Things got started Thursday night as Eno Benjamin and Wylie East took on Mesquite Poteet. Following up on the ridiculous performance Benjamin had last week was sure to be a tall task, but Eno did his best. He managed 190 yards on the ground on 35 carries. He failed to get into the endzone running the ball for the first time this year, but did throw a TD pass in what was one of his more human-like performances. He finished 4-14 through the air and threw 3 picks. Iowa won’t be asking him to throw too often and the highlights on the ground are still fantastic.
Through 5 games this season, Benjamin is up to 998 yards with 12 touchdowns on the ground (insert wide-eyed emoji here) and 357 passing yards with 5 TDs through the air.
As a side note, Benjamin also accepted a spot in the US Army All-American Bowl this week. Congratulations to Eno and family. I think Hawkeye fans everyone would agree we can’t wait to get you in Iowa City.
Future RB teammate Ivory Kelly-Martin and Oswego East took on Plainfield North Friday night. In a game where rushing yards were hard to come by, Kelly-Martin wasted no time making his contribution. On the second play of the game he got Oswego East on the board with a 33-yard scamper for a score. Ivory finished with only 59 rushing yards and a TD on the ground on 18 carries. He added 79 receiving yards and a receiving TD as Oswego East moved to 5-0 on the season for the first time in school history. On the season, that takes his totals up to 581 yards on the ground and 14 TDs.
Back in Texas, QB Peyton Mansell continued his nice run of performances as his Belton Tigers lost a nail-biter to Harker Heights Friday night. Mansell finished 13 of 25for 200 yards and 4 TDs. He had less success running the ball than we've grown accustomed to, adding only 1 yard on 10 carries. On the season Mansell is up to 1072 passing yards on 86 of 124 (69%) passing with 14 TDs through the air. He’s also added 601 yards and 7 TDs on the ground.
Mansell also racked up some honors this week as he was named the Built Ford Tough Class 6A Player of the Week in Texas after his stellar performance last week. Congratulations to Mr. Mansell.
Sticking in Texas, Iowa now has a pair of WR commits from the Lone Star state. Gavin Holmes was back in action this week after having a bye last week. He got right back into the swing of things with 137 receiving yards and 2 TDs as his Justin Northwestern squad defeated VR Eaton 61-19 on Friday night.
Recent WR commit Beau Corrales also had himself a nice night. He hauled in 5 grabs for 109 yards and a TD. That takes his season totals to 660 yards and 7 TDs on 49 catches, good enough for 2nd among WRs in Texas class 5A. Not bad for a 2-star (in my best sarcastic voice).
Iowa’s other WR commit, Brandon Smith of Lake Cormorant,MS, hauled in 5 grabs for 120 yards and a TD in a win Friday. That takes his season totals to 32 grabs for 551 yards and 6 TDs through the air.
Off the field, Texas DB commit Chevin Calloway also made news this week when we learned he plans to take some additional visits, including to our old pal Bret Bielema and Arkansas and our neighbors to the west in Nebraska.
The optimist in me is all like:
But the pessimist in me be like:
The blow may be partially offset by the news that JUCO DE prospect Andrew Van Ginkel will be officially visiting Iowa City this weekend. We will update you as we learn more.