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Iowa True Freshmen: Redshirt or No Redshirt 2.0

Which true freshmen will play this year for Iowa? We take our second glance as Saturday's scrimmage is now wrapped up.

Derek Young of Hawkeye Insider takes his second glance at which true freshmen will redshirt and which ones will see the field right away as Iowa has completed over a week of fall camp and is coming off a live scrimmage Saturday August 13. Iowa signed 24 in the 2016 class that enrolled over the summer. However one already left school in safety Lance Billings, dwindling that number down by one. 

The Hawkeyes also will add safety Noah Clayberg of Pella, Iowa. The incoming freshmen won't join the football team until January as he begins as a gray-shirt player, meaning he can't join the team until after this season but will go on scholarship. 

For this version, Clayberg and Billings won't be included, as we analyze the outlook of all 23 true freshmen on campus.


QUARTERBACK NATE STANLEY: Stanley showcased that tremendous arm talent during the scrimmage on Saturday. He won't play this season because there's no reason for him to but next year could be a very different story. Bright future. Redshirt.

RUNNING BACK TOREN YOUNG: We saw what we expected from Young in the scrimmage on Saturday. Like Kirk Ferentz said about him afterwards, he's not a combine guy and is much better when the pads are on and there's full contact. Doubt he sees the field this year. Redshirt.

RUNNING BACK TOKS AKINRIBADE: Unlike Young, Toks is a combine guy and has a little more explosion about them. He's pretty raw though and has a ways to go in figuring it all out at the college level. Normally I wouldn't think he plays but I remember Seth Wallace wanting to separate he and Toren Young so he might play. No Redshirt.

WIDE RECEIVER DEVONTE YOUNG: I did not think there was a chance he would play this season but Saturday's scrimmage kind of showed a different picture. He got time with the second unit regularly, though it was with Jay Scheel out and VandeBerg and McCarron playing very little. There's a chance according to Ferentz. If they aren't seeing what they want out of Falconer or Ogwo and Parker is still sidelined, he could see the field soon. He's ahead of Beyer and that would only leave Boyle (who hasn't played a game at the position yet, McCarron, VandeBerg, Scheel, and Jerminic. I think it comes down to who they feel better about as the sixth guy; Falconer, Ogwo, or Devonte Young. I'll lean towards Falconer still.  Redshirt.

WIDE RECEIVER SHAUN BEYER: A new freshmen story and a new position for Beyer. He's intriguing as a wideout and that looks like it'll be his spot for the 2016 season. I don't think it results in him seeing the field right away. Redshirt.

TIGHT END T.J. HOCKENSON: You know you have Kittle. Pekar started in place of Kittle during the scrimmage. You probably want three or four tight ends that can play. One is Kittle. One is Pekar. One is likely Fant. With Wisnieski injured, Hockenson could be the fourth guy should they choose to use him. It's a possibility but I'll lean towards him not playing still. Redshirt.

TIGHT END NOAH FANT: This is likely a slam dunk now with Wisnieski injured. He'll play right away. No Redshirt.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE ALARIC JACKSON: He was the prized recruiting win at the end of the 2016 cycle. He's a big dude but he's pretty raw with a long ways to go in his development. He'll need to refine his technique and style as well as put on more weight and become stronger. Redshirt.

OFFENSIVE GUARD COLE BANWART: He already looks the part really and I was impressed with his physical make-up on Saturday but he won't be playing this year. Redshirt.

CENTER SPENCER WILLIAMS: He's a center but I think his first playing time will be at guard while James Daniels is still at Iowa. Then he takes over at center after Daniels departs. But those are still a few years away. Redshirt.

DEFENSIVE END CHAUNCEY GOLSTON: His motor, hustle, and effort has already been praised by the Iowa coaches. He's a phenomenal athlete but has some physical maturation to still go through. Bright future. Redshirt.

DEFENSIVE END BRANDON SIMON: He'll be the next Nate Meier and Parker Hesse. But it won't be this year. Redshirt.

DEFENSIVE END ROMEO MCKNIGHT: McKnight is still recovering from an ACL tear and should be at full health in the next month or two. It's best to learn and get bigger for now. Redshirt.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE CEDRICK LATTIMORE: I was wrong. I thought he would play right away at defensive end. He'll actually play right away at defensive tackle and he looks the part already. Lattimore is going to be a good one. No Redshirt.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE AUSTIN SCHULTE: He's also still recovering from a high school injury. Redshirt.

LINEBACKER KRISTIAN WELCH: He's a nice athlete but still finding his way and with the third unit at linebacker right now. Redshirt.

LINEBACKER NICK NIEMANN: Like Welch, he's still figuring it all out and is with the third unit at linebacker. Needs to get a little bigger. Redshirt.

LINEBACKER AMANI JONES: He's the furthest along of all the true freshman linebackers. He'll probably find a home on special teams in some way at some point. No Redshirt.

LINEBACKER KYLE TAYLOR: He was used as an inside linebacker on the third unit Saturday. Redshirt.

LINEBACKER BARRINGTON WADE: Tremendous athlete that could contribute right away on special teams but is so buried on the depth chart they likely won't want to waste the year. Redshirt.

CORNERBACK CEDRIC BOSWELL: Had a good day in coverage on Saturday but he's behind Ojemudia, Jackson, Mabin, King, and fellow true freshman Manny Rugamba. Redshirt.

CORNERBACK MANNY RUGAMBA: He played a lot on special teams. And with Mabin out and Ojemudia limited, he even got some reps with the first unit Saturday. There's a spot for him this season. No Redshirt.

SAFETY AMANI HOOKER: They're thin at safety and he was a mainstay in the special teams drills. I think he finds a spot this season in some way. No Redshirt.


No Redshirt (6): Toks Akinribade, Noah Fant, Cedrick Lattimore, Amani Jones, Manny Rugamba, Amani Hooker

Redshirt (17): Nate Stanley, Toren Young, Devonte Young, Shaun Beyer, T.J. Hockenson, Alaric Jackson, Cole Banwart, Spencer Williams, Chauncey Golston, Brandon Simon, Romeo McKnight, Austin Schulte, Kristian Welch, Nick Niemann, Barrington Wade, Kyle Taylor, Cedric Boswell


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