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Iowa LB Amani Jones Could Be Switching Positions For Next Season

first_imgIowa Hawkeyes' mascot takes the field at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Mascot “Herky the Hawk” of the Iowa Hawkeyes takes the field before the match-up against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa will be without a few impact players in the trenches this spring, yet the coaching staff may have found a potential playmaker on the defensive line. After spending the past few seasons as an inside linebacker for the Hawkeyes, Amani Jones could eventually switch positions.With Anthony Nelson and Parker Hesse gone from the program, head coach Kirk Ferentz needs to find replacements. At the very least, he’ll have to find ways to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks.Well, it looks like Jones could be the answer to that problem. Despite struggling mightily on the field in 2018, the recent change in position is proving to beneficial for both parties.Jones holds plenty of value on special teams, but it’d be even better if he could become a three-down player.During the past few spring practices, the Hawkeyes have converted Jones into a defensive end. His athleticism and burst off the line of scrimmage isn’t going unnoticed by his teammates or coaches.From Hawk Central:“I’ve seen a monster,” returning defensive end A.J. Epenesa said with a grin. “A little bully out there. So strong. So fast. Powerful, right off the edge. It looks pretty good.”Linebackers coach Seth Wallace said discussions about a position change for Jones began a few months ago. “He’s a high-energy kid, somebody who has a passion for his game,” Wallace said. “You could argue, is he one of the 11 best true football players we could put on the field defensively? Maybe.”Clearly the Hawkeyes are impressed by Jones’ transition in recent weeks. He’d give them a huge boost on the defensive line if he could become a legitimate contributor.We’ll see if this change becomes permanent as the season gets closer.[Hawk Central]last_img read more