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  01/30/23 - Daijon ParkerrSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Offensive tackle Daijon Parker, previously committed to Virginia, flipped to the Iowa Hawkeyes after an official visit this weekend. Parker entered the transfer portal from Saginaw Valley State, where he appeared in 21 games. He is a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility. Parker was one of the most sought-after players in the transfer portal with more than 25 offers, including Virginia, Washington State and Tulane among others. At 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, Parker's size and experience is a perfect fit on Iowa's young offensive line that struggled throughout the 2022 season. - Hawkcentral.com

rSr/2024 OT Daijon ParkerIowa
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  01/30/23 - Rusty FethrSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  The Iowa Hawkeyes picked up their second addition from the NCAA transfer portal Sunday when Miami of Ohio center Rusty Feth committed to the Hawkeyes. Feth's addition signals yet another acknowledgment from the football coaching staff that the offensive line's poor performance in 2022 was unacceptable. Iowa struggled to protect its quarterbacks, allowing 277 sack yards (ranking 120th out of 131 FBS teams) - a stat that is saying something considering the Hawkeyes attempted only 349 passes, 100th in the country. The Hawkeyes also averaged 2.92 yards per carry, 127th in FBS. - Hawkcentral.com

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  01/28/23 - Joey LabasrSo/2026, Iowa + More +

  When it comes to quarterbacks, the transfer portal giveth and the transfer portal taketh away. The Iowa football team gained two quarterbacks from the portal and lost two quarterbacks to the portal. The turnover, along with Spencer Petras' shoulder injury, means Iowa's quarterback room will look significantly different in 2023. Gone: Alex Padilla and Carson May were Iowa's two departures via the transfer portal at quarterback. Padilla appeared in 13 games in an Iowa uniform since 2020 and completed 49 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and four interceptions. May, a true freshman, did not see any game action in his lone season in Iowa City.

Who is back: Joe Labas is expected to return for his sophomore year after making his collegiate debut in the 2022 Music City Bowl. Labas went 14-for-24 with one touchdown and no interceptions despite practicing almost exclusively on the scout team until bowl prep began. Spencer Petras is staying with the Hawkeyes at least through the spring as he rehabs his shoulder. He tore his rotator cuff and labrum in his throwing shoulder in Iowa's Nov. 25 loss to Nebraska. - The Gazette


rSo/2026 QB Joey LabasIowa
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  01/09/23 - Daijon ParkerrSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Iowa football has been active in the transfer portal in the early weeks of its off-season, and the Hawkeyes added another crucial commitment on Saturday. Offensive tackle Daijon Parker, previously committed to Virginia, flipped to the Hawkeyes after an official visit this weekend. Parker entered the transfer portal from Saginaw Valley State, where he appeared in 21 games. He is a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility.

Parker was one of the most sought-after players in the transfer portal with more than 25 offers, including Virginia, Washington State and Tulane among others. At 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, Parker's size and experience is a perfect fit on Iowa's young offensive line that struggled throughout the 2022 season. Parker will likely slide in at right tackle, a particular weak spot this season, and solidify that position opposite Mason Richman, an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection at left tackle. Parker is the fifth portal commitment to Iowa, joining quarterbacks Cade McNamara and Deacon Hill, tight end Erick All and wide receiver Seth Anderson. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


rSr/2024 OT Daijon ParkerIowa
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  01/08/23 - Deacon HillrSo/2026, Iowa + More +

  Former Wisconsin quarterback Deacon Hill has committed to Iowa, he announced Wednesday on social media. Hill, a former three-star recruit from Santa Barbara, Calif., did not see any game action in two seasons with the Badgers. Hill, who announced plans to transfer in October, initially committed to Fordham before flipping his commitment to Iowa this week. Iowa analyst Jon Budmayr was the quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin when Hill chose the Badgers out of high school.

Hill, who has three years of eligibility remaining, will add depth to a quarterback position that has lost two players to the transfer portal since the end of the 2022 season. Cade McNamara is the likely starter after transferring from Michigan, and Joe Labas is the incumbent at the No. 2 quarterback spot after making his debut in the Music City Bowl. - The Gazette


rSo/2026 QB Deacon HillIowa
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  01/07/23 - Noah ShannonrSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Iowa defensive lineman Noah Shannon will use his extra COVID-19 year of eligibility to stay for a sixth football season, he announced Friday afternoon on social media. "I'm excited to get back to work with my teammates," Shannon said on Twitter. "I can't wait to swarm Kinnick in front of the best fans in the nation." Shannon has started every game of the last two seasons at defensive tackle. He had 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2022. - The Gazette

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  01/05/23 - Joe EvansrSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  A day after powerful defensive lineman Lukas Van Ness announced his departure for the NFL Draft, the Iowa football program got another pass rusher back. Joe Evans, who has 18 career sacks and started all 13 games this past season, announced on Wednesday that he would return to the Hawkeyes as a sixth-year senior. The former walk-on from Ames has become one of Iowa's top defensive players. He decided to give college one more year before entering the NFL draft in 2024.

"I have been honored to suit up with the best teammates I could have ever hoped for - guys who are more than teammates, they are like brothers that I will be standing with the rest of my life," Evans said in a statement posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday. "When I sat down with my family to make a decision for next year, the answer was clear: I am excited to announce that I will be back next year in black and gold. I cannot pass up the chance to be a part of this team and this program again, to swarm out with my teammates and coaches in front of such great fans." Evans had six sacks and four quarterback hurries this past season and logged 40 tackles overall. Evans, a 6-foot-2, 246-pound defender, was voted second-team All-Big Ten Conference by the league's coaches, a sign of the respect he has among those who know football best. With Evans returning, it's likely that he and tremendous junior-to-be Deontae Craig are starters off the edge next season. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


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  After two dominant years on Iowa's defensive line despite never getting a college start, Lukas Van Ness is going to the NFL. Van Ness, a redshirt sophomore for the Hawkeyes, will forgo the final two years of his eligibility. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound native of Barrington, Illinois, sent out his announcement on social media Tuesday. "My time at Iowa was very special, and I will always be a Hawkeye," Van Ness posted. "It was not an easy decision to leave the University of Iowa with remaining eligibility. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NFL."

Van Ness said he plans to complete his degree at Iowa, but his days as a Hawkeye player are done. He was the other major third-year Iowa player with an NFL decision; punter Tory Taylor announced after Saturday's 21-0 win in the Music City Bowl that he would return for his fourth year. Van Ness had 13 sacks in his time at Iowa while being a versatile chess piece on Kelvin Bell's defensive line. He was an undersized defensive tackle a year ago and logged seven sacks, tying Joe Evans for the team lead. This year, he moved to defensive end during spring practice but wound up moving inside to help out with depth after Yahya Black's foot injury. Van Ness was often dispatched in obvious passing situations. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


rSo/2023 DE *Lukas Van NessIowa
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  01/02/23 - Tory TaylorSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Tory Taylor has been called the most valuable player on Iowa's football roster at times. Without a doubt, he certainly is the program's "MVP" - most valuable punter - since Reggie Roby in the early 1980s. Taylor was already a popular Hawkeye with his punting exploits. And now, he'll be even more beloved by his fans. Taylor has decided to return for his senior year and put off NFL dreams for another year. "Even though the time was probably right to leave, I will be coming back next year," Taylor said Saturday after Iowa's 21-0 win against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. "Just really looking forward to it. It's going to be a special year."

Already 25 years old, Taylor gave serious thought to making the jump to a professional career. He said Saturday that he was "85/15" or "80/20" a month ago that he would probably go to the NFL. But he was excited by incoming quarterback Cade McNamara and the chance to be a part of a successful Hawkeye team for one more year. The affable Australian also has learned that there are maybe one to three open punting slots a year at the NFL level. Even with someone of his pedigree, there's no guarantee that he would be on an NFL gameday roster nine months from now. "I really think this team can go far, and I want to be a part of it," Taylor said. "There's a couple things I want to tweak with my game. ...From a specialists point of view, there's not going to be anyone better than myself, (long snapper) Luke (Elkin) and (kicker) Drew (Stevens). So I'm really looking forward to that." - Iowa City Press-Citizen


Sr/2024 P Tory TaylorIowa
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  12/31/22 - Cooper DeJeanJr/2025, Iowa + More +

  Joe Labas threw for 139 yards and a touchdown in his first start and the Iowa Hawkeyes posted the first shutout in the Music City Bowl's 24 years by beating Kentucky 21-0 Saturday. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz also capped his 24th season by matching the late Joe Paterno for the most bowl victories among Big Ten coaches with his 10th. Iowa (8-5) got a bit of payback for ending last season losing to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl after a late comeback by the Wildcats. The Hawkeyes defense outscored its offense, returning two interceptions for TDs in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes finished the season with their fifth win in six games. Kentucky (7-6) lost for the third time in four games, this time without quarterback Will Levis and running back Chris Rodriguez as both opted out to prepare for the NFL draft. The loss ended the Wildcats' school record streak of bowl wins at four straight.

The Hawkeyes scored all their points in the second quarter to seize control, scoring twice 11 seconds apart early in the quarter. Taking his first snaps in a college game with Spencer Petras out with an upper-body injury, Labas hit Sam LaPorta with a short pass that the tight end took 27 yards pushing through defenders. Labas then found Luke Lachey for a short pass, and the tight end finished off a 15-yard touchdown with 12:08 left. Drew Stevens pushed the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, setting Kentucky up at the 35. Freshman Destin Wade, also making his collegiate debut, was picked off by Iowa safety Xavier Nwankpa who went 52 yards for the 14-0 lead. Bowl MVP Cooper DeJean picked off Wade on third-and-10 from the Kentucky 7 and easily ran 14 yards for a 21-0 lead. The Hawkeyes didn't miss All-American defensive back Kaevon Merriweather who opted out to prepare for the NFL draft. They posted their second shutout this season, holding Kentucky to 185 yards while sacking Wade four times and forcing the Wildcats to turn it over on downs twice. - Iowa/AP College Football


Jr/2025 SS Cooper DeJeanIowa
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  12/29/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2023, Iowa + More +

  Jack Campbell came back and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and was the Big Ten Conference's defensive player of the year. Campbell has the potential to climb into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft but is seen as a Day 2 pick at the latest. Yet he is choosing to play in Saturday's Music City Bowl against Kentucky rather than join the growing trend in college football for top prospects to opt out of bowl games. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

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  12/28/22 - Nico RagainirSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  Iowa wide receiver Nico Ragaini plans to use his extra COVID-19 year of eligibility to stay at Iowa for a sixth season, he told reporters Tuesday. "If they're accepting me back here, then I'm most definitely going to come back here to be a Hawkeye for another year," Ragaini said Tuesday.

Ragaini had 32 catches for 365 yards and one touchdown in 10 games in the 2022 regular season. No other wide receiver had 20-plus catches. The return of Ragaini adds a veteran presence to what would have otherwise been a young 2023 wide receiver room. Brody Brecht, Diante Vines and Jacob Bostick also are expected to return. Three wide receivers - Alex Mota, Dayton Howard and Jarriett Buie - from the 2023 recruiting class have signed with the Hawkeyes. - The Gazette


rSr/2024 WR Nico RagainiIowa
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  12/24/22 - Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa + More +

  Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta anticipates being "ready to go" for the Music City Bowl after tearing the meniscus in one of his knees last month against Minnesota. He had his knee scoped to repair the injury in the week following the Minnesota football game. Four weeks later, LaPorta said Thursday his knee is "feeling good." The return of the John Mackey Award finalist is significant for an offense that ranks 130th out of 131 teams in yards per game and will be without several key pieces for the bowl game. Quarterback Alex Padilla and wide receivers Keagan Johnson and Arland Bruce IV left via the transfer portal, and quarterback Spencer Petras is unavailable after having shoulder surgery. Joe Labas is expected to make his first career start at quarterback.

LaPorta suffered the meniscus tear on a 24-yard fourth-down reception in the first quarter against the Gophers. "I turned up, and I kind of just felt something pop in my knee," LaPorta said. "Went back in for one more play and then didn't feel too good." LaPorta was out for the Hawkeyes' season-closing loss to Nebraska. He spent some time on the sideline and some in the locker room so he could put his knee in a compression machine. He did so "hoping that I could keep the swelling down for a possible chance to play in the Big Ten championship," LaPorta said, although it became a moot point when Iowa came up short of a division title. - The Gazette


Sr/2023 TE Sam LaPortaIowa
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  12/16/22 - Rusty FethrSr/2024, Iowa + More +

  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Offensive Lineman – Rusty Feth, Miami,...Miami's offensive line is by far the most experienced unit for the RedHawks in 2022, returning four starters from last season's squad. In all, Miami's offensive line has started 96 combined games. Rusty Feth leads the way with 32, followed by Reid Holskey (25), Sam Vaughan (14, but out for the year in 2022), Will Jados (10), Kolby Borders (7), John Brekke (5), and Ben Jackson (1) Brekke was also a three-year starter from Holy Cross before transferring to Miami. - Miami OH Football

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  12/10/22 - Jack CampbellrJr/2023, Iowa + More +

  2022 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Jack Campbell, Iowa,...Campbell (6-foot-5, 246-pounds) has led Iowa’s defense all season. He has totaled 118 tackles, which are second in the Big Ten and tied for 13th nationally. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native also recorded two interceptions, one recovered fumble and one forced fumble, along with 3.5 tackles for loss. He has 295 career tackles to rank 19th in program history. - Iowa Football

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