Players to Watch: Iowa

Here are two players that Indiana will need to make a big impact to win Saturday in Iowa City.

With every game Indiana plays this season, we’ll take a look at a few players that we think could be key contributors in the upcoming game. Here are the key players for the Iowa game on Saturday afternoon.

OFFENSE

Shane Wynn

Shane Wynn had a huge performance against North Texas last week. Can he do it again?

That's a big question for the Indiana offense heading into Saturday's game at Iowa. Wynn had five catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns against North Texas, but he has yet to prove that he can put up good numbers as an outside receiver against a good defense. He'll get another chance against the Hawkeyes.

Wynn's two touchdown catches last week were his first two scores of the season. Prior to that game, his only other breakout performance came against Bowling Green, a game in which he caught 10 balls for 139 yards.

The Iowa secondary has been up and down through five games. The Hawkeyes allowed a 100-yard receiver in two of the games, but didn't allow a receiver to total more than 53 yards in any of the other three games. Which category will Wynn fall into?

DEFENSE

Tim Bennett

Iowa hasn't been great offensively this season, and it doesn't have much of a running game. The Hawkeyes have only 701 yards on the ground through five games. Indiana, by comparison, has 1,500 yards.

When the Hawkeyes move the ball, it has usually been through the air. That means cornerback Tim Bennett must be sharp for the Hoosiers on Saturday. Three Iowa receivers have at least 150 yards receiving, led by Kevonte Martin-Manley with 232 yards and a touchdown. Sixteen different Hawkeyes have caught a pass this season.

The IU secondary was critical in an upset win at Missouri, and it hurt the Hoosiers badly in a loss at Bowling Green. Bennett and his unit must put together a solid performance in Iowa City to pull out a win.

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