Akrum Wadley: From High School to Junior Year at Iowa

Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) carries the ball during the first half of their game against the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Kinnick Stadium. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

The Iowa Hawkeyes coaching staff was unsure of Akrum Wadley, a 2-star recruit out of high school, when he first joined the program.

Superior speed and agility were his best traits, and they worked well for him—as can be noticed from the video below—during his time playing at Weequahic High School in Newark, NJ.

His breakout performance in 2015 (his sophomore year) arrived against Northwestern when he rushed for 204 yards and tied a school-record with 4 touchdowns.

He ended the year with a six-yard rushing average on 83 carries.
This spring, the Des Moines Register reported that Wadley had gained strength and bulked up to 190 pounds.

“It’s more of a challenge for defenders,” Hawkeyes safety Miles Taylor said. “He’s definitely got his weight up. Still the same quickness. Still the same speed. Even better player.”

Wadley is aiming to prove himself even further in the upcoming season.

 

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