Here in Iowa City, we’re watching the leaves change as the world lazily slides into October. It’s all sunny skies and anticipatory sweater buying. But for the 22 men on the grid in Barcelona Sunday afternoon, the first hint of fall meant flirting with disaster.
The last time an Iowa linebacker core saw three members start 10+ games in a season was 2017, with the trio of Bo Bower, Ben Niemann and Josey Jewell. Since then, injuries and the occasional sub-par performance have become more and more frequent in the normally consistent position group.