Featured Matchup: Gaglione vs. Spriggs
Name: Jason Spriggs
Position: Indiana Left tackle
Spriggs isn’t just the only Hoosier true freshman left tackle since 2006, but he also leads the team with 47 pancake blocks.
Indiana also hasn’t lost a fumble on the season, despite having inexperienced quarterbacks, and Spriggs is a big reason. The 6-7, 268-pound lineman has helped protected his quarterbacks. Indiana has allowed just 11 sacks on the season, which puts the Hoosiers at second in the conference.
Indiana’s biggest question mark is its defense, but Spriggs is one of the reliable and consistent players who make the Hoosier offense strong.
Name: Joe Gaglione
Position: Defensive End
Gaglione is a strong end for the Hawkeyes, racking up 4 sacks for a loss of 22 yards and 8 tackles for a total loss of 30 yards. Gaglione has also forced 2 fumbles — he’s good at beating up the opponent’s quarterback.
The 6-4, 264 senior has explosive speed, which could help him break through Indiana’s solid pass protection.
But the Iowa defense has struggled in the last two weeks, and Gaglione hasn’t recorded a sack. He’s crucial for the energy and performance of the Iowa defensive line. He’ll need to take advantage of the Hoosiers’ true freshman tackle in order to slow down a high-flying Indiana offense. If he and the defensive line can’t generate pressure, Iowa might not be able to stay in the game.
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