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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3. TOP IOWA PLAYERS

Best Iowa Offensive Player

QB Nate Stanley, Sr. 
The 6-4, 243-pounder might not have a whole lot of flash, and he might not get the hype of Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez, or Michigan’s Shea Patterson, but he’s got the arm, the size, and the two years of starting experience going into this season to be the Big Ten’s best quarterback.

He has to be more accurate – completing 59% of his throws – but he can push the ball down the field and he should be the veteran decision-maker to get the O going despite the loss of a few key targets.

2. OT Alaric Jackson, Jr.
3. OT Tristan Wirfs, Jr.
4. WR Brandon Smith, Jr.
5. RB Mekhi Sargent, Jr.

Best Iowa Defensive Player

DE AJ Epenesa, Jr. 
The 6-6, 280-pounder is NFL ready right now, and he’s a lock to be a top 15 overall pick next year. With his bulk, he’s solid against the run making 37 stops, and he’s quick enough to crank up 10.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. Relentless and with a great motor, he’s always working to get to the quarterback, but more than ever, he’ll have to get used to being keyed on.

2. S Geno Stone, Jr.
3. DE Chauncey Golston, Sr.
4. CB Michael Ojemudia, Sr.
5. LB Kristian Welch, Sr.

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