Rising star: Geno Stone
My selection for rising star shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has read my articles in the last few months. Anytime I mention Geno Stone it’s usually quickly followed by words describing how talented he is.
I also write this often, but people keep forgetting that it wasn’t just Amani Hooker’s unique skill set that allowed the Iowa football team to move to a more modern 4-2-5 defense, it was also the emergence of Stone as a defensive weapon.
Moreover, when people talk about Stone, they talk about his team-leading interceptions, which to be fair, were great, but he’s not just a ball-hawk, he’s an elite coverage safety who can also play in the box if needed.
The only thing that could impact his emergence is that instead of being the third guy in the safety group, he is the guy in the safety group. He is the leader, and defenses will be game planning for him, not fourth-round draft pick Amani Hooker.