Our next Hawkeye played sparingly last year but is likely to factor into the picture along the offensive line.
Marshal Yanda (pictured above) provided a rare highlight with this end-around which would probably not be as celebrated, and very likely penalized, if it happened in 2020:
Cody Ince - RS Sophomore
Balsam Lake, WI (Unity)
6’4”, 291 lbs
2020 projection: Rotational guard
After redshirting in 2018, Ince played in 11 games throughout he 2019 season. He debuted as a backup left guard and largely served in that role as Iowa reconfigured their offensive line throughout the season. He missed the Middle Tennessee State and Michigan games due to injury.
Returning to his high school days, he hails from a small town in Wisconsin (Luck) and was recruited by Wisconsin-native Tim Polasek. He was a three-star recruit with offers from Minnesota, Purdue, and Virginia as well as a number of lower FBS and high FCS schools. With no offer from Wisconsin, the choice to Iowa was easy.
He’s put on 30 pounds from his high school days, where many of his highlights are on the defensive side of the ball:
Against the lower level competition, he looks like a cheat code with impressive size, speed, and tackling ability. The Hawks have shown they can translate that into strong offensive line play a la Tyler Linderbaum.
He’ll compete for playing time alongside Mark Kallenberger and newcomer Coy Cronk. He figures to get plenty of snaps regardless of whether he secures a starting spot or not.