Iowa Lands Arizona State Transfer Michael Sleep-Dalton

first_imgiowa players line up to run onto the field against nebraskaLINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa has bolstered its special teams, with the addition of Arizona State punter Michael Sleep-Dalton as a punter.The Australian punter, who has continuously improved over the last few years, has been interested in a move to the Hawkeyes for a few weeks.He raved about Iowa special teams coach LeVar Woods in a previous interview with Hawkeye Nation:“I really like coach Woods. He’s very relatable and knows what it takes to get from college to the next level. We get along very well,” he said.On Friday, he made the announcement official.Proud to be a Hawkeye! 110% committed, and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing program. Thank you to @LeVarWoods @ProkickAus @JohnnyPKA, & all the Hawkeye fans for believing in me & showing their love. Can’t wait to put on the black and gold! #swarm19— Michael Sleep-Dalton (@mjsleepdalton36) February 1, 2019New Iowa punter Michael Sleep-Dalton was very productive for the Sun Devils last season.He averaged 43.9 yards per punt in his second year at ASU, with 10 punts of 50 or more yards.Sleep-Dalton began his college career at City College of San Francisco, and became the top junior college punter in the country, ahead of his move to Arizona State.He will compete for the starting job, with incumbent starter Colten Rastetter, who averaged just under 39 yards per punt last season.Redshirt sophomore Ryan Gersonde is also expected to compete for the job. He sat out 2018, after averaging 42.5 yards on 13 punts as a true freshman in 2017.Iowa football is coming off of a 9-4 campaign, which culminated in a nice Outback Bowl win over Mississippi State. The Hawkeyes finished with the 44th-ranked special teams, according to the S&P+ analytics system.last_img

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