Bloomington, Ind. – Today, it was disclosed that four year starter at left tackle Coy Cronk will play his final year of college football at the University of Iowa.
Nothing has officially been announced by either University of Iowa or Indiana University as this was just noted today that he is listed at the University of Iowa student directory. Coy Cronk’s father, Nick, has disclosed to Lafayette Journal & Courier today that he will indeed transfer to Iowa though.
Coy Cronk is a 6’5″ 325 lb four-year starter for the Hoosiers that started in every game apart from injuries. He will be immediately eligible to play for a fifth season due to college football redshirt rules. He was a former 3-star prospect coming into college. He will be a definite boost to the offense at the University of Iowa.
He was listed on the 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List and Senior Bowl Watch List. It is expected that he will continue to be listed in many preseason watch lists for the start of next season with his experience playing for Indiana.
What this means for Cronk
Cronk likely transferred to get more extensive experience to boost his stock prior to the 2021 NFL Draft. He is likely to start for the Hawkeyes with the departure of Tristan Wirfs as he is going to be entering the NFL Draft as a possible top-10 pick.
Cronk was already viewed as a player that could be drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft and this will help him focus on becoming the best lineman he can and not have to split minutes or switch positions potentially with Bedford. It is unknown if Cronk will continue to focus on tackle or guard and which position he will play in the NFL.
Cronk will be immediately eligible to play for Iowa and he will not play Indiana in the 2020 season. He will play Purdue again however on November 21, 2020 in Ross-Ade Stadium.
What this means for Indiana
Indiana has been without Cronk since their fourth game on the season which was at home against UConn. He was carted off the field with less than six minutes into the game with a right ankle injury. This kept him on the sidelines for the rest of the year after starting in all 40 games prior to the injury.
Indiana has been successful without Cronk on the offensive line with the progression and development of true freshman Matthew Bedford into a formidable and reliable left tackle.
It was believed that Cronk would have been asked to move to guard for 2020 and continue to allow Bedford and Caleb Jones to be on the line.
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