Iowa may be losing offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs to the 2020 NFL Draft, but Kirk Ferentz may have already found his replacement, thanks to the NCAA transfer portal.
According to David Eickholt of 247Sports, former Indiana offensive lineman Coy Cronk is now listed in the University of Iowa student directory. The offensive tackle started 40 games for the Hoosiers during his career in Bloomington, but an early-season injury last fall allowed him to utilize a redshirt season and return for one more year.
Cronk entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month, following Indiana’s loss to Tennessee in the Gator Bowl. That decision was a surprising one, as Cronk had been a team captain at Indiana. He was expected to either declare for the NFL Draft or return for his final season at IU.
While there has been no official announcement from Iowa yet, it sure likes Cronk will be finishing his college career with the Hawkeyes. As a graduate transfer, Cronk would be immediately eligible for the 2020 season, and could easily win a starting job on the offensive line.
Cronk’s decision to transfer to Iowa does keep him in the same conference as his former team, but the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers do not play in the regular season in 2020. The only way a matchup would happen would be in the B1G Championship Game.