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The football career of former Iowa offensive lineman Cole Croston (right, No. 70) is defined by overcoming odds. He's doing it again in the NFL.

Iowa overachiever Cole Croston tackles Super Bowl; identifying backup recruiting options

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A super season

Walk-ons aren’t supposed to start in college. Offensive lineman Cole Croston did at Iowa. Undrafted rookie free agents aren’t supposed to stick in the NFL. Croston did with the New England Patriots. Now, he’s set to play in the Super Bowl. Jeff Budlong of the Sioux City Journal recaps Croston’s rookie season and how he got this far.

Plan B

What exactly is Iowa’s backup plan to fill out the Class of 2018? Land of 10 answers that question, and more, in the latest recruiting mailbag.

Slow and steady

There isn’t a lot of activity with the Hawkeyes in the final week before National Signing Day. The reason is likely because Iowa is applying patience, one of its key recruiting tenets, with the Class of 2018.

Breaking down ‘The Outlaw’

Iowa fans love linebacker Josey Jewell. What do NFL teams think of him? Kelby Goodman of the NFL Draft Bible put together a pretty good summary of Jewell as a draft prospect in this scouting report. Goodman believes Jewell’s football IQ and instincts could lead him to outperform linebackers taken ahead of him in the draft.

Title time?

Can Iowa wrestler Michael Kemerer win a national championship at 157 pounds? Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register looks into it following the news of Penn State’s No. 1-ranked Jason Noff suffering a season-ending right knee injury.

To the point

Is Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon a point guard? Is he a combo guard? Bohannon is providing a definitive answer to why he is the men’s basketball team’s No. 1 option at manning the 1 spot.

Crunch time

It’s now February. For the Iowa women’s basketball team it means closing the season strong to earn a better NCAA Tournament seed. Jeff Linder of the Cedar Rapids Gazette explains the importance of the next few weeks.

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