Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wyoming in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen went from being unknown to being discussed as a future first-round NFL draft pick in 2016 _ despite a shaky performance against the only Power Five defense he faced.
Allen, a junior, will get another shot at a top-notch unit on Saturday in Iowa City.
Allen and the Cowboys will open 2017 on the road against Iowa, which allowed just 18.8 points per game last season.
It'll be a chance for Allen to prove himself to pro scouts after he threw five interceptions in a 52-17 loss at Nebraska last September. Allen also threw a game-ending interception in a 24-21 defeat to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl.
But the Hawkeyes have plenty of question marks in their secondary. Starting cornerbacks Desmond King and Greg Mabin have graduated, and promising sophomore Manny Rugamba is suspended for Saturday's game for violating team rules.
A big effort against Iowa could erase any doubts NFL teams might have about Allen's future.