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Draft Scout A.J. Epenesa News
09/24/18 - 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
09/25/17 - Iowa DE A.J. Epenasa, a true freshman, has "a ton of tools this early in (his) career," according to former Jets scout Jeff Bauer. - InsidetheLeague.com
08/16/17 - DE A.J. Epenesa could be one of the top players that coach Kirk Ferentz has signed during his 18 seasons as Iowa coach. The five-star recruit has looked impressive in preseason camp, flashing his talent at a kids' day scrimmage with what would have been four sacks in a regular game. He's strong enough and quick enough to make an impact right away at a deep positon for the Hawkeyes. His emergence could allow Iowa to move defensive ends Matt Nelson and Parker Hesse inside to play tackle and help offset the loss of NFL draft pick Jaleel Johnson. Epenesa has the size and strength to play right away, but he's still learning the defense. "He's impressed us," coach Kirk Ferentz said. "He definitely belongs on the varsity."