Iowa fans have seen some frustrating play from their team in 2022. After starting the season 3-4, though, the Hawkeyes won 4 of their last 5 to become bowl eligible and claim a spot in Saturday’s Music City Bowl against Kentucky, the 2nd straight year they’ll face the Wildcats in the postseason.

A promising development for the Hawkeyes in 2022 was the play of true freshman running back Kaleb Johnson. The Ohio native, after a slow start to his college career, ended the regular season with 762 yards and 6 touchdowns on 142 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per attempt. His best performance came on Nov. 5 as he took 22 carries for 200 yards and a score against Purdue.

While going to greener pastures may have been tempting, Johnson is fine right where he is.

“Everybody here loves each other,” he told reporters in the leadup to the Music City Bowl. “There‚Äôs no hate. I love it here, I love the teammates, I love the staff, I love the culture. This is my home (and) this is where I want to be at.”

With what he showed in his 1st season in Iowa City, Hawkeyes fans are certainly excited to see what’s next.