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Game Balls: Iowa at Rutgers

Handing out game balls to the top performers of Iowa's 14-7 victory over Rutgers.

OFFENSE

This side of the ball was pretty disappointing and it's tough to name a standout, but if there was one it should probably go to Akrum Wadley. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on a nice run where he skated down the sideline. The pass protection was better today as well and that could have been a result of having James Daniels and Sean Welsh back in the starting lineup. Wadley was good, though, and he deserves it after scoring in front of a bunch of family and friends. If he's getting close to 100 percent health, he probably warrants a few more touches each game.

DEFENSE

This is an easy pick. It's Josey Jewell. Case closed. That goal line stand dictated the direction of this game and he basically did it all himself. He was sensational yet again and continued to punish the opposing team's quarterback. He was outstanding. Jewell is good every game but this may have been the best performance of his career thus far and that is saying something.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Ron Coluzzi is the winner in this department again. He launched two huge punts that flipped the field when the Hawkeyes needed it the most. His hang time on them is also exceptional. We still don't really know how well Iowa can cover punts because they haven't had to. It's always a touchback. Coluzzi might be in the discussion for the Ray Guy Award at the end of the season, the trophy handed out to the nation's best punter.

TRUE FRESHMAN

None of the Iowa newcomers really left an imprint on this contest. The only one that played any meaningful snaps really was cornerback Manny Rugamba. He was good but he also made a crucial penalty that allowed Rutgers to extend a drive. Kristian Welch, Amani Jones, and Amani Hooker got their reps on special teams. With as many redshirts burned as there was on week one, they may want to see what they have in a couple spots with a few of those guys. One that definitely comes to mind is Cedrick Lattimore as they could use a bigger rotation on the defensive line. 


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