Iowa Stock Index: Hawkeyes’ stock report after win over Minnesota

The Iowa Hawkeyes officially control their own destiny in the Big Ten West. A sentence more or less unfathomable just a month ago is a very real situation and a reality that is fully upon us. Next Friday is a win-and-in game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

At 7-4, following a rivalry victory over the Minnesota Badgers for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, the Hawkeyes are one win away from returning to Indianapolis. Their turnaround is nothing short of miraculous.

The four-game win streak they are riding right now has seen efforts from all three units at different times and has Iowa with a large preseason goal sitting right in front of them. The opportunity is theirs to take.

Quite a few Hawkeyes have had their hands in the mix helping create this winning streak, but there are a few that are seeing their stock rising as we continue down the final stretch of the season.

Stock Rising: Jack Campbell


I am out of words to describe what Jack Campbell does every single week for this team. He is truly the heartbeat of Iowa. His performance this week is one that goes down in Hawkeyes history.

After Minnesota was driving late, Campbell forced a fumble at the 10-yard line to thwart the drive. Following that, he intercepted the pass and should have had a touchdown. Nonetheless, his stock is rising in every way from NFL draft to Iowa legend.

Stock Falling: Iowa's run game

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After Kaleb Johnson’s explosion for 200 yards against Purdue, Iowa has struggled on the ground. They have played Wisconsin and Minnesota, two of the better defenses in the country, but it has still been tough sledding.

The Hawkeyes mustered up 59 yards on 28 attempts against Minnesota for 2.1 yards per carry. This has to improve.

Stock Rising: Drew Stevens

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Drew Stevens has ice in his veins. This freshman is simply unflappable. His ability to answer yesterday was huge in winning the game. After a timeout made him redo the game-winning kick, he calmly knocked through another.

Stevens is 100% on extra points this year and has connected on 15-of-17 field goals. He has been instrumental in getting points that have been hard to come by.

Stock Falling: Iowa's defensive interior

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After seeing their stock rise in last week’s report, the defensive interior is seeing a bit of a slide after this week’s game. They did not have their best game against Minnesota.

Mohamed Ibrahim is undoubtedly an NFL talent, but Iowa cannot be thrilled that he ran for 263 yards on them. They will certainly have to tighten it up moving forward.

Stock Rising: Iowa tight ends

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Man, oh, man, does this group constantly deliver exceptionally. Yesterday was the same case between the combo of Sam Laporta (four receptions, 95 yards) and Luke Lachey (five receptions, 77 yards).

Also, did we just see the blossoming of Iowa’s next standout tight end in the lineage of excellence? Luke Lachey was called upon yesterday and delivered big time.

Stock Falling: Wide receiver production

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The Hawkeyes were mere inches away from this group having a game-changing play yesterday. Unfortunately, close is all it was.

This group combined for four catches and 39 yards. It feels as though they are on the cusp of a big-time outing, they just need it to happen soon.

Stock Status Quo, Stock Rising: The Floyd of Rosedale

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Eight in a row. Remarkable. The Floyd of Rosedale stays put, which means stock status quo or the stock continues rising. Take your pick, but the longest Iowa win streak over Minnesota rolls on. And that my friends is a beautiful thing.

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