FILE - In this file photo, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell posses for a photo during Iowa's football media day on their practice fields on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

Ferentz unveils leadership team for 2017

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As the football season approaches, head coach Kirk Ferentz announces the 2017 Leadership Group, 17 seniors and one junior.

By Jess Westendorf

jessica-westendorf@uiowa.edu

On June 30, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the 18 players who will make up the 2017 Leadership Group.

The group comprises 17 seniors and one junior, defensive back Brandon Snyder. The leadership group is selected and voted on by all the players.

The group includes seniors such as linebacker Josey Jewell, offensive lineman Ike Boettger, running back Akrum Wadley, and a number of players who have made their way up the leadership ladder.

Not only will the group members help incoming players and other teammates, they also serve to help formulate policies as well as being a part of team decision-making throughout the season.

“Our success is a product of the leadership provided by this group on an annual basis,” Ferentz said in a release. “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 for our younger guys and set a great example of our expectations.”

Former walk-on Snyder is the only junior on the leadership team. After suffering a torn ACL in the spring, the Larchwood, Iowa, native’s status is unknown going into the fall.

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