Iowa DT Nixon impresses

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It appears as though defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon will finally be able to help No. 20 Iowa this fall.

Nixon, a 310-pound sophomore who transferred from Iowa Western Community College before spending last year as a redshirt, will be one of the players who will be expected to replenish Iowa’s depleted line.

Defensive coordinator Phil Parker singled out Nixon on Tuesday as a leader for a unit that lost starters Matt Nelson and Sam Brincks to graduation.

Iowa (9-4 in 2018) hosts Miami (Ohio) on Aug. 31.

“His effort and hustle, the way he moves around, I think he’s done a good job,” Parker said. “I think it’s really exciting to have more guys with that energy that you need. It brings juice to the defense.”

Nixon, a former first-team all-state pick as a senior from Kenosha, Wisconsin, committed to the Hawkeyes out of high school before going to Iowa Western to improve his academics. Nixon had nine tackles for loss and five sacks at Western — drawing the attention of Alabama and other schools — and is now among a group of younger linemen who’ll see the field in 2019.

“We might have a couple of guys inside that can play,” Parker said.

Tenn. State QB indicted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft has been indicted on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.

The 22-year-old Croft was released from jail Monday on $50,000 bond. An arraignment has been scheduled for Sept. 4.

The indictment against Croft says he engaged in unlawful sexual conduct and sexual penetration on Dec. 1 without the woman’s consent. The indictment also states that force or coercion was used.

All eight counts involve the same woman.