The addition of former Michigan wide receiver and four-star recruit Oliver Martin is a big one for Iowa. Perhaps no one will benefit more than quarterback Nate Stanley.
The Hawkeyes signal caller is entering his senior year as one of the more established quarterbacks in the Big Ten. The team could also use some help at the skill positions, especially after losing a pair of tight ends to the NFL Draft.
T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant were both first round picks in the April draft.
Of course, this is all pending what the NCAA decides. Martin, an Iowa City native, is appealing for immediate eligibility, but that is still up in the air, and the organization has been very inconsistent in granting it to players.
Nate Stanley spoke about his first impressions of Oliver Martin, who recently arrived on campus.
He is impressed by the former Wolverine, who will be a big asset if he's allowed to play for the Hawkeyes this year.
From the Quad-City Times:
Iowa’s senior quarterback sees a little of the consistency Nick Easley brought to the field over the past two seasons for the Hawkeyes as he begins throwing passes in Oliver Martin’s direction.
The Michigan transfer has been on campus for just over a week and Stanley sees why Martin was regarded as one of the nation’s top receiver recruits during his record-setting all-state prep career at Iowa City West.
“He’s fast, has great hands,’’ Stanley said. “I haven’t thrown with him that much yet, but he reminds me a lot of Nick, kind of the same body type. Nick had great production here, so maybe he can do something like that.’’
Stanley expects Martin to be a contributor right away... if he's allowed to be. That is in the hands of the NCAA now.