Iowa Names 2017 Football Leadership Group


IOWA CITY, Iowa – – The University of Iowa football program has named 18 players to the 2017 Leadership Group.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the group Thursday.

The group includes all 17 seniors and junior DB Brandon Snyder.  The purpose of the group is to assist in formulating policies and being involved in team decision-making throughout the year.  Players are selected by a team vote.

34211“Our success is a product of the leadership provided by this group on an annual basis,” said Ferentz.  “The input and leadership is valuable to our entire program throughout the entire year, not just during the fall season.  Our older players are a valuable resource to our younger guys and set a great example of our expectations.”

The group consists of seniors DL Nathan Bazata, OL Ike Boettger, LB Bo Bower, DL Daniel Gaffey, DL Jake Hulett, LB Josey Jewell, LS Tyler Kluver, FB Drake Kulick, OL Boone Myers, LB Ben Niemann, TE Peter Pekar, DB Miles Taylor, WR Matt VandeBerg, RB Akrum Wadley, LB Kevin Ward, OL Sean Welsh, and TE Jon Wisnieski, along with junior DB Brandon Snyder.

The 2017 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:

Nathan Bazata                          DL                   Senior                           Howells, Nebraska

Ike Boettger                              OL                   Senior                           Cedar Falls, Iowa

Bo Bower                                 LB                   Senior                           West Branch, Iowa

Daniel Gaffey                           DL                   Senior                           Iowa City, Iowa

Jake Hulett                               DL                   Senior                           Springville, Iowa

Josey Jewell                              LB                   Senior                           Decorah, Iowa

Tyler Kluver                             LS                    Senior                           Marshalltown, Iowa

Drake Kulick                            FB                    Senior                           Muscatine, Iowa

Boone Myers                            OL                   Senior                           Webster City, Iowa

Ben Niemann                            LB                   Senior                           Sycamore, Illinois

Peter Pekar                              TE                    Senior                           Greendale, Wisconsin

Brandon Snyder                        DB                   Junior                           Larchwood, Iowa

Miles Taylor                              DB                   Senior                           Silver Spring, Maryland

Matt VandeBerg                       WR                  Senior                           Brandon, South Dakota

Akrum Wadley                          RB                   Senior                           Newark, New Jersey

Kevin Ward                              OLB                 Senior                           Homer Glen, Illinois

Sean Welsh                               OL                   Senior                           Springboro, Ohio

Jon Wisnieski                            TE                    Senior                           West Des Moines, Iowa