If we have college football in 2020, the Iowa Hawkeyes will have some question marks. Most notably, Iowa will be breaking in a new QB this fall after Nate Stanley was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.
On the defensive side of the ball, however, the Hawkeyes need to shore up the defensive line. It’s unlikely the production lost when A.J. Epenesa was drafted by the Buffalo Bills is replaced, but Iowa will look to do so with some highly regarded backups already on the roster.
In the middle of the defense, however, Iowa needs some help. They’ve got budding star Daviyon Nixon in the fold and youngster Noah Shannon shows plenty of promise, but Kelvin Bell and Phil Parker like to rotate linemen to keep everyone fresh. That means a need for more bodies.
Today, that question was answered as Northern Illinois graduate transfer defensive tackle Jack Heflin announced his intention to transfer to the University of Iowa. Heflin is just what the doctor ordered in Iowa City. He’s got a big build at 6’4” and 319 pounds, per his NIU bio.
More than just a body, Heflin is a player. As a redshirt junior last season, the Prophetstown, Illinois native was a team captain and the Huskies’ defensive player of the year. He was also named second team All-MAC by the conference’s coaches and was a Pro Football Focus All-America Honorable Mention.