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Scouting Report/Player Notes
Hitchens flies around the field. Came to Iowa as a defensive back and has really excelled in the change to the LB position, where he led the Big Ten in tackles as a junior in 2012. His breakout season as a junior put him on the map, and NFL scouts are really intrigued by his combination of speed and playmaking ability. Hitchens has added a good amount of weight since arriving at Iowa City in order to play the LB position more effectively, and he’s finally starting to get things figured out. Last year, he had 124 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and found himself on the Butkus and Lombardi Award watch lists to start the year.
Hitchens came to Iowa as a three-star defensive back prospect by many outlets, but he’s added nearly 25 pounds of bulk since he came to Iowa City and has turned into the team’s best tackler. Hitchens flies all over the field, making plays behind the line of scrimmage and shutting run plays down with his quickness. He is the ideal weakside linebacker for a Tampa 2 defense because of his ability to cover the pass and pick up backs out of the backfield. I would love to see Iowa use him more in blitzing situations, but I think Hitchens has the potential to be a Wesley Woodyard type of player, slightly undersized defensive back hybrid linebacker who can fly all over the field and make plays.
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Career Highlights (via Iowa athletic site)
Hawk-Item – – Recorded 10 or more tackles in seven of 11 games . . . led Big Ten and ranked fifth in the nation in tackles per game (11.2) . . . one of nine true freshmen to see action in 2010, playing both defensive back and linebacker.