IOWA CITY, Iowa – – The University of Iowa football program has named 17 players to the Leadership Group for the 2017 season. Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced members of the group Thursday.
The group includes five seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, two redshirt freshmen, and two true freshmen. The Leadership Group will vote on the weekly game day captains, be involved in team decision-making throughout the season, and provide feedback to the head coach. Players were selected by team vote.
“Our senior group, along with Brandon Snyder, provided valuable input throughout our summer workouts and fall camp,” said Ferentz. “Moving forward, this group has representation from each class and was determined by a team vote as we head into the first week of the season.”
The group consists of seniors DL Nathan Bazata, LB Josey Jewell, LB Ben Niemann, WR Matt VandeBerg, OL Sean Welsh, juniors OL James Daniels, DE Parker Hesse, DB Brandon Snyder, and QB Tyler Wiegers, sophomores LB Amani Jones, DE Anthony Nelson, FB Brady Ross, and QB Nathan Stanley, redshirt freshmen LB Nick Niemann and RB Toren Young, and first-year freshmen DE A.J. Epenesa and OL Tristan Wirfs.
The 2017 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:
Nathan Bazata DL Senior Howells, Nebraska
James Daniels OL Junior Warren, Ohio
A.J. Epenesa DE Freshman Edwardsville, Illinois
Parker Hesse DE Junior Waukon, Iowa
Josey Jewell LB Senior Decorah, Iowa
Amani Jones LB Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
Ben Niemann LB Senior Sycamore, Illinois
Nick Niemann LB Redshirt Freshman Sycamore, Illinois
Anthony Nelson DE Sophomore Urbandale, Iowa
Brady Ross FB Sophomore Humboldt, Iowa
Brandon Snyder DB Junior Larchwood, Iowa
Nathan Stanley QB Sophomore Menomonie, Wisconsin
Matt VandeBerg WR Senior Brandon, South Dakota
Sean Welsh OL Senior Springboro, Ohio
Tyler Wiegers QB Junior Lake Orion, Michigan
Tristan Wirfs OL Freshman Mount Vernon, Iowa
Toren Young RB Redshirt Freshman Madison, Wisconsin