IOWA CITY, Ia. – B.J. Lowery was one of nine true freshmen to see the field for Iowa’s football team in 2010. Now a senior, he’s never used his redshirt season. He’s also never played more than 10 games in a year because of injuries.
But after a solid spring, the Hawkeyes’ starting left cornerback is poised to finish his college career with his most complete season.
“I just want to be as productive as possible,” Lowery said. “I’ll do anything it takes to win. Once I leave, guys will look back at me like, “Oh, yeah, he did whatever it took to help the team out. I want to be that guy.”
Phil Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator, said Lowery played at a higher level in spring ball than he has at any time in his career.
“I feel like I had the best spring ball that I’ve ever had here,” Lowery said. “I just want to carry on from there and take it to the fall.”
Lowery’s experience — 25 career games and nine starts last season — will be counted on in a relatively young secondary.
Lowery and free safety Tanner Miller, who has started 23 games over the last two seasons, are the only seniors in the secondary. Maurice Fleming, a redshirt freshman, backs up Lowery. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Lomax, who played 11 games as a true freshman and redshirted last season, is listed as the starter at right corner. He’s backed up by Sean Draper, who played seven games last season as a true freshman.
“I don’t want to compare him to anybody, but you’ll hear his name this year,” Lowery said of Lomax. “He’s physical, he’s fast and he’s explosive.”
Miller is backed up by junior John Lowdermilk, who played 12 games last season, and Anthony Gair, a redshirt freshman. Junior Nico Law, listed No. 1 at strong safety, started four games last season and played in 13 as a true freshman.
“The attitude of the team has shifted to a different mode,” Lowery said. “We’re trying to be leaders as seniors, just trying to get a little more strict within our own boundaries and guidelines. Some of us aren’t the most vocal guys. Some of us are. I’m pretty much staying within my boundaries and leading by example.”
In addition to Lowery and Miller, four other seniors currently hold down starting defensive positions: linebackers James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens, and defensive end Dominic Alvis.
“We’re going to rely on our linebackers this year, because that’s where a majority of our leadership is,” Lowery said.
A big senior year by Lowery would put him on the NFL’s radar screen and give him an opportunity to follow the recent footsteps of Hawkeye defensive backs Micah Hyde, Tyler Sash, Amari Spievey and Bradley Fletcher.
“I hear that talk, but I don’t really want to pay attention to it, because I haven’t done it as much as those guys did when they were here,” Lowery said.
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