Stanley, Iowa shift passing attack from tight ends to WRs
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's passing game last season was all about the tight ends.
Which made sense, since T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant would go on to be first-round selections in the NFL...
Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
New faces: DE Trey Flowers, DT Mike Daniels, WR Danny Amendola, TEs T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James, RB C.J. Anderson, Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin, S Andrew Adams,...
Iowa loaded for 2019 as brutal road schedule looms
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Even after losing a program-high four early entrants to the NFL, Iowa likely has enough talent to win the Big Ten West.
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
OPEN CAMP: July 24, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: First-year coach Matt Patricia lost seven of last 10 games, saddling franchise with double digits in losses for...
Lions waive Roberts after trade with Patriots falls through
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions waived tight end Michael Roberts after trying to trade him to the New England Patriots.
The Lions say trade conditions put Roberts back on the...
Lions trade TE Roberts to Patriots for conditional pick
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick.
Detroit made the move Thursday, creating an open roster...
Lions hoping investments in TEs Hockenson and James pay off
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have invested a lot in tight ends, desperately hoping to turn a weakness into a strength.
Detroit drafted Iowa star T.J. Hockenson early in the...
Lions select Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with No. 8 pick
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions ignored some forgettable draft history and took the plunge again to address perhaps their top need.
2 Iowa tight ends likely to go in 1st round of NFL draft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Talk about a culture change.
Not long ago, drafting a tight end in the first round was taboo for NFL teams. On Thursday night, two might go very high — and they come...
Iowa revamps passing game with Hockenson, Fant off to NFL
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the best tight ends in Iowa history have left for the NFL. The Hawkeyes might finally have the wide receivers it needs to revamp its offense.
Iowa tight ends’ competition continues into NFL
Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson spent their three years at Iowa trying to one-up each other in a friendly but fierce competition. So, why should the NFL draft be any different?
Iowa looking to plug holes at TE, DL in the offseason
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Thursday identified defensive line and tight end as the team's biggest concerns heading into the offseason.
Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson leaving for the NFL draft
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's recruiting pitch will be bolstered by the fact that four of its players decided to leave early after receiving encouraging draft grades from the NFL.
It might also make next season tougher than ever.
The Hawkeyes announced on Monday that T.J. Hockenson, a redshirt sophomore, will join fellow tight end Noah Fant, defensive end Anthony Nelson and defensive back Amani Hooker as early entrees in the draft.
In-state linemen highlight Iowa’s 2019 signing class
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa signed 20 players to national letters of intent Wednesday, a group headlined by instate linemen Ezra Miller of Holstein and Tyler Endres of Norwalk.
Miller and Endres were two of Iowa's four-star signees, joining linebacker Justin Jacobs of Ohio.
The Hawkeyes also signed quarterback Alex Padilla, a two-time, first-team all-state pick out of Colorado. He will likely compete with Peyton Mansell for playing time after Nate Stanley departs following next season.
Iowa’s Hockenson wins Mackey Award as nation’s top tight end
Iowa's T.J. Hockenson is the Mackey Award winner as the best tight end in the country.
The winner was announced Wednesday. Hockenson is the first sophomore to win the award in its 19-year history and the second player from Iowa, joining Dallas Clark in 2002.
The other finalists were Albert Okwuegbunam of Missouri and Kaden Smith of Stanford.
Outback Bowl Matchup
No. 18 Mississippi State (9-3, SEC) vs Iowa (8-4, Big Ten), Jan. 1, 12 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Mississippi State: DE Montez Sweat, 51 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks.
Iowa: TE T.J. Hockenson, 46 catches, 717 yards, six touchdowns.
Mississippi State: No. 18 final playoff ranking best since ending at No. 7 in 2014. Joe Moorhead joins Jackie Sherrill as only MSU coaches to make bowl game in first season.
Big Ten: Buckeyes’ Dwayne Haskins offensive player of year
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who set Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season, is the conference's offensive player of the year.
The Big Ten on Wednesday announced postseason offensive awards based on voting by coaches and media. Haskins has passed for 4,081 yards and 42 touchdowns, had four 400-yard passing games and became the first Ohio State quarterback with six TD passes in multiple games.
Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson up for national honors
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz caused a stir last week when he intimated that star tight end Noah Fant's lack of snaps in a loss to Northwestern was due in part because T.J. Hockenson had passed Fant on the depth chart.
The Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) corrected course last week at Illinois: Fant was predictably fantastic, scoring the game's first touchdown in a 63-0 rout.
Trick plays counter Big Ten’s ‘3 yards, cloud of dust’ image
A run of trick plays this season is challenging the Big Ten's reputation for stodgy football.
Kirk Ferentz pulled the biggest of them last week when Iowa successfully ran a fake field goal against Minnesota, with T.J. Hockenson catching a sandlot-style snap on the overloaded right side and chugging 4 yards for a touchdown.
Stanley’s 4 TD passes send Iowa past Minnesota 48-31
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Whether it was the touchdown on a fake field goal or the two true freshmen cornerbacks forced by injuries into the starting lineup, Iowa had to work hard to hoist that bronze pig.
Nate Stanley sure put in his share of sweat equity.
Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota's Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers 48-31 on Saturday for the fourth straight time.
Iowa hoping to find offensive consistency in 2018
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's offense was as inconsistent as any in the country last season, capable of hanging 55 points on Ohio State one week and getting shut out by Wisconsin the next.
A more reliable attack could help vault the Hawkeyes back atop the Big Ten West in 2018.
Hawkeyes believe, then stun Buckeyes
IOWA CITY — It really happened.
Amani Hooker pinched himself, just to make sure.
"You dream about having games like this and today, the dream came true," said the Iowa safety who started it all Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.