Sept. 6, 2005
- Purchase your 2005 Iowa Football Tickets
- Ride the Rails: Hawkeye Express Information
- Game-Day Parking and Road Construction Information
- 2005 Hawkeye Huddles
- Follow the Renovation of Kinnick!
- The Schedule: 2005 and Beyond
IOWA HITS THE ROAD
Iowa (1-0) hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Ames, to meet in-state rival Iowa State (1-0). Game time is 2:35 p.m. at Jack Trice Stadium (45,814). The game is sold out. Saturday’s football game will be the second event in the second annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. The school’s meet in women’s soccer Wednesday in Iowa City.
ON THE TUBE
ABC will televise the contest to a regional audience. The game is also available on the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view service. Mike Tirico, Tim Brant and Suzy Shuster will call the action.
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 has played 1,065 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 541-485-39 (.526). That includes a 341-191-16 (.637) 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 224-156-15 (.586) record in Kinnick Stadium.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE AT IOWA STATE
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the 7 Flags Event Center, located at 2100 NW 100th St. in Clive. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
All Iowa home games are nearly sold out. 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.
IN THE RANKINGS
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.
When Iowa resumed its football series with Iowa State in 1977, the Des Moines Athletic Club donated a trophy to be awarded to the winner of the annual in-state battle.
The Hawkeyes hold a 19-9 advantage since 1977 when the Cy-Hawk Trophy was first awarded. The Cy-Hawk Trophy currently resides in Iowa City as a result of Iowa’s 17-10 win in Iowa City last season.
HY-VEE CY-HAWK SERIES
Hy-Vee, Inc., in conjunction with Hawkeye Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications, and Cyclone Sports Marketing, a division of Clear Channel and ESPN Regional, is in its second year with Iowa State and Iowa to serve as the title sponsor for the schools’ Cy-Hawk Series – the name given to the collection of regular season, head-to-head intercollegiate athletic events featuring Cyclone and Hawkeye teams. Iowa won the inaugural Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series (13-8) last season.
A point system will track each institution’s performance and will culminate in one institution winning the annual trophy for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Intercollegiate athletic teams from Iowa and Iowa State will square off in head-to-head competition eight different times during the 2005-06 academic year. The competition this season is in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s gymnastics (2), women’s soccer and softball. Additional points will be available for each school based on successful performance in the classroom by its student-athletes.
Sept. 7, W. Soccer — 2 points
Sept. 10, Football — 3 points
Dec. 2, Wrestling — 2 points
Dec. 8, W. Basketball — 2 points
Dec. 9, M. Basketball — 2 points
Jan. 28, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
Mar. 17, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
TBA, Softball — 2 points
Two points for an institution if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.
IOWA CITY: BEST IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 4-0 in games played on Sept. 10. The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern 24-0 in 1977, Iowa State 51-10 in 1983 and 37-9 in 1994 and Kansas State 45-10 in 1988.
IOWA VS. THE BIG 12
Iowa holds an all-time record of 64-62-3 (.508) against current members of the Big 12 Conference, having met all but Baylor at least once. Iowa State is the only Big 12 opponent on the Hawkeye schedule this season.
ISU VS. THE BIG TEN
Iowa State is 21-76-2 vs. the Big Ten, but has not played Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State or Purdue.
Iowa and Iowa State did not play any common opponents last year, nor will they this year.
WINNER HAS SCORED FIRST
The team that has led after the first quarter has won 13 of the last 15 meetings (two were tied) and the team that has led at halftime has won 14 of the last 15 contests. Last season, Iowa led 7-3 after one quarter and 14-3 at halftime. The Hawkeyes went on to a seven point victory (17-10) in Iowa City.
Saturday’s game against the Cyclones marks the 53rd time the two in-state rivals will meet. Iowa holds a 35-17 advantage in the series that began with a 16-8 ISU win in 1894. The Hawkeyes have won 17 of the last 22 meetings, including the last two.
The teams did not meet between 1935 and 1976 and Iowa holds a 19-9 advantage since the series resumed in 1977. Iowa holds a 15-5 advantage in games played at Ames. Iowa defeated the Cyclones by a 40-21 margin in 2003 in Jack Trice Stadium.
The Hawkeyes won 15 straight games in the series (1983-1997).
IOWA BOASTS THIRD-BEST HOME STREAK
Iowa’s win over Ball State extended its home winning streak to 19. The 19-game streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record. The active streak ranks third nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (25) ranks first and USC (21) second. 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 won that game 40-22.
NINE STRAIGHT OVERALL
Along with the current winning streak in Kinnick Stadium, Iowa boasts a nine-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 opened the 2005 season with a victory over Ball State.
Iowa’s current win streak ranks third-best in the nation, trailing only USC (23) and Utah (17).
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Saturday’s game will mark the 42nd consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
COACH Kirk Ferentz
The 2002 Associated Press Coach of the Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents), is in his seventh season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last three years and back-to-back New Year’s Day bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl and 2005 Capital One Bowl). He was one of six finalists for the 2004 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Iowa has posted a 32-7 (.821) overall mark and a 20-4 (.833) Big Ten record the last four seasons.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 43-31 (.581) and a 27-21 (.563) mark in Big Ten games. In ten seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 55-52 (.514).
Twenty-six of Iowa’s 74 games over the last seven seasons have been decided by seven points or less (14-12) and 26 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (11-15).
Ferentz joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He had been part of the Baltimore (Cleveland Browns prior to the move) staff for six years.
Ferentz was named head coach of the Maine Bears in 1990 and held that position for three years. Ferentz was a member of Hayden Fry’s Iowa staff for nine years as offensive line coach (1981-89). He coordinated Iowa’s running game during his first coaching stint with the Hawkeyes. Iowa appeared in eight bowl games during the time Ferentz was an Iowa assistant, posting a 4-4 record. A pair of Rose Bowls (1982 & 1986), two Holiday Bowl appearances (1986 & 1987) and a pair of Peach Bowl visits (1982 & 1988), along with appearances in the Gator (1983) and Freedom Bowls (1984) highlighted his previous Iowa stay. Iowa’s record in those nine years was 73-33-4 and included two 10-win and two nine-win seasons.
Ferentz was born in Royal Oak, MI, and attended high school in Pittsburgh, PA. Kirk earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Connecticut in 1978, where he was a football captain.
Ferentz is 2-4 against Iowa State and Cyclone Coach Dan McCarney.
ISU COACH DAN MCCARNEY
Dan McCarney is in his 11th season as a head coach, all at Iowa State. McCarney is a native of Iowa City and a former Hawkeye player and coach. His record as a head coach stands at 46-72 (.390). McCarney was an assistant coach at Iowa (1977-89) and Wisconsin (1990-94) before taking over the Iowa State program. McCarney is 5-5 against Iowa and 4-2 vs. Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz.
WORKING TOGETHER AT IOWA
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and ISU Coach Dan McCarney worked together as assistant coaches at Iowa from 1981-89. After playing at Iowa McCarney joined the Iowa football staff in 1977 and stayed until 1989. Ferentz joined the Hawkeye staff in 1981 and also left in 1989, for the head coaching position at Maine.
IOWA, IOWA STATE NOTES
- Both Iowa and Iowa State play a Division I-AA opponent in 2005. The Cyclones defeated Illinois State (32-21) last week in Ames, while the Hawkeyes host Northern Iowa on Sept. 17. Iowa was originally scheduled to play Missouri for its third non-conference game, but the Tigers pulled out forcing the Hawkeyes to scramble and find another opponent (Northern Iowa).
- Both Iowa and Iowa State are coming off successful seasons that produced bowl victories. Iowa defeated LSU (30-25) in the Capital One Bowl, while Iowa State topped Miami, OH (17-13) in the Independence Bowl.
- Iowa senior TE C.J. Barkema and Iowa State sophomore TE Ben Barkema are brothers.
Iowa won its second-straight game over Iowa State with a 17-10 victory in Kinnick Stadium. The victory snapped a three-game home losing streak to the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes retained the Cy-Hawk Trophy.
The Hawkeyes marched down the field on their opening possession, scoring a touchdown on a six-play, 49-yard drive. RB Albert Young scored his second touchdown in as many weeks on a one-yard plunge. RB Jermelle Lewis accounted for the first 48 yards of the drive, including 23 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards.
Iowa’s solid defense helped set up another first half score. After Iowa State was forced to punt from its own seven, QB Drew Tate hooked up with WR Ed Hinkel for a 29-yard scoring strike on third down with just 2:49 left in the first half.
The Hawkeyes opened the third quarter with a 39-yard field goal from PK Kyle Schlicher. That score was set up by a 23-yard connection from Tate to Warren Holloway.
Iowa maintained a 17-3 advantage for most of the third quarter until a 40-yard touchdown pass trimmed the Hawkeye lead to seven (17-10) with 36 seconds left in the period. The Hawkeye defense was able to protect the seven-point advantage as neither team scored again.
Tate completed 16-22 passes for 220 yards, tossing one touchdown and one interception in his first complete game as Iowa’s starting quarterback. Hinkel caught a team-high four passes for 61 yards to lead the team in receiving.
RB Jermelle Lewis eclipsed the century mark for the fifth time in his career. Lewis rushed 30 times for 102 yards, including a team-season long 34-yarder late in the fourth quarter to move the chains and help run time off the clock.
The Hawkeyes held the Cyclones to 236 total yards, including 66 on the ground. LB Abdul Hodge posted a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo), while LB Chad Greenway collected 10 tackles (6 solo), including one for loss and one pass break-up. DL Jonathan Babineaux tied a career-high with six tackles (five solo), including two sacks.
IOWA 56, BALL STATE 0
Iowa cruised to a 56-0 win over Ball State for its fifth-consecutive season opening victory. The shutout was the Hawkeyes’ first since blanking Kent State (51-0) in the 2001 season opener.
The Hawkeyes scored points on seven of their eight first half possessions, with all seven scoring drives resulting in touchdowns. RB Marcus Schnoor scored on a one-yard run to open the scoring, followed by a RB Albert Young two-yard plunge.
Jovon Johnson tallied Iowa’s third score on a 90-yard punt return. The return came on a quick kick by Ball State QB Joey Lynch from shotgun formation on fourth down. The punt return is the fourth longest in school history and the third longest in Kinnick Stadium.
QB Drew Tate connected with WR Clinton Solomon for a seven-yard touchdown to give the Hawkeyes a 28-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Iowa scored three more times in the second quarter on a 33-yard WR Herb Grigsby touchdown reception and a pair of RB Sam Brownlee runs (11 yards and 1 yard). After a scoreless third quarter, RB Shonn Greene became the eighth Hawkeye to score a point on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Hawkeye quarterbacks combined for 19-20 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Tate completed 9-10 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Mason completed 9-9 passes for 92 yards and Cy Phillips completed 1-1 pass for nine yards.
Iowa had five true freshmen see action: Greene, TE Tony Moeaki, DL Alex Kanellis, DL Ryan Bain and OL Dace Richardson. Greene led all rushers, carrying the ball 18 times for 116 yards. Moeaki led all Iowa receivers with three receptions for 28 yards.
Iowa’s defense recovered one fumble and collected seven tackles for loss, including three sacks. DB Devan Moylan recorded a team-best six tackles (4 solo). Here are the statistics:
FINAL BALL STATE GAME NOTES
- Starting for the first time in their career were LG Marshal Yanda and TE Scott Chandler on offense and DE Bryan Mattison, DE Kenny Iwebema, DT Alex Willcox, DT Matt Kroul and CB Adam Shada on defense.
- PK Kyle Schlicher converted all eight PAT attempts, one short of the school record.
- The sellout crowd of 70,585 is an all-time attendance record for Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes have sold out their last 12 home contests, dating back to the 2003 season.
- Iowa’s 56 points marked the most points the Hawkeyes scored in a game since posting 56 vs. Buffalo on Sept. 6, 2003. Iowa has averaged 44.8 ppg and a winning percentage of 38.6 in its last five season-opening victories.
- The 56-point win was Iowa’s 26th-largest margin of victory in school history and largest margin under Ferentz.
- Iowa had four players score their first career touchdowns – Jovon Johnson, Shonn Greene, Sam Brownlee and Herb Grigsby.
- RB Shonn Greene became Iowa’s first running back to rush for over 100 yards since Jermelle Lewis had 102 yards vs. Iowa State on Sept. 11, 2004.
- Iowa’s defense held Ball State to nine 3-and-outs on its 14 drives. Nine of Ball State’s third down plays were for seven yards or more.
- Iowa was a perfect 6-for-6 in the red zone, scoring all touchdowns. Ball State never reached the red zone.
- Sophomore Damian Sims, who played running back last season, saw significant action at defensive back. He collected three solo tackles.
- Ten different Iowa players caught at least one pass, while nine different Hawkeyes recorded at least one rushing attempt.
- Both Iowa punters saw action in the fourth quarter. Andy Fenstermaker booted a 47-yarder, while John Gallery kicked one 45 yards.
- Iowa was only penalized once for five yards.
- Ball State recovered two Hawkeye fumbles. Iowa set a school record after losing only five fumbles in 12 games last season.
- Antwan Allen had his 38-game starting streak snapped as the defensive back served a one-game suspension.
IOWA STATE WINS SEASON OPENER
Iowa State opened its 2005 season with a 32-21 triumph over Illinois State in Jack Trice Stadium. With the game tied 15-15 in the third quarter, RB Stevie Hicks scampered 17 yards for the tiebreaking score. QB Bret Meyer connected with WR Todd Blythe for a four-yard score in the fourth quarter to give Iowa State a 14-point advantage (29-15). Illinois State scored on its next offensive play, an 80-yard pass play (PAT kick blocked), but PK Tony Yelk sealed the Iowa State victory with a 25-yard field goal. Meyer completed 30-41 passes for 314 yards and one touchdown. Hicks rushed 25 times for 90 yards and a touchdown, while WR Austin Flynn caught seven passes for 64 yards. DE Jason Berryman registered four tackles, including one sack and returned an interception four yards.
All 11 Iowa games this season will feature the instant replay system. The replay system was not utilized vs. Ball State.
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.
IOWA RETURNS STARTING QUARTERBACK
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 played a little over one quarter vs. Ball State and completed 9-10 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. His pass efficiency of 239.2 is tops in the Big Ten.
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 248-396 passes for 2,940 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career, which ranks 10th in school history. Tate is only four yards from passing Paul Burmeister for ninth (2,943) on the career chart and 47 yards from Larry Lawrence for eighth (2,987).
IOWA QUARTERBACKS SHINE
Iowa’s three quarterbacks, Drew Tate (9-10), Jason Manson (9-9) and Cy Phillips (1-1) combined for 19-20 (.950) passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ball State. The pass efficiency of 212.0 ranks first in the Big Ten and third nationally after one week. The one incompletion came on a deep pass from Tate to WR Ed Hinkel on the first drive. It was just out of a diving Hinkel’s reach in the end zone.
Quarterbacks Brad Banks and Nathan Chandler combined for 12-12 (1.000) passes for 230 yards vs. Northwestern on Nov. 9, 2002.
HAWKEYES RETURN FOUR RUNNING BACKS
After one of the most challenging and injury plagued seasons at the running back position, the Hawkeyes return four 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. Schnoor rushed 29 times for 163 yards in 2003. He started Iowa’s season opener last year before being injured in the first half.
With four running backs returning, it was a freshman that led the Hawkeyes in rushing vs. Ball State. Shonn Greene netted 116 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries (6.4 avg.). Young collected 61 yards and one touchdown on only five attempts (12.2 avg.). Brownlee registered 24 yards, while Schnoor tallied 14 yards last week. Simmons did not play due to injury.
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.
Iowa’s depth chart includes six walk-ons, one on offense, three on defense and two on special teams. The one on offense is RB Marcus Schnoor. The three on defense are DT Nate Roos, LB Zach Gabelmann and SS Devan Moylan. Both punters, Andy Fenstermaker and John Gallery are walk-ons.
RETURNING WITH HONORS
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.
SCHLICHER RETURNS FOR JUNIOR YEAR
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.
Schlicher connected on all eight PAT attempts last week vs. Ball State. The eight PATs were one shy of the school record. His eight points lifted him over 100 career points (103), which ranks 22nd in school history. He is three points from tying Nick Quartaro (1974-76) for 21st with 106 points.
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’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 and ESPN.com 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, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday Friday, 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 (297). He tallied two tackles and recovered one fumble in limited action vs. Ball State.
Greenway posted double figure tackles seven times in 2004 and 15 times in his career. His 262 career tackles tie John Derby (1988-91) for 21st at Iowa. He collected two tackles, including one for loss in limited action vs. Ball State. Greenway 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.
EXPERIENCED WIDE RECEIVERS RETURN
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. He caught two passes for 22 yards and one touchdown in limited action vs. Ball State.
Hinkel ranked first on the Hawkeyes in receptions (63) and touchdowns (7) and second in yards (744) in 2004. 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. Hinkel hauled in three passes for 19 yards and returned four punts for 34 yards in limited action vs. Ball State.
Melloy played in nine games last year; missing three due to injury. He did not play vs. Ball State 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 2004 contests before suffering a season-ending injury. The junior has 28 career receptions for 423 yards and one touchdown. Davis caught three passes for 24 yards vs. Ball State.
IOWA STARTS ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 64 of its last 68 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 66-of-74 games under Kirk Ferentz.
Moeaki led all Hawkeye receivers against the Cardinals, hauling in three passes for 28 yards. Green led all rushers, rushing 116 yards on 18 attempts and scoring one touchdown. Bain collected four tackles (1 solo), while Kanellis recorded two solo stops and one QB hurry. Richardson saw significant time on the offensive line.
- 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 conference play on the road. Iowa hosted Penn State in 2001.
- Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in nine statistical categories (scoring offense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, net punting, punt returns, kickoff returns, pass defense and pass efficiency).
- The Hawkeyes sold out their last game against Ball State, marking the 12th straight Kinnick Stadium sellout dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not a sellout was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
- Iowa is 13-10 in September games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure.
- The Hawkeyes will be the only Big Ten team to play a road game on Sept. 10 (at Iowa State).
- Iowa’s home contest vs. Minnesota on Nov. 22 will be the 400th game played in Kinnick Stadium.
- The Hawkeyes won their last six games that were decided by four points or less dating back to 2001.
- Iowa has won 28 of its last 33 regular season contests.
- In the last four years, Iowa is 28-1 when leading at the half and 31-0 when leading after three quarters.
- The Hawkeyes have won 26 of their last 28 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).
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.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa collected four offensive plays of 20 yards or more, three of which came on the ground. The Hawkeyes also recorded a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard kickoff return vs. Ball State. Iowa’s defense allowed only one offensive play of 20 yards or more vs. Ball State — a 31-yard pass play.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 28-0 in the first quarter, 21-0 in the second and 7-0 in the fourth quarter. Neither Iowa or Ball State scored in the third quarter last week.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa is averaging 5.4 yards on 32 first down plays, 8.1 yards on 23 second down plays, 5.0 yards on 10 third down plays and 33.0 yards on one fourth down play.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s seven scoring drives have averaged 7.0 plays, 54.6 yards and 3:10 elapsed time. Five of Iowa’s seven scoring drives covered 50 yards or more. Ball State did not score.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone six times and scored six of those times (100.0%). Iowa scored touchdowns on all six trips inside the red zone vs. Ball State. Five of the six touchdowns were scored on the ground. Ball State did not advance inside the red zone. The farthest the Cardinals advanced was the Hawkeyes’ 24-yard line, but their 11-play, 61-yard drive stalled on downs late in the fourth quarter.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored seven points off one turnover (one fumble) vs. Ball State. The Hawkeyes capitalized on the fumble recovery, scoring a touchdown on a four play, 20-yard drive late in the first quarter.
Iowa turned the ball over twice (two fumbles), but the Cardinals were unable to score following the Hawkeye miscues.
HAWKEYES TO PLAY 11
The Hawkeyes will play six home games in Kinnick Stadium this year, where they have posted a 20-1 record the last four seasons, including a perfect 14-0 mark the last three 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 opened its season against Ball State, marking the fifth consecutive year the Hawkeyes opened 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 LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2005 season includes 13 players, including five seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. 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; redshirt freshmen Matt Kroul and Seth Olsen and true freshman Tony Moeki.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
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.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
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.
MORE THAN ONE
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.
THE NAME GAME
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), 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.
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
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 DEPTH CHART
Iowa’s depth chart includes 12 seniors, 17 juniors, 11 sophomores, nine redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists. The two true freshmen listed on the depth chart are OL Dace Richardson and RB Shonn Greene.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
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.
WATCHING FROM ABOVE
Iowa’s coaches in the press box during the season are Lester Erb (receivers and special teams), along with quality control assistant Jon McLaughlin and graduate assistant coaches Michael Ketchum and Rick Kaczenski. That leaves Norm Parker (defensive coordinator), 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.
ROSE BOWL EXPERIENCE
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 2:35 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 Northern Iowa contest will kickoff at 2:35 p.m. All times are central daylight time.
IOWA STATS ON THE INTERNET
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.
IOWA FOOTBALL WITH Kirk Ferentz
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.
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.
Iowa plays its final non-conference game when it hosts Northern Iowa on Sept. 17 (2:35 p.m., ESPN Plus). The Hawkeyes open conference play at Ohio State (kickoff time TBA) on Sept. 24.
BIG TEN THIS WEEK
Temple at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN Plus)
Notre Dame at Michigan, 11 a.m. (ABC)
Cincinnati at Penn State, 11 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Akron at Purdue, 12 p.m. (ESPN 360)
Colorado State at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
San Jose State at Illinois, 1 p.m. (No TV)
Iowa at Iowa State, 2:35 p.m. (ABC)
Hawaii at Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN Plus)
Northern Illinois at Northwestern, 3 p.m. (ESPN Classic)
Nicholls State at Indiana, 4 p.m. (No TV)
Texas at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ABC)