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Iowa running back Akrum Wadley had plenty of incredible plays, but none were bigger than a 46-yard touchdown reception at Iowa State last September.

Akrum Wadley’s best play with Hawkeyes? Plenty of possibilities

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QUESTION: What was Akrum Wadley’s best play with the Hawkeyes?

ANSWER: There are so many plays from which to choose. Was it one of his 75-yard touchdown runs against Nebraska or Purdue? Was it his 26-yard game-winning touchdown run at Rutgers or his 54-yard game-clinching touchdown run at Minnesota? What about his 65-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game at Indiana in 2015?

Could it be either of his dynamic performances in major upsets of Ohio State in 2017 or Michigan in 2016? Was it his 70-yard catch-and-run against Penn State in a near-upset last September? Did it come in his 4-touchdown, 204-yard breakout performance at Northwestern in 2015 or his 3-touchdown effort at Nebraska in 2017? Or did it take place in the Pinstripe Bowl, where he won game MVP honors with 283 all-purpose yards?

Wadley’s résumé is stacked with incredible moments and impressive statistics. He was one of the most productive and elusive running backs in Iowa history. He was one of only four Hawkeyes to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons and ranks fifth in school history with 2,872 career rushing yards.

Wadley finished with 35 career touchdowns, one shy of Tavian Banks’ program record. Had Wadley not had a ridiculous unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for skipping into the end zone on a 74-yard touchdown reception against North Texas, he would have tied Banks with 36 touchdowns.

As for the best play of Wadley’s career, it took place last fall at Iowa State. With the Hawkeyes trailing by a touchdown and barely a minute to go in regulation, Wadley took a checkdown pass over the middle, ran past linebacker Joel Lanning, sprinted up the sideline, juked a few Cyclones defenders and ran over two defenders on his way to the end zone on a 46-yard score. In the most high-profile annual event in Iowa, Wadley came up with an iconic play in a critical moment. Iowa won the game in overtime, 44-41.

Not bad for a 2-star running back from Newark, N.J., who had a fumbling problem early in his career.

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