IOWA CITY – There just wasn’t of offensive punch in the Iowa Hawkeye football team last season. At least, that’s how it seemed at times.
In fact, the Hawkeyes in the last half of last season were a team looking for a spark anywhere they could get it. After all, maybe just one big play or one big score is all it would have taken for Iowa to stop what turned into a six-game season-ending losing streak.
Jordan Cotton and Henry Krieger-Coble certainly did what they could to make those plays last year, even in the face of defeat. For Cotton, there was a 92-yard kickoff return that is among the top-10 all-time longest returns in Iowa football history coming in the 38-14 loss to Penn State that started the losing streak.
For Krieger-Coble, a career milestone was achieved during a very difficult day for his team. The freshman tight end caught his first touchdown of his Hawkeye career, hauling in a 16-yard reception in the "Big House" as Iowa suffered a 42-17 loss to Michigan in a game to ensure Kirk Ferentz’s fourth losing season in 13 years as Hawkeye head coach.
So maybe the first season together as Hawkeye teammates wasn’t quite as memorable on the field for Cotton and Krieger-Coble as their days together at Mount Pleasant. The good news is both can look forward to one more year together in black and gold and both could be looking at playing big roles in the re-awakening of exciting Iowa football.
“Since we didn’t make it to a bowl game, we’ve been looking forward to our first game of this season ever since last November,” Cotton said. “We’ve been pushing forward together ever since that last game against Nebraska last year. It’s time to play football. We’re ready to go.”