For those worried about a drop off on the defensive side of the football for Iowa in 2024, fans got more good news over the weekend as two more of the Hawkeye's top defenders announced they're returning to Iowa City.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that linebacker Nick Jackson has announced he will be back at Iowa for one more season. Jackson arrived from Virginia via the transfer portal. He was second on the team in tackles last year with 110, including eight tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Jackson also had seven hurries and two forced fumbles. He was granted an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA in December.

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Another Iowa defender is putting their NFL plans on hold. Sebastian Castro announced that he too will return to Iowa City for an extra year of Iowa football in 2024. Castro led Iowa with three interceptions, including a pick-six, according to the Gazette. He was a third-team All-American from the Associated Press.


Castro was Iowa's best on-ball defender last season, as the Gazette reports that opposing passers had a passer rating of just 43.7 against him.

Castro and Jackson are the latest Hawkeyes to announce they'll be back in 2024. The Gazette reports that linebacker Jay Higgins and corner Jemari Harris will also put their pro careers on hold and return to Iowa Cty.

On offense, the Gazette reports that tight end Luke Lachey and lineman Nick DeJong have announced they too will be back in the black and gold next season.

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