Hankins, Moss set to return against Penn State

Iowa will likely get a boost in its secondary against Penn State.


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Iowa WR Matt Hankins dives for a catrch during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights 30-0.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

Iowa is finally getting healthier on the defensive side of the ball.

Hawkeye cornerbacks Matt Hankins and Riley Moss went through pre-game warmups ahead of Iowa’s matchup with Penn State and are expected to give it a go against the Nittany Lions.

Hankins’ return would be especially big for an Iowa secondary that has dealt with injuries all season. Redshirt freshman D.J. Johnson started in place of Hankins while the junior sat out. Whether Hankins ends up starting on Saturday or not, his presence in sub-packages would give the Hawkeyes a boost against a potent Nittany Lion offense.

Iowa’s offensive line, however, continues to struggle with injuries. Cole Banwart was injured in practice, according to Iowa radio, leaving sophomore Mark Kallenberger to start in his place.

The Hawkeye offensive line needs all the help it can get after giving up eight sacks to Michigan on Oct. 5.