Iowa readers tab receiver Tyrone Tracy as top incoming playmaker
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Which incoming freshman will make an impact right away for Iowa?
ANSWER: Iowa regularly plays skill position players on their first semester on campus, and this year is no exception.
Among the Hawkeyes’ primary returners at receiver and running back, only one is an upperclassman. That means first-year players will have their chance to compete right away this fall.
In a Land of 10 poll asking readers which incoming freshman could make an impact right away on offense, receiver Tyrone Tracy (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) walked away with the victory. It’s easy to see why.
Which incoming Iowa freshman has the best chance to make a major impact right away on offense?
— Land of 10 Iowa (@Landof10Iowa) June 24, 2018
Tracy, who played at Decatur Central near Indianapolis, was named the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year after rushing for 1,412 yards and 13 touchdowns and catching 54 passes for 1,132 yards and 17 scores. Tracy lined up everywhere on offense to force the defense to commit to him.
Before arriving on campus, Tracy was told he’ll see some time in the slot. It’s a move that makes sense. Iowa has shifted players to the slot, but never one with Tracy’s skill set. Tracy holds Decatur Central marks for career touchdowns (72), career receiving touchdowns (33), career receiving yards (2,643) and career rushing yards per attempt (8.7). He totaled 3,525 rushing yards in four seasons.
The other candidates also have impressive résumés. Receiver Samson Evans was Illinois’ Gatorade Player of the Year at Prairie Ridge High School after rushing for 6,386 yards and 111 touchdowns in his career — third-most in Illinois prep history. Running back Henry Geil ran for 2,119 yards and 32 touchdowns at Green Bay (Wis.) Preble High School. Receiver Calvin Lockett played for former Iowa safety Marcus Paschal at Largo (Fla.) High School and caught 13 passes for 425 yards as a senior.
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