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 The University of Iowa football program has named 18 players to the 2017 Leadership Group. 

The group includes all 17 seniors and junior DB Brandon Snyder.  The purpose of the group is to assist in formulating policies and being involved in team decision-making throughout the year.  Players are selected by a team vote. 

“Our success is a product of the leadership provided by this group on an annual basis,” said Kirk Ferentz.  “The input and leadership is valuable to our entire program throughout the entire year, not just during the fall season.  Our older players are a valuable resource to our younger guys and set a great example of our expectations.” 

The group consists of seniors DL Nathan Bazata, OL Ike Boettger, LB Bo Bower, DL Daniel Gaffey, DL Jake Hulett, LB Josey Jewell, LS Tyler Kluver, FB Drake Kulick, OL Boone Myers, LB Ben Niemann, TE Peter Pekar, DB Miles Taylor, WR Matt VandeBerg, RB Akrum Wadley, LB Kevin Ward, OL Sean Welsh, and TE Jon Wisnieski, along with junior DB Brandon Snyder.

The 2017 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:

Nathan Bazata                         DL                   Senior                          Howells, Nebraska

Ike Boettger                             OL                   Senior                          Cedar Falls, Iowa

Bo Bower                                LB                   Senior                          West Branch, Iowa

Daniel Gaffey                          DL                   Senior                          Iowa City, Iowa

Jake Hulett                               DL                   Senior                          Springville, Iowa

Josey Jewell                             LB                   Senior                          Decorah, Iowa

Tyler Kluver                            LS                    Senior                          Marshalltown, Iowa

Drake Kulick                           FB                    Senior                          Muscatine, Iowa

Boone Myers                           OL                   Senior                          Webster City, Iowa

Ben Niemann                           LB                   Senior                          Sycamore, Illinois

Peter Pekar                               TE                    Senior                          Greendale, Wisconsin

Brandon Snyder                       DB                   Junior                          Larchwood, Iowa

Miles Taylor                            DB                   Senior                          Silver Spring, Maryland

Matt VandeBerg                       WR                  Senior                          Brandon, South Dakota

Akrum Wadley                        RB                   Senior                          Newark, New Jersey

Kevin Ward                             OLB                 Senior                          Homer Glen, Illinois

Sean Welsh                              OL                   Senior                          Springboro, Ohio

Jon Wisnieski                          TE                    Senior                          West Des Moines, Iowa

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