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Hawkeye football starting two freshman cornerbacks against Minnesota

Michael Ojemudia and Matt Hankins are out; Riley Moss and Julius Brents are in.

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Iowa defensive back Michael Ojemudia breaks up a pass during Iowa's game against Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones 13-3.

Iowa defensive back Michael Ojemudia breaks up a pass during Iowa's game against Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones 13-3.

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Iowa defensive back Michael Ojemudia breaks up a pass during Iowa's game against Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones 13-3.

Adam Hensley, Pregame Editor

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MINNEAPOLIS — Iowa will be without its pair of starting cornerbacks in the Oct. 6 game against Minnesota.

Michael Ojemudia and Matt Hankins will not play against the Gophers. Instead, the Hawkeyes turn to two true freshman to fill the void: Riley Moss and Julius Brents.

Through four games, Brents has 4 tackles, 2 solo stops. Moss has 1 tackle.

The Hawkeye secondary, now toting a pair of freshmen, will go head-to-head with another true freshman: Minnesota starting quarterback Zack Annexstad.

He completed 52.3 percent of his passes so far this season, throwing for 706 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. In Minnesota’s last game, the signal caller went 14-for-32 (43.8 completion percentage) for 169 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions, posting a passing efficiency rating of 85.9, a season-low mark.

Iowa and Minnesota kick things off at 2:30 p.m. Follow on Twitter before, during, and after the game with @dipregame for Hawkeye football news, analysis, and reactions.

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Adam Hensley, Pregame Editor

Adam Hensley is the current Pregame Editor at the DI, covering football, men’s basketball, and baseball. Formerly the DI Sports Editor, Hensley has been on staff for all four years of his time at the University of Iowa, covering a wide range of sports, including cross-country, track and field, and women’s basketball.

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