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College Football: Breaking Down the 2018 Iowa Hawkeyes
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11 Oct 2018 05:24 PM EST

-by Lauralys Shallow, Contributing Writer; Image: Iowa tight end Noah Fant catches touchdown pass against Wisconsin. (Image Source: Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Bloomington, IN— Here’s a look at the 2018 Iowa Hawkeyes heading into Week 7:

Overall: 155-118 (143-97) 22nd year

2017 Record: 8-5 (4-5)

Bowl Appearances Since 2000: 15 (7-8) 

Mascot: Herky the Hawk

Colors: Gold and Black

Outfitter: Nike

National Titles: 0 

Conference Titles:

Last Week’s Result: Won at 48-31 Minnesota

2018 Record: 4-1 (1-1) 

STATISTICAL LEADERS:

Passing: Nate Stanley 87-141 (61.7%) 1,153 YDS, 9 TDs, 4 INTs

Rushing: Toren Young 54 att.  286 yards, 5.3 YPC 2 TDs

Receiving: T.J. Hockenson 18 rec. 287 yards 15.94 YPC 1 TD 

Tackles: Jack Hockaday 33 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Pass Break Up

TALKING POINTS 

1. Fant and Hockenson

Iowa has two athletic tight ends with great hands and versatility. Noah Fant is an absolute monster of a tight end. The 6’5, 241-pound junior from Omaha, Nebraska led the nation’s tight ends with 16.5 yards per catch and 11 touchdown receptions last year. So far, this season Fant has 19 catches for 196 yards, averages 10.2 yards per catch, and has five touchdown receptions. T.J. Hockenson, a 6’5, 250-pound sophomore leads the team in receiving yards with 287 and averages 15.9 yards per catch with one touchdown. In last week’s win against Minnesota, Hockenson had 49 yards and caught a touchdown pass, while Fant had 27 yards and one touchdown as well. The tandem of Fant and Hockenson is arguably the best tight end duo in the country and definitely the Big Ten.

2. New Faces at LB

Middle linebacker Amani Jones will be out for the first half against Indiana. Jones was called for targeting in the final minutes of the fourth quarter in Iowa’s 48-31 win over Minnesota. He was replacing the Hawkeyes leading tackler Jack Hockaday who suffered a knee injury in the first half. It is unlikely Hockaday will play against Indiana and with Jones sitting out for the first half, Iowa is missing its starting and second string middle linebacker. Barrington Wade, Kristian Welch, and Djimon Colbert are the starting linebackers for Iowa this weekend. Welch has 27 tackles in four games this season while Colbert has 21 tackles. With OLB Nick Neiman also out, Wade (1 tackle) will get the nod. True freshmen Dillon Doyle and Seth Benson traveled with Iowa to Minnesota last weekend, and they could potentially see play time against Indiana. Getting Jones back for the second half is huge for Iowa, but Indiana is facing an Iowa defense that is injured and inexperienced especially in the middle of the field.  

3. Nate Stanley Has a Big Arm

Starting quarterback Nate Stanley has thrown for 1,153 yards and is completing 61.7 percent of his passes (87-41). Stanley has thrown for 9 touchdowns and has a quarterback rating of 145.78 through five games. Last weekend against Minnesota, Stanley had the best game of his season so far, throwing for 314 yards with 4 TDs and 1 INT. In the first quarter of the game against Minnesota, Stanley showed his arm strength when he threw a dart to Ihmir Smith-Marsette for a touchdown. The most impressive part of the throw was Stanley’s ability to throw deep and accurately while on the run. Minnesota blitzed on 3rd & 8 and the pocket collapsed, forcing Stanley to step up in the pocket and throw the ball on the move. Yes, Smith-Marsette was wide open, but Stanley could not have made a more accurate pass while being chased by the Minnesota defensive line. Stanley is going to come into this game feeling very confident (as he should). Stanley led his team to a conference road win and he has the arm as well as the weapons around him he needs to lead his team to another road win.

To read more from Sammy Jacobs and his staff at HoosierHuddle.com, click here.

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