Klatt: Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa Is Big Ten’s ‘Most Underrated’ Player
FS1’s Joel Klatt gave his most underrated players from each Power Five conference on Twitter, and has A.J. Epenesa as his pick from the Big Ten.It is pretty crazy to think, considering the credit he has already gotten, but considering his lower profile among average fans, I buy it.Most under the radar/underrated player in each power 5 conference??Pac12 – Eno Benjamin RB ASUBig12 – Chuba Hubbard RB OkStateBig10 – Aj Epenesa DE IowaSEC – Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB VandyACC – AJ Dillon RB Boston CollegeYour turn, GO— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) August 13, 2019If his production stays the same with a big expansion in his snap count, and he proves to be a serviceable player against the run, “under the radar” won’t be something you will be able to say about Epenesa for much longer. IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa enters the 2019 season as one of the more interesting players in college football. The Hawkeye star both led the Big Ten in sacks last year… and is yet to start his first game.Last season, Epenesa took down opposing quarterbacks 10.5 times as a pass rush specialist off the bench. He’ll see his role expand this season, and it has many bullish on his pro prospects beyond 2019.Epenesa has earned preseason All-American plaudits from places like Athlon Sports, which has him on the first team. Some early 2020 mock drafts have him going very early in the first round.Still, he’s not exactly a household name outside of Big Ten country. That could change very soon.