Hawkeye football starting two freshman cornerbacks against Minnesota

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


Nick Rohlman

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

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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