Hawkeyes Now Losing Key Defensive Players to Portal
It hasn't been that big of a surprise to see a plethora of Iowa's offensive weapons leave the program for the transfer portal. First, it was quarterback Alex Padilla. Since his announcement, he's been followed by wide receivers Arland Bruce IV and Keagan Johnson as well as running back Gavin Williams.
Now two of the Hawkeyes' best defensive players are leaving Iowa City, too.
Jestin Jacobs, who hasn't seen the field much in 2022 due to injury, announced that he'd be entering the portal today, according to 247Sports.
In the two games he played this season, the Clayton, Ohio native registered six tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. In 2021, he finished with 53 tackles, two PBUs, an interception, and a forced fumble.
Out of high school, Jacobs was a four-star recruit with offers from Ohio State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Iowa State, and others.
The Hawkeyes will now lose virtually the entirety of their linebacking corps with experience, as Jack Cambell and Seth Benson will graduate and move on to the NFL.
As of December 6, cornerback Terry Roberts announced that he'd be joining Jacobs in the portal as well. In the five games he played before a season-ending injury, Roberts finished with 13 tackles, three pass breakups, and an interception.
It was clear the four-year defensive back was beginning to become one of the premiere corners in the league this season before he went down. He was also among the best special teams players in the country.
Out of high school, Roberts was a three-star recruit and only received offers from Iowa and Duquesne, according to Rivals. He also had interest from Syracuse.
Jacobs and Roberts were preceded by Reggie Bracy in his decision to enter the portal today. Bracy, a defensive back from Mobile, Alabama, largely made his impact on special teams for the Hawkeyes in 2022.
It was largely expected for Bracy to compete with five-star recruit Xavier Nwankpa to play safety next season in Iowa City, but his decision to transfer came before any competition took place.
A three-star recruit out of high school, Bracy also had offers from Indiana, Air Force, Central Michigan, and others. He received interest from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee.