CB JORDAN LOMAX
Arrival: Remember the rain delay game last season against Tennessee Tech? Just a weird day all around. Lost in the torrential downpour and freshman RB Mika'il McCall suffering a broken ankle was the fact that seven true freshmen saw the field. The Hawkeyes played 10 true frosh last season, the second-highest number in the Kirk Ferentz era. The 2007 class had 11 true frosh see action. In the last two seasons, Iowa has played 19 first-year players.
For Lomax, now a 5-10, 190-pound sophomore, that meant some special teams and very little time on defense if any.
Lomax was part of a second wave of recruits from the Washington D.C. area. He attended the same high school (DeMatha Catholic) as former Iowa RB Marcus Coker and DT Darian Cooper. Safety Nico Law (Bishop McNamara, Clinton, Md.) also came to Iowa with Cooper and Lomax. Cooper was the only one of the three who redshirted.
That's a leading rusher, a starting strong safety, starting defensive tackle and, probably, the No. 3 corner coming out of D.C., an undeniably productive crew.
2012 Takeoff: Lomax will battle senior Greg Castillo for the No. 3 corner spot. Right now, the senior has the edge. During the spring scrimmage, Castillo consistently entered the game in passing situations. They lined up together on the second team. Castillo also happened to have an interception off No. 3 QB Cody Sokol.
Lomax could see time in dime packages, but right now, it's Castillo at No. 3 corner. Lomax will have a chance in camp to raise his status. He also could see time on special teams.
If Lomax makes strides and improves, the best thing he might get out of 2012 is position for 2013.
Obviously, three-year starter Micah Hyde will be off to the NFL (likely off to the NFL) after his eligibility is up after this season. Castillo is a senior, so Lomax is the next logical to line up next to B.J. Lowery in '13.
Defensive coordinator Phil Parker has anointed corner as a strength this season. He has said Iowa will use some and/or maybe a lot of press coverage (man-to-man) next season, allowing Iowa to throw an extra body near the line of scrimmage.Iowa corner is in good shape, this year and next. Lomax would be a hungry junior ready to sink his teeth into a starting job (but don't count him out for a significant role in '12, either).