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Pro Football Focus graded Iowa junior CB Desmond King as the fourth-best FBS corner last season.

Now, the site sees King as the No. 9 overall returning player in college football. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound King won the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) after posting 72 tackles, eight interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 21 passes defended in 2015. "He was a top-10 performer against both the run and the pass, and he allowed just three touchdowns on passes thrown into his coverage," wrote Jeff Dooley.
Feb 3 - 12:49 PM

The Gazette's Mark Morehouse reports that Iowa junior QB C.J. Beathard underwent sports hernia surgery on Monday.

Per Morehouse, Beathard's surgery was performed in Philadelphia by Dr. William C. Meyers. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound junior had been hoping that he would be able to recover from the sports hernia without surgery. His recovery timetable is set for six weeks, meaning he could miss some time in spring practice. A spokesperson for the university indicated that HC Kirk Ferentz could publicly address all of this next week.
Source: The Gazette
Jan 25 - 8:21 PM

Two-star S Noah Clayberg committed to Iowa as a greyshirt.

Because Iowa's offered him a greyshirt, he won't be enrolling at the university until January, 2017. The new 5-foot-11, 202-pound Hawkeye admitted that he was initially uncertain about the offer, but "after visiting [Iowa City]," he said, "it was clear to me that it was where I was supposed to be." This past season, he was named the state of Iowa's Gatorade Player of the Year. While he might not have a ton of stars next to his name, he did everything as a senior at Pella High School, compiling 1,695 yards passing and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 1,846 yards and an additional 30 scores. He also manned the defensive side of the field--where he'll likely play in college--and finished with 44 tackles, 10 TFL, and an interception.
Source: Rivals.com
Jan 24 - 8:09 PM

Iowa promoted recruiting coordinator Seth Wallace to LB coach.

Wallace had been working as the Hawkeyes' recruiting coordinator for the past two seasons. He's earning the promotion following former LB coach Jim Reid's decision to jump to Boston College to serve as their defensive coordinator. Said Wallace of his new job, "We have a great group returning who have been well coached by Coach Reid. I am very appreciative for this opportunity and look forward to this next phase of my career." As for who will take over as recruiting coordinator, HC Kirk Ferentz indicated that the position's slated to be filled after National Signing Day on February 3.
Jan 22 - 7:12 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Iowa C Austin Blythe is a sleeper.

Kiper ranks Blythe as the No. 6 center in the class. "He was just so consistently good," Kiper wrote. "The coaches there rave about him." Blythe was consistently one of Pro Football Focus' top-graded run-blocking offensive linemen this past season. And you know the NFL loves them some Iowa offensive linemen.
Jan 22 - 1:12 PM

Iowa freshman DE Parker Hesse posted 44 tackles and three sacks in place of injured star Drew Ott last season.

Hesse also had a gigantic pick-six in the win against Nebraska. Ott was lost for the season in Week 6 and has applied for a hardship waiver from the Big Ten that would give him one more year of eligibility. Whether or not that waiver is granted, Hesse figures to play a big role next season because Nate Meier (seven sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and 76 total tackles) graduated. Sophomore Matt Nelson would fill Meier’s spot if Ott doesn't return.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 1:12 PM

Hawkeye Nation recruiting reporter Rob Howe said that 2017 five-star DE commitment A.J. Epenesa is "a freakish athlete."

News of Epenesa's commitment is just a few hours old and he won't be in college for another two years, but those in the know are already gushing about the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder. Tweeted Howe, "Saw AJ Epenesa play live this season. He's already skilled, strong & polished for his age but upside is crazy. He's a freakish athlete." On Rivals, Epenesa's ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the 2017 class, while ESPN 300 ranks him at No. 53.
Jan 17 - 3:04 PM

Five-star DE A.J. Epenesa committed to Iowa for 2017.

2017 might be a long, long way off, but the Hawkeyes just earned a huge commitment. Rivals has Epenesa ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the country for the 2017 class. In a tweet, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound future stalwart wrote "It's a great day to be a Hawkeye!!" In early evaluations, he's viewed as an agile, disruptive end who uses his size to command the field. He'll need to build on that frame, but at this early stage, there's nothing but promise.
Jan 17 - 1:56 PM

Iowa redshirt senior S Jordan Lomax has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 East West Shrine Game.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Lomax earned All-Big Ten Third team honors in 2015, recording 56 tackles, 1 interception, 1 TFL and 1 fumble recovery. In his junior season, Lomax posted 92 tackles, with an interception and 6 breakups, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. Prior to this season, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline gave Lomax a Rd. 2 grade, describing him as a "a Bob Sanders type."
Jan 7 - 3:54 PM

Iowa senior TE Henry Krieger-Coble will play in the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder is an H-back/TE hybrid who should be able to hang onto an NFL roster because of his versatility. He can move around the formation, line up anywhere and is a good blocker, as all tight ends must be in Iowa’s run-first offense. This year, he also proved to be a solid receiving option, finishing second on team with 35 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 5 - 8:24 PM

Iowa junior CB Desmond King's mother confirmed that he will return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season.

When they close their eyes, King and his fellow Hawkeye defenders are likely still seeing Stanford demigod Christian McCaffrey running wild in the open field, but their Rose Bowl collapse is not enough of a deterrent to keep the 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior from coming back for the 2016 season. King's mother, Yvette Powell, indicated that he still has "unfinished business." It's a huge boost for Iowa, as King tied a school record with his eight interceptions this past season. He also recorded 72 tackles, 13 pass breakups and 21 passes defended. For all that production, he was awarded the Jack Tatum Award, handed out annually to the top defensive back in the country.
Jan 4 - 10:41 PM

Iowa junior QB C.J. Beathard said that, despite a 45-16 loss to Stanford in Friday's Rose Bowl Game, "this is a special team."

"Stanford played very well, and we didn't," Beathard said. "We weren't ready to play, I guess. It's going to sting and hurt for a little bit, but this doesn't take away from the good season we had." Iowa started out 12-0 before taking a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. Then, the Rose Bowl Game debacle. Perhaps most ominously for a team that prides itself on the play of its lines, Beathard was sacked seven times by the Cardinal. HC Kirk Ferentz was straight to the point, noting that "Stanford just outplayed us at every turn." In a season where the Hawkeyes dodged Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State during the regular campaign, their short-comings at the end of the season are tough to swallow.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 2 - 10:06 PM

Iowa junior RB LeShun Daniels rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries in Friday's 45-16 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game.

To be fair to Daniels, Iowa fell behind 21-0 by the end of the first quarter, essentially scuttling the entire offense. Fairness aside, he averaged 3.7 YPC with a long run of 14 yards. The 6-foot, 230-pound junior had flashes of moments over the course of the 2015 campaign (including a 195-yard, three-touchdown explosion against Minnesota on November 14), but ankle injuries and sometime inconsistency (plus the existence of fellow RB Jordan Canzeri) ultimately limited him to 646 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Jan 1 - 9:20 PM

Iowa junior QB C.J. Beathard (hip and groin) completed 21-of-33 passes for 239 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 45-16 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game.

Don't let Beathard's final stats fool you into believing that Iowa's offense showed any sort of competency on Friday. The Hawkeyes were absolutely buried early. They trailed 21-0 at the end of the first quarter (Beathard threw a pick-six for the final score of that quarter) and 35-0 at the half. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the 6-foot-2, 203-pound junior managed his pair of touchdown passes. They served cosmetic effect and nothing more. Iowa came within a whisker's eyelash of reaching the CFB Playoff, but their losses to Michigan State and Stanford to close the season are likely going to sting long into the bitter Iowa City winter.
Jan 1 - 9:01 PM

After aggravating a knee injury in practice, Iowa senior TE Jake Duzey has been ruled out for the Rose Bowl.

While the 6-foot-4, 248-pound senior led all Big Ten tight ends in catches with 36 in 2014, he failed to catch a single toss from QB C.J. Beathard over the course of the 2015 campaign, as his snaps were limited due to a torn patella suffered in the spring. Iowa's offense isn't taking a huge hit here. Tight ends Henry Krieger Coble and George Kittle filled the wake left by Duzey during the regular season, catching a combined 52 passes for 675 yards and seven touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:07:00 PM


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