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Iowa safety Amani Hooker hasn’t played in the Hawkeyes’ past two games, and coach Kirk Ferentz said the sophomore is “likely,” to sit out the team’s season finale against Nebraska, too. Hooker has been trying to heal a bruised knee.

“He still hasn’t responded the way we have hoped. I can’t envision him playing,” Ferentz said.

Hooker has played in seven games this season, recording 44 tackles, 11 of which were solo. He also has two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

He has been a revelation for Ferentz, forcing himself into the starting lineup earlier in the season. Hooker began the season at free safety, but was benched when Brandon Synder returned from injury. He then received time at strong safety and has established himself as an integral part of the Hawkeyes’ defense after playing mostly on special teams a season ago.

Iowa (6-5) plays Nebraska (4-7) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET on FoxSports1.


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