Amani Hooker and Ihmir Smith-Marsette Earn Postseason Awards; Hooker, Epenesa, Nelson Earn All-Defense Honors

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Vanilla Gorilla's picture

What a damn haul from a fantastic unit!  High expectations all year and they delivered.  They have a lot to be proud of.

I’m going to agree with a previous tweet from Adam Jacobi and say that Parker Hesse only being honorable mention is a damn shame.  I thought he was the X factor on that line and should have gotten a little more love.  

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UtahHAWK's picture

Hesse deserves better...middle finger to anyone who thinks different.

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therealCatnuts's picture

Anthony Nelson was robbed even more. Third team. Nah. He was awesome. 

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Vanilla Gorilla's picture

I’m with you on that one.  There was a ton of talent in the conference this year,  but he deserved better.

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Brinzerian Wisdom's picture

Dude has 9.5 sacks from the strong side, and always has his run assignment on lockdown. Should be 1st team imo.

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rosko-p's picture

Agreed.  Typical that his flashier but less productive teammate took his spot. 

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Hollywood Hawk Hogan's picture

the hatin' ass (and dumb) coaches

Speaking of which, the coaches didn't even give Hesse an honorable mention? That's bullshit.  And I agree that Matt Nelson is way too low. 

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RetroHawk's picture

Great to see the recognition on the Defensive unit and special teams! Congrats to all and let's hope we see some offensive recognition.

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therealCatnuts's picture

Hope you like TEs and OLs getting our only awards!

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HawksEyeView's picture

That's like 6/7 of the total 11 on offense.  That's pretty good.

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chitownhawkeye's picture

Great to see the recognition of for the players.

And yes, Epenesa, you should totally remember this next year.  

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HoyaGoon's picture

So should A. Nelson. His snub was arguably worse

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RossWB's picture

Chips on shoulders all around! 

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Who are we, Michigan State?

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therealCatnuts's picture

those are prisoner numbers, not chips

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gms's picture

The defensive talent Iowa has had over the last decade or so is pretty impressive, and the current group may eventually have the most NFL success of any group yet.  How serious of NFL decisions to Hooker and Nelson have this year?

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therealCatnuts's picture

I'd rank the possible Iowa players leaving early for NFL as:

1) Noah Fant

2) TJ Hockenson

3) Anthony Nelson

4) Amani Hooker

5) Alaric Jackson

6) Nate Stanley (a distant sixth, just listing him here because numbers are good and he's been on draft boards previously)

How many go pro? I'll guess just the first two, but wouldn't be surprised if any of 3-5 did as well. 

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RossWB's picture

This looks right to me.

I think Fant is GBG. 
With all the buzz building around Hock, I can definitely see him leaving early if he gets a draft grade in the first few rounds.
I think Nelson is a real 50-50 guy right now. I could see him going either way.
I think 4-6 come back. Hooker doesn't profile as the kind of guy draft guys are going to go nuts about IMO. Jackson still needs some fine-tuning. Stanley likely needs a lot of fine-tuning. 

gms's picture

I assume I am still in the minority, but I hope Iowa guys get good grades and go. I think both guys last year made the right decision, and anybody that has a first 3 rounds grade this year is probably good to go too.  I honestly don't know what else the NFL would want to see out of TJ - he can catch, he can block.  Hes not a burner, but hes probably fast enough to be an in-line guy.

Same with Fant, (except kind of the opposite-can run, maybe not the best blocker, but serviceable) and even Nelson- how much better will they get with one more year as a Hawk vs a year in the league. 

The more guys we get going early --especially day 1-2 people, I have to imagine recruits would notice. the DB class of last year (Craddieth,DJ, Brents) sure seemed to.

I know there is a certain type of guy the staff looks for, and that is often an overlooked/developmental guy; but if we can ever open the door to more 4/5* guys who fit the mold, but right now might only come if they have a brother or father in the program (JamsDans & AJE).  

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Herk Whatcha Mama Gave Ya's picture

I don't see anybody but Fant as being more than a 50% likely departure.

That's not being a homer, I just don't really see it.

Barring unique circumstances, Iowa guys just don't leave early for the NFL during the Ferentz era, and if they do it's been because they're either highly probable first round picks or because of unique personal circumstances in their own career.

Here's the list of early draft entrants under KF:

Dallas Clark - an older player who'd come out of nowhere to have a phenomenal, award-winning season at TE

Shonn Greene - an older player, and a RB to boot, who'd come out of nowhere to have a phenomenal, award-winning season

Amari Spievey - a RS junior who'd also spent a 'gap year at Iowa Central CC after being rule academically ineligible as a soph at Iowa

Bryan Bulaga - a virtual first round lock at a premier position of LT

Tyler Sash (RIP) - another older player for his class, whose body had taken a beating given his style of play

Riley Reiff - a RS junior, and another virtual first round lock at a premier position of LT (see Bulaga)

Josh Jackson - a RS junior, blew up out of nowhere for a record-setting season and was presumed a likely 1st round pick

James Daniels - true junior, but a unique athlete (and youth) for the center position, was presumed a likely 1st round pick

So of the current class of draft-eligible Hawkeyes, Fant is really the only guy who fits the mold of what we've seen from early entrees in the KF era.

Hockenson is a fantastic player, but he's still just a sophomore, he's an Iowa native, and he's not the quintessential 'thoroughbred' that NFL teams get so enamored with come draft time. He also seems like a football guy for football's sake, that might not be as inclined to be mesmerized by an NFL vs. college football difference ASAP like some guys are.

Nelson and Hooker are both great players, but neither is going to test (both) or measure (Hooker) as premier prospects, and Hooker is a true junior with a year and a half of starts.

Now I think all of those top four guys are capable NFL players right now if they should enter the draft, but I can't see the scouts evaluating them all that way.

I don't think anybody else beyond those four would even entertain the jump. Jackson is still super young, and a developmental guy himself, and I've never thought Stanley would be a guy gung-ho on getting to the league after just three years in Iowa City (and I think he's a really good player now and can be a really good pro, in contrast to a lot of Iowa fans who apparently are all-in on acting like he's a major hindrance now).

I'd set the over/under on early entrants at 2.0, and I'd take the under.

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