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The Score Sheet: Iowa adds Neimann to staff, Epenesa expected to step up on defensive line

Former Rutgers defensive coordinator Jay Niemann has been added to Iowa’s coaching staff.

Todd Kimm reports.

A.J. Epenesa is ready to step up for Iowa’s rebuilding defensive line.

Epenesa could be the Hawkeyes next first round draft pick with one mock draft tabbing him as a top 15 selection if he comes out early. Epenesa was all Big Ten as a sophomore after leading the conference in sacks and honed his craft this spring by going up against junior tackle Alaric Jackson.

Epenesa says the competition with Jackson was heated at times.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says they even looked at some linebackers as stand up defensive end in hopes of building depth for next season.

Ferentz says he liked the progress during spring.

Ferentz says it is crucial for the veterans the step up their game.

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