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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Thursday, Oct. 13.
Iowa football midseason awards
The Hawkeyes are six games into the season. It’s the ideal time to hand out Iowa midseason awards. Without further ado the winner is …
CB Desmond King, cornerback
King is playing so well teams are rarely throwing in his direction. When a team does decide to throw at him like Minnesota last week he nearly comes away with a pick-six.
He’s putting together another dominant season. He’s the kind of shutdown corner teams hope to bring to campus. One must look beyond his 5 pass breakups (he’s yet to get an interception) to realize how well he’s playing.
Also Receiving Votes: LB Josey Jewell
Best Offensive Player
George Kittle, tight end
It may seem like a surprising choice, but he’s arguably been the most consistent player on offense. His 15 receptions are lower than most expected right now, but it speaks to his all-around play at tight end that he’s still able to make a significant impact on the offense. Iowa does need to find a way to get him more receptions in the second half of the season.
Also Receiving Votes: RB Akrum Wadley
Best Defensive Player
King was covered plenty earlier. If you need more here’s Scott Dochterman on him.
King edged out Jewell here as well. Jewell is putting up an impressive season in his own right. He leads the team with 54 tackles. He’s added 3.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and 3 pass breakups and 3 quarterback hurries. He’s been the most consistent player and nearly made a goal-line stand on his own against Rutgers. There isn’t much more Jewell could have done from an individual standpoint in the first six games.
Also Receiving Votes: Jewell
Best Special Teams Player
Ron Coluzzi, punter
He’s been consistent for Iowa and keeps opposing punt returners from returning most punts. Seventy-five percent of his punts were fair caught in the first six games. He’s also received praise from the coaching staff for his kickoff duties.
Also Receiving Votes: King
Anthony Nelson, defensive end
All the redshirt freshman did in the first six games was show he’s capable of playing as many reps as Iowa will give him. He’s tied for the team lead with 4 sacks. The future, not to mention the present, is bright for someone capable of developing into a future star on the defensive line.
Also Receiving Votes: CB Manny Rugamba
Epenesa’s golden ticket
Iowa defensive end commit A.J. Epenesa accepted his invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at Edwardsville High School in Illinois on Wednesday.
— #ArmyBowl (@ArmyAllAmerican) October 13, 2016
He’s one of three Hawkeyes commits headed to the game. Texas high school running back Eno Benjamin and Iowa high school offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs will also be playing in the contest.