By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this story, we’ll look back on the 2018 Iowa Hawkeyes Football team in their Season In Review. The team finished the season with a 9-4 record.
The Hawkeyes won their first three games of the season, before losing to No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 22. Following the loss, the team won their next three games to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Iowa then went 3-3 in their final six games of the season. This included a 27-22 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl in Florida.
Nathan Stanley went 235 of 396 for 2,852 yards. He also had 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Peyton Mansell also went 5 of 8 for 83 yards with an interception. Colten Rastetter went 2 of 2 for 11 yards and a touchdown.
Mekhi Sargent led the team in rushing with 159 carries for 745 yards and nine touchdowns. Toren Young also had 136 carries for 637 yards and five touchdowns.
Ivory Kelly-Martin also had a significant contribution with 97 carries for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
T.J. Hockenson led the team in receiving with 49 receptions for 760 yards and six touchdowns. Noah Fant also had 39 receptions for 519 yards and seven touchdowns. Nick Easley had 52 receptions for 494 yards and five touchdowns.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Brandon Smith also had significant contributions. Smith-Marsette had 23 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Smith had 28 receptions for 361 yards and two touchdowns.
Jake Gervase led the team in tackles with 83, including 1.0 tackles for a loss. He also had four interceptions, one forced fumble, and six pass deflections.
Gervase had 18 more tackles than his teammate Amani Hooper, who had 65.
A.J. Espenesa led the team with 16.5 tackles for a loss. Anthony Nelson was second with `13.5 tackles for a loss, while Parker Hesse had 9.5 and Chauncey Golston had 9.0.
Espenesa also led the team in sacks with 10.5. Nelson was second, while there was a dip between teammates, as Hesse was third with 4.0.
Three teammates led the team with four interceptions each. Hooker, Gervase, and Geno Stone had four interceptions each. Michael Ojemudia had three, while Riley Ross was third with two.
Espenesa led the team with four forced fumbles. Gervase, Stone, and Kristian Welch had one each.
Golston led the team with three fumble recoveries. Four teammates — Espenesa, Welch, Nelson, and Jack Hockaday — had one each.
Hooker led the team with seven pass deflections. Gervase, Ojemudia, and Matt Nelson were second with six.
Rastetter had 53 punts for 2,063 yards for an average of 38.9 yards per punt. Stanley also had two punts for 61 yards for an average of 30.5 yards per punt.
Miguel Recinos was perfect, as he went 47 of 47 in extra points. He went 17 of 22 in field goal attempts.
Caleb Shudak also went 1 of 1 in extra points.
Kyle Groenweg led the team with 24 punt returns for 238 yards and a touchdown. Dominique Dafney, Espenesa, Hooker, and Shaun Beyer also had a punt return.
Smith-Marsette led the team with 24 kickoff returns for 707 yards. Groenweg had two kickoff returns for 54 yards. Devonte Young had two kickoff returns for 42 yards.