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Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz believes Iowa senior TE George Kittle "could be in for a huge senior season in Iowa, and is likely to further solidify his status as one of the best TEs in all of college football."

Kittle is PFF's highest-graded tight end who returned to school. He only played in 339 snaps last season, but showed his blocking accumen by throwing the key block on seven touchdown plays. The 6-feet-4, 235-pounder, per Liskiewitz, "creates the kind of power you’d expect more from a player 30 pounds heavier than he is." The analyst additionally sees Kittle as a big weapon in the passing game, highlighting his one-handed catch specialty. "The ability to locate and adjust to the ball while running at full speed is a special trait, and a testament to Kittle’s excellent athleticism," he wrote. Now that Henry Krieger-Coble and Jake Duzey have graduated, Kittle is set to break out of the shadows in 2016.
Jul 25 - 6:09 PM

Iowa redshirt senior DL Faith Ekakitie was mistaken for a bank robber by police while playing Pokemon Go in the park.

Ekakitie took to Facebook to tell the tale. He was playing Pokemon Go in the park on Wednesday when, according to the lineman, he was stopped by five police officers, several of whom drew their weapons. "My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband," he wrote on Facebook. Iowa City Police Department sergeant Jorey Bailey informed ESPN that Ekakitie was initially stopped because he matched the description of a man who had just robbed a local bank. "I am not one to usually rant on Facebook or anywhere else, but with all of the crazy things that have been happening in our world these past couple of weeks it is hard to stay silent," Ekakitie wrote. "I am thankful to be alive."
Jul 24 - 12:29 PM

Iowa received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Chevin Calloway.

Speaking out about Ole Miss in May, Calloway told Rivals, "I wanna play for a team that brings the dog out in me." Turns out that team resides in Iowa City rather than Oxford. ESPN's Billy Tucker notes that the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is "a scheme-versatile DB who play both man and zone effectively and several positions throughout the secondary," one who offers the sort of instinctual fundamentals that should mesh well with Iowa's mentality. In its June rankings, Rivals tabbed him as the No. 89 overall player for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 16 - 6:54 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz says Iowa senior QB C.J. Beathard is the best quarterback in the Big 10.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder racked up 2,809 yards passing (61.6% completions, 71.9 percent adjusted accuracy percentage) with a 17/5 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 237 yards and six touchdowns and securing the positive passing grade among returning Big Ten signal-callers. "Considering Iowa also returns its top receiver from 2015 in Matt VandeBerg, as well as one of the highest-graded tight ends in the country in George Kittle, Beathard should be at or near the top of most of our QB analytics through the 2016 season," Liskiewitz wrote.
Jul 8 - 7:51 PM

Iowa OC Greg Davis believes senior QB C.J. Beathard could be the best passer he has ever coached.

Allow us to put that into perspective. Davis ran the offense and coached quarterbacks at Texas during the Vince Young and Colt McCoy eras. Young produced some of the most impressive single game performances in college football history. What can we expect from Beathard in 2016? "He’s fixing to get a lot more flexibility because we feel like he’s ready to handle that and do a lot more at the line of scrimmage," Davis said. Iowa's 2016 schedule should be much more difficult, and scouts will be watching closely.
Jul 7 - 10:51 AM

Three-star 2017 WR Gavin Holmes committed to Iowa.

Iowa secured Holmes' commitment over the likes of Boise State, Bowling Green, Kansas and Wisconsin. He had been pledging his heart to Duke in the month prior to this turnaround to the Midwest. ESPN notes that the 5-foot-11, 178-pounder is "sneaky fast." The outlet loves his ability to create separation despite the fact that he lacks a true home-run gear on vertical passes. They refer to him as "[v]ery savvy and crafty" in terms of his route-running.
Jul 2 - 7:13 PM

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


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