The Iowa Hawkeye secondary has had its fair share of ups and downs the past couple of seasons, but has had a pretty solid year this year in terms of statistics. According to the Outback Bowl’s official depth chart, John Lowdermilk, Tanner Miller, B.J. Lowery, and Desmond King will be the four starters on New Years Day.
It’s a fairly experienced bunch of guys except for King who is a freshman. Lowery and Miller are seniors, while Lowdermilk is a junior.
Lowery led the group over the year, he had 63 total tackles and 3 interceptions for the Hawkeyes. King and Miller each had 63 total tackles over the course of the year, Miller also added 3 interceptions. Lowdermilk led the group in total tackles with 72.
The Iowa secondary really only had a couple of bad games throughout the year. The most notable is probably the Northern Illinois game. The Hawkeyes allowed 275 yards through the air to Jordan Lynch to go along with 3 touchdowns. They also allowed 3 TD’s through the air to the Iowa State Cyclones, however both of those games were very early in the season.
Ohio State and Michigan State were two other games that the Hawkeyes had a a little bit of a tough time. Other than that, they remained pretty solid.
Lowery is probably the most talented of the four and the safeties will struggle at points. Despite all that, Iowa ranks 11th in passing yards allowed per game, according to ncaa.com. They also rank 25th in team passing efficiency defense.
All this will come in handy when they take the field against the LSU Tigers. Reason being, they’re no slouch through the air. I realize that they lost their starting quarterback, but they still have very talented wide receivers. LSU ranks 34th in passing yards per game. They are also 3rd in yards per completion.
It’s going to be a tough match up for the Hawkeyes, but I think they stack up well. Iowa is going to have to perform well on defense if they hope to win.
That rounds out the series of previews with only the prediction portion left. That article will be posted tomorrow on Dear Old Gold.