We're coming up on the time where the college football teams across the country elect who they want their captains to be for the upcoming season. How many captains a program chooses, varies throughout the college landscape. Some teams pick as many as six captains, while others keep it tight and only name one or two captains. Under Kirk Ferentz, Iowa has often had five captains but they've also employed four a couple times, and six captains once. We examined the candidates for this year's honors.
Not a lot of juniors get tabbed for captaincy, but there's three worthy of being mentioned.
*Quarterback C.J. Beathard - His leadership has been praised throughout fall camp and has a stranglehold on the position where leadership is most required.
*Running back LeShun Daniels, Jr. - His leadership has been praised by head coach Kirk Ferentz. He's earned the top spot on the running back depth chart and is poised to have a breakout season after overcoming injuries.
*Cornerback Desmond King - He's received a lot of playing time already for someone entering their junior season with 25 starts. King may be the top player in the experienced secondary for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes have 20 seniors on this year's squad, but for the purpose of this, we narrowed the field of seniors to 9.
*Offensive lineman Austin Blythe - He has 35 starts under his belt already and went to Chicago as one of Iowa's representatives for Big Ten Media Days.
*Running back Jordan Canzeri - He's only received two starts in his career but Canzeri has had a lot of time on the field and even played some as a true freshman.
*Kicker Marshall Koehn - The senior could handle the kicking and punting duties this year.
*Safety Jordan Lomax - He's one of the leaders for this team, has a season of starting complete, and was another member of the team sent to Chicago for Big Ten Media Days.
*Cornerback Greg Mabin - He's one of the more energetic seniors on the team, and started 12 games for the Hawkeyes last year.
*Defensive end Nate Meier - I think he has the potential to become a well-known name within the Big Ten this year and has 13 career starts.
*Defensive end Drew Ott - He's the most well-known Hawkeye on a national level, has 25 career starts, and was a second team all-conference selection a year ago.
*Wide Receiver Tevaun Smith - He's the best returner out of the wideouts, leads the meeting room, and has already taken initiative in volunteering to take on additional duties as a returner on Special Teams.
*Offensive Guard Jordan Walsh - An injury has kept him out of some of Fall camp, but he's healthy now, and is important to the team's success this year because of the experience he gives the offensive line.
Derek's Pick: C.J. Beathard, Jordan Lomax, Austin Blythe, Drew Ott, Marshall Koehn
Candidates for Iowa Hawkeye Football Captains
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