Game Balls: Maryland vs Iowa

Handing out the game balls for the Iowa Hawkeyes in their win over Maryland.

OFFENSE

RUNNING BACK LESHUN DANIELS

LeShun saw his first action since the games against Pittsburgh and North Texas that saw him very limited as a runner. He looked to be operating at full capacity against Maryland and had the bounce in his step that we saw in the first two games of the season. They'll need him as the season goes on so it was important that he returned at a high level.

RUNNING BACK DERRICK MITCHELL

Mitchell has been outstanding the last two games. Not only as a runner but also as a viable weapon in the receiving game out of the backfield and in pass protection. He was a very good pass blocker on Saturday. He also had a critical catch on a screen pass early in his game on third down that extended the drive. 

RUNNING BACK AKRUM WADLEY

He's the home run hitter of the running back group and you feel like he has a chance to score everytime he touches the ball. There wasn't a ton to speak about on the offensive side of the ball but each of the backs found the end zone once.

DEFENSE

CORNERBACK DESMOND KING

He was his usual self and he's earned a game ball in nearly every game this season. King makes you nervous a bit as a returner on special teams but he's dangerous in that aspect as well. His signature play against Maryland was his interception of a screen pass that he returned 88 yards for a score.

SAFETY MILES TAYLOR

I thought that his play was pretty below his standards early on in the year but he's picked it up significantly over the past few games. The Maryland game was his best performance yet as he notched a fumble recovery and an interception. He was also a sure tackler in the contest and he hasn't always been.

PUNTER DILLON KIDD

Simply put, Dillon Kidd is one of the best punters in the country, if not the best. He was nominated for the Ray Guy award earlier in the week and he very well could win it. With the offense not clicking on all cylinders, he came through with a few excellent punts and consistently backed Maryland up inside their own 20.


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