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Don’t rebuild, just reload: Safety Quinn Schulte is returning to the Iowa Hawkeyes for 2024

Luke Lachey. Jay Higgins. Nick Jackson. Sebastian Castro. Jermari Harris. And now Quinn Schulte.

In an era of searching outside the building for talent and bringing in players from the transfer portal, the Iowa Hawkeyes are bucking the trend and keeping their own talented players in the building.

Rather than rebuilding, the Iowa defense is simply reloading. Safety Quinn Schulte is the latest Hawkeye to be confirmed to be returning to the Hawkeyes in 2024.

The Iowa defense was among the best in the nation this past season and is returning much of that production, minus Cooper DeJean who is slated to be a first round pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

During 2023, Schulte tallied 65 tackles, five pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception in the Hawkeyes’ 22-0 shutout of Rutgers. He started all 14 games for Iowa.

Schulte will be returning for his fifth season with the Hawkeyes. Throughout the previous four seasons, he has totaled 141 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and three interceptions in 41 games. He has appeared in at least 11 games over the last three seasons and started 27 in his career.

Schulte returning provides Phil Parker and the Iowa defense with an extremely reliable and intelligent player on the back end of the secondary. Schulte brings loads of experience to a unit that is only maturing.

His return to the Hawkeyes should see him paired with up-and-coming fellow safety Xavier Nwankpa as the men in the secondary for Iowa.

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