If Iowa fans want to see a confident player under center, then they’re going to love 2020 quarterback commit Deuce Hogan.
The three-star quarterback has been committed to Iowa since last June and is excited to get things rolling in Iowa City. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Hogan is ranked as the 18th best pro-style passer in the 2020 class and should be a great fit in a system that is made for his skill set.
More than the star rankings and player grades, though, Hogan is an extremely confident player and believes he can do big things once he gets on Iowa’s campus. It’s the kind of moxie that a fanbase can rally around.
“First of all, just a winner,” Hogan told Tyler Devine of AllHawkeyes.com. “From elementary P.E. to varsity football games I’ve just won wherever I’ve stepped on the field. Don’t take that as coming across as cocky in any way, but I’m very confident I’m going to win games. That’s just who I am.”
After talking about what he’ll bring to Iowa’s offense when he gets to Iowa City, Hogan also made it clear that he’s going to be a nightmare for defensive coordinators to plan for. He singled out Ohio State in particular, which has won each of the last two B1G titles.
“It’s going to be a mind game,” Hogan said. “I’m going to make the defensive coordinator at Ohio State pull his hair out. I’m going to enjoy it, that’s what I’m going to do. I love the whole chess game of it. The Iowa system is going to fit great and it’s going to translate to the next level for me. They’re going to get a pro-style quarterback and definitely somebody that’s going to win football games.”
Who doesn’t love that kind of confidence?
Because Iowa is in the West and Ohio State is in the East, the two teams will play each other just twice in the regular season during Hogan’s time — 2020 in Iowa City and 2022 in Columbus. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes could meet more frequently if they each made it to the B1G Championship Game.
The last time Iowa and Ohio State met on the field in 2017, Nate Stanley did make then-Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano pull out his hair. Stanley threw for 226 yards with five touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes, leading the Hawkeyes to a 55-24 win at Kinnick Stadium.
Who’s to say Hogan won’t have the same success?