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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff is the best run-blocker in the country.

Kiper has him listed at #6 on his latest Big Board writing, "I've said before he can be better in pass protection, but he is pretty good. He is the best run-blocker in the class along with La'el Collins." Kiper is particularly keen on Scherff's powerful base and quick feet, describing him as "nimble." Scherff is 6-foot-5 and weighs 320 pounds. He's had a lot of experience blocking in the running game for Iowa, as they don't do much else well. Despite the lack of experience in a passing offense, Kiper feels that Scherff has all the tools to transition to the NFL. He's projected as a Top-10 pick.
Oct 29 - 7:42 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman WR Derrick Willies has left school to be closer to his ailing father.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed the news. Presumably, Willies will be welcomed back to the team if he chooses to return, though he has far more pressing concerns at the moment. In four games, Willies had 71 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Oct 28 - 11:01 PM

Iowa sophomore RB LeShun Daniels Jr. has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an undisclosed injury.

The Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God curse has struck again. Daniels has some talent, but he'll have to wait his turn behind Mark Weisman and Jordan Canzeri. The sophomore finishes the year with 14 rushing attempts for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Oct 28 - 9:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Iowa junior DL Drew Ott is having a better season than more-lauded teammate Carl Davis.

"Fundamentally sound, the junior plays with great intensity and forces the action in every direction," Pauline wrote. "During the loss to Maryland he posted 3 tackles with 2 for loss, while registering 2.5 sacks and intercepting 1 pass. By comparison Davis finished the game with 2 tackles. Ott leads the Hawkeyes in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (9.5) this season and is building a buzz for himself in scouting circles." Ott recorded 50 tackles, including 22 solo stops and 28 assists, last season. He was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Oct 20 - 6:12 PM

Iowa senior running back Mark Weisman rushed 25 times for 89 yards in Saturday's 45-29 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Weisman also scored two touchdowns in the victory. The Hawkeyes' 6-foot, 240-pound battering ram hasn't cracked even 90 yards this season, but he's already scored eight rushing touchdowns across six games. Weisman is versatile enough to have NFL chops, but he isn't quick or fast enough to project easily as an NFL back. He could slot in as a sort of poor man's Mike Alsott. Weisman has caught only seven passes over the last two years, which limits his projection.
Oct 11 - 7:47 PM

An NFL scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler that his team is evaluating Iowa senior T Brandon Scherff as a guard only.

The scout said his team made this decision not because it's necessarily content at offensive tackle, but because "he's best" at guard. Scherff ranks No. 2 on NFLDraftScout.com's list of senior OTs behind Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff compares favorably to last year's No. 2 offensive tackle, Jake Matthews, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Sep 29 - 6:26 PM

Iowa redshirt senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley hauled in his first touchdown of the season in Iowa's win over Purdue on Saturday.

Martin-Manley caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard in the third quarter. Martin-Manley was initially called out of bounds on his score before officials reversed the ruling and gave Martin-Manley his first touchdown of the season to bring the score to 17-10 Hawkeyes. Iowa didn't look back after Martin-Manley's score. This season, Martin-Manley has caught 26 balls for 232 yards and one touchdown playing in what's been a quiet Iowa offense. Martin-Manley might not offer much sizzle, but could end up being a versatile wide receiver in the NFL, one who could additionally be a factor on special teams.
Sep 28 - 2:56 PM

Iowa senior running back Mark Weisman rushed 24 times for 74 yards in Iowa's 24-10 win over Purdue on Saturday.

Weisman also scored two touchdowns in the win. He's rushed for 184 yards this year. Weisman is a plodder and his long carry in the game only went for thirteen-yards. Despite his obvious drawbacks (3.2 yards/per carry on the season), Weisman's been serviceable in the Hawkeyes last two games, as he put up 88 yards against Pittsburgh and the 74 on Saturday. This marks back-to-back solid outings for Weisman. The 240-pound Weisman isn't particularly quick or fast, though, and projects as a late-round draft prospect, if he's drafted at all.
Sep 28 - 2:39 PM

Iowa will start sophomore C.J. Beathard at QB against Purdue, according to Rivals' Blair Sanderson.

Regular starter Jake Rudock had been listed as questionable with a soft tissue issue. Purdue has not been good this season, but Beathard has only attempted 11 passes this season, completing nine of them for 118 yards.
Sep 27 - 10:13 AM

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


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