12:34 PM

In an initial ranking of the top prospects for the 2017 draft, CBS Sports' Rob Rang tagged Iowa senior CB Desmond King as the second-best senior in the class.

Alabama DE Jonathan Allen took top senior billing on Rang's early look at 2017, followed immediately by King. "The reigning [Jim] Thorpe Award winner is a ballhawk who may have earned first-round consideration had he entered the 2016 NFL Draft," wrote the analyst. For the 2015 campaign, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound defensive wizard intercepted eight passes to help lead Iowa to a near-undefeated season. He could have jumped for this year's draft, but opted to return to the fertile football basin of Iowa City. During the spring, he addressed his decision, saying, "One of the reasons I'm back is that I needed to work and wanted to work to get better. I think I've been able to do that."
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 3:21 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz said that senior CB Desmond King has "just gone out and practiced and he’s done a lot of really good things."

"[King]’s had a good steadiness to him, good instincts, competitive," Ferentz said, "and we are all counting on him to be a real strong leader for us as well as a good player." The 5-foot-11, 200-pound corner feels confident in the Hawkeye spring, saying, "It’s been a good spring for me, for all of us really. One of the reasons I’m back is that I needed to work and wanted to work to get better. I think I’ve been able to do that." Last season, he recorded 72 tackles while intercepting a whopping eight passes on his way to winning the Jim Thorpe Award, handed out annually to the best defensive back in the country.
Source: qctimes.com
May 13 - 7:56 PM

UDFA Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri will attend the Browns' rookie minicamp on Friday.

Cleveland is at least the third team who has brought Canzeri in for a post-Draft look-see, following the Chiefs and Saints. Canzeri (5’7, 190) offers more strength on (broke a surprising number of tackles for a runner his size) and off the field (20 bench reps at Iowa's Pro Day) than you'd expect and runs a forty in the 4.4s. He also has the hands, brains and special teams acumen to fight for a final roster spot if given the opportunity, but size and durability may deprive him of one.
May 13 - 3:02 PM


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