Good News For Iowa Hawkeyes: He has return to play finally……

The Hawkeyes may be facing a scholarship crunch for the 2024 season.

We’re heading into the weekend after less than a full week of the NCAA transfer portal being open for college football athletes and the frenzy has been in full force since day one. A season ago, the Hawkeyes were big participants in the madness.

Coming off a disappointing season that left Iowa on the outside looking in for the Big Ten Championship Game, the Hawkeyes were able to target several key positions of need with a sales pitch centered around a West title and immediate playing time.

Fast forward to this cycle and Iowa is now coming off of a division title despite the worst offense in the nation. Seemingly, the needs on that side of the ball remain. But the pitch of immediate playing time? That may not be there.

In fact, Iowa may not even have room for transfers, let alone playing time to sell in the portal. As noted in our transfer portal entry tracker, the Hawkeyes entered last weekend three scholarship players over the limit for 2024, assuming no players potentially considering an early exit for the NFL opted to leave.

Since then, we’ve seen four Hawkeyes enter the transfer portal (be sure to check the portal tracker, which will be updated as others enter). That takes Iowa officially under the limit with 84 players currently slated to be on scholarship when the 20-member class of 2024 arrives next summer.

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It’s worth noting that the scholarship limit only applies in season, so theoretically the Hawkeyes could go above 85 scholarship players for spring ball and have players opt to transfer after that window to get back under 85 for fall camp.

With that, let’s evaluate the likelihood of current players opting to return to Iowa City for another season in 2024 who could depart for the NFL or end their college playing careers. That includes a total of eight Hawkeyes from the 2023 group. Notably, almost all are on the defensive side of the ball.

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