Iowa Football: Three impactful newcomers for the Hawkeyes
These newcomers will have an immediate impact on Iowa Football.
The story coming into this season is whether or not the Hawkeyes can improve what was an abysmal offense this fall. Iowa addressed many of those issues this off-season. If Iowa football can play solid offense, the Hawkeyes will contend for the Big Ten if the defense is near as good as last season.
Offensive Coordinator Brian Ferentz has an interesting clause to his contract. The Hawkeyes must win seven games and average 25 points per game, or his contract is terminated. Ferentz needs some of the off-season additions to his offensive personnel to work.
Here are some other newcomers sure to make an impact next season.
3. Nick Jackson, Linebacker (Transfer):
Iowa football needed a linebacker with the departures of Jack Campbell and Seth Benson. The Hawkeyes did sign top-300 in-state product Ben Kueter. In addition, athlete Aidan Hall is projected to play linebacker for the Hawkeyes. Kueter looks like the real deal coming off the bus and should challenge for snaps during summer camp.
That said, Virginia transfer Nick Jackson is a veteran who has played much football. Jackson has totaled over 200 tackles and 7.5 sacks in the last two years for the Cavaliers. Jackson can get to the quarterback and should help in that area. Kueter is a solid prospect with a high ceiling, but Jackson is ready to play now.
Look for Jackson to start day one.