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  09/30/22 - Jestin JacobsrJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  What Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz feared Saturday night has been confirmed regarding Hawkeyes linebacker Jestin Jacobs, who will miss the rest of the season after an injury suffered in the Rutgers win. "Unfortunately, we did get bad news on Jestin," Ferentz said Tuesday. "Didn't sound good the other night, and that's been confirmed. So he's going to have to have surgery and miss the rest of the season. That's obviously a very tough break and tough for the team, but most importantly, just tough on the individual. "That's the worst part about injuries." Jacobs didn't return in the second half Saturday in what was his second injury issue of the season. Jacobs was injured in the season opener and returned for sporadic action against Nevada after missing the Iowa State game. Now, his season is over. In Jacobs' absence, expect to see more action from reserve linebackers Logan Klemp and Jay Higgins. "Logan's been in the program. He's been a really good special teams player and a leader," Ferentz said. "He's doing a fine job, and Jay (Higgins) gives us a little flexibility as well." - Iowa City Press-Citizen

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  SEPT 26 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kaevon Merriweather, Iowa, DB - Sr. - Belleville, Mich. - Belleville,...Returned a fumble 30 yards for his first career touchdown in the second quarter of Iowa's 27-10 win at Rutgers...Recorded a third quarter interception, the second of his career, and returned it 33 yards into Rutgers territory...Had three tackles and a pass breakup at the goal line in the fourth quarter, helping the Iowa defense hold opponents to 23 points in four games - the fewest in a four-game stretch since 1956...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Matt Hankins (Oct. 11, 2021). - Big Ten Football

rSr/2023 SS Kaevon MerriweatherIowa
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  09/26/22 - Tory TaylorJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  SEPT 26 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tory Taylor, Iowa, P - Jr. - Melbourne, Australia - Haileybury College,...Punted five times for a 42.6 average, pinning the Scarlet Knights inside the 20 four times with a long of 51 in the Hawkeyes' 27-10 win in Piscataway, N.J...Pinned Rutgers at the 4, 7, 11 and 6, leading the conference in punting and ranking fifth nationally with a 47.2 average...Garners the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Lukas Van Ness (Sept. 12, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  Cooper DeJean scored on a 45-yard interception return and Keavon Merriweather returned a fumble 30 yards for another first-half touchdown as Iowa rode its defense to 27-10 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night. Leshon Williams scored on a 2-yard run and Drew Stevens kicked two field goals as the Hawkeyes (3-1, 1-0) handed Rutgers (3-1, 0-1) its 20th straight Big Ten Conference loss at home. Evan Simon, the only healthy scholarship quarterback with Noah Vedral and Gavin Wimsatt hurt, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Aron Cruickshank early in the fourth quarter with Rutgers down 24-3. Jude McAtamney kicked a 28-yard field goal on the opening series for the Scarlet Knights, who were looking for their first 4-0 start since 2012.

Rutgers appeared ready to challenge Iowa on the opening series, but turning the ball over three times against a defense that allowed 13 points in its first three games was not the way to win. DeJean, who now has interceptions in three straight games, made an over-time shoulder catch on the right hashmark on a deep, hurried pass by Simon with about six minutes left in the opening quarter. He turned, cut across the field, eluded a couple of tacklers and scored for a 7-3 lead. Merriweather, who also had an interception, got the defense's second touchdown and stretched the lead to 14-3 with 8:28 left in the half. Safety Sebastian Castro forced a fumble by Joshua Youngblood after an 18-yard reception and Merriweather picked up the ball and had a clear path to the end zone. Stevens stretched the lead to 17-3 with a 25-yard field goal just before halftime and Williams tallied on the opening possession of the third quarter. Stevens added a 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter with a goalpost assist. - Iowa/AP College Football


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  09/19/22 - Noah ShannonrSr/2023, Iowa + More +

  Iowa defensive tackle Noah Shannon left the game against Nevada with a recurring injury; he had a shoulder issue vs. Iowa State. With Yahya Black also out, defensive tackle has become a thinning position. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

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  09/18/22 - Kaleb JohnsonFr/2026, Iowa + More +

  Kaleb Johnson rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Iowa endured a night of lightning delays for a 27-0 win over Nevada on Saturday night. The game, which was delayed three times for 3 hours, 56 minutes, started at 6:40 p.m. CDT, and ended at 1:39 a.m. "Three rain delays and seven hours, and we found a way to win the game," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. Johnson, a true freshman, had a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for Iowa's first points of the game, then added a 55-yarder in the fourth quarter for the Hawkeyes' final score. "I've been waiting for this since I got here," Johnson said. "It's just a blessing." Iowa (2-1) had scored just 14 points in its first two games, but matched that in the first quarter.

Johnson had his run, then quarterback Spencer Petras threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Arland Bruce IV on the Hawkeyes' next possession. "My heart dropped," Johnson said of the touchdown. "It was so amazing. I was wanting another one." The Hawkeyes, ranked 131st in total offense through the first two games after gaining just 316 yards, had 337 yards against the Wolfpack (2-2), who came in ranked 95th in total defense giving up 404.3 yards per game. Iowa's other points came on two field goals by Drew Stevens - a 43-yarder in the second quarter and a 33-yarder in the third. Petras completed 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards. The game, which was played in a steady rain, was finally affected by lightning in the second half. The first delay lasted 1 hour, 19 minutes. The delay was called at 8:37 p.m. with 10:02 left in the third quarter. - Iowa/AP College Football


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  09/15/22 - Jestin JacobsrJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Iowa's defense won't be getting any reinforcements back this week. Linebacker Jestin Jacobs (leg; soft tissue) isn't ready according to coach Nick Ferentz. Iowa already lost wide receiver Jackson Ritter and offensive lineman Justin Britt to season-ending injuries. Defensive tackle Yahya Black (foot surgery) has a ways to go. - Iowa Press Citizen

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  Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced that cornerback Jermari Harris will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a medical procedure this week. "Just unfortunate," Ferentz said. "Jermari is a tremendous young man. Thought he showed a lot of growth last year and did a really nice job. He's been a great team leader for us and an exceptional young guy." - Iowa Press Citizen

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  09/13/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 29. Jack Campbell, rJr, ILB, Iowa, 6-4, 246, 1,...Campbell won the weekly Lott Impact Award as he led the Hawkeyes with five tackles, seven assists and a safety as SDS was held to a mere 120 total yards (87 passing, 33 rushing). But Iowa fans were more focused on their own team's anemic offense, with 166 total yards including only 109 passing. They booed lustily. Campbell hit back in his post-game interview: "I hate to break it to you guys, but they're more than football players. They're brothers, sons, grandsons and I feel a lot of people lose sight of that. I just view them as a person, as a relationship, as a friend...No matter what, I'm always going to have their backs." Mmm. Sounds like Lott himself.

Previous week, No.33: Campbell was strong on and off the field in Iowa's 7-3 win over South Dakota State. During the game he led the Hawkeyes with five tackles, seven assists as SDS was held to a mere 120 total yards (87 passing, 33 rushing). But Iowa fans were more focused on their own team's anemic offense, with 166 total yards including only 109 passing. They booed lustily. Campbell hit back in his post-game interview: "I hate to break it to you guys, but they're more than football players. They're brothers, sons, grandsons and I feel a lot of people lose sight of that. I just view them as a person, as a relationship, as a friend' No matter what, I'm always going to have their backs. I'm never going to point fingers and I'm never going to complain because I have the greatest opportunity in the world because I love football' As a 3-phase team, we went out there and gave it our all today." - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout


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  09/13/22 - Keagan JohnsonSo/2025, Iowa + More +

  Iowa wide receivers Keagan Johnson, Nico Ragaini and Diante Vines still are not on the Hawkeyes' Week 3 depth chart after missing the first two games of 2022 with injuries. Linebacker Jestin Jacobs and cornerback Jermari Harris also are not on the Week 3 depth chart. Harris has missed both games, and Jacobs left the Week 1 win with an injury. - The Gazette

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  SEPT 12 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lukas Van Ness, Iowa, DT - So. - Barrington, Ill. - Barrington,...Blocked two Iowa State punts, tying a school record, in the Hawkeyes' 10-7 loss...It is the sixth time a Hawkeye has had multiple blocks in a single game and Van Ness is the fifth Hawkeye to accomplish the feat...His first block of the game set up the Hawkeyes' first touchdown, while the second blocked punt in the third quarter gave Iowa possession at the Iowa State 20...The Academic All-Big Ten honoree garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Tory Taylor (Sept. 5, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  09/07/22 - Jestin JacobsrJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz shared Tuesday that versatile linebacker Jestin Jacobs won't play this week after suffering a leg injury vs. South Dakota State. While linebacker is a deep position for the Hawkeyes, that's a major blow to take a future NFL draft pick off their defense. Iowa will likely play a lot of 4-2-5 defense against the Cyclones — putting Cooper DeJean at cash and Terry Roberts and Riley Moss at corners - while dispatching Campbell and Seth Benson as the linebackers. Iowa is "doubtful," per Ferentz, to get cornerback Jermari Harris back from injury this week.

Also out for a few weeks is backup defensive tackle Yahya Black, who suffered a foot injury in the opener. That's a big depth blow, because Noah Shannon and Logan Lee (as dynamic as they were Saturday) cannot take every snap as undersized defensive tackles. Ferentz did say this will escalate true freshman Aaron Graves into the plans, along with walk-on Louie Stec. Surprisingly, Graves did not play in the opener despite a stellar fall camp. Perhaps Iowa will slide Lukas Van Ness inside for some snaps to shore things up at tackle. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


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  09/06/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  From five finalists for this week's Lott Impact Award our vote went to Iowa defensive tackle Jack Campbell over Penn State cornerback Joey Porter. Other finalists were LB Nick Herbig (2 sacks), Virginia LB Nick Jackson (14 tackles) and Pitt DT Calijah Kancey. The key is word "Impact." Porter was busy in a 35-31 win over Purdue with six PBUs, eight solo tackles and a fumble recovery. But Boilermaker QB Aidan O'Connell threw for 358 yards and wide receiver Charlie Jones was a Cooper Kupp look-alike with 12 catches, 153 yards and a touchdown.

Campbell made an impact on and off the field in Iowa's 7-3 win over South Dakota State. During the game he led the Hawkeyes with five tackles, seven assists and a safety as SDS was held to a mere 120 total yards (87 passing, 33 rushing). But Iowa fans were more focused on their own team's anemic offense, with 166 total yards including only 109 passing. They booed lustily. Campbell hit back in his post-game interview: "I hate to break it to you guys, but they're more than football players. They're brothers, sons, grandsons and I feel a lot of people lose sight of that. I just view them as a person, as a relationship, as a friend...No matter what, I'm always going to have their backs." Sounds like something Ronnie Lott would do - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout


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  09/06/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 33. Jack Campbell, rJr, ILB, Iowa, 6-4, 243,...Campbell was strong on and off the field in Iowa's 7-3 win over South Dakota State. During the game he led the Hawkeyes with five tackles, seven assists as SDS was held to a mere 120 total yards (87 passing, 33 rushing). But Iowa fans were more focused on their own team's anemic offense, with 166 total yards including only 109 passing. They booed lustily. Campbell hit back in his post-game interview: "I hate to break it to you guys, but they're more than football players. They're brothers, sons, grandsons and I feel a lot of people lose sight of that. I just view them as a person, as a relationship, as a friend...No matter what, I'm always going to have their backs. I'm never going to point fingers and I'm never going to complain because I have the greatest opportunity in the world because I love football...As a 3-phase team, we went out there and gave it our all today." - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  09/05/22 - Tory TaylorJr/2024, Iowa + More +

  SEPT 5 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tory Taylor, Iowa, P - Jr. - Melbourne, Australia - Haileybury College,...Registered a career-high 10 punts for 479 yards, averaging 47.9 yards per attempt to pin the Jackrabbits deep in their own territory and secure the 7-3 victory for the Hawkeyes...The Australia native had seven of his 10 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including punts downed at the 1-, 2-, 6-, 8- (twice) and 12-yard lines...Three of Taylor's punts traveled 50 or more yards in the game, including a 57-yarder...Garners the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Shudak (Nov. 29, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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