Iowa’s defensive line depth took yet another hit as sophomore (going on junior year) reserve defensive end Brandon Simon announced his intention to transfer away from the program. Via his Twitter:
Simon was a 3-star recruit that signed with Iowa in 2016, redshirted his freshman year and didn’t see any game action in 2017. This season he saw action in…one game, against Northern Iowa.
Simon’s departure marks the third defensive lineman that Iowa has lost this offseason. Anthony Nelson declared for the NFL early, Garret Jansen graduated early and is going the graduate transfer route and now, Simon is moving on. Despite this, it’s not difficult to gauge who Iowa’s starters will be in 2019. A.J. Epenesa and Chauncey Golston will likely be on the ends, with Cedrick Lattimore and Brady Reiff filling the middle. That being said, Iowa would appreciate some depth across the line, and it has taken a hit over the past couple of weeks.
Not so fun fact: Simon is the 11th player from the class of 2016 to leave the program. Now, in fairness, three of those players are leaving for the NFL early, but it’s still notable that 48% of that class won’t be finishing their career on Iowa’s roster. C’est la vie.
Best of luck, Brandon.