When it kicks off the 2020 season, Northern Iowa will have a decidedly Kansas Jayhawks football flavor to it.
Over the weekend, Dom Williams, who earlier this month took the first step in transferring from KU by entering the NCAA transfer portal, announced that he would be continuing his collegiate playing career at Northern Iowa. Two days later, one of Williams’ former Kansas Jayhawks football teammates, Quan Hampton, announced on Twitter that he too will play for Northern Iowa in 2020.
Earlier this month, Hampton was of two wide receivers who decided to transfer out of Les Miles‘ KU program.
Because UNI plays at the FCS level, the wide receiver will be eligible to play for the Panthers in 2020. It’s believed that Williams will play this coming season for the Panthers, then look to jump back up to the FBS level. It’s unclear if Hampton will do the same.
Regardless, Hampton has two years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.
Hampton was a three-star signee as part of the Kansas Jayhawks football Class of 2017. His best season came as a true freshman. That year, Hampton totaled 145 yards on 21 receptions. The Texas native finished his time in Lawrence with 28 receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown.
Because he only played in four games, Hampton was able to take a redshirt for the 2018 season.
Washington State lost at home to Portland State last week to open the season on a losing note. Rutgers put up 63 points in its season opener last week. After one half of play between these two programs, you may have never guessed these were the same two teams from a week ago. Washington State is actually playing some defense and Rutgers cannot get much of anything going on offense as the Cougars take a 13-6 lead to halftime.
The Cougars opened the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Luke Falk to Dom Williams on the game’s opening drive. The drive covered 75 yards. Washington State kicker Erik Powell has tacked on a pair of field goals to help pad the lead. Falk has completed 24 of 29 pass attempts against Rutgers’ depleted pass defense (thanks to recent dismissals). Those 24 completions have gone for 201 yards to lead the pass-heavy offense. Washington State has attempted just four rushes (for 16 yards).
Washington State’s defense has been a pleasant surprise though. Washington State has allowed just the two field goals, forced a turnover and continues to bring pressure on Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano. Laviano got away with one potential turnover in the end zone when he lobbed a pass up for grabs to a spot on the field with only two Washington State defenders in the area to make a play., Fortunately for Laviano, the two defenders got in each other’s way of a possible interception. Rutgers scored three points on the drive for and added three more on the final possession of the half.
Washington State was 117th in the nation in scoring defense a year ago.