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  01/07/21 - *Daviyon NixonJr/2021, Iowa, 6-3, 313 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  2020 OUTLAND TROPHY (TOP INTERIOR LINEMAN) FINALIST: Daviyon Nixon, defensive tackle, Iowa,...Nixon, the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten, led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (33), tied for the conference lead in sacks (5.5), and had the most tackles by a Big Ten defensive lineman (41). Nixon, a Kenosha, Wisconsin, native, is the only player in the country to be named a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik award. - Iowa Football

(DS#2 DT) Jr/2021 DT *Daviyon NixonIowa
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  01/02/21 - Tyler LinderbaumrJr/2023, Iowa, 6-2, 289 (DS#1 C) + More +

  Tyler Linderbaum isn't done playing college football. The sophomore center from Solon announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter that he will return to the University of Iowa for at least one more season. Linderbaum has started 21 consecutive games for Iowa and has been named to various all-American teams in the past couple of weeks. "The 2020 season was both challenging and incredibly rewarding," Linderbaum said. "I had the best time playing football with great teammates and coaches who are invested in making me a better football player and a better person. The chance to play football in the NFL is a dream of mine, but I am not done being an Iowa Hawkeye. "There are only a few years I can play college football, and I believe there is more to do and more to learn. I look forward to continuing to work with my teammates and coaches to reach my potential in 2021." - The Gazette

(DS#1 C) rJr/2023 C Tyler LinderbaumIowa
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  01/02/21 - *Daviyon NixonJr/2021, Iowa, 6-3, 313 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  Iowa junior defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon and senior end Chauncey Golston announced Wednesday they are entering the 2021 NFL draft. Senior end Zach VanValkenburg said he will play one more season for the Hawkeyes. Nixon had little if anything left to prove as a pro prospect, becoming a consensus first-team All-America and the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year after a dominant 2020 season. He tied for the Big Ten lead in quarterback sacks with 5.5, had 13.5 tackles for losses, and anchored one of the best defenses in the nation.

"I am very happy for Daviyon and his family," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said, in a statement. "I know he put a lot of time into making the choice to take this step. Since he arrived on campus, Daviyon put in a tremendous amount of work to be a difference maker for us on defense and in the locker room. A year ago he was a part-time player, and today he leaves our program as the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year and will likely be a consensus All-American. His teammates love him and his coaches will miss coaching him on and off the field." - The Gazette


(DS#2 DT) Jr/2021 DT *Daviyon NixonIowa
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  01/02/21 - Zach VanValkenburgrSr/2022, Iowa, 6-3, 270 (DS#27 DE) + More +

  Zach VanValkenburg enjoyed a big fifth-year senior season for the Hawkeyes, and now will return for a sixth. The Iowa football program's 2021 hopes got a nice and somewhat unexpected boost Wednesday when it learned an all-Big Ten Conference defensive end will be returning for a sixth season. Zach VanValkenburg, who had four fumble recoveries in eight games, announced on social media that he would take advantage of the free year of eligibility extended by the NCAA during the global COVID-19 pandemic. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#27 DE) rSr/2022 DE Zach VanValkenburgIowa
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  01/02/21 - *Daviyon NixonJr/2021, Iowa, 6-3, 313 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  On Wednesday, Daviyon Nixon became the 27th player in Hawkeye football history to earn consensus all-American status when he was named a first-team all-America defensive tackle by the Football Writers Association of America. A player needs to gain first-team status on at least three of five specific all-America teams to clinch "consensus" distinction. And Nixon is now 3-for-3 - having pocketed first-team honors from the FWAA, Sporting News and Associated Press - with the American Football Coaches Association team on deck Thursday and the Walter Camp being revealed Jan. 7. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#2 DT) Jr/2021 DT *Daviyon NixonIowa
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  12/30/20 - *Daviyon NixonJr/2021, Iowa, 6-3, 313 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  All-America defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon of Iowa announced he'll declare for the NFL draft and forego his senior season. Nixon made the announcement on social media Wednesday, and the athletic department confirmed his decision. Nixon was a first-team Associated Press All-American and the AP Big Ten defensive player of the year. Nixon led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (33), tied for the conference lead in sacks (5 1/2) and had the most tackles by a Big Ten defensive lineman (41). - AP College Football

(DS#2 DT) Jr/2021 DT *Daviyon NixonIowa
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  12/30/20 - Xavior WilliamsrSr/2022, Iowa, 5-11, 184 (DS#33 CB) + More +

  Xavior Williams, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound graduate transfer safety who was a standout in the secondary for three years at Northern Iowa, has transferred to Iowa, he announced via Twitter on Monday. He will enroll at Iowa in January. Williams originally entered the transfer portal over the summer, hoping to play at a school that was set to play in the fall. When it appeared that many schools weren't going to play in the fall, he pulled his name out. He recently put his name in the portal again and picked the Hawkeyes over Kansas State and North Carolina State. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#33 CB) rSr/2022 CB Xavior WilliamsIowa
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  12/30/20 - Alaric JacksonrSr/2021, Iowa, 6-6, 321 (DS#11 OT) + More +

  Iowa offensive tackle Alaric Jackson said Monday via Instagram that he will not be returning to the University of Iowa and will prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Jackson is a senior who contemplated turning pro after last season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all seniors have the option to return to their schools for another season of eligibility. Jackson, wide receivers Brandon Smith and Ihmir Smith-Marsette and kicker Keith Duncan all have said they will move on via social media. Linebacker Nick Niemann is another Iowa senior who publicly has said he will try and move on to professional football. - The Gazette

(DS#11 OT) rSr/2021 OT Alaric JacksonIowa
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  12/29/20 - Brandon SmithSr/2021, Iowa, 6-1, 218 (DS#50 WR) + More +

  Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith has declared for the NFL Draft, meaning he wouldn't play in Wednesday's TransPerfect Music City Bowl - which suddenly was in doubt again Sunday, but this time (reportedly) over opponent Missouri's COVID-19 issues. Smith was joining fellow senior wideout Ihmir Smith-Marsette in saying his final game was Iowa's 28-7 win against Wisconsin on Dec. 12. Smith caught three balls for 30 yards in that game, as well as a two-point conversion. Smith thanked head coach Kirk Ferentz and assistant coach Kelvin Bell, a fellow Mississippi native who discovered him while on a visit home to his mother, for their roles in his development on and off the field. Smith finished his Iowa career with 91 receptions for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#50 WR) Sr/2021 WR Brandon SmithIowa
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  12/27/20 - Ihmir Smith-MarsetteSr/2021, Iowa, 6-1, 181 (DS#32 WR) + More +

  Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette announced his intention to enter the 2021 NFL draft Thursday, opting out of playing with the Hawkeyes in the Music City Bowl. Smith-Marsette, a senior from Newark, N.J., caught 110 passes for 1,615 yards and 14 touchdowns and had 34 rushes for 274 yards and four TDs in his career. This year he had 25 catches for 345 yards and four scores. He was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in Iowa's Holiday Bowl win over USC last year, with touchdowns rushing, receiving, and via a 98-yard kickoff return. - The Gazette

(DS#32 WR) Sr/2021 WR Ihmir Smith-MarsetteIowa
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  12/20/20 - Keith DuncanrSr/2021, Iowa, 5-09, 176 (DS#6 K) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Kicker Keith Duncan, Iowa,...Duncan earns Big Ten postseason honors for the second straight year. Last season, Duncan was named the Big Ten's Bakken-Anderson Kicker of the Year, along with earning consensus All-America honors. Duncan is 14-of-18 on field goal attempts in 2020, with three of his four misses from 50 yards or more. Duncan earned his fifth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor following Iowa's win over Nebraska. He connected on 4-of-5 field goals, including the game-winner from 37 yards. Duncan is a perfect 26-of-26 on PATs this season. Duncan was recently named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. - Iowa Football

(DS#6 K) rSr/2021 K Keith DuncanIowa
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  12/20/20 - Tory TaylorSo/2024, Iowa, 6-4, 225 (DS#2 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Punter Tory Taylor, Iowa,...Taylor is the first Hawkeye and first freshman to be named Punter of the Year in the Big Ten in the award's 10-year history. Taylor, a Melbourne, Australia native, earns his first career postseason honors in his first season as a Hawkeye. The Ray Guy Award semifinalist averaged 44.1 yards on 40 punts this season, including nine punts of 50 yards or longer and 18 punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Taylor's 44.1-yard average ranks third in the Big Ten and 20th in the NCAA. Taylor has only one touchback in 40 attempts and opposing returners are averaging only 4.6 yards on six punt returns. Opponents have lost two fumbles while fielding punt returns. - Iowa Football

(DS#2 P) So/2024 P Tory TaylorIowa
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  12/20/20 - Ihmir Smith-MarsetteSr/2021, Iowa, 6-1, 181 (DS#32 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): KR Ihmir Smith-Marsette,...As Iowa's primary kick returner, Smith-Marsette averaged 22 yards on eight returns in 2020. His 28.7-yard career kickoff return average ranks second all-time in Big Ten history. Purdue's Stan Brown (1968-70) holds the record with a 28.8-yard average. Smith-Marsette also ranks 10th all-time in school history in career all-purpose yards (3,415). - Iowa Football

(DS#32 WR) Sr/2021 WR Ihmir Smith-MarsetteIowa
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  12/20/20 - Charlie JonesrSr/2022, Iowa, 5-11, 187 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): KR Charlie Jones, Iowa,...Jones, a wide receiver from Deerfield, Illinois, earns his first career postseason honor. As Iowa's primary punt returner, Jones averaged 10.5 yards per return - the best in the Big Ten and 11th-best in the nation - on 21 punt returns. In Iowa's 49-7 win over Michigan State, Jones had a 54-yard punt return for his first career touchdown to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. Jones totaled 105 punt return yards (21.0 average) against the Spartans. - Iowa Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Charlie JonesIowa
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  12/17/20 - Tory TaylorSo/2024, Iowa, 6-4, 225 (DS#2 P) + More +

  2020 BIG TEN EDDLEMAN-FIELDS PUNTER OF THE YEAR: Tory Taylor, Iowa,...Taylor is the first Hawkeye and first freshman to be named Punter of the Year in the Big Ten in the award's 10-year history. Taylor, a Melbourne, Australia native, earns his first career postseason honors in his first season as a Hawkeye. The Ray Guy Award semifinalist averaged 44.1 yards on 40 punts this season, including nine punts of 50 yards or longer and 18 punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Taylor's 44.1-yard average ranks third in the Big Ten and 20th in the NCAA. - Iowa Football

(DS#2 P) So/2024 P Tory TaylorIowa
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