Iowa's Captains Vs Illinois State

Iowa names Austin Blythe, C.J. Beathard, Drew Ott, and Jordan Lomax as captains for the season opener.

Iowa Hawkeyes football chooses their captains in more of a unique way not shared by many other programs. They have a leadership group they form in the offseason, and each week, that leadership group selects who the captains are for the upcoming football game.

The leadership group has chosen seniors Austin Blythe, Drew Ott, and Jordan Lomax this week, as well as junior quarterback C.J. Beathard. They will represent the Hawkeyes football program in the season opener against Illinois State on Saturday. The group of four comes as no surprise, and were amongst the top candidates for weeks, as noted by Hawkeye Insider HERE.

It's Beathard's first season as the full-time starter at quarterback, having only started one game so far in his career as noted by head coach Kirk Ferentz in the above video. He is taking more leadership and responsibility of the offense this year, and more can be read on that at THIS LINK.

Center Austin Blythe has started over 30 games and represented Iowa at the Big Ten Media Days. He was joined by safety Jordan Lomax, making both easy decisions to walk out for the coin toss at mid-field in three days. 

Defensive end Drew Ott is arguably the best player on the team. He was a second team all-conference selection a year ago, and is poised to build up even more of a legacy and claim additional honors and accolades in his final campaign as a Hawkeye. Ott had an outstanding Fall camp, and was a regular in the backfield wreaking havoc.

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