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Iowa QB Nate Stanley Makes Decision On 2019

Iowa fans cheer during game against Iowa State.

IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

The Iowa Hawkeyes just got a huge boost for their 2019 season, and it isn't even a new recruit.

On Monday afternoon, Cedar Rapids Gazette writer Marc Morehouse reported that Iowa QB Nate Stanley will not be putting in his papers to declare for the NFL draft.

The move should all but assure that Stanley stays with Iowa for the 2019 season.

As recently as August, Stanley was being touted as a first-round 2019 NFL draft prospect by ESPN analyst Todd McShay.

Stanley is coming off his second year as full-time starter for the Hawkeyes.

2018 saw Stanley enjoy career-numbers in completions (214), completion percentage (58.5%), passing yards (2,638), and yards per attempt (7.2). Those all come before Iowa plays in the upcoming Outback Bowl against Mississippi State.

The Hawkeyes started the 2018 season at 6-1, but lost three straight games to Penn State, Purdue, and Northwestern and finished the regular season unranked at 8-4.

Nevertheless, it was still the sixth straight winning season for Iowa and a sixth straight bowl game appearance.