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Iowa’s Epenesa, Wirfs to enter NFL Draft

Epenesa was named to the 2017 Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team and first-team All-Big Ten in both 2018 and 2019.
A.J. Epenesa

IOWA CITY — A.J. Epenesa, a junior defensive end with the Iowa Hawkeyes, is going pro.

“My time at Iowa has been everything I have dreamt it would be,” Epenesa wrote in his Tuesday announcement. “And I couldn’t be more grateful and proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of The Swarm and play in Kinnick Stadium in front of 70,000 Hawk fans! I will never forget the many great memories that have come from Iowa!”

A five-star recruit from the class of 2017, Epenesa selected the Hawkeyes over Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame, among others.

Epenesa was named to the 2017 Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team and first-team All-Big Ten in both 2018 and 2019. He was also named to the second-team AP All-American team this past year as a junior.

During his three years with Iowa, Epenesa totaled 26.5 sacks, 36.5 tackles for loss and nine forced fumbles.

Also entering the draft is offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.

Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) watches before an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

He made his decision via Instagram Tuesday.

The 6′ 5″, 320 pound Wirfs was the 2019 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

He’s also widely considered a first round talent and is considered one of the best tackles in the draft.