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IOWA CITY — It’s decision time for Iowa’s seniors.
After the NCAA gave an extra year of eligibility to athletes because of COVID-19, many seniors are having to decide whether to make their four- or five-year stay in Iowa City a five- or six-year stay instead.
Here’s a list of which Iowa seniors have announced their 2022 plans. We’ll keep this updated as more seniors make their decisions.
Staying for extra year
Cornerback Riley Moss, the 2021 Defensive Back of the Year, will return for a fifth season. He had four interceptions in Iowa’s first six games of 2021.
Wide receiver and punt/kick returner Charlie Jones has “unfinished business to accomplish” and will come back for his extra year of eligibility, he announced on Jan. 13.
Leaving, not using extra year
Free safety Jack Koerner, a former walk-on who then developed into a starter in Iowa’s “Doughboyz” secondary, was the first Iowa senior to announce his plans to pursue an NFL career and not use his extra year of eligibility.
Running back Ivory Kelly-Martin, who spent much of his career behind Mekhi Sargent and Tyler Goodson on the depth chart, will not stay for a sixth year.
Guard Kyler Schott, who started 10 games at right guard for the Hawkeyes in 2021, will pursue an NFL career.
Leaving, already used extra year
- K Caleb Shudak
- CB Matt Hankins
- DE Zach VanValkenburg
- WR Max Cooper
- LS Austin Spiewak
Not seniors, but leaving for NFL Draft
- C Tyler Linderbaum (junior)
- DB Dane Belton (junior)
- RB Tyler Goodson (junior)
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