Iowa has some openings along the defensive line, and there's hope that Daviyon Nixon can be one of the new players in the interior. However, he wasn't sure if he was going to stay at Iowa this year.
Nixon, a transfer in from Iowa Western Community College, took what was called an "academic redshirt" in 2018. During the off-season, he revealed that he was weighing his transfer options.
However, it looks like he's going to stick it out in Iowa City. That's good news for the rebuilding Iowa defensive front.
Kirk Ferentz discussed Daviyon Nixon's status at a recent press conference.
From Hawk Central:
“My interfaces with him — and I think it’s true of all of us — have been nothing but positive. I was super impressed with him last year because he was on the scout team, redshirting. The guy just likes football,” Ferentz said of Nixon. “He likes his teammates. He likes being out there. (There’s a) good enthusiasm to him — a good vibe. That’s not always the case when guys are on the scout team. That’s not the most enjoyable place to be for a lot of guys.”
“There’s always a leap of faith there. … I think we’ve been through quite a road right here with Daviyon,” Ferentz said.
Nixon has to earn his place on the depth chart, but there's plenty of talent there. While at the JuCo level, after he had already committed to the Hawkeyes, he picked up an Alabama offer.
If Nixon comes along, defensive line could be a strength for the Hawkeyes this year, especially with the emergence of A.J. Epenesa and Chauncey Golston on the edge late last season.