Cronk spent four years at Indiana (2016-19), starting all 40 games he played in left tackle before joining Iowa as a graduate transfer in 2020, where he started the first two games of the season with a right tackle. Injuries have forced him to miss all but six games in the past two seasons. In 2018, he was part of a Hoosier attack that ranked No.2 in the Big Ten and tied at No.24 nationally in opening tries per game (23.5) and No.3 in the conference ( n ° 36 at the national level) in passing attack. (257.8 ypg.).
Dietzen, a native of Black Creek, Wisconsin, has played 42 games with 39 starts in Wisconsin. In 2016-17, he played 23 games with 20 starts at left guard, then in 2018, he started all 12 games at left tackle. After retiring after the 2018 season due to injury, Dietzen returned in 2020 and started all seven games (four at left guard, two at left tackle, one at right guard). Last season he played 437 shots, the third of all UW players.
Gaither played 44 games with 27 starts at San Jose State and was a two-time All-Mountain West winner (first team in 2020 and honorable mention in 2019). He ended his career on the San Jose State career rosters for TD receptions (tied at No.2 with 18), receiving yards (No.4 with 2,227) and total receptions (No. ° 11 with 135). Gaither set a school record for consecutive games with a TD reception in 2019 with six.
Heflin spent most of his college career in northern Illinois (2016-19) before ending up in Iowa (2020) as a graduate transfer. He started all eight games last season, recording 21 tackles (13 solo) with 3.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. In 2019 at NIU, Heflin was named Honorable Mention All-America by Pro Football Focus, won PFF All-Conference First Team honors, was named All-Mid American Conference Second Team by league coaches and was selected as a NIU defensive player. of the year by supervisory staff.
Kemp saw action in 46 games with 29 starts for Michigan, recording 81 tackles (31 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovered. He was twice team captain (2019-20), named third All-Big Ten team (2019), named team’s most improved player in defense (2018) and was selected four times in the All-Big Ten Academics (2017-20). Kemp set career highs in 2019 in tackles (40), solos (15) and tackles for one loss (4.5).
Uphoff played for the state of Illinois from 2017-19, appearing in 37 games with 26 starts all of which have taken place in his last two seasons. His team’s fall season was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but he played in Reese’s Senior Bowl. In 2019, Uphoff started all 15 games, ranked the team’s No.4 with 70 tackles, tied at No.3 with two INTs and also recorded seven defensive passes, 5.5 tackles for a loss and an average of 29.5 yards on six kickoff returns with a 59-yard long. He was an honorable mention selection for the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2018.