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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers 10/08/2016

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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers 10/08/2016

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers

Saturday, October 8, 2016

TCF Bank Stadium/Minneapolis, MN

Score:  Iowa (14), Minnesota  (7)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Iowa Offense

CJ Beathard, QB, Senior:  Beathard had a sloppy game as he completed 17 of 31 passes for 142 with 2 interceptions. On his first INT, Beathard demonstrated sloppy feet and rushed finding his platform to underthrow a vertical route when there was plenty of space and no rush. The second INT, Beathard floated an errant pass in a critical situation when trailing in the 4th quarter. There were a few glimpses of efficiency in the short to intermediate range but Beathard failed to establish comfort or rhythm in the contest as a passer while making several mistakes. Beathard also vacated a clean pocket, went out of bounds and attempted to hurdle a defender when the first down was completely unrealistic causing the clock to stop late in the game when Iowa needed it to run and had a boneheaded fumble. Billed as an efficient game manager, Beathard failed to even demonstrate that ability.   Stock:  Down

Iowa Defense

Desmond King, CB, Senior:  King continues to dominate in the boundary and show advanced skills as a cornerback. Minnesota tested him early in the game on some quick routes to which King disrupted at the catch point on two occasions. King showed terrific route anticipation in zone coverage and was sticky in man coverage. King was excellent as a punt returner where he almost always made the first man miss. The only blemish on the day was a fumbled kickoff return but the ball went out of bounds. Stock:  Same

Jaleel Johnson, DT, Senior:  Johnson was stout on the defensive interior and played with fundamentally sound technique and consistent effort. While he didn’t show dominate traits, he was efficient and functioned within the scheme. Johnson did come up with a coverage sack where he came back across his man to disengage and make the play. Johnson also showed decent lateral movement skills. Stock:  Same

Minnesota Offense

Mitch Leidner, QB, Senior:  Leidner had a dreadful performance where he completed just 13 of 33 passes for 166 yards and 2 interceptions. He was erratic with his ball placement and appeared to have little ability to recognize coverage concepts. He didn’t work progressions and stared down his primary read on most occasions. His interceptions were both inability to recognize zone defenders combined with an inaccurate throw. If there was a bright spot, Leidner had a few impressive moments delivering throws on the run when moving the pocket but Leidner has little to no ability to win with any regularity from the pocket. Stock:  Down

Defense

Jalen Myrick, CB, Senior:  Myrick was a bright spot in this game with impressive man coverage skills, athleticism and ball skills. He was a feisty competitor in coverage and did a fine job remaining within the frame of his man. He had an impressive pass breakup when tested vertically to get his hand on the ball and rip it out on the way down from a jump ball situation. He did pass down several opportunities to make tackles against the run and took a handful of intentional bad angles to the ball to avoid contact but his coverage skills were excellent. Stock:  Up

Best Players on the Field

Desmond King, CB, Iowa

Forgettable Performances

Mitch Leidner, QB, Minnesota

CJ Beathard, QB, Iowa

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Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011.

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