The Iowa linebacker has respect for Wyoming's QB and likes where this defense is at. Chad Leistikow/The Register
On Josh Allen, Nate Stanley and stopping the run. Chad Leistikow/The Register
The Wyoming quarterback had a rough outing against the Hawkeyes. Chad Leistikow/HawkCentral
The Iowa senior talks about a pivotal play by Josey Jewell and his own role Mark Emmert/The Register
The Iowa cornerback talks about a satisfying performance by the whole defense Mark Emmert/The Register
The Iowa tight end expects Nate Stanley to spread the ball around, but will he catch 24 TD passes? Mark Emmert/HawkCentral
Iowa running back had an electric 19-yard run that set up the team's first TD. Chad Leistikow/HawkCentral
- Josey Jewell's reaction after dominating Josh Allen
- Kirk Ferentz on QBs, going for 4th down
- Josh Allen: Iowa defense was 'really good'
- Ben Niemann calls himself a 'hybrid' linebacker
- Josh Jackson made some big plays on Josh Allen
- Noah Fant with bold praise for his new quarterback
- Akrum Wadley explains the high step
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa football fans got a first look at a handful of new contributors this season in Saturday’s 24-3 victory over Wyoming.
A look at how those players — most of whom didn’t arrive on campus until this summer — fared:
- Tailback James Butler was in on the first snap, although the handoff went to Akrum Wadley on an end-around. Butler, a graduate transfer from Nevada, gained 35 yards on seven carries through three quarters, emerging as a red-zone option and showing impressive power. His 10-yard run with four minutes left in the first half produced Iowa’s initial first down of the season. Butler and Wadley split all the time as Iowa’s featured back, so look for much more out of him as the season progresses.
- True freshman defensive end A.J. Epenesa came on early in pass-rushing situations and appeared sporadically after that. The five-star recruit showed terrific hustle on a five-yard sack of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, producing the initial burst on the right side of the line and then tracking him all the way to the middle of the field to get in on the tackle. He later brought Allen down for no gain on a quarterback keeper.
- On the flip side, true freshman wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette appeared for only one play, and it did not go as planned. The speedster out of New Jersey took a handoff on a third-down end-around in Wyoming territory and promptly fumbled it away after taking a hit. None of Iowa’s other true freshman wide receivers played.
- True freshman Matt Hankins was Iowa’s third cornerback Saturday — a result of Manny Rugamba’s one-game suspension — but only appeared for one first-half play as the Hawkeyes stuck with their base defense throughout the game. That play resulted in a sack.
- Freshmen Ivory Kelly-Martin, Geno Stone and Noah Clayberg saw action on the punt and kick-return units.