Hawkeyes To Host Ball State

Aug. 26, 2005

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Iowa opens the 2005 season Saturday, Sept. 3, hosting Ball State. Game time is 11:10 a.m. (CDT) in Kinnick Stadium (70,585).

ESPN Plus will televise the contest to a regional audience that includes KGAN Cedar Rapids, KDSM Des Moines, KXLT Mason City, KYOU Ottumwa, KWQC Quad Cities, Cable One Sioux City and Cox Cable Omaha. The game is also available on the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view service. Larry Morgan and Marv Cook will call the action. Click HERE for a complete list of distribution points for the television broadcast.

Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state.

Iowa is 1-1 in games played on Sept. 3. The Hawkeyes defeated Central Michigan 52-21 in 1994, but lost to Hawaii 27-24 in 1988.

Iowa has played 1,064 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 540-485-39 (.526). That includes a 340-191-16 (.636) record in home games, a 200-294-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 265-327-25 (.450) mark in Big Ten games and a 223-156-15 (.585) record in Kinnick Stadium.

All Iowa home games are nearly sold out. Less than 1,000 tickets remain for Ball State, while a limited number remain for Northern Iowa. The Michigan game is sold out, while single game tickets vs. Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota are not available at this time.

The Iowa record for average home attendance is 70,397, set in 2004. Kinnick Stadium’s capacity is 70,585 for 2005.

The Sporting News ranked Iowa City as the best college football city in America in its August publication. The Hawkeyes’ success, tradition, history, fans and the city’s atmosphere on game days were all considered in naming Iowa City No. 1.

Iowa is 83-31-2 (.724) in season-opening games and 85-29-1 (.743) in home openers. This is the fifth consecutive year the Hawkeyes open their season at home against a Mid-American Conference school. Iowa averaged 42.0 ppg and a winning margin of 34.3 in its last four season-opening victories (Kent State 39-7 in 2004 and 51-0 in 2001; Miami, OH 21-3 in 2003; Akron 57-21 in 2002).

Iowa begins the season ranked 10th in the USA Today poll and 11th in the Associated Press poll. Iowa’s ranking is its highest preseason ranking since 1985 when the Hawkeyes were ranked third by USA Today/CNN and fourth by the AP. Iowa was ranked 12th in the USA Today poll and 19th in the AP preseason poll last season.

None of Iowa’s non-conference opponents are ranked, but three of its eight conference foes are in the top 25. Michigan is ranked No. 3/4 (ESPN-USA Today/AP) followed by No. 9/6 Ohio State and No. 16/15 Purdue.

Five former University of Iowa student-athletes and one coach will be inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 3. Athletes Art Andrews (Tennis 1957, `58, `59), Mike Reilly (Football 1961, `62, `63), Randy Ableman (Swimming/Diving 1979-82), Terry Brands (Wrestling 1989-1992), and Larry Station (Football 1982-85) are being inducted, along with former Hawkeye field hockey coach Judith Davidson (1978-87). The class will be inducted at the annual Varsity Club banquet and recognized at halftime of the Ball State football game, Sept. 3.

The University of Iowa welcomes back members of Iowa’s 1985 Big Ten Championship football team celebrating its 20-year reunion. The reunion is part of the Varsity Club weekend festivities.

This is the first meeting between the two schools.

This year marks the seventh straight season the Hawkeyes will play a Mid-American Conference opponent. Iowa holds an all-time record of 14-1 against current members of the MAC, having faced Akron (1-0), Buffalo (1-0), Central Michigan (2-0), Kent State (2-0), Miami (3-0), Northern Illinois (5-0) and Western Michigan (0-1).

Ball State is 0-13 against members of the Big Ten Conference, having faced Purdue (0-6), Wisconsin (0-3), Minnesota (0-2) and Indiana (0-2).

Iowa and Ball State met one common opponent last year. The Hawkeyes defeated Purdue 23-21 in Iowa City, while the Cardinals fell at Purdue, 59-7.

Iowa’s win over Wisconsin on Nov. 20, 2004 extended its home winning streak to 18. The 18-game streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record. The active streak ranks fourth nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (25) ranks first, followed by USC (21) and Oklahoma (19). The Hawkeyes’ last loss in Kinnick Stadium came against Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002. Overall, Iowa’s longest home winning streak is 20 games, dating from Nov. 19, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923. In Big Ten games only, Iowa’s current streak of 13 straight home wins is also a school record. The current 13-game home win streak in league games began with a 42-24 win over Minnesota in 2001.

Moreover, Iowa did not trail once in its six home games in 2004. The last time the Hawkeyes trailed in Kinnick Stadium was 6-3 in their 2003 regular season finale vs. Minnesota (Nov. 15, 2003). Iowa downed the Gophers 40-22.

Along with the current winning streak in Kinnick Stadium, Iowa begins the 2005 season with an eight-game overall win streak. After posting a 2-2 record in the first four games in 2004, Iowa won seven straight Big Ten games to earn a share of the Big Ten title before defeating LSU 30-25 in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.

Iowa’s current win streak ranks fourth-best in the nation heading into the season, trailing USC (22), Utah (16) and Auburn (15).

Brady Hoke enters his third season as a college head coach, all at Ball State. Hoke holds a 6-17 (.261) record in his first two seasons on the Cardinals’ sidelines. He is one of 19 NCAA Division I-A head coaches in the country who will be coaching their alma maters in 2005. Hoke was a four-year letterman (1977-80) and a team captain his senior season. He led Ball State and ranked sixth in the Mid-American Conference with 150 tackles his senior year earning him second team all-league honors. Prior to being named head coach, Hoke served as an assistant coach at Michigan for eight years (1995-2002). Hoke spent the 2002 season as associate head coach and defensive line coach. He helped the Wolverines to a 9-3 overall record in 2002 and a berth in the Outback Bowl. Iowa defeated the Wolverines 34-9 in Ann Arbor that year. Prior to joining Michigan’s coaching staff, Hoke coached six seasons at Oregon State (1989-94).


  • Redshirt freshman QB Warren Suess is the only Ball State player from the state of Iowa (Cedar Rapids). Suess attended Washington High School. His father, Phil, played quarterback at Iowa (1978-80) under Hayden Fry. Iowa sophomore defensive end Bryan Mattison is the only Hawkeye from the state of Indiana (Mishawaka).
  • Ball State Assistant Coach Ted Huber served as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois (1984-87) and Indiana (1980-83). The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies 48-20 and 57-3 in 1985 and 1986 in Iowa City, respectively. Iowa won all four games played against Indiana while Huber was on the Hoosiers’ staff.
  • Ball State Secondary Coach Eric Lewis served as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 2001. The Spartans slipped past the Hawkeyes 31-28 in East Lansing that year. Cardinal Quarterbacks Coach Stan Parrish coached six years on the Michigan staff as an assistant (1996-2001) and one season on the professional level with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003).

All 11 Iowa games this season will feature the instant replay system.

Instant Replay was utilized seven times in Iowa games in 2004. In five of the seven, the call on the field was upheld. The two changes came vs. Ohio State when an Iowa pass was changed from complete to incomplete and at Minnesota when a Gopher pass was changed from incomplete to complete. Hawkeye games vs. Iowa State and at Arizona State did not utilize the system.

Saturday’s home opener will mark the 41st consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.

Iowa returns six starters on offense and five on defense, in addition to PK Kyle Schlicher. The returning starters on offense include guard Mike Elgin, offensive tackle Mike Jones and center Brian Ferentz, receiver Ed Hinkel, running back Sam Brownlee and quarterback Drew Tate. The defensive starters returning include linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, backs Jovon Johnson and Antwan Allen and safety Marcus Paschal.

For the first time in six years, Iowa returns its starting quarterback from the previous year. The Hawkeyes had a different starting quarterback the last five years (Drew Tate – 2004; Nathan Chandler – 2003; Brad Banks – 2002; Kyle McCann – 2001; Scott Mullen – 2000). Tate, a native of Baytown, TX, was named the Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and ranked as the “Best Player in the Big Ten” by cnnsi.com. The junior is on the Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Award Watch Lists for 2005.

Tate completed 233-375 passes for 2,786 yards, 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2004. Tate also rushed for two touchdowns. The 233 pass completions and 375 attempts are the third-highest single season total in school history. His passing total of 2,786 ranks fifth-best at Iowa for a single season. The 20 touchdown passes rank fourth-best in a single season. Tate’s total offense of 2,710 ranks sixth for a single season.

Tate garnered first team all-Big Ten laurels from the coaches and second team recognition by the media in 2004. He became the first Iowa sophomore quarterback to make first team all-Big Ten since Chuck Long was honored in 1983. Tate was also recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Year by www.collegefootballnews.com. Tate ranked first in Big Ten passing yards (262.4) and pass efficiency (137.1) and second in total offense (225.8). He ranked 23rd nationally in passing average (232.2) and 38th in overall pass efficiency (134.7).

He has completed 239-386 passes for 2,841 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career, which ranks 10th in school history. Tate is 102 yards from tying Paul Burmeister for ninth (2,943) on the career chart and 146 yards from Larry Lawrence for eighth (2,987).

After one of the most challenging and injury plagued seasons at the running back position, the Hawkeyes return five running backs with game experience. The Hawkeyes lost starters Marcus Schnoor, Albert Young and Jermelle Lewis to season-ending injuries in Iowa’s first three home games in 2004. Furthermore, the fourth (Marques Simmons) and fifth (Sam Brownlee) backs on the depth chart were injured at other times during the season. Iowa rushed for only 871 yards (72.6), the lowest in school history. The 72.6 average ranked second to last nationally (116th). Brownlee played in nine games in 2004 and led the Hawkeyes with 227 yards (2.4 avg.). Simmons ranked third with 194 yards (3.8 avg.) and three touchdowns. Young played in two games, collecting 92 yards (3.4 avg.) and two touchdowns, while Damian Sims played in seven games, rushing for 45 yards (2.6 avg.). Schnoor rushed 29 times for 163 yards in 2003. He started Iowa’s season opener last year before being injured in the first half.

Iowa returns senior starting receiver Ed Hinkel and Clinton Solomon and experienced junior Calvin Davis and senior Matt Melloy. Solomon posted four 100-yard receiving games in 2004. He ranked second on the team in touchdowns (6) and receptions (58) and first in yards (905). His 905 receiving yards ranks seventh-best in a single season at Iowa. Solomon boasted the best average yards per catch in the league at 15.6. Hinkel ranked first on the Hawkeyes in receptions (63) and touchdowns (7) and second in yards (744). His 63 receptions ties for the third highest single season total in Iowa history. He had a career and game-high 10 catches for 93 yards vs. LSU in the Capital One Bowl.

Melloy played in nine games last year; missing three due to injury. Two of his three 2004 catches were for touchdowns. The senior has caught 13 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns in his career. Davis saw action in the first five contests before suffering a season-ending injury in 2004. The junior has 28 career receptions for 399 yards and one touchdown.

PK Kyle Schlicher returns for his junior year after a successful sophomore season. The native of Ankeny, IA, is listed on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award Preseason Watch List. He is also named preseason second team all-America by rivals.com and first team all-conference by Athlon.

Last season, Schlicher earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors by the media after converting 21-26 field goals (15-16, 20-39 yards) and 29-32 PATs. The 21 field goals tie Iowa’s single-season record. His 80.8 percent conversion rate was second best in the Big Ten, and best by a non-senior. He led the team with 92 points and ranked third in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in field goals made per game (1.75). The 92 points tie Sedrick Shaw (1995) for seventh in single season scoring at Iowa. He made two field goals or more in five of the last six regular season games.

Iowa has started on offense in 63 of its last 67 games. Iowa’s games at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa has started the game on offense in 65-of-73 games under Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa’s linebacking duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge are listed on the Lott Trophy, Dick Butkus Award and Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists. Greenway is also on the Walter Camp Watch List.

The duo have garnered numerous preseason accolades. Greenway was named preseason Playboy all-America, first team all-America by The Sporting News, rivals.com, nationalchamps.net and Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook. The Sporting News ranked Greenway the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation. Hodge earned second team all-America honors by Athlon and rivals.com and third team laurels by collegesportsreport.com and nationalchamps.net.

Greenway and Hodge, both seniors, were a force in the middle of Iowa’s defense in 2004. Both players earned first team all-Big Ten recognition. The duo were also named to the preseason first all-Big Ten team by Athlon. Hodge was also named second team all-America by The Sporting News, while Greenway was named honorable mention all-America by NationalChamps.net.

Hodge ranked first on the team and seventh in the conference in tackles (116) in 2004, which ranks 26th in a single season at Iowa. He has posted double digit tackle games 14 times in his career, including seven times in 2004. Hodge ranked ninth nationally in solo tackles (6.58) and 30th in total stops (9.67). Hodge was Iowa’s single season tackle leader in 2003 and 2004. The native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, ranks 14th in career tackles at Iowa (295).

Greenway posted double figure tackles seven times in 2004 and 15 times in his career. His 260 career tackles rank 23rd at Iowa. He ranked second on the team and seventh in the league in tackles (113), fourth on the team in tackles for loss (8) and tied for third in interceptions (3). The native of Mt. Vernon, SD, ranked 18th in the nation in solo tackles (5.92). His 113 tackles ranks 34th in a single season at Iowa.

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Three-fourths of an improved secondary return for 2005. The only missing starter is free safety Sean Considine. Last year Iowa finished third in Big Ten pass defense yielding 201 yards a game.

The three returning starters in the secondary have a lot of career starts to their credit. DB Antwan Allen has started every game (38) during his Iowa career. He has 121 career tackles and four interceptions. DB Jovon Johnson has started every game the last two years (25) and has 27 career starts. Johnson’s 14 career interceptions ties for third at Iowa. The duo had 95 tackles between them last season. Each had four interceptions in 2004 to lead the team in that category. The pair have 289 career tackles between them.

Juniors Marcus Paschal and Miguel Merrick return after seeing considerable action a year ago. Paschal started all 12 contests and can play either of the safety positions. Merrick filled in well when Considine was injured and made some big plays on special teams, including two blocked punts.

Sophomore Charles Godfrey saw action with the first group during the spring due to Paschal’s injury in the Capital One Bowl. Godfrey played in 11 games and tallied 10 tackles.


  • Iowa will open Big Ten play at Ohio State (9/24), marking the sixth time in seven years under Coach Ferentz the Hawkeyes will open league play on the road. Iowa hosted Penn State in 2001.
  • Iowa is 12-10 in September games during Kirk Ferentz’s six-year tenure.
  • The Hawkeyes will be the only Big Ten team to play a road game on Sept. 10 (at Iowa State).
  • The Hawkeyes won their last six games that were decided by four points or less dating back to 2001.
  • Iowa has won 27 of its last 32 regular season contests.
  • Iowa posted the fourth-best graduation rate among teams ranked in the top 25 in 2004.
  • Iowa joined Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin as the only Big Ten schools to go to three straight January bowl games.
  • In the last three years, Iowa is 27-1 when leading at the half and 30-0 when leading after three quarters.
  • Iowa ranked in the top three in the Big Ten in 14 statistical categories, including first in turnover margin, rushing defense and red zone defense in 2004.
  • The Hawkeyes have won 25 of their last 27 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the end of the 2000 season. Iowa’s two losses came against Iowa State (36-31 in 2002) and Michigan (32-26 in 2001).
  • All six of Iowa’s home games in 2004 were sellouts (Kent State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin). Iowa’s 2004 home attendance average of 70,397 is a school record.
  • Iowa finished first in the Big Ten in 2004 and now has 46 first-division finishes in the conference, including 11 championships and seven additional finishes among the top three in the league.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and his son, Brian, are believed to be one of only five father-son duos in Division I in 2005. They join Art Briles and his son Kendal from Houston, Rickey Bustle and his son Brad from Louisiana-Lafayette, Bill Cubit and his son Ryan from Western Michigan and Mike Bellotti and his son Luke from Oregon.

Iowa’s depth chart includes 11 walk-ons, three on offense, six on defense and two on special teams. The three on offense include RB Sam Brownlee, RB Marcus Schnoor and FB Paul Wilson. The six on defense are DE Jacob Spratt, DT Nate Roos, LB Chris Kuehl, LB Zach Gabelmann, SS Devan Moylan and FS Andrew Becker. Both punters, Andy Fenstermaker and John Gallery are walk-ons.

Iowa returns nine players who earned all-Big Ten and/or national honors a year ago. The list includes linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, who were first team all-Big Ten. Quarterback Drew Tate was also a first team selection, while wide receiver Clinton Solomon was named to the second team. DB Antwan Allen, DB Jovon Johnson, WR Ed Hinkel, PK Kyle Schlicher and OL Mike Jones were honorable mention all-Big Ten. In addition, Tate, Greenway and Schlicher each received Big Ten Player of the Week recognition at least once last season. Tate was also named Big Ten Player of the Year by www.collegefootballnews.com and was the Capital One Bowl Most Valuable Player.

Iowa outscored its opponents 89-25 in the first quarter, 69-41 in the third and 71-66 in the fourth in 2004. Hawkeye opponents owned a 79-63 advantage in the second quarter.

Iowa averaged 4.3 yards on 342 first down plays, 4.4 yards on 267 second down plays, 6.1 yards on 189 third down plays and 0.0 yards on ten fourth down plays last season.

Iowa’s 51 scoring drives averaged 7.3 plays, 47.7 yards and 2:59 elapsed time last year. Twenty-nine of Iowa’s 51 scoring drives covered 45 yards or more. In addition, Iowa had 24 scoring drives that amassed eight plays or more in 2004.

Hawkeye opponents recorded 39 scoring drives, averaging 7.7 plays, 55.5 yards and 2:54 elapsed time. Iowa’s defense held Kent State and Penn State without any offensive points.

Iowa scored on 40-of-49 drives (81.6%) that reached the red zone in 2004, collecting nine rushing TDs, 13 passing TDs and 18 field goals for 208 points last year.

Hawkeye opponents scored on 22 of 34 possessions (64.7%) inside the red zone, posting five rushing TDs, nine passing TDs and eight field goals for a total of 122 points.

Iowa scored 86 points after obtaining 32 turnovers (17 interceptions and 15 fumbles), plus an additional 12 points following three blocked punts in 2004. The Hawkeyes tallied 58 of their 86 points off turnovers the last seven contests in 2004.

Hawkeye opponents scored 50 points following Iowa miscues in 2004. The Hawkeyes’ last six regular season opponents failed to score any points off turnovers.

Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2005 season includes 13 players, including five seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and two redshirt freshmen. A member of the incoming freshman class will be added this fall. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Council for this season includes seniors Brian Ferentz, Chad Greenway, Ed Hinkel, Abdul Hodge and Jovon Johnson; juniors Mike Elgin, Jason Manson and Drew Tate; sophomores Bryan Mattison and Mike Klinkenborg; and redshirt freshmen Matt Kroul and Seth Olsen.

The Hawkeyes will play six home games in Kinnick Stadium this year, where they have posted a 19-1 record the last three seasons, including a perfect 13-0 mark the last two years. Seven of Iowa’s 2005 opponents posted seven wins or more a year ago, with six of the seven competing in bowl games. Iowa adds four new opponents to its slate this season: Ball State from the Mid-American Conference, Northern Iowa from the Gateway Conference (Division I-AA) and Indiana and Northwestern from the Big Ten Conference. Iowa opens its season against Ball State, marking the fifth consecutive year the Hawkeyes open their season at home against a school from the MAC. Other home games include Northern Iowa and Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. Four of Iowa’s five road opponents earned bowl bids last season. The Hawkeyes’ only non-conference road contest is at intrastate rival Iowa State, while they travel to play intra-conference foes Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes will not face Michigan State or Penn State the next two years.

Iowa had 15 players, six on offense and nine on defense, start all 12 games last year. That list included OL Mike Jones, OL Pete McMahon, QB Drew Tate, WR Ed Hinkel, WR Warren Holloway, TE Tony Jackson, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, DE Derreck Robinson, DE Matt Roth, DT Tyler Luebke, DT Jonathan Babineaux, DB Jovon Johnson, DB Antwan Allen and SS Marcus Paschal.

Eight of those players (Jones, Tate, Hinkel, Hodge, Greenway, Johnson, Allen, Paschal) are on the 2005 roster.

Iowa has two players named Davis (Calvin and Champ, no relation) and Wilson (Paul and Marcus, no relation).

Mike is the most popular first name. There are five Mike’s (Elgin, Follett, Humpal, Jones, Klinkenborg). There are four Chris’ (Aldrich, Brevi, Kuehl, Rowell). There are three players named Andy (Brodell, Fenstermaker, Kuempel), Kyle (Kesselring, Riffel, Schlicher) and Ryan (Bain, Majerus, Van Engel). There are two players named Andrew (Becker, Payton), Ben (Cronin, Gates), Bryan (Mattison, Ryther), Jonathon (Chupka, Zanders), Matt (Kroul, Melloy), Alex (Kanellis, Willcox), Justin (Collins, Edwards), Marcus (Paschal, Wilson) and Tyler (Bergan, Blum). Two Hawkeye players go by initials, C.J. Barkema and B.J. Travers.

Iowa’s roster of 124 players includes 58 players from Iowa. The roster includes 11 players from Texas and Florida, nine from Illinois, eight from New Jersey, five from Ohio, four from Pennsylvania, three from Minnesota, two from Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin and one from California, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Kansas.

Fifteen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leaders are City High of Iowa City and Ankeny, with four. Armwood (Tampa, FL) has three, while 12 schools have two players on the roster.

Junior DB Ma’Quan Dawkins is the lightest Hawkeye player at 166 pounds, while the shortest player, at 5-8, is RB Marques Simmons. OL Lee Gray is the heaviest Hawkeye at 310 pounds. Four Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. Gray will miss the 2005 season due to off-season surgery. The tallest players are 6-8 senior tight end C.J. Barkema, senior offensive lineman Greg Dollmeyer and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Wesley Aeschliman.

The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 233 pounds. That is the exact height and two pounds heavier than the average Iowa player in 2004.

Iowa’s depth chart includes 16 seniors, 18 juniors, 11 sophomores and 10 redshirt freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists.

Iowa returns 43 lettermen from 2004, including 23 on offense, 19 on defense and one specialist. The Hawkeyes return six starters on offense and five on defense, plus placekicker Kyle Schlicher. The lettermen breakdown includes six three-year lettermen, 17 two-year lettermen and 20 one-year lettermen.

The total roster has 124 players, and includes 25 seniors, 23 juniors, 23 sophomores, 29 redshirt freshmen and 24 true freshmen. The depth chart includes 16 seniors, 18 juniors, 11 sophomores and 10 redshirt freshmen.

Iowa’s coaches in the press box during the season are Norm Parker (defensive coordinator), Lester Erb (receivers and special teams), along with quality control assistant Jon McLaughlin and graduate assistant coaches Michael Ketchum and Rick Kaczenski. That leaves Ken O’Keefe (offensive coordinator), Phil Parker (defensive backs), Carl Jackson (running backs), Reese Morgan (offensive line), Darrell Wilson (linebackers), Ron Aiken (defensive line) and Eric Johnson (tight ends) on the sidelines.

Four members of the Iowa coaching staff have coached or played in the Rose Bowl. Kirk Ferentz coached in two Rose Bowl games while on the Iowa staff and Carl Jackson coached in three Rose Bowl games as an Iowa assistant coach. Norm Parker and Phil Parker both coached in the Rose Bowl while on the staff at Michigan State.

A majority, if not all, of Iowa’s games this season will be selected for television. The Big Ten Conference announces game times and television stations that will carry the games no later than 13 days prior to game days. Iowa road games at Purdue and Iowa State and home contests against Ball State and Northern Iowa have already been selected for television. The contest at Iowa State will be televised regionally on ABC at 2:30 p.m., while the Purdue game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN at 3:35 p.m. Iowa’s non-conference games vs. Ball State and Northern Iowa will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus. The Ball State game is slated for an 11 a.m. start, while the Northern Iowa contest will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. All times are central daylight time.

Statistics and play-by-play accounts of all Iowa football games are available live on the internet. The statistical program allows viewers to read the play-by-play action just moments after it takes place, and to view all individual and team statistics while the game is in progress.

The program can be accessed through www.hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the Gametracker link.

The weekly television replay show, featuring Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, is a 30-minute program, which includes Iowa football highlights and weekly features about the University of Iowa football program. Gary Dolphin, the radio play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, hosts the show. Check your local TV listings for time and channel.

Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City. The first show is set to air August 31.

Iowa plays its only non-conference road game at Iowa State on Sept. 10 (2:35 p.m., ABC) in Jack Trice Stadium before returning home to host Northern Iowa on Sept. 17 (2:35 p.m., ESPN Plus).

September 1
Minnesota at Tulsa, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

September 2
Indiana at Central Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

September 3
Ball State at Iowa, 11 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Kent State at Michigan State, 11 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Ohio at Northwestern, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Miami (OH) at Ohio State, 11 a.m. (ABC)
Bowling Green at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Rutgers at Illinois, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Northern Illinois at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
South Florida at Penn State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN Plus)
Idle: Purdue