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01/14/19 - (TE) - *T.J. Hockenson, rSo, 6-4, 250
Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson is leaving school early for the NFL. The Hawkeyes announced on Monday that Hockenson, a redshirt sophomore, will join teammates Noah Fant, Anthony Nelson and Amani Hooker as early entrees in the draft. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hockenson won the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end, in 2018. He caught 49 passes for 760 yards and six touchdowns last season, helping the Hawkeyes finish 9-4 and ranked 25th in the final poll of the year. - AP College Football


01/05/19 - (SS) - *Amani Hooker, Jr, 5-11, 210
Iowa junior defensive back Amani Hooker says he will enter the NFL draft. Hooker, a first-team All-Big Ten pick and the league's defensive back of the year, announced Saturday on social media that he's leaving school early and turning pro. The 6-foot, 210-pound Hooker starred as a hybrid safety/linebacker for the Hawkeyes (9-4) in 2018, picking off three passes while making 65 total tackles. He had six tackles in Tuesday's 27-22 win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl. - AP College Football


11/24/18 - (K) - Miguel Recinos, rSr, 6-0, 193
The easy field goal that coach Kirk Ferentz didn't have to fake nearly cost Iowa the game. The kick the Hawkeyes had to make wound up rescuing them from a devastating defeat - and saved Ferentz from getting excoriated from frustrated Iowa fans. Miguel Recinos drilled a 41-yard field goal through a driving rain as time expired and Iowa beat Nebraska 31-28 on Friday despite blowing a 15-point lead in the second half. Mekhi Sargent ran for a career-high 173 yards and scored twice for the Hawkeyes (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten), who have won four straight over the Cornhuskers for the first time. "For us, this is a black and gold Friday," Ferentz joked. The Hawkeyes came within inches of making it a black and blue Friday. Iowa made the risky decision to fake a field goal at Nebraska's 3-yard line up 28-13 late in the third quarter. It failed, and it led to a 98-yard scoring drive from the Huskers to make it 28-20 with 13:57 to go. "We were going for the kill. Simple as that," Ferentz said about holder Colten Rastetter's pass to T.J. Hockenson, which was stopped a yard short. "We felt like we could really push this thing through." - AP College Football


11/21/18 - (TE) - *T.J. Hockenson, rSo, 6-4, 250
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz caused a stir last week when he intimated that star tight end Noah Fant's lack of snaps in a loss to Northwestern was due in part because T.J. Hockenson had passed Fant on the depth chart. The Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) corrected course last week at Illinois: Fant was predictably fantastic, scoring the game's first touchdown in a 63-0 rout. It has nonetheless become clear that Hockenson, a redshirt sophomore, just might be the best player on Iowa's roster. He has caught 41 passes for 663 yards and six TDs, and on Monday was named one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. "He's got a good skill set ... but more importantly, he has a good work ethic and he's been patient," Ferentz said. "In our camp, we've felt like he was a pretty good player for quite some time now." Hockenson put up enormous numbers at tiny Chariton (Iowa) High, with 85 grabs for 1,219 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. But when he and Fant came to Iowa in the same recruiting class, Fant that was expected to be the star and Hockenson was seen as a potential complementary piece. Hockenson redshirted in 2016 while Fant played right away. - AP College Football


11/18/18 - (QB) - Nate Stanley, Jr, 6-3, 242
Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday. It tied the largest margin of defeat in Illinois history, matching a 63-0 loss to the University of Chicago in 1906. The win ended a three-game skid for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) and makes a bowl invitation all but certain. The loss ended Illinois' bowl hopes. Stanley was 13 of 21 through the air for three touchdowns and one interception. His touchdown passes went to tight end Noah Fant (who played sparingly last week) and T.J. Hockenson. Sargent carried 17 times for 121 yards, while Young rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries. - AP College Football


11/14/18 - (TE) - *Noah Fant, Jr, 6-4, 241
Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant is one of the most talented players that Kirk Ferentz has ever coached in his 20 years. So why isn't Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) getting Fant the ball more? It is a perplexing question in an increasingly disappointing season in Iowa City. The issue came to a head last week in a 14-10 loss to Northwestern, Iowa's third straight defeat after a 6-1 start. Fant, the team leader with six touchdown catches, had just one catch for zero yards as the Hawkeyes let its final chance to remain alive in the Big Ten West race slip away. It was the fourth straight game without a TD grab by Fant. The Hawkeyes head to Illinois (4-6, 2-5) on Saturday looking to resurrect its season and Fant's role in their offense, especially considering he might leave for the NFL.

"We'll try to keep him involved and get him involved. But he's a good football player. We're going to be a better team if we can get him the ball," Ferentz said of Fant. Ferentz said Tuesday that the Hawkeyes have focused more on emerging sophomore T.J. Hockenson in recent weeks because of Hockenson's versatility, adding that they see Fant as more of a "specialist." Hockenson has been excellent, with 39 catches for 615 yards and five total TDs. But Fant's 18 career touchdown receptions are the best in school history for a tight end and the third-most in that category in Big Ten history. Fant is also considered a possible early-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, should he choose to leave school early. Iowa rarely has such talent at a skill position, which only makes it more confusing as to why the Hawkeyes haven't found more creative ways to throw the ball Fant's way. - AP College Football

10/20/18 - (QB) - Nate Stanley, Jr, 6-3, 242
Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory. Anthony Nelson added a TD on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten Conference), whose defense held the Terrapins to just 115 yards and seven first downs on a day when wind gusts topped 40 mph. After settling for a pair of short field goals, Iowa went into halftime ahead 13-0 after Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 10-yard TD grab - which Smith made with one hand - with eight seconds left in the second quarter. Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone. Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at Illinois two years ago. - AP College Football


10/15/18 - (QB) - Nate Stanley, Jr, 6-3, 242
OCT 15 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nate Stanley, Iowa, Jr., QB, Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie...Threw for six touchdown passes against Indiana, tying for the second most in school history...Went 21 of 33 for 320 yards in the contest, while recording his fourth-straight multi-touchdown game through the air...Has thrown 14 touchdown passes in his last four games, tying Chuck Long in 1985 for the most touchdown tosses over four games in program history...Earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and first this season...Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: Akrum Wadley (Nov. 27, 2017). - Big Ten Football


10/15/18 - (QB) - Nate Stanley, Jr, 6-3, 242
OCT 15 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: NATE STANLEY, IOWA, Junior, Quarterback, Menomonie, WI/Menomonie...Nate Stanley passed for 320 yards (21-of-33) and six touchdowns as Iowa defeated Indiana, 42-16. Stanley's six touchdown passes went to five different receivers, and were a career high. With the victory, Iowa improved to 5-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference. Notes: Nate Stanley is the fifth Hawkeye to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since defensive back Josh Jackson (Nov. 15, 2017). Stanley is also Iowa's offensive POW honoree. - Walter Camp Football Foundation


10/13/18 - (RB) - Ivory Kelly-Martin, So, 5-10, 200
RB Ivory Kelly-Martin was ruled out of Saturday's game at Indiana. Kelly-Martin did not pass the concussion protocol after he was injured in the Hawkeyes' 48-31 win at Minnesota last weekend, according to the Des Moines Register. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Kelly-Martin is third on the team with 181 yards rushing through three games.


10/09/18 - (OLB) - Jack Hockaday, Sr, 6-1, 235
LB Jack Hockaday's left knee injury might not be as bad as it seemed after he was hurt. The senior had an MRI on Sunday that indicated he should be able to return soon. How soon is still not known. "Based on what we saw in testing, Jack should be back," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I don't know if it will be this week; I'm not optimistic there, but he should be back in the near future." Hockaday is Iowa's starting middle linebacker and leading tackler this season.


10/09/18 - (TE) - *Noah Fant, Jr, 6-4, 241
TE Noah Fant added to his Iowa record for career touchdowns by a tight end with his 17th last week against Minnesota. Fant's five-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter expanded Hawkeyes' lead to 14 points on the way to a 48-31 victory. Fant's TD receptions total is tied for fourth overall in program history. His five touchdowns this season rank fourth overall in Big Ten and tie him for the most among FBS tight ends with Jace Sternberger of Texas A&M.


10/08/18 - (DE) - Anthony Nelson, rJr, 6-6, 271
OCT 8 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Anthony Nelson, Iowa, Jr., DE, Urbandale, Iowa/Waukee...Registered 3.0 tackles for loss in a victory at Minnesota...Set a career high with three sacks for 19 yards in the contest...Recorded five tackles in the contest, including four solo stops...The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: A.J. Epenesa (Sept. 10, 2018). - Big Ten Football


10/08/18 - (CB) - Riley Moss, Fr, 6-0, 185
OCT 8 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Riley Moss, Iowa, Fr., DB, Ankeny, Iowa/Centennial...Set career highs with five tackles and two interceptoins against Minnesota...Made his first career start against the Gophers, becoming one of seven true freshman to start in the secondary in the Ferentz era...Recorded four solo tackles in the contest...Earns his first Freshman of the Week award...Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Manny Rugamba (Nov. 14, 2016). - Big Ten Football


10/06/18 - (QB) - Nate Stanley, Jr, 6-3, 242
Nate Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes for an aggressive Iowa offense, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota's Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers 48-31 on Saturday for the fourth straight time. Stanley completed 23 of 39 attempts for 314 yards, finding T.J. Hockenson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Nick Easley and Noah Fant for scores. Hockenson added a short touchdown run on a fake field goal to help the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) hoist the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy for the 14th time in the last 18 meetings. Annexstad finished 17 for 33 for 218 yards and three touchdowns, as the Gophers (3-2, 0-2) continued their growing pains on offense behind the true freshman walk-on quarterback despite some flashes of success. "Until we keep growing as a team, some of the results could be like that," coach P.J. Fleck said. Anthony Nelson had three sacks for Iowa. - AP College Football


09/24/18 - (DE) - A.J. Epenesa, So, 6-4, 277
SEPT 10 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa, So., DE, Glen Carbon, Ill./ Edwardsville...Set career highs with five tackles and 2.0 sacks in Iowa's win against Iowa State...Added one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry...Anchored a defense that held Iowa State to 19 yards rushing, the fifth-lowest total allowed in the Kirk Ferentz era...Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Josh Jackson (Nov. 13, 2017). - Big Ten football


08/01/18 - (OT) - Tristan Wirfs, So, 6-5, 320
OT Tristan Wirfs, who scheduled to be a starter, will be suspended for the season opener against Northern Illinois, head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Wednesday. The announcement comes a few days after Wirfs was cited for driving while under the influence. Wirfs is the second Hawkeyes starter to be suspended one game. Starting defensive tackle Brady Reiff was suspended after he was arrested for public intoxication last month.


07/29/18 - (OT) - Tristan Wirfs, So, 6-5, 320
OL Tristan Wirfs, who started eight games as a true freshman, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The sophomore is the second Hawkeye to be arrested in a little over a week on alcohol-related charges. On July 21, defensive tackle Brady Reiff was booked on a public intoxication charge. Reiff has been suspended for the season-opener on Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois. Wirfs was stopped around 1:45 a.m. in Iowa City, according to police reports. He was booked into the Johnson County Jail at 3:37 a.m. and was released at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.


07/10/18 - (CB) - Manny Rugamba, Jr, 5-11, 185
CB Manny Rugamba is leaving the school and plans to transfer. Rugamba, who will be entering his junior season, announced his decision via his Twitter account but offered no reason for his departure. Rugamba started eight games as a sophomore in 2017 after sitting out the season opener due to a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. He had 36 tackles and four passes defended.


06/13/18 - (DE) - Isaiahh Loudermilk, Fr, 6-0, 205
DL Isaiahh Loudermilk underwent knee surgery this spring, according to Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst. Loudermilk was a projected starter this season. "Isaiahh is going through (rehab) and we'll see where he is at with it," Chryst told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Isaiahh has been doing more, which is good. ... " Loudermilk had 11 tackles in 11 games last season.


02/28/18 - (C) - *James Daniels, Jr, 6-3, 306
2018 NFL Combine: Interior OL Measures Up to Expectations: Iowa's James Daniels, a junior currently second on NFLDraftScout.com's center rankings, came through with a more prototypical 6-foot-3 3/8 inches, 306 pounds, along with 9 1/2-inch hands, 33 3/4-inch arms and an 80 1/4-inch wingspan. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


02/27/18 - (C) - *James Daniels, Jr, 6-3, 306
2018 NFL Combine: Must-see Prospects per Position: OL James Daniels, Iowa, 6-3, 295, 5.24...Currently ranked 2nd among Cs, 51st overall and a 2nd-round value...Apologies to projected top 10 pick Quenton Nelson, but at least from an athleticism and medical standpoint, Daniels is the Must-See offensive linemen of the Combine. Don't let his projected 40-yard dash number fool you, Daniels shows rare initial quickness, balance and agility, and scouts are eager to get measurements on his height, weight and arm length. For as excited as scouts are about Daniels' perceived upside, he does come with medical red flags, missing time due to knee problems each of the past two seasons. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


02/27/18 - (ILB) - Josey Jewell, rSr, 6-1, 234
2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa...Although he isn't a poor athlete, Jewell has some limitations laterally, showing clear stiffness on tape. It will be interesting to compare his workout numbers with the other linebacker prospects in this class. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


02/26/18 - (C) - *James Daniels, Jr, 6-3, 306
OL James Daniels is the Must-See offensive linemen of the Combine. Don't let his projected 40-yard dash number fool you, Daniels shows rare initial quickness, balance and agility, and scouts are eager to get measurements on his height, weight and arm length. For as excited as scouts are about Daniels' perceived upside, he does come with medical red flags, missing time due to knee problems each of the past two seasons. -- Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


01/05/18 - (C) - *James Daniels, Jr, 6-3, 306
Iowa confirmed the departures of cornerback Josh Jackson, center James Daniels and reserve quarterback Tyler Wiegers. The Hawkeyes say in a release that Jackson and Daniels intend to declare for the NFL draft, while Eastern Michigan announced this week that Wiegers is joining its program as a graduate transfer. Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his first season as a starter. Daniels might be as big of a loss as Jackson. Daniels started 25 games in three seasons at Iowa, anchoring a line that struggled at times in 2016. - AP College Football


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