Iowa Football Position Grades: Minnesota

That was a chilly one. I used to be in attendance at Kinnick North with my son (Hayden), brother, and nephew. PJ Fleck did us an enormous favor by throwing the ball, and the Hawks’ protection created two turnovers to beat the favored Gophers. A shoutout to the three Hawk followers that sat in entrance of us that stated they’re BHGP readers!

Offense:

QB: B+

Iowa’s offense has been abysmal this season. Our offensive line has been dangerous. Our offensive coordinator is hopefully teaching his third to final recreation for the Hawks. Our quarterback play has been horrible. Through all of this, there was one fixed. Spencer Petras has confirmed himself to be a troublesome particular person. I hope like heck that Spencer will get a terrific ovation on senior day. He deserves it. On the day Petras threw for 221 yards on 15 of 24 passing (63%). Petras additionally scored on a sneak. It was not a straightforward day to throw the soccer and Petras performed effectively and led us to a street win.

RB: C+

The Hawks’ backs had a quiet day on the bottom. Kaleb Johnson rushed 8 instances for 43 yards (5.4 yard common). Leshon Williams ran 11 instances for 38 yards (3.5) and Gavin Williams ran twice for 8 yards (4.0). The Hawks had some success throwing the ball, however we by no means fairly bought the operating recreation on observe.

WR: C-

Iowa’s wideouts did not catch a ton of balls, however a few of them got here on the proper time. Brody Brecht had a multi-catch recreation (okay, it was solely two, however that sounded higher) and 21 yards. Nico Ragaini had one catch for 11 yards. Ragaini had a ball that was a bit excessive that he was unable to catch. It would have been six factors had he hauled it in. Arland Bruce IV had one catch for 7 yards.

Iowa’s tight ends had themselves a day in opposition to the Gophers. Luke Lachey had 5 catches for 77 yards. Sam LaPorta had 4 catches for 95 yards together with this magnificence.

Addison Oyster had his first profession catch for six yards. LaPorta left the sport with an harm. The Hawks will want Lachey and Ostrenga to step up if LaPorta isn’t capable of go in opposition to the Huskers.

OL: D

The Gophers solely sacked Spencer Petras one time. The Gophers didn’t have any quarterback hurries. Two errors on snaps misplaced 16 yards for the Hawks. Iowa doesn’t have an offense that may make up for these errors. Iowa averaged solely 2.1 yards per dashing try. This is a gaggle that should take an enormous leap subsequent yr.

Defense:

DL: D+

I feel Iowa’s defensive position is fairly darn good. I additionally assume that Minnesota’s offensive line is kind of good. I do know that Mo Ibrahim is a dang dude. Big Mo had 263 yards on 39 carries (6.7). Over the final three video games, Ibrahim has toted the rock 107 instances. PJ is operating him into the bottom. John Wagoner had six tackles to steer the defensive position. Logan Lee had 5 tackles, and Noah Shannon added 4. Joe Evans and Yahya Black every had three tackles. Deontae Craig recovered a fumble.

LB: B-

Even although the Hawks gave up simply 10 factors, the defensive grades aren’t nice because the Gophers ran over us all day. The Gophers possessed the ball greater than ten minutes longer than the Hawkeyes. Jack Campbell is admittedly good at soccer. He had ten tackles, 1 QBH, a pressured fumble, and the game-winning interception. He additionally had a landing taken away on what ought to have been a choose six.

Seth Benson had seven tackles together with 1 TFL. Jay Higgins had 4 tackles.

DB/Cash: B

The Hawkeyes had been led by Cooper DeJean and Quinn Schulte with seven tackles. Riley Moss had two cross breakups, together with the game-winner that Campbell intercepted. It’s not excellent soccer when your defensive backs are making so many tackles. The Gophers bought to Iowa’s second degree all day lengthy. The Hawks held the Gopher quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis to simply seven completions for 87 yards.

Special Teams: A

Freshman Drew Stevens kicked two discipline objectives together with the game-winner with 28 seconds left. It wasn’t fairly, but it surely was three factors. He additionally transformed his one additional level. Tory Taylor punted 5 instances for a 42.4 yard common. He as soon as once more had a punt down deep in enemy territory.

Cooper DeJean is turning into a weapon on each punt groups. Coop had two returns for twenty-four yards. I’d assume that DeJean will return punts for the remainder of his profession as he’s a pure again there.

The writer (2nd from proper) at Kinnick North

Let’s kick Nebby to the curb and head to Indy. All we’re asking for is an opportunity. Let’s go Hawks!

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