Hawkeyes stock report after defeating Minnesota

The Iowa Hawkeyes officially control their own destiny in the Big Ten West. A sentence that was more or less unfathomable just a month ago is a very real situation and a reality that we are fully confronted with. A win-and-in game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers is coming up next Friday.

Going 7-4 after a rivalry win over the Minnesota Badgers for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, the Hawkeyes are one win away from returning to Indianapolis. Her turn is nothing short of a miracle.

The four-game winning streak they’re on has seen efforts from all three units at different times, and Iowa sits right in front of them with a big preseason goal. The opportunity is theirs.

Quite a few Hawkeyes have had their hands in the mix to pull off this winning streak, but there are a few who are seeing their stocks soar as we continue with the final stretch of the season.

Stocks go up: Jack Campbell

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Words fail me to describe what Jack Campbell does for this team every week. He truly is the heartbeat of Iowa. His performance this week is one that will go down in Hawkeyes history.

After Minnesota drove late, Campbell forced a fumble at the 10-yard line to thwart the drive. After that, he intercepted the pass and should have had a touchdown. Nonetheless, his roster is increasing in every respect from NFL draft to Iowa legend.

Stock Falling: Running game in Iowa

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

The Hawkeyes rallied 59 yards on 28 attempts against Minnesota for 2.1 yards per carry. That needs to improve.

Stocks go up: Drew Stevens

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Drew Stevens has ice in his veins. This newcomer is simply unshakable. His ability to reply yesterday was tremendous to win the game. After a time-out prompted him to repeat the game-winning kick, he calmly punched through another.

Stevens has 100% extra points this year and has 15 of 17 field goals. He was instrumental in getting points that were hard to come by.

Stock Falling: Iowa’s defensive heart

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After their shares rose in last week’s report, the central defense sees a small dip after this week’s game. They didn’t have their best game against Minnesota.

Mohamed Ibrahim is undeniably an NFL talent, but Iowa can’t be thrilled he ran 263 yards on them. You will certainly need to tighten it up in the future.

Stock Rising: Tight ends in Iowa

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

And did we just see the blossoming of Iowa’s next standout tight end in the line of excellence? Luke Lachey was called up yesterday and did a great job.

Stock Falling: Wide Receiver production

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The Hawkeyes were inches away from this group, which had a game-changing game yesterday. Unfortunately it was close.

This group combined for four catches and 39 yards. It feels like they’re about to take a big trip, they just have to do it soon.

Stock Status Quo, Stock Rising: The Floyd of Rosedale

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Eight in a row. Remarkable. The Floyd of Rosedale stands still, meaning the stock status is quo or the stock continues to rise. Take your pick, but Iowa’s longest winning streak over Minnesota continues. And that my friends are a beautiful thing.

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