Iowa’s star senior wide receiver from St. Louis has broken the school’s record for receiving touchdowns (21) which was previously held by the aforementioned Hughes and Dwight. In fact, McNutt has done one better.
In the first half against Indiana, McNutt is absolutely abusing a freshman cornerback who probably would like to remain anonymous after giving up five catches for 174 yards and a whopping three touchdowns. McNutt’s third touchdown catch gave him eight for the season and 24 for his career. He has eight touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
The 6’4″ 215 pound playmaker started his collegiate career with the hopes of being the next great quarterback at Iowa, and I will still never forget seeing him warm up with the other quarterbacks on a beautiful fall day back in 2008 when Iowa was getting ready to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.
McNutt has come a long way since he had just one reception in the 2008 season, and it’s still tough for me to determine where I think he could go in the 2012 NFL Draft. He catches the ball away from his body, makes so many tough catches, and is truly a tough matchup for any small defensive back because he has such soft hands. He really reminds me of a poor man’s Hakeem Nicks, though he’s proving this season and the last few that he is not a “poor man’s” anything.
Congratulations to McNutt, one of the greatest players in Iowa Hawkeye football history.