How: 5 true freshmen ready to play

Iowa City, Iowa – There was a time when Iowa Football worked hard to keep redshirts for true freshmen. This practice has weakened over the years, with student-athletes leaving early for the NFL and the transfer portal.

Excluding the 2020 Covid-19 season, the Hawkeyes have averaged five true freshmen redshirting over the past five years. This is heavily weighted from ’17 when the number was 10.

A rule put in place prior to ’18 allowed players to see action in four games or less before redshirting. Iowa has done well in enforcing the legislation with a total of 10 student-athletes avoiding redshirts in the three Covid-free seasons. That’s an average of four over the last two full seasons (’19 & ’21).

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