Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes need a new return man for the 2022 season. During his Tuesday press conference, Ferentz updated those positional battles heading into the season opener

According to Ferentz, the top 3 options to return kicks are Cooper DeJean, Arland Bruce and Riley Moss. Of that group, DeJean had 1 kick return during 2021.

The most notable player in that group is Moss, Iowa’s All-American defensive back. With such a key role for Moss on the defensive side of the ball, it will be interesting to see if he is indeed used on special teams.

Alec Wick – a former walk-on who redshirted the 2021 season – is a possibility to return punts.

Regardless of who serves in the return roles, they will be less experienced than the departed Charlie Jones. Jones – who captured the B1G’s Return Man of the Year Award – is off to Purdue after transferring in the offseason.

Hopefully, the Hawkeyes are able to replace Jones without missing much of a beat.