Heading into the season, fans and the media were openly curious about how Iowa would fill the void of drafted defensive end A.J. Epenesa. The Iowa defensive line wasn’t expected to generate much pressure without the two-time first-team All-B1G selection.

However, a by-committee approach has worked wonders in filling the void of Epenesa, a second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills.

“My job at that point was to get outside contain, and the quarterback’s been dumping it down to the running back the whole game to the flat,” Nixon said. “And I just kind of waited for his eyes to get big. And once I seen him about to throw it, I knew that that was the moment I was about to get the pick.”

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