It has yet to be announced by the program but according to his trainer, Iowa has named Central Michigan transfer Ron Coluzzi the starting punter for the 2016 season. He was in a position battle with Colten Rastetter.
His trainer Chris Sailer posted this tweet late Thursday night.
So not only has Coluzzi been named the starting punter but he was also tabbed to handle the kickoffs for the Hawkeyes and was awarded a scholarship. The scholarship extension comes as no surprise since he won the position battle given that Iowa has extra scholarships on hand for this season due to graduation, attrition, and other departures.
Kirk Ferentz was very complimentary of both punters over a week ago when we spoke to him after the Kids' Day scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium.
"It's been pretty good, actually," Ferentz said of his punters. "I'm afraid to say taht. I thought the week was good overall. Colten (Rastetter) continues to show very good potential. Consistency is his challenge. It was our first time to have a chance to be on the field with Ron Coluzzi. He acts like an older guy. He's a fifth year guy and graduated. He acts kind of like that. He's been through the wards and understands the ups and downs. For the most part he's been pretty consistent. It's a good 1-2 punch right there and the competition has been healthy."
Rastetter is only a redshirt freshman and Coluzzi is embarking on his final year of college football. So though it appears Coluzzi has won the job, he will only hold onto it for a year. Rastetter should be in line once again a year from now to win the starting punting role.