Iowa announces five captains ahead of season opener against Purdue
The Iowa Hawkeyes had its moments of good and its moments of not so good in 2019.
But, finally, the 2020 season is just days away. This is a new Iowa team with some new life injected into it. New players across the board and a quarterback not named Nate Stanley will be starting for the first time in what seems like a decade.
The first test?
A road game against Purdue.
Who are some of the Iowa players that can be leaned on to try and kick off 2020 in the right way? Look no further than the team’s five captains, who were announced on Tuesday:
Captains for Saturday's season opener: Keith Duncan, Chauncey Golston, Nick Niemann, Mekhi Sargent, and Tyler Linderbaum. #Hawkeyes
— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) October 20, 2020
Keith Duncan, the team’s kicker, can easily be tabbed as one of the top kickers in the entire country. Chauncey Golston, a senior defensive end, is a leader who can change a game on that side of the ball. Nick Niemann, a linebacker, can do the same.
Mekhi Sargent, a senior running back, has been around for awhile. He’ll be asked to tote the football quite a bit, alongside some other talented Hawkeye backs this season. Finally, there’s Tyler Linderbaum, who as only a sophomore, could be looked at as an anchor and leader for an offensive line that is always heralded as one of the best in the country.
We’ll get to see those five and the rest of the Hawkeyes against Purdue on the road starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 24.