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Iowa redshirt senior RB Derrick Mitchell will transfer.

Mitchell will earn his degree in May and transfer as a graduate. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Mitchell had only two carries for 12 yards and a touchdown this past year along with six receptions for 24 yards. He was buried on the depth chart behind LeShun Daniels, Jr. and Akrum Wadley. With Wadley returning, Mitchell will look for more playing time elsewhere. Rising sophomore Toks Akinribade is now Wadley's most experienced backup.
Jan 19 - 2:20 PM

Rivals awarded Iowa four-star 2017 verbal DE commit A.J. Epenesa a fifth star.

Right under the gun. Rivals bumped Epenesa up to five-star seating on Monday, in their final rankings release of the 2017 cycle before National Signing Day. "The big Iowa commitment is uniquely athletic for his size and possesses rare physical gifts," wrote Rivals Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt, "and he flashed enough at the Army Bowl to convince us of his chances of reaching that potential." In the outlet's final rankings, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder slots in at No. 30. He has been committed to Iowa since last winter.
Source: Rivals
Jan 16 - 6:44 PM

Iowa redshirt junior WR Jay Scheel has retired due to knee injuries.

Scheel took to Instagram to announce his retirement, writing that he had undergone a pair of procedures on each knee and that concerns about his long-term well-being are simply too great for him to continue plugging away for the Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder finishes his collegiate career out having caught five passes for 56 yards. All of that production came during the past campaign.
Jan 15 - 1:25 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt writes that Iowa four-star 2017 verbal DE commit A.J. Epenesa "jumps off the field at you physically."

Helmholdt tagged UCLA DE pledge Jaelan Phillips as the most physically impressive prospect on hand for Army All-American Bowl duties this past weekend, but he gives a shout-out to Epenesa, too, calling the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder "a tall and strong rusher coming off the edge." The Illinois native -- Rivals' No. 35 overall prospect for 2017 -- has been in the Hawkeyes' nest for some time now, having made his initial commitment in mid-January of 2016.
Source: Rivals
Jan 12 - 7:06 PM

Iowa OL coach and run-game coordinator Brian Ferentz received a promotion to offensive coordinator.

Brian Ferentz is the son of Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz. He will step in for former OC Greg Davis, who opted to retire last week. "It is an honor and privilege to be named offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa football program," the younger Ferentz said. "As a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff, a former player and a kid who grew up around the black and gold, this is a special day for my family and me." This move from Davis to Ferentz is not a surprising one, though those hoping that Davis' decision to retire would lead to a more points-friendly coordinator are plum out of luck.
Source: BTN.com
Jan 9 - 8:04 PM

Iowa OC Greg Davis has retired.

In addition to his role as offensive coordinator, Davis also served as quarterbacks coach. He was the very definition of the word "lifer," having begun his coaching career as an assistant at Texas A&M in 1978. He subsequently spent time at Tulane, Georgia, Arkansas, UNC and Texas. He joined the Hawkeyes' staff in 2012. Under his tutelage, Iowa has generally posted respectable rushing attacks, though their offensive punch as a whole has often lacked. This past season, the team averaged a modest 24.92 points per game. No successor for Davis has been tabbed as of yet, but HC Kirk Ferentz is expected to speak on his retirement on Monday.
Jan 6 - 3:38 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline calls Iowa junior RB Akrum Wadley "more of a third down/situational back" and sees a late-round prospect.

Wadley will have a chance to improve upon that evaluation, as he announced on Thursday that he'll return to school for his senior campaign. Wadley broke out to lead the Hawkeyes with 1,081 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns this year. He added 36 receptions for 315 yards as a receiver.
Jan 6 - 1:20 PM

Iowa junior RB Akrum Wadley will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2017.

Rivals' Tom Kakert had reported earlier in the week that Wadley seemed "less than certain" on a return to school. With a few days to reassess and evaluate, though, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior has opted to come back to Iowa City as a senior in 2017. This past season, he rushed for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching 36 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns.
Jan 5 - 5:44 PM

Two of five personnel executives asked by NFL.com which QB in this class is the next Dak Prescott answered Iowa QB C.J. Beathard.

Beathard won the impromptu poll. One vote apiece was cast for Chad Kelly, Davis Webb and Sefo Liufau. "This isn't an easy question. The QB class isn't very good at all," said one of Beathard's supporters. "He doesn't do anything special, but he won't lose you the game. He's got a chance." Said the other: "I don't think Beathard played very well this year, but he showed some stuff last year. He'll probably be a late-round pick, but he has some redeeming qualities."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 4 - 5:53 PM

Rivals' Tom Kakert passes along that Iowa junior RB Akrum Wadley "seems less than certain" to return for his final season of collegiate eligibility.

Kakert spoke with Wadley following Iowa's loss to Florida in Monday's Outback Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will discuss a potential jump to the 2017 NFL Draft with his parents and coaches in the coming days. Wadley rushed for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, his first 1,000-yard campaign for the Hawkeyes. Should he declare, he could see interest on Day 2 or Day 3.
Jan 2 - 5:36 PM

Iowa junior RB Akrum Wadley rushed for 115 yards on 22 carries in Monday's 30-3 loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl.

Wadley was just about the only offensive piece to do much of anything for Iowa in the Outback Bowl, as QB C.J. Beathard threw for a paltry 55 yards and was intercepted three times. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Wadley averaged 5.2 YPC in the near-shutout loss. He posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2016, finishing up with 1,081 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns over the course of 13 games played.
Jan 2 - 4:47 PM

Iowa senior WR Matt VandeBerg will receive a medical hardship waiver.

VandeBerg was sidelined for the season by a broken right foot suffered in a late September practice. With the Big Ten approving a medical hardship waiver for the 2016 campaign, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound wideout will return to the Hawkeyes for one more season in 2017. During a healthy 2015, VandeBerg served as Iowa's No. 1 wideout, catching 65 passes for 703 yards and four touchdowns over the course of 14 games.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 03:20:00 PM

One NFL team has moved Iowa senior DB Desmond King to safety because "he can’t run."

The scout told Bob McGinn about the position switch. It is still early in the draft process, before all star games and prospect workouts, but you can assume other teams have done the same thing. King has 10 interceptions to his name over the last two years, and his production in 2015 landed him All-American honors.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Iowa senior TE George Kittle (foot) is listed atop the depth chart in advance of the Outback Bowl.

Kittle was hobbled by a foot injury for much of the second half of the season, initially injuring the hoof against Purdue on October 15. He would play in just two games the rest of the way. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder played in the regular-season wrap against Nebraska, though, and barring a setback it looks like he will be ready to do battle against the Gators on January 2.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Iowa senior QB C.J. Beathard accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Three Hawkeyes have now accepted invites to the annual January bowl, with Beathard joining Desmond King and Jaleel Johnson. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound senior has thrown for 1,874 yards with a 17/7 TD/INT ratio in 12 games. He has thrown 17 touchdown passes in each of the last two seasons.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 02:18:00 PM


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