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Charlie Jones Transfer Portal
Nick Lemkau - May 27, 2022

Charlie Jones Enters the Transfer Portal The news broke early Wednesday morning that Iowa kick return specialist and wide receiver Charlie Jones had entered the transfer portal. The announcement came as a surprise to Hawkeye Nation. Jones had previously opted to return to Iowa for his sixth and final season with “unfinished business.” He, alongside […]


Four Gophers Selected in the NFL Draft
Lindsay Higgins - May 1, 2022

There were four Gophers selected in the NFL Draft this weekend. That marks the fifth time this century that at least four Minnesota players were taken. Boye Mafe, Round 2, Seattle Seahawks Seattle took Mafe, a defensive end, with the eighth pick of the second round and 40th overall. Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll […]

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Nick Lemkau - Apr 28, 2022

Baltimore Ravens Select Tyler Linderbaum For the fifth time since 2015, the Iowa Hawkeyes have a first round selection in the NFL Draft. The former Rimington Trophy winner Tyler Linderbaum was selected 25th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2022 NFL Draft. Linderbaum becomes the sixth offensive lineman selected since 2015 and the first […]

NFL Draft Profile Matt Hankins
Nick Lemkau - Apr 27, 2022

The NFL Draft profile for Matt Hankins feels like one that could result in a potential steal. Hankins was in the Hawkeye football program for five seasons. He developed into one of the premier cornerbacks in Phil Parker’s secondary after seeing the field almost immediately. A late season injury last year sidelined him for the […]

In this NFL Draft profile, Zach VanValkenburg shows his growth from a Division II edge rusher, to an elite talent at the Big Ten Level.
Nick Lemkau - Apr 26, 2022

The NFL Draft profile for Zach VanValkenburg tells an incredible story of work ethic. The former graduate transfer is entering the NFL draft after a successful three seasons in Iowa City. Since joining the Hawkeye football program, VanValkenburg worked his way from getting time off the bench, to the starting defensive end for the Hawkeyes. […]

Iowa Spring Game
Nick Lemkau - Apr 24, 2022

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted their final spring practice of the year Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium open to fans and media. Rather than a typical Iowa spring “game” like a lot of programs hold, the Hawkeyes’ version is more of a practice, and no official score is kept. The team runs through drills, situational setups, and […]

Nick Lemkau - Apr 21, 2022

The NFL Draft profile for Ivory Kelly-Martin is one that will likely lead to a valuable undrafted signing. Although he never emerged as the team’s premier back, Kelly-Martin had a solid career at Iowa. He typically shared snaps with other notable Hawkeye running backs including Tyler Goodson, Mekhi Sargent, and Akrum Wadley.  Iowa NFL Draft […]

Nick Lemkau - Apr 15, 2022

The NFL Draft profile for Jack Koerner starts with him entering the Hawkeye program as a walk-on in 2017. Koerner worked his way up from redshirting his freshman season, to the special teams unit, to the team’s starting safety. The Des Moines, Iowa native was a staple in Phil Parker’s secondary for the last several […]

Defensive Storylines at Iowa Spring Practice
Nick Lemkau - Apr 10, 2022

Spring camp in Iowa City has been underway for just over two weeks and there have been major developments on the defensive side of the ball thus far. The veterans of the group are cornerback Riley Moss and linebacker Jack Campbell. Both of them are returning for another season in Iowa City. However, it is […]

Many players transferred from Michigan recently. These are the top Michigan transfers from 2021 and how they are doing at their new schools.
Brooke Perras - Apr 8, 2022

Tracking Top Michigan Transfers Michigan transfers made some headlines in the Mitten State last season. Unlike its in-state rivals, the Michigan Wolverines have not been fully utilizing the transfer portal to add talent to its roster. This offseason, however, they landed a huge transfer in center Victor Oluwatimi. Oluwatimi is a Rimington Award Finalist from […]

NFL Draft Profile Tyler Linderbaum
Nick Lemkau - Apr 5, 2022

The NFL Draft Profile for Tyler Linderbaum is that he is among the best in the field. The nation’s top center and last season’s Rimington Trophy winner enters the NFL draft as a potential top-10 selection. Linderbaum was redshirted in his freshman season in 2018. He is coming out of college a year early after […]

Penn State Tight Ends

The Penn State Nittany Lions are in full Spring practice mode with sights set on the Blue-White Game in a couple of weeks. We addressed the future of the running back position, now we are looking at the tight ends. Brenton Strange, Theo Johnson, and Tyler Warren are the top three tight ends for the […]

Brooke Perras - Mar 31, 2022

The Michigan Quarterback Race Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara lead his team to an unbelievable season in 2021. This season was a major turnaround from 2020 when he took over the job. In their 2020 season, the Wolverines only won two games, including one win against Rutgers, where McNamara lead a strong comeback. Still, his strong […]

Nick Lemkau - Mar 29, 2022

Another highly-touted Iowa defensive back enters the draft with the potential to add to the legacy of Hawkeye defenders at the next level. The NFL Draft profile for Dane Belton reveals a unique skill set that can translate to the next level. Belton has chosen to forgo his senior year in Iowa City to enter […]

Nick Lemkau - Mar 28, 2022

The NFL Draft profile for Tyler Goodson reveals some hidden gems. One of Iowa’s best running backs in recent history will enter the NFL draft after coming out a year early. In his three years with the program, Goodson brought excellent agility and speed to the outside for the Hawkeye backfield. After coming off of […]

Nick Lemkau - Mar 22, 2022

Iowa Spring Football Preview Iowa Spring ball begins this week in Iowa City and the Hawkeyes are looking to build off of a successful 10-win 2021 season. There are several key returning starters in this year’s group, and they line up alongside some new faces in the building. These new guys will have a chance […]



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best returning sec running backs
Phillip Jordan - May 27, 2022

In the Southeastern Conference, a major key to winning championships is being able to run the football. The Georgia Bulldogs used that and great defense as their formula to win the crown last season. The conference just churns out star after star at the running back position. Despite losing great players like Tyler Badie (Missouri) […]

mountaineers secure gallagher
Travis Knobbe - May 27, 2022

Mountaineers Secure Gallagher For the second straight season, the West Virginia Mountaineers find themselves with early recruiting momentum. After landing Josiah Trotter a few weeks ago, WVU received a recent surprise when top target Rodney Gallagher pushed up his recruiting announcement from July 5 to May 25. Moments ago, we confirmed that the Mountaineers secure […]

Aidan Thomas - May 27, 2022

In a world of high-flying offenses, having the best returning defensive backs is critical. Want to stop Bryce Young? Will Rogers or K.J. Jefferson? What about Jaxson Dart and Spencer Rattler? With elite receivers and dynamic offenses, bringing game-changing safeties and lockdown quarterbacks to the field is increasingly important. Who in the SEC boasts the […]

Travis Knobbe - May 27, 2022

WVU Football Recruiting Update for May 2022 Now that Spring football is over and the May 1 transfer “deadline” passed, we have a much better idea of West Virginia’s roster composition and upcoming needs. As a result, now provides a good opportunity for us to provide our May 2022 WVU football recruiting update. Several recruits […]

Nicholas Simonelli - May 27, 2022

Players to Watch in 2022 For USF Are there really players to watch in 2022 for USF? Even though the Bulls are coming off back-to-back tough seasons there are definitely some players that could go off in 2022. With the addition of some transfers, USF is shaping to be one of the better teams in […]

Top Returning SEC Tight Ends
Kevin McGuffey - May 27, 2022

Best Players At An Evolving Position As college football puts more emphasis on the passing game the tight end position is evolving as well. Gone are the days of being simply a blocker for the strong rushing game. Now tight ends are becoming an integral part of the offense. This recent NFL Draft saw two […]

SEC Quarterbacks 2022
Michael Hanich - May 27, 2022

The offenses in the SEC continue to take center stage as the quarterbacks remain the face of the conference. The SEC has seen three offensive players finish the season as the Heisman Trophy winners in each of the last three seasons. Two of them were at the quarterback positions. The quarterbacks in the SEC have […]

College Football's NIL Program
Last Word Staff - May 27, 2022

Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) is an effort put forth to give collegiate athletes a chance at compensation from their name. For college athletics in general, it means opportunities for student-athletes to sell their own merchandise, partner with local businesses, or even sell their game-worn apparel. However, things are quickly changing as this idea infiltrates […]