Preview 2019: Iowa. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Iowa. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Iowa. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IOWA DEFENSE

The Hawkeye defense that finished seventh in the nation and allowed just 17.8 points per game loses seven starters and the top four tacklers. It’s not a total rebuild, but there’s work to do on the front seven, at least when it comes to creating a good rotation with developed depth. But …

– AJ Epenesa might be the best defensive end in college football. At least, the NFL types certainly think so. Technically, he wasn’t a starter – Iowa is really getting back five – but he’s back along with junior Chauncey Golston on the other side. Seniors Cedrick Lattimore and Brady Reiff are more than ready to play bigger roles on the inside. Even with the losses, the line will be strong, and …

Dijmon Colbert is a good tackling outside linebacker who should be able to get into the backfield on a regular basis, and Nick Niemann returns on the other side after coming up with 43 tackles. Now the Hawkeyes have to replace Jack Hockaday on the inside, with senior Kristian Welch a bigger option coming off a 49-stop campaign.

The secondary that was among the nation’s best loses the team’s top tackler in Jake Gervase, and playmaking safety Amani Hooker is now a Tennessee Titan.

Geno Stone will work at one safety spot after coming up with 39 tackles and four picks, and the corner combination of Michael Ojemudia and Matt Hankins is big and experienced.

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