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20 Hawkeyes For 2020: Daviyon Nixon

Junior defensive tackle is coming off an impressive first season.

There is no question Daviyon Nixon will be a crucial part of Iowa's defensive line this season.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle was impressive last season. He played in all 13 games, with one start.

Nixon finished the season with 29 tackles — 19 solos and 10 assists, with 5 1/2 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was strong in the middle of Iowa's line, finishing with five quarterback pressures and one pass break-up.

Nixon had a career-high seven tackles in Iowa's win over Middle Tennessee State in September, but maybe his best game was against Northwestern, when he had two sacks and a pass break-up in Iowa's 20-0 win on a day when the Hawkeyes allowed just 60 rushing yards.

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Iowa's defensive front will miss Cedrick Lattimore and Brady Reiff. Nixon showed last season he can handle the workload after taking the 2018 season as a redshirt year.

It's a defensive line in flux, and Nixon is going to be counted on early to be a big part of what defensive coordinator Phil Parker wants to do up front.