2018 IOWA HAWKEYES FOOTBALL PREVIEW
HEAD COACH: Kirk Ferentz
RECORD AT IOWA: 143 – 97
CAREER RECORD: 155 – 118
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Brian Ferentz
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Phil Parker
STADIUM: Kinnick Stadium (70,585)
September 1 Northern Illinois
September 8 Iowa State
September 15 Northern Iowa
September 22 Wisconsin
October 6 at Minnesota
October 13 at Indiana
October 20 Maryland
October 27 Penn State
November 3 at Purdue
November 10 Northwestern
November 17 at Illinois
November 23 Nebraska
Wyoming 24 – 3
Iowa State 44 – 41 OT
North Texas 31 – 14
Penn State 19 – 21
Michigan State 10 – 17
Illinois 45 – 16
Northwestern 10 – 17 OT
Minnesota 17 – 10
Ohio State 55 – 24
Wisconsin 14 – 38
Perdue 15 – 24
Nebraska 56 – 14
Boston College 27 – 20
2017 OFFENSE STATS
2017 DEFENSE STATS
FIVE YEAR WINNING TREND
2013: 8 – 5
2014: 7 – 6
2015: 12 – 2
2016: 8 – 5
2017: 8 – 5
RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 7
RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 4
PASSING: Nate Stanley, 196 – 351 –2,437 – 26TD – 6INT
RUSHING: Toren Young, 45 – 193 – 2TD
RECEIVING: Nick Easley, 51 – 530 – 4TD
TACKLES: Jake Gervase, 58
SACKS: Anthony Nelson, 7.5
INTERCEPTIONS: Jake Gervase, 3
2018 TOP 10 RECRUITS
Dallas Craddieth, S St. Louis, Missouri
John Waggoner, DE West Des Moines, Iowa
Tyler Linderbaum, DT Salon, Iowa
Spencer Petras, QB San Rafael, California
Julius Brents, S Indianapolis, Indiana
DJ Johnson, CB Indianapolis, Indiana
Jeff Jenkins, OG Crystal Lake, Illinois
Daviyon Nixon, DT Kenosha, Wisconsin
Tyrone Tracy Jr, WR Indianapolis, Indiana
Noah Shannon, DT Montgomery, Illinois
If there is a team that can possibly unseat Wisconsin in the Big Ten West it could be Iowa. The Hawkeyes were the only team of the country to beat a top – 10 finalist by more than 30 in their win over Ohio State. Junior quarterback Nate Stanley was inconsistent, but was spectacular at times. He threw five touchdowns against Iowa State and Ohio State, but had a bad game against Wisconsin. Stanley threw for 26 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Stanley will have one of the top tight ends in Noah Fant who scored 11 touchdowns in 2017 on only 30 receptions. Fanta 6’5” 241 pounds and is a matchup problem for opposing defenses. Senior Nick Easley is the top returning wide receiver (51 receptions). Easley is a possession receiver who works well in the slot. Ihmir Smith –Marsette and Brandon Smith will look to stretch defenses.
The running game will be without Akrum Wadley. Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin will be expected to get most of the carries this season.
The line will return three starters including left tackle Tristan Wirfs, center Keegan Render and right tackle Alaric Jackson. The Hawkeyes will miss center James Daniels, who entered the NFL draft.
Iowa returns only for starters from a defense that ranked 36th in the country last season, 17th in scoring. DC Phil Parker must replace All-Americans Josey Jewell and Josh Jackson.
Anthony Nelson returns at one defensive end spot with Parker Hesse manning the other end position. They combined for 20 tackles for loss between them last season. Former five – star AJ Epenesa is expected to get plenty of playing time at DE.
All three of Iowa starting linebackers must be replaced with players that mostly played special teams in 2017. Iowa will look to sophomore Nick Neimann, Kristian Welch and Amani Jones as the starting linebackers.
The secondary will be led by Amani Hooker, who showed signs of stardom in 2017. He’ll be joined by Brandon Snyder, Michael Ojemudia and Matt Hankins in the secondary. I was passed defense ranked ninth in the Big Ten last season. Through interceptions or pass breakups, Iowa was responsible for 46% of its opponents incomplete passes, ranking second in the country.
Iowa’s defense has promise and should be the type of unit that will keep the Hawkeyes in each and every game this season.
Kicker Miguel Recinos returns after hitting 11 of 13 field-goal attempts last season. Colten Rastetter and Ryan Gersonde will look to battle it out as the starting punter in the fall. Rastetter averaged only 37.8 yards per punt last season and was listed behind Gersonde after spring practice. Iowa will evaluate their return game this fall.
Iowa, on paper, looks to have everything in place to move the football consistently on offense. The biggest question mark on offense will be the running game. Stanley will need to complete a higher percentage of his passes and that may not be easy with the amount of inexperience at receiver. Replacing all three starting linebackers and an all-everything cornerback will also be a challenge on defense. One of the biggest pluses this season for Iowa might be its schedule. The Hawkeyes will not see Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State – three of the Big 4 from the Big Ten East.
PROJECTED RECORD: 8 – 4, 5 – 4 Big Ten.
COACH FERENTZ TALKS ON MEDIA DAY
THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Iowa’s head coach Kirk Ferentz.
COACH FERENTZ: Good morning. Looking forward to getting back on the field with our team next Friday. Always anxious for that. So we’re at that point. I think the team’s had a really good summer thus far. They’ll finish up this week, take a break, needed break, and then hopefully come in fresh to start the next phase of our preparation.
And thus far the 2018 team has been a really good group to work with. I think they’ve handled every phase of the program pretty well and certainly have the potential to be a good football team.
So really what’s important now is finishing up this week in good fashion and then having a great preseason camp. Like any team, that’s a really important thing.
Just looking backward for one second, we had some really rewarding moments last year, and probably the biggest thing I would note for this team moving forward, if we’re going to take another step, it’s all about consistency for us. So we’ve got to find a way to play with more consistency and see what we can do on that front.
Roster-wise, just if you look at the losses, the most obvious loss would be our linebacker corps. We had three seniors that played at a high clip, and we also had a fourth, Kevin Ward, a very valuable special teams player captain for us on special teams. We lost four players at that position that did a really good job. Nate Bazata was an unheralded defensive tackle, played well on our scheme, and Josh Jackson at the corner position. Defensively we have some work to do.
And on the offensive side, lost a couple of linemen, two running backs that were good players for us and a receiver.
So as we move forward right now, I think if you look at this ball club, we’re a little bit more certainly veteran to the quarterback position, Nate Stanley, coming back for a second year. I think the surrounding cast as receivers and tight ends are a better more qualified group than a year ago. And then in the offensive line I think we have a chance with enough experience right now to have a good group there.
The obvious thing we’re lacking is experience at running back. But we like our players there. They just haven’t played very much.
On defense, obviously, the big question is who is going to be our linebacker. Our linebackers will be our starting linebackers and depth behind them.
And then the secondary and the defensive line developing depth there as well. And the other big thing is our punting game was less than stellar last year. And if we’re going to have a good football team, we have to take a step forward in that direction, too.
All in all, we’ve had good competition, healthy competition, I think, back in the spring. Expect that to be even better this August with guys that haven’t played being a few months older and more experience and adding a bunch of freshmen on top of that.
Again, it’s going to be good to quit talking about all this stuff and get back on the field and actually start working towards the ’18 season. Questions.
Q. Nate Stanley, a year ago at this time, competing for a job, now becomes a second junior in your 20 years to be at Big Ten Media Days. What type of growth from him have you seen, and how did that happen?
COACH FERENTZ: I think that in itself and significant. He is a second underclassmen we brought up here, Josey Jewell being the other, and as far as we know, they’re the only two juniors in the history of the program that have been selected captains after their sophomore seasons by their team. We have a lot of captains in December, it’s a total team vote.
So I think that just tells you how far Nate came last year, from being a guy we weren’t sure was going to start in August, at this time last year we didn’t know who our starter was, and really had a good season. But most important, I think he’s gained the respect and confidence of his teammates.
Great to have him back. He’s worked extremely hard. And a few things you can’t give players are experience and confidence, and I think he’s been able to certainly benefit from a year of play, and looking forward to good things from him this fall.
Q. Kirk, you had an experienced center last year in James Daniels, who had rare athletic ability. How do you replicate what he can do, and do you have the type of player who can compete at that type of level?
COACH FERENTZ: Really, you don’t replicate somebody like that. I mentioned yesterday through my entire career I’ve probably been around three centers that had his kind of ability, going back to Joel Hilgenberg in the early ’80s, and coached a guy named Wally Williams in Baltimore, in Cleveland, that had some freakish abilities too.
When you get a player that has those kinds of abilities, it’s really rare. The good news for James is his best football is ahead of him. He’s 20 years old right now, so he’s got a great future. Tremendous athlete but more importantly a great young man and very intelligent.
Keegan has played really good football for us very quietly the last couple years. When he moved over full time this spring, he has played that position in the past, cross trained. He looked totally natural there.
What we won’t have is a guy of James Daniels’ athleticism. Probably have to go to the NFL to find that. Kind of rare. We’ve found in Keegan not only a good football player but also a guy respected in the program, very quiet leader, but very strong leader, and that’s important I think at that position.
Q. A lot is being made about the disparity and strength between the two divisions. What are your thoughts on that, and is the West catching up with the East finally?
COACH FERENTZ: I don’t know about the race there, but, you know, I think the Big Ten, I’ve been in the league for quite a while now, 28, 29 years, something like that, it’s always been a great conference. That’s what I do know.
The consistency of what the league stands for, what it’s all about, the quality of play, the quality of coaching, the competition, week in, week out, I think is really impressive.
There was a time I think in the ’80s where there were a couple of programs typically at the bottom that really had a hard time competing. But it’s interesting, you know, in my mind, at least, over the last 15, 20 years, it’s been extremely competitive, and really I’m kind of focused on the 12 games on our schedule.
I don’t see a game — we better be ready in each and every one of them. They’re each going to be tough contests. That’s the nature of college football right now. But I think it’s accentuated in our conference. Anybody can beat anybody, so you better be ready each and every Saturday.
Q. You lost a couple of guys last year early to the NFL. Do you see that kind of taking off and the NFL maybe being more aggressive to underclassmen or that shifting to two years in college football?
COACH FERENTZ: I think it’s pretty much documented right now that’s a trend that’s rising. I think last year I think was the highest number, if I’m not mistaken, that entered into the draft. And unfortunately there are guys that enter that shouldn’t enter.
Both of our players had good choices to make. And certainly wouldn’t second-guess and supported both of their decisions. We’ve had other guys in the past, Brendan Sheriff (phonetic) and Desmond King, who decided to stay in for their senior years. That’s a decision an individual has to make, in my opinion, unless they’re getting ready to make a bad decision. We haven’t had that case.
It’s kind of interesting, James Daniels’ case, James is the kind of player we typically don’t — we’re not able to recruit. But fortunately his brother had a good experience at our place. I think our message resonated with him. He came in with uncommon skills and played at a very early age for us.
Josh, on the other side, is a pretty unique story in that he was not very highly recruited out of high school and started one game going into last year, ends up being a Consensus All-American and second round draft pick.
So when things like that happen, they’re great success stories, and just I’m just happy for both those guys. They’ll both do very well at their respective teams.
Q. What does Parker do that makes him successful, Parker Hesse? Sort of an undersized defensive end in this league. And what kind of example is he for the rest of your program?
COACH FERENTZ: First that comes to mind is his attitude. He caught our attention. He came to camp. He’s from a smaller town in Iowa up north. And we liked him in camp, saw some things about him. He played quarterback and outside linebacker.
And then during our first bye week, two of our coaches went up and saw him compete live. They both came back and — I talked to them. They were on their way down in the car down that evening, Friday night, and they were very excited about what they saw. It’s just competitive nature playing quarterback and then playing defense.
We’re a team that tends to project. We look at guys that play maybe other positions. And if we think we find something in terms of their makeup and their competitiveness that we like, we’ll recruit them and then figure out where they’re going to play later on.
Parker grew into the defensive end position and really got thrown into action probably before he was ready. Jared had an injury, so he had to play a lot in that ’15 season. And he was playing against pretty good players, Conklin in the title game from Michigan State.
But he competes hard. And that’s another common denominator with him since he got on campus. Talking about guys we respect in our program, Parker certainly earned that. Everybody on our team thinks the world of him. He’s a tremendous young person and outstanding student. Checks all the boxes. Players like that help you hopefully have a chance to put a good team together.
Q. Talk about Noah Fant. He’s one of the best tight ends in the country. And what do you expect from him this season?
COACH FERENTZ: Well, if we’re going to have a good football team, our best guys have to play their best. That’s been a common denominator throughout all the years. And certainly we consider him to be one of our best, and hopefully he’ll be here next year at this time with us.
But I was hoping Josh and James will be here too. We’ll see how that all plans out. But he’s a tremendous young guy. We played him a little bit two years ago trying to get him acclimated a bit and get his feet wet.
And last year he had a tremendous season, really took steps, not only as a receiver, but in all areas of his game. And we’ve seen that continue to grow this past spring, the work he did blocking, his attitude is great. Certainly he’s more comfortable and more adept at what he’s doing now because he’s got some experience behind him.
And just like everything about him. He’s been a tremendous guy in our program. Again, if we’re going to have a good season this year, we certainly need players like Noah to have a tremendous year. And I can’t think of a reason why he won’t, other than he’s going to attract attention for sure.
- FIRST NAME LAST NAME POS. YR. HT. WT. HOMETOWN / HIGH SCHOOL
1 Wes Dvorak DB Jr. 6-0 197 Parkston, South Dakota / Parkston
2 Ryan Gersonde P So. 6-4 198 Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Marquette University HS
2 Peyton Mansell QB R-Fr. 6-2 210 Belton, Texas / Belton
3 Trey Creamer DB R-Fr. 6-0 190 Cartersville, Georgia / Cartersville
3 Keith Duncan K So. 5-11 180 Weddington, North Carolina / Weddington
4 Nate Stanley QB Jr. 6-4 242 Menomonie, Wisconsin / Menomonie
4 Josh Turner DB R-Fr. 5-11 188 Delray Beach, Florida / American Heritage
5 Manny Rugamba DB Jr. 5-11 193 Naperville, Illinois / Naperville Central
6 Max Duchow DB R-Fr. 6-1 186 Pewaukee, Wisconsin / Kettle Moraine
6 Ihmir Smith-Marsette WR So. 6-1 175 Newark, New Jersey / Weequahic
7 Spencer Petras QB Fr. 6-5 227 San Rafael, California / Marin Catholic
7 Colten Rastetter P Jr. 6-1 213 Guttenberg, Iowa / Clayton Ridge
8 Matt Hankins DB So. 6-1 185 Lewisville, Texas / Marcus
9 Geno Stone DB So. 5-11 209 New Castle, Pennsylvania / Senior
10 Camron Harrell RB R-Fr. 5-10 195 Bourbannais, Illinois / Bradley-Bourbannais
11 Michael Ojemudia DB Jr. 6-1 199 Farmington Hills, Michigan / Harrison
12 Brandon Smith WR So. 6-3 219 Lake Cormorant, Mississippi / Lake Cormorant
13 Henry Marchese WR R-Fr. 6-3 195 Vernon Hills, Illinois / Stevenson
14 Kyle Groeneweg WR Sr. 5-10 186 Inwood, Iowa / West Lyon
16 Kyshaun Bryan RB R-Fr. 5-10 198 Fort Lauderdale, Florida / St. Thomas Aquinas
17 Cedric Boswell DB So. 5-11 190 Beverly Hills, Michigan / Groves
17 Ryan Schmidt QB Jr. 6-5 235 Linn-Mar, Iowa / Linn-Mar
18 Drew Cook TE Jr. 6-5 250 Iowa City / Regina
18 John Milani DB Jr. 6-0 201 Iowa City, Iowa / West
19 Max Cooper WR So. 6-0 185 Waukesha, Wisconsin / Catholic Memorial
21 Ivory Kelly-Martin RB So. 5-11 200 Plainfield, Illinois / Oswego East
22 Toks Akinribade RB So. 6-0 208 Brownsburg, Indiana / Brownsburg
23 Dominique Dafney WR Jr. 6-2 225 West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley
27 Amani Hooker DB Jr. 6-0 210 Minneapolis, Minnesota / Park Center
28 Jack Koerner DB R-Fr. 6-0 200 Des Moines, Iowa / Dowling
28 Toren Young RB So. 5-11 221 Madison, Wisconsin / Monona Grove
29 Nate Wieland LB R-Fr. 6-1 223 Iowa City, Iowa / Iowa City
30 Jake Gervase DB Sr. 6-1 212 Davenport, Iowa / Assumption
31 Aaron Mends LB Sr. 6-0 228 Kansas City, Missouri / Winnetonka
32 Djimon Colbert LB R-Fr. 6-1 234 Shawnee Mission, Kansas / Bishop Miege
34 Kristian Welch LB Jr. 6-3 238 Iola, Wisconsin / Iola-Scandinavia
35 Barrington Wade LB So. 6-1 233 Skokie, Illinois / Niles North
36 Brady Ross FB Jr. 6-0 245 Humboldt, Iowa / Humboldt
37 Brandon Snyder DB Sr. 6-0 214 Larchwood, Iowa / West Lyon
38 T.J. Hockenson TE So. 6-5 250 Chariton, Iowa / Chariton
39 Nate Wieting TE Jr. 6-4 250 Rockford, Illinois / Rockford Lutheran
40 Parker Hesse DE Sr. 6-3 261 Waukon, Iowa / Waukon
41 Colton Dinsdale DB Jr. 5-11 215 Reinbeck, Iowa / Gladbrook-Reinbeck
41 Drew Thomas WR R-Fr. 6-0 189 Humboldt, Iowa / Humboldt
42 Shaun Beyer TE So. 6-5 240 Shellsburg, Iowa / Cedar Rapids Kennedy
43 Dillon Doyle LB Fr. 6-3 227 Iowa City, Iowa / West
45 Ben Campos LB R-Fr. 6-1 225 West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley
45 Joe Ludwig LB R-Fr. 6-0 233 Middleton, Wisconsin / Middleton
46 Austin Kelly FB Sr. 5-11 245 Hickory Hills, Illinois / Stagg
46 Tommy Kujawa TE R-Fr. 6-3 230 Greendale, Wisconsin / Greendale
47 Lane Akre FB Jr. 6-0 242 Geneseo, Illinois / Geneseo
47 Nick Anderson LB Jr. 6-2 225 Waukee, Iowa / Waukee
48 Jack Hockaday LB Sr. 6-1 235 Forsyth, Illinois / Maroa-Forsyth
48 Bryce Schulte TE R-Fr. 6-3 244 Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Xavier
49 Nick Niemann LB So. 6-4 232 Sycamore, Illinois / Sycamore
50 Jackson Subbert LS Jr. 6-3 240 Williamsburg, Iowa / Williamsburg
52 Amani Jones LB Jr. 6-0 238 Chicago, Illinois / Phillips
53 Garret Jansen DL Jr. 6-2 280 Pella, Iowa / Pella
54 Daviyon Nixon DT So. 6-3 306 Kenosha, Wisconsin / Indian Trail
55 Kyle Taylor LB So. 5-11 228 Silver Springs, Maryland / Gonzaga, Washington, D.C.
57 Chauncey Golston DE So. 6-5 265 Detroit, Michigan / East English Village Prep
58 Jake Newborg OL Jr. 6-3 290 Inwood, Iowa / West Lyon
59 Ross Reynolds OL Sr. 6-4 295 Waukee, Iowa / Waukee
61 Cole Banwart OL So. 6-4 296 Ottosen, Iowa / Algona
63 Spencer Williams OL So. 6-3 295 Cedar Falls, Iowa / Cedar Falls
64 Kyler Schott OL R-Fr. 6-2 290 Coggon, Iowa / North Linn
66 Dalles Jacobus DL So. 6-0 280 Palo, Iowa / Cedar Rapids Kennedy
66 Levi Paulsen OL Jr. 6-5 305 Moville, Iowa / Woodbury Central
67 Levi Duwa OL R-Fr. 6-3 270 Kalona, Iowa / Mid-Prairie
68 Landan Paulsen OL Jr. 6-5 305 Moville, Iowa / Woodbury Central
69 Keegan Render OL Sr. 6-4 307 Indianola, Iowa / Indianola
71 Mark Kallenberger OL R-Fr. 6-6 282 Bettendorf, Iowa / Bettendorf
72 Coy Kirkpatrick OL R-Fr. 6-4 290 Madrid, Iowa / Madrid
74 Austin Schulte DL So. 6-4 275 Pella, Iowa / Pella
74 Tristan Wirfs OL So. 6-5 320 Mount Vernon, Iowa / Mount Vernon
76 Dalton Ferguson OL Sr. 6-4 308 Solon, Iowa / Solon
77 Alaric Jackson OL So. 6-7 320 Detroit, Michigan / Renaissance
80 Devonte Young WR Jr. 6-0 203 Waldorf, Maryland / North Point
82 Jack Kallenberger DL Jr. 6-5 272 Bettendorf, Iowa / Bettendorf
84 Nick Easley WR Sr. 5-11 205 Newton, Iowa / Newton
84 Austin Spiewak LS So. 6-1 232 Rolling Meadows, Illinois / Fremd
85 Nate Vejvoda TE Jr. 6-5 250 Homer Glen, Illinois / Providence Catholic
86 Noah Feldman TE R-Fr. 6-4 230 West Liberty, Iowa / West Liberty
87 Noah Fant TE Jr. 6-5 241 Omaha, Nebraska / Omaha South
88 Jacob Coons TE R-Fr. 6-3 240 Solon, Iowa / Solon
89 Nico Ragaini WR Fr. 6-0 191 East Haven, Connecticut / Notre Dame
90 Sam Brincks DE Sr. 6-5 275 Carroll, Iowa / Kuemper
91 Miguel Recinos K Sr. 6-1 193 Mason City, Iowa / Mason City
91 Brady Reiff DL Jr. 6-3 272 Parkston, South Dakota / Parkston
93 Brandon Simon DE So. 6-0 250 Newark, New Jersey / Don Bosco Prep
94 A.J. Epenesa DE So. 6-5 277 Glen Carbon, Illinois / Edwardsville
94 Caleb Shudak K So. 5-8 179 Council Bluffs, Iowa / Lewis Central
95 Cedrick Lattimore DL Jr. 6-3 295 Redford, Michigan / East English Village Prep
96 Matt Nelson DE Sr. 6-8 295 Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Xavier
97 Romeo McKnight DE So. 6-4 257 Crystal Lake, Illinois / Crystal Lake Central
98 Anthony Nelson DE Jr. 6-7 271 Urbandale, Iowa / Waukee
Seth Benson LB Fr. 6-1 205 Sioux Falls, South Dakota / Washington
Julius Brents DB Fr. 6-2 180 Indianapolis, Indiana / Warren Central
Blair Brooks WR Fr. 6-2 180 Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Marion
Dallas Craddieth DB Fr. 6-0 197 St. Louis, Missouri / Hazelwood Central
Samson Evans WR Fr. 6-1 205 Crystal Lake, Illinois / Prairie Ridge
Joe Evans LB Fr. 6-2 210 Ames, Iowa / Ames
Matt Fagan OL Fr. 6-5 245 Council Bluffs, Iowa / St. Albert
Henry Geil RB Fr. 6-1 215 Green Bay, Wisconsin / Preble
Cody Ince OL Fr. 6-5 260 Luck, Wisconsin / Unity
Jeff Jenkins OL Fr. 6-4 270 Crystal Lake, Illinois / Prairie RIdge
D.J. Johnson DB Fr. 6-0 170 Indianapolis, Indiana / North Central
Logan Klemp LB Fr. 6-3 210 Jewell, Iowa / South Hamilton
Tyler Linderbaum DL Fr. 6-2 270 Solon, Iowa / Solon
Calvin Lockett WR Fr. 6-2 170 Largo, Florida / Largo
Jayden McDonald LB Fr. 6-1 220 Suwanee, Georgia / North Gwinnett
Kaevon Merriweather DB Fr. 6-2 195 Belleville, Michigan / Belleville
Nathan Nelson DE Fr. 6-3 230 Waukee, Iowa / Waukee
Turner Pallissard FB Fr. 6-1 220 Frankfort, Illinois / Lincoln-Way East
Jack Plumb OL Fr. 6-8 250 Green Bay, Wisconsin / Bay Port
Monte Pottebaum FB/LB Fr. 6-0 210 Larchwood, Iowa / West Lyon
Mitch Riggs LB Fr. 6-1 230 West Des Moines, Iowa / Dowling
Terry Roberts DB Fr. 5-10 171 Erie, Pennsylvania / Cathedral Prep
Connor Ruth FB Fr. 5-11 193 Malcolm, Nebraska / Seward
Brian Sadler OL/DL Fr. 6-1 285 Jesup, Iowa / Jesup
Noah Shannon DL Fr. 6-1 300 Montgomery, Illinois / Oswego
Jaden Snyder DB Fr. 6-1 205 Larchwood, Iowa / West Lyon
Kordell Stillmunkes RB Fr. 5-9 180 Hazel Green, Wisconsin / Cuba City
Ben Subbert TE Fr. 6-3 235 Williamsburg, Iowa / Williamsburg
Mike Timm LB Fr. 6-1 220 Delafield, Wisconsin / Kettle Moraine
Tyrone Tracy, Jr. WR Fr. 6-0 187 Indianapolis, Indiana / Decatur Central
John Waggoner DL Fr. 6-5 245 West Des Moines, Iowa / Dowling Catholic
Trey Winters OL Fr. 6-5 315 Ankeny, Iowa / Centennial