Epenesa's Regression

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  1. Statefan10

    Statefan10 Well-Known Member

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    Some people were wondering if Epenesa would be able to do what he did last year while playing the entire game and so far he has yet to prove he can. If the season were to end today, it would be unlikely he'd be drafted where he was projected at the beginning of the year. The good thing for him is that there's still half the season left.
     
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    Many of the hok talking heads were putting over/unders on his SACK totals at FIFTEEN and being serious taking the over and saying things like “I see 17.5”. He might not even get 17 TACKLES in the regular season.
     
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  3. CyTwins

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    I honestly don't think he'd have double digit tackles all season if he had to play in the Big 12
     
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  5. iahawks

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    Epenesa hasn't performed up to expectations as of yet. He has been getting washed out on running plays quite a bit and then when it is obvious passing downs hasn't been getting the consistent pressure he did last year. I'm guessing it is because he isn't as fresh as he was last year coming in on passing downs and not worrying about the run.

    Having said all that, he still gets game planned around a lot and teams do seem to either double team or chip him with a RB or TE quite a bit. He has also still gotten his fair share of QB pressures, but his sacks are obviously down.

    Iowa has still managed to have a pretty good defense thus far even with Epenesa playing below expectations and the secondary being really thin and green in spots. They will be tested this weekend with probably the best offensive team they have seen so far this year. They have passed every test thus far, but obviously this will be their toughest test.
     
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  7. CyTwins

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    Who's game planned around him? We didn't
     
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    Every great player is game planned around. I'm sure TCU said "take away Purdy's ability to run" however he still went out there and ran it all over them. Epenesa is going to get the other teams best every game and it's up to him to prove he can beat it. If he can't, he's not the player everyone said he was.
     
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    Right. Their bread and butter is finding the modest recruits that have the drive to be great. Walkons included.
     
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    Iowa still get to play Northwestern, Purdue, and Illinois so AJ will have a chance to put up some big numbers in a few games. Those are 3 pretty bad teams.
     
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  12. CyTwins

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    Oh let me guess you think he's been great this year
     
  13. Statefan10

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    Rutgers, Miami OH, and MTSU aren't great either and he didn't play well in those games either.
     
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    He played great against Rutgers.
     
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    He hasn't had a game with a grade in the 80s yet this year
     
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    He was very disruptive against the Rutgers.

    Really the only game so far that he's made a big impact on IMO with splash plays. Expected more of that to be honest, just hasn't been there.
     
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    In fairness Rutgers QBs were arguably iowas best defensive player
     
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  19. Statefan10

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    He had a sack and two assisted tackles. That's somewhere in the middle between great and bad.
     
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    But he was double teamed that one play
     

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