#14 Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0) vs #19 Michigan Wolverines (3-1)
Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Iowa Players to watch
*Junior DE A.J. Epenesa (6-6/277)
Epenesa led the Hawkeyes with 10.5 sacks last year without starting a single game. He also finished the season with 16.5 tackles-for-loss. Opponents are focused on neutralizing Epenesa so far this year. “There are a lot of things you can’t see unless you’re sitting in a film room,” Jay Niemann, Iowa’s assistant defensive line coach, recent said. “But he has been very, very disruptive.”
Senior QB Nate Stanley (6-4/242)
Stanley has a prototypical NFL size and excellent arm strength. He’s led the Hawkeyes to a 4-0 start without his favorite weapons from a year ago — T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant became the first tight-end teammates to be taken in the first round of the same NFL Draft. He’s thrown 8 Tds vs 0 Ints, but has yet to break the 300 ypg mark this year.
*Junior KR|WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Jr. (6-1/175)
Marsette earned Big10 Return Specialist of the Year in 2018 after averaging 29.5 yards per kick return. With 15 receptions in the first four games, Marsette looks to be a bigger part of the Hawkeye passing attack in 2019. He already has three touchdowns this year, matching last year’s total.
*Junior LT Alaric Jackson (6-6/320)
So far this season, Iowa has been without redshirt junior left tackle Alaric Jackson, who went down in the season opener against Miami (OH) with a right knee injury. Jackson is looking to return against Michigan. Jackson was voted Second Team All-Big Ten last year by coaches and the A.P. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Jackson was name Academic All-Big Ten in 2017.
Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Michigan Players to watch:
*Junior DE Kwity Paye (6-4/261)
Paye was mamed Big10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Rutgers last week. Paye was born in Guinea as a refugee of the first Liberian civil war. He has worked hard at constantly improving his football skills, and the results are starting to show. Paye was named All-Big Ten honoree (honorable mention, media, 2018) and Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2018).
Senior QB Shea Patterson (6-2/203)
Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss in 2018, throwing for 2,600 yards for the Maize and Blue. He comes into this week with a 6-2 Td/Int ratio and had only a 43% completion percentage two weeks ago vs a stingy Wisconsin defense. Patterson needs to put his foot on the gas to keep his draft stock up.
***Freshman RB Zach Charbonnet (6-1/222)
Charbonnet, a true freshman, came in for the spring and took the job. But Charbonnet has struggled like the rest of this Wolverine team. In week two, he rushed for 100 yards vs Army. The following week he had 2 touches for 6 yds vs Wisconsin. After the Wisconsin loss, Harbaugh suggested Charbonnet hadn’t been fully healthy. Word out of Ann Arbor is Charbonnet should be ready to roll against Iowa.
*Junior WR Nico Collins (6-4/218)
The tall and muscular junior from Clay-Chalkville High School has 10 catches for 206 yards, so far this year. He looks to be one of Patterson’s favorite targets this season. Last year, Collins appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts at wide receiver with 38 receptions for 632 yards and six touchdowns.
Michigan Stadium – Field Turf
Oct. 5 | Ann Arbor, Michigan