Former IU lineman Coy Cronk. Credit - IU Athletics

IU Football: Coy Cronk Will Play His Fifth Season at Iowa

A four year starter at left tackle for Indiana is staying in the Big Ten — but he won’t be playing in Bloomington.

After putting his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal two weeks ago, offensive lineman Coy Cronk’s name now appears in the University of Iowa student directory.

The Lafayette, Ind. product would appear to be in line to succeed Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, who should be on track to go in the top-10 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Cronk suffered a season ending lower leg injury on Sept. 21 against Connecticut.  Because he did not play in more than four games the senior from Lafayette is eligible for a fifth season under the college football redshirt rules.  Cronk was widely viewed as a player that would play professionally after the 2019 season before the injury.

The 6-foot-5, 325 pound Cronk started in every game that he was available to play in during a four year career at Indiana.  In total he was a 40 game starter for the Hoosiers.

Cronk started the 2019 season on the Outland Trophy Watch List and the Senior Bowl Watch List.

True freshman Matthew Bedford started at left tackle in place of Cronk after the injury, and many believed that Cronk would be asked to move to guard in 2020 at IU to allow Bedford and Caleb Jones to continue to man the edges.

It isn’t clear whether Cronk projects to the NFL better as a guard or tackle, but his decision likely reflects where he would like to attempt to play at the next level.

Cronk earned his degree from Indiana and is eligible to play immediately at Iowa.

Indiana does not play Iowa in 2020.

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