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Ledyard | Stingy Iowa defense shuts down Josh Allen and Wyoming

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Ledyard | Stingy Iowa defense shuts down Josh Allen and Wyoming

Iowa Hawkeyes v Wyoming Cowboys

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. ET

Kinnick Stadium/Iowa City, IA

Score:  Wyoming (3), Iowa (24)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Wyoming Cowboys

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (RS Junior)

Analysis: Made a reckless decision to throw late down the sideline on a pass that should have been intercepted during Wyoming’s first drive, abandoning a clean pocket in the process. Throws with excellent pace to the sideline, even from the far hash. Needs to improve at understanding when to throw the ball away and live to fight another day. Ball protection in the pocket when evading pressure is precarious. Accuracy issues continue to abound, and plays hero ball far too often, abandoning fundamentals and failing to stand in under pressure. Iowa’s defense was a decent test, but I thought Allen failed to show growth in any aspect of his game compared to last year, although the physical tools remain intriguing. The top five hype surrounding him continues to be a total mystery. Stock: Down

Iowa Hawkeyes 

Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa (RS Senior)

Light feet to dance around trash is one of his better assets. Can still see it a little better and be a little more patient on zone runs to follow off his blockers. Makes defenders miss with tremendous elusiveness and change-of-direction ability to bounce the ball to space. Never gonna be a tackle-breaker or power runner, but won’t hesitate to bang between the tackles. His frame will be a big question when projecting him to a feature role in the NFL, but Wadley asserted his running style well against a stingy Wyoming defense. Stock: Up

Sean Welsh, OG, Iowa (RS Senior)

Lost his footing on a skip pull and changing direction seemed to be a struggle. Does a tremendous job of covering up and sustaining blocks as a zone blocker, even when he doesn’t cleanly capture playside shoulder. Base and anchor in pass protection are ideal. Placed his hands very well in pass protection, controlling rushers and not appearing to be threatened or under duress at any point. Welsh is a very reliable starter who struggled to pull quickly and lock onto his targets in space, but there is a lot to like about his game at the point of attack. Stock: Same

James Butler, RB, Iowa (Senior)

Tremendous read on an outside zone run early in the game to find a crease and burst through for seven yards. Several times brought down on arm tackles or light contact. Would love to see a back of his build be stronger through traffic. Vision stood out on a couple occasions, and Butler appears to have at least capable athleticism to handle feature back duties, but I want to see more power and balance through contact as an inside runner. Stock: Down

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa (RS Senior)

Lack of range is evident, but plays with great above-the-neck awareness and discipline. Stayed locked on the football and didn’t bite on everything thrown at him. Sifted through trash well and looked capable in shallow zone drops. He was effective as a blitzer as well, playing fast all night long to attack creases up front and not wait for blockers to come to him.. Finished the game with 14 tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. This wasn’t a matchup to really test Jewell much, as his issues will come against better athletes who can gain the edge on him out of the backfield or expose his lack of athleticism in coverage, but nevertheless, the senior’s performance was one indicative of a fringe top 100 player. Stock: Up

Other Players that Flashed

Jake Gervase, S, Iowa

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Best Players on the Field

Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa

Iowa offensive line

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa

Forgettable Performances

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Wyoming offensive line

Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard has been writing about the NFL draft for several years now, and is thrilled to be bringing creative content and unique analysis to NDT Scouting. He lives with his wife Brittany and four-month old daughter Caylee in mid-western Pennsylvania. Jon is also the host of the Locked on NFL Draft and Breaking the Plane podcasts, while covering the Steelers for scout.com. The Office, LOST, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, grilling, Duke basketball, and all Pittsburgh pro sports teams are his greatest passions.

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