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Iowa redshirt sophomore CB Greg Mabin "is a developing prospect that combines next level size with solid ball skills," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Mabin sat on the sidelines the past two seasons and has taken well to the starting role this year," Pauline wrote. "During the Hawkeyes razor thin victory over Pittsburgh, Mabin broke up passes on consecutive downs late in the game, helping seal victory for Iowa. Both passes were aimed at Panthers star receiver Tyler Boyd." Mabin had three pass deflections in the game and is up to four on the season. He’s averaging five tackles per contest. Mabin, who redshirted in 2012, moved from wide receiver to defensive back during spring practices in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has taken well to the other side of the ball.
Sep 23 - 5:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Iowa redshirt senior DT Carl Davis' "reputation does not meet reality" and listed Davis as a Week 4 draft slider.

"Against Pittsburgh, who started a back-up redshirt freshman at center as well as a sophomore at guard, Davis was nearly invisible," Pauline wrote. "Finishing the game with half a tackle for loss and two assisted tackles, he was continually handled at the point of attack and was a non-factor. Scouts believe Davis could be a top 100 pick but he’ll need to dominate against lesser competition or he’ll fall into the later rounds." Both CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and ESPN's Mel Kiper rated Davis amongst the elite DT prospects over the summer.
Sep 22 - 6:54 PM

Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff "proved worthy of his projected top 10 status" in Iowa's 24-20 win over Pittsburgh, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Scherff ranks No. 2 on NFLDraftScout.com's list of senior OTs, behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. "Scherff, in fact, is more polished than Ogbuehi, comparing favorably to last year's No. 2 offensive tackle, Jake Matthews, who was selected No. 6 overall by the Atlanta Falcons," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff "possesses a lethal combination of balance, patience and upper body strength," according to Rang. "He waits for defenders to get close and has explosive power in his hands to control and often knock them completely off their feet. This aggressive, competitive temperament is another reason why Scherff projects so well to the next level, whereas scouts would like to see a little more nastiness in Ogbuehi's game." Whenever Iowa has a key rushing play, they typically call it behind Scherff.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 21 - 10:41 PM

Iowa senior RB Mark Weisman rushed for 88 yards and a pair of scores on 22 carries in Saturday's 24-20 win over Pittsburgh.

Weisman didn't have a catch, and his long carry went for 19 yards, but he did what was asked of him, which was grind down the Panthers' defensive front. The 6-foot, 240-pound senior has led the Hawkeyes in rushing each of the past two seasons. "Built like a fullback, he rarely wins with make-you-miss quickness, but he does have the balance, power, and no-nonsense run style that allows him to rack up positive yardage," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer.
Sep 21 - 4:35 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat was removed from Saturday's game late in the fourth quarter against Iowa State.

Trainers worked on his left ankle on the field. Fortunately, Trinca-Pasat was able to walk off on his own power, so it's possible the injury isn't serious. Iowa hasn't made much effort to rotate defensive lineman thus far this season, so it's also possible Trinca-Pasat was merely cramping up. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer that Trinca-Pasat had superior quickness and range to star teammate Carl Davis.
Sep 13 - 6:56 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is expected to play in some capacity against Iowa State, according to beat writer Marc Morehouse.

"Latest little nugget of info: Sounds like No. 68 will play. How much? Don't know. Can plans change? Yes," Morehouse tweeted. Scherff underwent right knee surgery last Tuesday and was expected to miss 2-3 weeks. The acclaimed draft prospect stayed in the game against Ball State despite the injury.
Sep 13 - 12:49 PM

If Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff's "recovery goes as expected, the injury isn't likely to affect Scherff's final draft position," according to Rob Rang.

"He'll need to prove his health after suffering a knee injury against Ball State on Sept. 6. Scherff reportedly tore the meniscus in his right knee and has since undergone surgery that is likely to keep him sidelined for a few weeks. If his recovery goes as expected, the injury isn't likely to affect Scherff's final draft position," Rang wrote. Derek martin, Sports Director at KMA Radio, reports that he should miss 2-3 weeks, which means he'll be out at least this week against Iowa State and through the rest of September's schedule (at Pitt on Sept. 20 and at Purdue on the 27th).
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 3:33 PM

Iowa DL Drew Ott was injured in a scooter accident Monday, displaying concussion-like symptoms.

The injuries are not life threatening. "Ott was driving his scooter westbound on Benton Street Monday morning," the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. "A driver was eastbound on Greenwood drive when they turned north in front of Ott. The driver was cited for failure to yield on a left turn, according to Iowa City Police. Ott wasn’t wearing a helmet." It was a bizarre morning, as Ott was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week for his work in Saturday’s win against Ball State at just about the exact same time he got into the accident. His specific injuries have not yet been announced. Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz on Tuesday said that Ott, "[a]s far as I know, will be ready to go" for Saturday’s game against in-state rival Iowa State.
Sep 9 - 9:35 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is undergoing surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and will reportedly miss 2-3 weeks.

Scherff reportedly injured his right knee during Saturday's game against Ball State but finished the contest. Derek martin, Sports Director at KMA Radio, reports it involves Scherff's meniscus but the ligaments are fine. Many tout Scherff as one of the nation's top tackles. The Hawkeyes face Iowa State, Pittsburgh and then Purdue.
Sep 9 - 9:15 AM

Iowa redshirt senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley hauled in eight receptions for 70 yards in Saturday's 17-13 win against Ball State.

The Hawkeyes were lucky to pull this one out. They trailed 13-3 with three minutes left in the game, and then suddenly found their offense. Iowa scored a touchdown with 2:52 left, forced a three-and-out Ball State drive that lasted just 29 seconds, and then scored again, with Ruddock hitting Jake Duzey for a 12-yard touchdown. Martin-Manley had only 388 receiving yards last season, but Ruddock has clearly taken steps forward in his development, which should lead to better production for his wide outs.
Sep 6 - 8:41 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is ranked as the No. 2 offensive line prospect by ESPN's Todd McShay.

Scherff enters the season slightly behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi for No. 1 OL honors on most analysts' boards. Similar to the Jake Matthews/Greg Robinson debate last season, Scherff is more technically sound, while Ogbuehi's athletic upside is staggering. "Scherff excels in the running game," McShay wrote. "He fires out of his stance quickly, has good range on pulls and second-level blocks and is a powerful drive blocker with a nasty disposition. Scherff is good in pass protection, but there's room for improvement with his hand placement and ankle flexibility."
Aug 27 - 7:42 PM

Iowa junior DT Darian Cooper will miss the entire season after undergoing season-ending surgery.

The Hawkeyes announced the news on Facebook, but have not yet divulged what injury Cooper sustained. This isn't a debilitating loss for Iowa -- they boast one of the nation's best DT tandems in Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat -- but Cooper was an important depth piece who appeared in all 25 games the past two seasons. Cooper collected 18 tackles and a sack last year. "Coop has got some good skills," defensive line coach Reese Morgan said prior to fall camp. "We would like to have some guys inside that have some girth that can stand up against the run."
Aug 26 - 7:19 PM

Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff could be the best NFL Hawkeyes offensive lineman Kirk Ferentz has ever coached, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior has a superb motor, is a nasty drive blocker, packs a punch when hitting defenders, and keeps great separation while pass blocking. "Powerful, tenacious and technically sound, Scherff may just prove the best in the long line of NFL linemen tutored by Kirk Ferentz," Rang wrote. Scherff enters the season slightly behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi for No. 1 OL honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 3:27 PM

NFL.com ranks Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as the sixth-best player in college football.

"Dominant offensive tackles with his combination of strength, power and athleticism are hard to find in today's game," Bucky Brooks said. Colleague Charles Davis suggested readers go back and watch the Ohio State tape, a game in which Scherff mauled NFL prospects. "He can power anybody off the line of scrimmage but is surprisingly agile for a player his size at left tackle. Scherff is smart and can handle just about anything a defense throws at him," Bryan Fischer said. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, a potential top 10 pick in 2015, has started 20 straight at LT. "On third-and-1, there might not be a better blocker to follow in the nation. Scherff is at his best at the point of attack," Chase Goodbread said.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 24 - 9:39 PM

Iowa junior FB Adam Cox has been lost to a season-ending ACL injury.

Not many details are known about the fluke injury. "He kind of just ran up in there," backup fullback Macon Plewa said. "I don’t know the details of it. But it happened." If you've heard of the "Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God" meme, you aren't surprised by this news. Indeed, the Hawkeyes' recent history with running back health is hard to fathom. Plewa, who will try to avoid the AIRBHG curse, will now step into the starting lineup. "I’m ready to embrace the opportunity," Plewa said. "With or without Adam, I was ready to compete whether it was on offense or special teams. Whenever I’m on the field, I want to try my best and do the best for the team."
Aug 17 - 2:07 AM


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