Top 10 Iowa Returners in 2020

The top 10 players returning to the Iowa Hawkeyes for the 2020 college football season.

Important to note that this list is based upon last year's data and film from on each specific team as well as judgment based upon the player's position both his skill and the level of talent around him at the said position and influential cohorts. Positional value also plays a large factor in these rankings as does the offensive or defensive scheme.



1. Alaric Jackson, T

2. Chauncey Golston, Edge Defender

3. Tyler Linderbaum, C

4. Jack Koerner, S

5. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR

6. Tyrone Tracy Jr., WR

7. Nick Niemann, LB

8. Djimon Colbert, LB

9. Matt Hankins, CB

10. Julius Brents, CB


Honorable Mention: Mark Kallenberger, T; Daviyon Nixon, DI; Brandon Smith, WR; Dane Belton, CB; Joe Evans, DI


Jackson is a true mauler and ready to be the next big player to make a splash in the NFL from Iowa's offensive line factory. He already does big things regularly including multiple pancake blocks at the second level, clean shifts in pass protection and he moves extremely well for a guy his size.


Golston is ready for a breakout year with the majority of the focus shifted to him on the edge while Koener patrols the deep middle of the field just as easy as he comes down in run defense. Linderbaum is an underrated prospect in the middle while everyone knows Smith-Marsette's skill set is about speed.


There's a solid linebacking duo in Niemann and Colbert while Hankins and Brents can be one of the top pairs in the conference if they live up to their potential in 2020.

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