Iowa’s secondary has officially received some good news.

Wednesday, starting cornerback Matt Hankins confirmed that he will be returning to Iowa City for one more year with the Hawkeyes. He will take advantage of the additional year of eligibility to suit up for Kirk Ferentz in the 2021 season.

Hankins made his announcement official with a post on social media. He started in all eight of Iowa’s games during the 2020 season.

Hankins has made 28 career starts during his time at Iowa and has continued to make an impact for the Hawkeyes in the secondary during his four seasons with the program.

Last season, Hankins was credited with 41 tackles and 1 interception. He was a key member of one of the B1G’s best defensive teams and helped lead the Hawkeyes to a 6-2 season, which ended the year on a six-game winning streak.

Over the course of his four seasons, Hankins has appeared in 38 total contests and has racked up 168 total tackles with 3 interceptions and 1.5 stops for loss. Of his tackles, 104 are solo.

Iowa is scheduled to open the 2021 season against Indiana.