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Key Member Of Iowa's Defense Announces He's Returning For 2022 Season

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz runs onto the field before a Big Ten game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 20: University of Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz takes the field with his team for the Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA college football game at Kinnick Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State won 20-17 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

The Iowa Hawkeyes are getting a huge return for the 2022 season. On Wednesday, top Iowa corner Riley Moss announced he's returning to the program for "one last ride."

The Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year made his announcement via

One last Ride! Go Hawks!

— Riley Moss (@R_moss5) January 5, 2022

">Twitter. "I have always dreamed of being a Hawkeye," Moss said in a statement. "And being able to live out this dream everyday has been incredibly special for both me and my family." "That's why after talking with my family and doing a lot of self-reflection, I have decided to stay and continue being a Hawkeye for the 2022 season."

"I have more goals I would like to achieve and this team has more goals to achieve as well," Moss continued. "This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make, and I am confident that I have made the right one. Hawkeye Nation, thank you for the incredible support! Let's get to work."

In 2021, Moss recorded 39 tackles, five pass deflections and four interceptions.

The senior CB sped out of the blocks with a two pick-six performance in Iowa's season-opener against Indiana. He was immediately in play for the Jim Thorpe Award, before a PCL injury forced him to miss a chunk of the season.

Had Moss decided to enter the NFL draft, most scouts had the ball-hawking corner going somewhere in the middle rounds. We'll see if a return to Iowa can possibly raise his draft stock in the coming year.