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Iowa Backup QB Peyton Mansell Transferring Out

January 8, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa could be down to two scholarship quarterbacks when spring football kicks off at the end of March. Redshirt sophomore Peyton Mansell is transferring, he told HawkeyeNation.com on Wednesday morning after it was reported by ESPN and 247.

Mansell (6-2, 208) served as the No. 2 quarterback in 2018 but was beat out for that job by freshman Spencer Petras this past fall. The Belton (TX) High product completed 5 of 8 passes for 83 yards, and rushed eight times for 31 yards and a touchdown as a freshman but did not play after falling to third on the depth chart.

“I”m leaving,” Mansell told HN. “I have to figure out where I’m going because I want to try and start (at a new) school on Monday (Jan. 13).”

Asked if he could share what schools he’s considering, Mansell said “not right now.”

Mansell’s exit leaves Petras, a redshirt sophomore, and redshirt freshman-to-be Alex Padilla as the lone scholarship signal callers on the roster right now. Both of those guys have extra college time under their belts having enrolled early. This will be Petras’ third spring and Padilla’s second.

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Petras (6-5, 230) played in two games as a true freshman in ’18 and then three more this fall in backing up three-year starter Nate Stanley. The California product completed 6 of 10 passes for 25 yards. Padilla has not played in a game.

Mansell stuck with the Hawkeyes when other members of the ’17 recruiting class from his home state bailed. He and cornerback Matt Hankins were the only prospects from what was billed as “Texas Pipeline” to make it to campus. Running back Eno Benjamin, receivers Gavin Holmes and Beau Corrales, and defensive back Chevin Calloway backed off their Iowa verbal commitments and went elsewhere.

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Former Hawkeye offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Greg Davis identified Mansell during the recruiting process. The assistant viewed him as a player able to deliver plays with his arm and legs after Mansell completed 70.1 percent of his pass attempts for 2,526 yards and 33 touchdowns, and rushed 165 times for 1,134 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.

Davis retired before the ’17 season, Mansell’s first on campus, and was replaced by Brian Ferentz as offensive coordinator with Ken O’Keefe taking over as quarterback coach. Their scheme has favored big-armed, pocket passers in the mold of Stanley and Petras.

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The Hawkeyes signed another quarterback fitting that description last month in Texas’ Deuce Hogan. The Four-star prospect from the ’20 class chose them ahead of offers from Georgia, Baylor and others. He was set to arrive on campus in June.

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