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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced that he's suspended sophomore CB Manny Rugamba for one game.

Rugamba will serve his punishment for an unspecified violation of team rules. A projected 2017 starter who started three games last year, Pro Football Focus ranked Rugamba as the top returning corner in the Big Ten. Per Ferentz, redshirt sophomore Michael Ojemudia will start in Rugamba's place in Week 1. Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, they're set to play Wyoming and All-American candidate Josh Allen.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 22 - 3:07 PM

Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley indicated that he has been focusing on his footwork since the end of spring practice.

"A lot of just drops on air and getting my feet where they needed to be, my hips and shoulders to my target a lot. Just taking as many drops as I could," Stanley said. He noted that he's felt an increased comfort in the pocket thanks to the adjustments he has made. Stanley should be considered the lead contender to start for the Hawkeyes this season, with Tyler Wiegers also in this mix.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 20 - 2:26 PM

Iowa redshirt senior WR Matt VandeBerg (foot) practiced in pads on Saturday.

"Foot’s feeling good," VandeBerg said. Saturday marks his first time practicing in pads since last September, when he broke his foot. He subsequently received a medical hardship waiver for the campaign. When healthy in 2015, VandeBerg caught 65 passes for 703 yards and four touchdowns. The Hawkeyes are excited to bring him back into the fold for the coming season, with RB Akrum Wadley saying, "He’s good. Man, he’s good. He’s going to be good. He’s a great leader."
Source: Land of 10
Aug 13 - 3:23 PM

Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley went 13-for-23 with 153 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's scrimmage.

Stanley (6'5/212) is looking more and more like the probable starter for the Hawkeyes this season. He far outperformed his main competition, Tyler Wiegers, during the scrimmage, with Wiegers completing just 6-of-14 passes for 31 yards and zero scores. Not only did Stanely outperform Wiegers in 11-on-11 play, he also took the first-team reigns during a pair of two-minute drills, another sign that he might be starting to pull ahead. Iowa opens their season against Wyoming on September 2.
Aug 13 - 1:17 PM

Iowa redshirt junior WR Matt Quarells has joined the team.

News broke of Quarells' decision to transfer from New Mexico to Iowa near the end of July, but per Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz, he had some "red tape" to cut through before he could join the team. He caught 11 passes for 180 yards in New Mexico's triple-option last season, but should have an opportunity for more extensive receiving work now that he's at Iowa.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 12 - 2:00 PM

Iowa redshirt sophomore WR Ryan Boyle has moved to quarterback.

Boyle (6'2/215) was stuck at the bottom of the quarterbacking depth chart last spring and was offered the chance to switch to another position -- he considered a potential move to safety before ultimately locking at wide receiver. He did not record a catch during the 2016 season. "Ryan has really made a lot of progress in the last six practices (since moving back)," said QB coach Ken O'Keefe. Boyle will likely settle in as Iowa's third-string option behind Nathan Stanley and Tyler Wiegers for the coming season.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 8 - 5:05 PM

Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley and redshirt junior QB Tyler Wiegers have been splitting first-team reps in camp.

While this competition has yet to sort itself out, Stanley took the first snap in practice and all signs at this juncture point toward him as a heavy favorite to take over as starter for the departed C.J. Beathard. Stanley was a three-star recruit out of high school and served as the Hawkeyes' backup quarterback last season.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 7 - 3:51 PM

Iowa freshman S Cameron Harrell has been working out at wide receiver in camp.

Harrell (5'10/181) joined the Hawkeyes as a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. While he was expected to play defensive back in Iowa City, he does have some experience as a receiver, having played it during high school ball at Bradley-Bourbannais (Illinois) High School. Whether his practicing at wideout in the early going in camp is a sign that he will be flipping to the offensive side permanently remains to be seen -- it is not unusual for teams to tinker with positions at this stage of the game, when there is still time to experiment.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 7 - 3:37 PM

Iowa senior DT Nathan Bazata said that freshman DE A.J. Epenesa is "coming in pretty advanced."

Bazata is not alone in noticing what Epenesa has brought to the table early in camp. Count DE Parker Hesse in that group, too. Said Hesse, "There are some things in his movements. It’s impressive. This guy has been on the practice field four or five days and he is picking up on it pretty well." The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was a five-star recruit out of high school for the 2017 cycle. He could potentially see an immediate on-field role with the Hawkeyes depending on how the rest of camp plays out.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 7 - 1:39 PM

New Mexico redshirt junior WR Matt Quarells transferred to Iowa as a graduate.

Quarells (6'1/195) logged 11 catches for 180 yards last season while working as one of the receiving threats in New Mexico's triple-option attack. He joins a mostly thin, unproven receiving corp at Iowa. Matt VandeBerg and Nick Easley are expected to start at wideout for the Hawkeyes, with Quarells set to try to carve out a rotation role while jostling with fellow receivers Adrian Falconer and Devonte Young when August camp boots up in a few days.
Jul 27 - 5:57 PM

Land of 10's Bobby La Gesse writes that Iowa sophomore TE Noah Fant "showed flashes of playmaking potential last season."

With George Kittle no longer in the picture, Fant -- who caught nine passes for 70 yards and a score last season -- will have an opportunity to work as Iowa's No. 1 tight end during the coming campaign. Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz said of the 6-foot-5, 232-pounder earlier this offseason, "He's a talented guy and has a good attitude." Fellow TE T.J. Hockenson is also expected to receive an expanded role in the passing game.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 25 - 9:31 PM

Iowa redshirt senior WR Matt VandeBerg said that his surgically-repaired left foot is feeling good.

"Ten months, something like that since I’ve taken a competitive rep with pads on?" VandeBerg said at Big Ten media days. "Yes, I’m excited. I’m chomping at the bit." VandeBerg initially broke his foot in September and subsequently received a medical hardship waiver for the 2016 season. He is listed as a starting wideout on Iowa's pre-August depth chart. During a healthy 2015 campaign, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder logged a 65-703-4 receiving line.
Source: The Gazette
Jul 25 - 6:10 PM

Iowa redshirt senior WR Matt VandeBerg (foot) is listed as a No. 1 receiver on the team's preseason depth chart.

VandeBerg was not on the team's post-spring depth chart, as he was recovering from a second surgery on his left foot which sidelined him for the spring session. That he has returned to his customary starting spot on the depth chart ahead of August is a fantastic sign for his availability during the coming season. VandeBerg received a medical hardship waiver for the past campaign due to a broken foot suffered in September, allowing him to play in 2017. His health is worth monitoring in August camp for obvious reasons. In his last healthy season back in 2015, VandeBerg registered a 65-703-4 receiving line.
Jul 24 - 2:21 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz floated the possibility that freshman QB Peyton Mansell could win the starting job in August.

Mansell remains a longshot to start over Nathan Stanley or Tyler Wiegers, but Ferentz at least kept that door open. Channeling his inner Yoda, Ferentz said, "Difficult, it would be. But not impossible. Difficult. Got to believe the impossible’s possible, right? That’s what sports and life are all about, right? For him, and then you’ve got to show us." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mansell was a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, with Rivals ranking him as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the class.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 20 - 4:55 PM

Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh revealed that he has battled depression in a personal essay posted to the Hawkeyes' official website.

"Football, the driving force for many years of my life, went from a source of purpose to a source of apathy," Welsh wrote. "I started to feel a myriad of negative emotions: sadness, anxiety, dread and anger. They hit me like a bombardment from the moment I woke up to when I went back to bed. It was every dimension of terrible. And I kept wondering what was wrong." Welsh went on to say that he's received help and is looking forward to the future and the 2017 season. "Depression also taught me pure, visceral humility and that I need to be honest with myself and others about how I feel," Welsh wrote. "Without the support of my family, Coach Ferentz and his staff, my teammates and my friends – I’m not sure I would’ve gotten off the mat." The full essay is available at the link below.
Jul 19 - 7:23 PM


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