The Hawkeyes football team is returning to Iowa City this week to kickoff winter workouts, but without the likes of Amani Hooker, T.J. Hockenson, Anthony Nelson and Noah Fant.
All four of those players leaving Iowa early to take their talents to the NFL, leaving some big holes in the Hawkeyes’ starting lineup.
Kirk Ferentz’s reacted to the new norm in Division-I football.
“The number is up to 132, I guess finished at 132 for guys that are going to move on to the NFL,” said Ferentz. “So it’s just another trend in college football that we will learn to adjust to and deal with and what have you. Every case is individual, but the reality is that we’re gonna see more of that in the future I believe. So you just got to have a mental plan for that and try to make sure you’re working as hard as you can behind the scenes to get the next man ready.”
Ferentz was asked if the basketball model where players can go through the combine process, but then pull their name out of draft consideration, would be able to be applied for football. He stopped short of endorsing that, but did say in the near future there might need to be some changes made in the process.