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Iowa Football: Quarterback Peyton Mansell Enters Transfer Portal

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The Hawkeyes’ QB room has a little more space today.

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The Texan is reportedly leaving Iowa.
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The quarterback position will look different for Iowa in 2020. We knew that all season long. Nate Stanley will be in the NFL next year after three seasons as Iowa’s starting QB. As a result, the Hawkeyes were always going to be looking for a new signal caller.

Midway through the 2019 season, there was a depth chart shakeup as redshirt freshman Spencer Petras was slotted into the backup role ahead of redshirt sophomore Peyton Mansell. That may have been the beginning of the end of the Peyton Mansell era at the University of Iowa.

Today, we learned Mansell has officially entered the transfer portal.

Mansell, a member of the 2017 recruiting class, played in five games as a Hawkeye. He took a redshirt his freshman season in 2017 before seeing his first game action as a redshirt freshman in 2018.

That year, Mansell completed 5 of 8 passes for 83 yards with one interception. He also ran eight times for 31 yards and a touchdown. As a redshirt sophomore in 2019, he didn’t see any game action.

There are rumblings the Texas native could graduate in the spring or summer semester. That would allow him to graduate transfer and play immediately with two years of eligibility remaining. As to where he may end up, somewhere back in Texas is a good bet. Mansell is married to Sidney Holman-Mansell, a pitcher on the Baylor softball team.

The departure leaves Iowa with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at the moment. That includes presumed starter Spencer Petras and the now presumed backup Alex Padilla, a a redshirt freshman to-be from Colorado. Both Petras and Padilla were early enrollees, meaning they’ve each had an extra semester on campus.

The Hawkeyes will look to bolster their depth with the addition of class of 2020 quarterback Deuce Hogan when he arrives on campus this summer.

Best of luck to Peyton Mansell.