Nov. 7, 2005
- 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
- Listen to the Hawkeyes on XM Radio
- Watch and Listen to Kirk, the Hawkeyes
IOWA REMAINS ON THE ROAD
Iowa (5-4, 3-3) remains on the road when it travels to Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2) Saturday for its final regular season road contest. Game time is 2:35 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium (80,360). The game is sold out.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Mark Jones, Chris Spielman and Erin Andrews 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 1,073 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 546-489-39 (.527). That includes a 344-192-16 (.638) record in home games, a 201-297-23 (.408) record in games away from Iowa City, a 268-330-25 (.450) mark in Big Ten games and a 227-157-15 (.588) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 7-5-2 in games played on Nov. 12. The Hawkeyes defeated Grinnell 69-0 in 1904, Indiana 41-0 in 1921, Wisconsin 16-0 in 1927 and 24-8 in 1977, Ohio State 35-12 in 1960, Michigan State 12-6 in 1983 and Northwestern 49-13 in 1994. Iowa lost to Indiana 7-3 in 1938, Purdue 18-0 in 1932, Wisconsin 35-13 in 1949, Ohio State 20-10 in 1955 and 14-10 in 1966. The Hawkeyes tied Grinnell 5-5 in 1898 and Ohio State 24-24 in 1988.
The Heartland Trophy will be awarded for the second time to Saturday’s winner. The trophy was designed and crafted by artist and former Iowa football player Frank Strub. The trophy, which is a bull mounted on a walnut base (native to both Wisconsin and Iowa), has the scores of all previous games between the two schools inscribed on it. The Iowa-Wisconsin series has been the closest and most competitive of all Big Ten series. The teams have met 80 times and the series is tied 39-39-2. Iowa has won the last three meetings. The Heartland Trophy became the 16th Big Ten football traveling trophy last season. Iowa maintained possession of the Heartland Trophy after winning 30-7 last year in Iowa City.
IN THE RANKINGS
Wisconsin is ranked 19th in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE AT WISCONSIN
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. prior to the Wisconsin game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at Wisconsin Union South (Varsity Room), located at 227 North Randall Avenue in Madison. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
MINNESOTA GAME TIME SET
Kickoff is set for 11:03 a.m. for Iowa’s regular season finale vs. Minnesota on Nov. 19. The game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN2.
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.
IOWA MAKES LIST
The University of Iowa football program has been ranked the 36th “Greatest College Football Program of All Time” according to Street & Smith.
The publication profiles its top 50 football programs. Each ranked football program received at least two pages in the book that features a history of the program and key figures, as well as photos of highlights and stars.
Iowa boasts 19 consensus all-Americans, including 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick. The Hawkeyes have appeared in 20 bowl games and have won outright or shared 11 Big Ten titles, including two conference titles in the last three years.
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 36-11 (.766) overall mark and a 23-7 (.767) Big Ten record the last four seasons.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 47-35 (.573) and a 30-24 (.555) mark in Big Ten games. In 10 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 59-56 (.513).
Twenty-eight of Iowa’s 82 games over the last seven seasons have been decided by seven points or less (14-14) and 27 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (11-16).
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 3-3 against Wisconsin and Coach Barry Alvarez.
WISCONSIN COACH BARRY ALVAREZ
Barry Alvarez is in his 16th and final year as a college head coach, all at Wisconsin. Alvarez has posted a career mark of 116-72-4 (.615). Alvarez is the winningest football coach in Wisconsin history and is in his second year as its Athletic Director. He is one of just two people (UAB’s Watson Brown) at the Division I level who serves as head football coach and athletic director.
Alvarez previously was an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1987-89) and Iowa (1979-86) and he also coached at Mason City HS (1976-78). He has guided the Badgers to victories in the 1994, 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowls, the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1996 Copper Bowl, the 2000 Sun Bowl and the 2002 Alamo Bowl. Wisconsin also participated in the 1998 Outback Bowl, 2003 Music City Bowl and 2005 Outback Bowl. Alvarez was the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1998.
Alvarez is 5-8 vs. Iowa and 3-3 against Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz.
ON THE SAME STAFF
Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez served on the same Iowa coaching staff from 1981-86. Ferentz was Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 and Alvarez coached the Hawkeye linebackers from 1979-86.
Saturday will be the 81st meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. The all-time series is tied 39-39-2. Iowa has won the last three contests against Wisconsin and 20 of the last 26. The Hawkeyes won last year’s regular season finale (30-7) in Iowa City to claim a share of the Big Ten championship. Wisconsin holds a 25-16-1 advantage in games played in Madison. The Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers 27-21 on Nov. 22, 2003 in the last game played between the two teams at Camp Randall Stadium.
IOWA, WISCONSIN NOTES
- Saturday’s game will feature two of the nation’s top running backs. Wisconsin’s Brian Calhoun ranks fourth nationally in rushing (125.6) and Iowa’s Albert Young ranks 11th (118.9).
- Wisconsin QB John Stocco ranks 20th nationally in pass efficiency (148.24), while Iowa QB Drew Tate ranks 22nd (148.09).
- Iowa’s total offense (419.56) ranks 33rd, while Wisconsin’s total defense (435.4) ranks 102nd. The Badgers boast the conference’s top scoring offense (37.1), an average that also ranks 10th nationally.
- Wisconsin ranks second in the league in turnover margin (+8). Last week Iowa played Northwestern, who boasted a +10 and won the turnover battle with a +2. Iowa is +3 in turnover margin the last two games and now ranks sixth in the Big Ten (+0) after nine games.
- Redshirt freshman Jared Oberland (Whitefish Bay) is the only player on the Iowa roster from the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin roster does not include any Iowans.
- Iowa has played only one ranked opponent this season, and the Hawkeyes lost that game 31-6 at Ohio State on Sept. 24, 2005.
- Saturday will be Iowa’s only regular season game on artificial field turf.
- Iowa boasts a 9-1 record when ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones has called an Iowa football game the last three years.
- Wisconsin ranks eighth nationally in punt returns (15.97) and net punting (38.22), while Iowa ranks 15th in punt returns (13.86) and 21st in net punting (36.93).
- Iowa Strength Coach Chris Doyle was the assistant strength coach at Wisconsin from 1996-98. Doyle’s assistant at Iowa, James Dobson, earned his degree from Wisconsin and worked with the Badger football team for three seasons.
- Bret Bielema, Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, will replace Barry Alvarez at the end of the 2005 season. Bielema served as an assistant coach at Iowa from 1993-2001. Bielema, who graduated from Iowa in 1992, earned four letters as a walk-on and was a member of the 1990 Big Ten champion team.
- John Chadima, Wisconsin’s director of football operations and an associate athletic director, is a native of Cedar Rapids, IA, and an Iowa graduate. Chadima was an Iowa football manager from 1983-87 and an administrative graduate assistant from 1987-89 before joining the staff at Wisconsin.
- Steve Malchow, Wisconsin’s associate athletic director for communications, graduated from Iowa and worked in the Iowa Sports Information Office from 1985-89, where he served as the media contact for the men’s basketball team.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Saturday’s game will mark the 50th consecutive the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
WISCONSIN FALLS AT PENN STATE
Penn State upended Wisconsin 35-14 in a first place showdown at State College to claim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions took a 21-0 advantage into the fourth quarter and hung on for the victory. Wisconsin QB John Stocco completed 19-34 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown, but the Penn State defense intercepted Stocco twice and sacked the junior nine times. Badger RB Brian Calhoun extended his touchdown scoring streak to 10 games, scoring on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions limited Calhoun to 38 yards on 20 carries (1.9 avg.) and six receptions for 48 yards. Penn State’s defense held Wisconsin to -11 yards rushing and 3-of-15 on third-down conversions.
NORTHWESTERN 28, IOWA 27
Iowa surrendered two late touchdowns as Northwestern overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to outlast the Hawkeyes 28-27 at Ryan Field.
Iowa scored on four of its six first-half possessions, but the Wildcats stayed within striking distance and pulled out the come-from-behind victory. The loss snapped a three-game Iowa winning streak over the Wildcats.
PK Kyle Schlicher missed a 41-yard field goal with 5:35 remaining in the fourth quarter that would have extended Iowa’s lead to 16 points. Two possessions later, RB Tyrell Sutton culminated a 77-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to trim Iowa’s advantage to 27-21 with 2:10 left.
Following the score, Northwestern attempted and recovered an on-side kick and proceeded to drive 47 yards on six plays, with QB Brett Basanez connecting with WR Ross Lane for a nine-yard game-winning touchdown.
RB Albert Young posted career highs in rushing attempts (38), rushing yards (202), all-purpose yards (274) and kickoff return yardage (70). The sophomore also scored two touchdowns. The 38 rushing attempts rank as the fourth most in a single game at Iowa, while the 202 rushing yards tie as the ninth-most in a single game. Young’s 202 yards rushing increased his season total to 1,070 yards, becoming only the fourth Iowa sophomore running back to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. It also marked the first time a Hawkeye rushed for 200 yards or more in a single game since Tavian Banks amassed 314 yards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 13, 1997.
QB Drew Tate completed 21-35 passes for 273 yards and rushed for one touchdown. Wide receivers Herb Grigsby and Andy Brodell posted career highs in receptions and receiving yards. Grigsby caught a team-high seven passes for 84 yards, while Brodell caught four passes for 46 yards.
Iowa posted season highs in total plays (81) and first downs (27).
Linebackers Abdul Hodge (12 tackles) and Chad Greenway (11 tackles) led the Hawkeye defense. Iowa collected two interceptions for the first time this season. DB Adam Shada intercepted his team-leading third pass, while DT Matt Kroul intercepted his first career pass. DB Antwan Allen totaled seven tackles and had two pass break-ups.
FINAL NORTHWESTERN GAME NOTES
- Redshirt freshman WR Andy Brodell started for the first time in his career. Brodell had three receptions for 39 yards on Iowa’s opening scoring drive after having just two receptions for 23 yards in Iowa’s first eight games. Brodell started in place of senior Clinton Solomon, who missed practice time due to the death of his grandfather.
- Northwestern failed to score on its first possession. Only two Iowa opponents have scored (both touchdowns) on their opening possession this season (Purdue and Ohio State).
- Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening possession on a 12-yard run by RB Albert Young. The Hawkeyes also scored touchdowns on their first possession in games against Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Purdue and Michigan. Iowa’s opening scoring drive covered 78 yards on 11 plays.
- Senior DB Jovon Johnson, who is the nation’s active leader in career interceptions, did not play vs. Northwestern due to injury, ending a streak of 33 straight starts, dating back to the opening game of the 2003 season. Iowa has no defensive back that has started all nine games this season. Johnson’s starting streak was tied for the longest among Iowa players; LB Chad Greenway and LB Abdul Hodge have now started 34 consecutive contests.
- RB Albert Young surpassed 100 yards rushing for the fifth straight game and sixth time this season (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern). Young raised his season totals to 189 attempts for 1,070 yards, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Previously, Iowa’s most recent 1,000-yard rusher was Fred Russell in 2003 (282-1,355 yards). Young becomes the 11th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards.
- Iowa’s field goal drive to end the second quarter covered 88 yards in 14 plays. The 88-yard scoring drive is Iowa’s longest of the season, surpassing an 85-yard touchdown drive vs. Michigan. Iowa also had a 14-play drive at Ohio State, but that drive resulted in no points.
- Instant replay was used once. A Northwestern pass that was ruled incomplete was changed to a completion.
- PK Kyle Schlicher scored nine points (2 FGs, 3 PATs) to increase his career point total to 165. He ranks 11th all-time in Iowa career scoring, one point behind David Hudson.
- Iowa’s defense came up with two interceptions, while the Hawkeye offense did not record a turnover. Prior to the game the Wildcats led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in turnover margin (+10).
- With its second straight loss after leading at halftime and after three periods, Iowa falls to 32-3 when leading at the half and 35-2 when leading after three quarters, dating back to the 2002 season.
- LB Chad Greenway, with 11 tackles, moved into fifth place on Iowa’s career tackle list, moving past LB Fred Barr. Greenway now has 380 career stops.
- LB Abdul Hodge amassed a team-high 12 tackles, which puts him over 400 career tackles (407).
- QB Drew Tate failed to throw a touchdown pass for the third time this season. All three games have been on the road and Iowa lost all three (Iowa State, Ohio State and Northwestern).
Iowa’s 30-7 victory over Wisconsin was its seventh consecutive Big Ten win. As a result, the Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title with Michigan. The Big Ten title was Iowa’s second in three years and 11th overall. In addition, the victory kept the newly introduced Heartland Trophy in Iowa City.
With the score tied 7-7 late in the second quarter, QB Drew Tate connected with WR Clinton Solomon for a 51-yard touchdown pass with a minute remaining to give Iowa a 14-7 advantage heading into halftime.
The second half was all Iowa, as the Hawkeyes out-scored the Badgers 16-0 and forced four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions). The Hawkeyes converted Wisconsin miscues into 13 points.
TE Scott Chandler caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to extend Iowa’s lead (21-7) with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter. PK Kyle Schlicher added three field goals (31, 21 and 34 yards).
Tate completed 14-24 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns, with three interceptions. The three touchdown passes tied a career high. Solomon posted game highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (100).
Defensively, Iowa collected four turnovers, sacked Wisconsin QB John Stocco four times and recorded seven tackles for loss. Anchoring the Iowa defensive unit was DT Jonathan Babineaux, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Babineaux collected a career-high seven tackles, including three for loss and two sacks. He also returned a fumble 39 yards. Linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway tallied 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. DB Antwan Allen picked off his fourth interception of the year.
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW…
All 11 Iowa games this season will feature the instant replay system. The replay system was not utilized in Iowa’s home games vs. Ball State and Northern Iowa, but was used three times vs. Indiana and Michigan, twice at Iowa State and once in games against Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State. The officials upheld the call on the field for an Iowa fumble and used replay for a clock adjustment at Iowa State. The officials changed an Iowa fumble to an incomplete pass in the fourth period at Ohio State. Replay was used once on a deflected Illinois pass that was nearly intercepted by LB Abdul Hodge – the call on the field was upheld. Replay upheld a fourth-quarter Iowa interception by LB Edmond Miles in the end zone against Purdue. Replay was used three times vs. Indiana, the most in any Iowa game the last two years, with all three calls overturned. A called Indiana fumble was reversed, giving the Hoosiers a gain of five yards on a QB scramble. A pass from QB Drew Tate to TE Scott Chandler that was ruled incomplete was reversed, giving Chandler a 23-yard pass completion that ultimately resulted in a 35-yard field goal by PK Kyle Schlicher. A pass completion from QB Blake Powers to WR James Hardy initially ruled incomplete along the Iowa sidelines was overturned. Two of the three calls reviewed vs. Michigan were upheld. The call that was reversed resulted in a Wolverine fumble that Iowa recovered on Michigan’s 27-yard line. Replay was used once at Northwestern, with a Northwestern pass that was ruled incomplete changed to a completion.
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 has been penalized 36 times for 306 yards through nine games. The Hawkeyes rank first nationally in fewest penalties per game (4.00) and third in fewest penalty yardage per game (34.0). Vanderbilt ranks first in fewest penalty yardage per game (30.4), followed by Michigan (32.56). The Hawkeyes have been penalized two times or fewer in four games this season. Iowa was flagged a season-high 11 times for 94 yards vs. Michigan. The Hawkeyes were penalized 11 times for 95 yards in their previous four games.
Iowa ranked 10th in the Big Ten last season in penalty yardage per game (56.2).
TATE DIRECTS HAWKEYE OFFENSE
For the first time in six years, Iowa returned 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.
The junior completed 21-35 passes for 273 yards and he also rushed for one touchdown at Northwestern. He completed 27-39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns vs. Michigan. Tate completed 12-24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns vs. Indiana. Tate led Iowa to its first road win of the year on his 21st birthday, with the Hawkeyes defeating Purdue 34-17. The junior signal caller completed 19-33 passes for a career-high 357 yards and matched a career high with three touchdown passes. He has thrown two or more touchdown passes in six of nine games this season. Tate surpassed 300 passing yards for the fourth time in his career at Purdue and the first time this season. The 357 yards rank 14th-best in a single game in Iowa history. He also finished with 369 yards total offense, a total that ranks 11th-best in a single game at Iowa.
Tate played a little over one quarter in the Ball State and Iowa State games and three quarters in the Northern Iowa contest. He completed 9-10 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ball State. Tate completed 5-11 passes for 57 yards and one interception before leaving the Iowa State game with a concussion following a tackle. He returned against Northern Iowa, completing 15-18 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 33 yards. Tate completed 22-39 passes for 146 yards at Ohio State. Tate completed 17-22 passes for 175 yards and two scores vs. Illinois.
He has completed 147-231 passes for 1,907 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. His 148.09 passing efficiency ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally. Tate has thrown for two touchdowns in all five home contests in 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 386-617 passes for 4,748 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career, which ranks fifth in school history for passing yards. His 34 touchdown passes ranks fifth on Iowa’s all-time quarterback list and is only three scores from tying Chuck Hartlieb (37) for fourth. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 14 career games, including 11 of his last 14 games dating back to last season. Tate has recorded 4,730 yards total offense in his career and ranks fifth on the Iowa career list.
YOUNG LEADS IOWA’S RUSHING ATTACK
Sophomore Albert Young leads the Iowa rushing attack, carrying the ball 189 times for 1,070 yards (118.9 avg.) this season. He ranks 11th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten. He has rushed for over 100 yards five straight games and six times this season (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern). Young has also surpassed 200 all-purpose yards three of the last four games. He racked-up a career-high 274 all-purpose yards at Northwestern, 217 at Purdue and 202 vs. Indiana. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 14th nationally in all-purpose yards (155.3).
Young reached career highs in rushing attempts (38), rushing yards (202), all-purpose yards (274) and kickoff return yards (70) at Northwestern. He also scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season last Saturday, marking the third game this season he scored twice (Northern Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern). His 38 attempts rank as the fourth highest total in a single game and his 202 yards rushing tied for ninth (Jim Jensen vs. Indiana, 10/18/75) for a single game. The 202 yards also mark the first time a Hawkeye running back rushed for 200 yards or more since Tavian Banks amassed 314 yards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 13, 1997.
His 202 yards at Northwestern increased his season total to 1,070 yards, becoming the 11th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards. He is the fourth Iowa player to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season as a sophomore. That was also accomplished by Tony Stewart in 1988, Sedrick Shaw in 1994 and Fred Russell in 2002. The 1,070 yards rank 10th in a single season and is only 20 yards from equaling Ladell Betts’ 1,090 yards rushing in 2000 for ninth place. His 5.7 average per carry ties for second-best in a single season (min. 175 attempts) with Fred Russell (5.7 average on 220 attempts in 2002). Tavian Banks averaged 6.5 yards on 260 carries in 1997.
Young started his first career game at Iowa State and collected 140 yards on 18 carries. Against Northern Iowa, he registered 97 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Young totaled 25 yards on 10 carries at Ohio State. The native of Moorestown, NJ, rushed 13 times for 102 yards vs. Illinois. He also caught a team-high four passes for 51 yards. Young posted 165 yards rushing on 36 attempts and 217 all-purpose yards at Purdue. He amassed 125 yards on 26 rushing attempts and also caught two passes for 63 yards vs. Indiana. Young totaled 153 yards rushing on 30 carries vs. Michigan. He also had four receptions for 17 yards and one kickoff return for 18 yards against the Wolverines.
WALK-ONS MAKE DEPTH
Iowa’s current depth chart includes eight walk-ons: one on offense, four on defense and special teams. The one on offense is RB Marcus Schnoor, while the three on defense are DT Nate Roos, SS Devan Moylan, LB Chris Kuehl and FS Andrew Becker. Both punters, Andy Fenstermaker and John Gallery, and long snapper Daniel Olszta, are walk-ons.
SCHLICHER THE KICKER
PK Kyle Schlicher is listed on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award Watch List. He was also named preseason second team all-America by rivals.com and first team all-conference by Athlon.
Schlicher connected on all eight PAT attempts vs. Ball State and converted his only field goal attempt (44 yards) at Iowa State. The eight PATs were one shy of the school record. Schlicher made all six PAT attempts and a 23-yard field goal vs. Northern Iowa. He booted a 37-yard field goal and a career-long 52-yarder at Ohio State. His previous best was a 49-yarder at Minnesota last season. He scored a season-high 14 points at Purdue, converting 4-5 field goals and 2-3 PATs. He made his first 21 PATs and seven field goals this season before missing a 47-yard field goal and a PAT in the fourth period at Purdue. The missed PAT snapped a consecutive streak of 34. He had a PAT blocked vs. Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2004 and he missed two PAT attempts vs. Kent State on Sept. 4, 2004, which were not blocked. Schlicher rebounded vs. Indiana, making all five PATs and converting his only field goal attempt. He scored eight points vs. Michigan, converting 2-3 FGs and 2-2 PATs. He made a 32-yarder in the fourth quarter as time expired to send the game into overtime and also made a 28-yarder in overtime. His 41-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter was partially blocked. Schlicher scored nine points (2 FGs, 3 PATs) at Northwestern.
Schlicher’s 70 points this season rank first on the team, seventh in Big Ten scoring and fourth in league kicking points. Schlicher has 165 career points, which ranks 11th in Iowa career scoring. He is only one point from passing David Hudson (166) and cracking the top 10. He ranks 20th in the nation in field goals per game (1.44) and 48th in overall scoring per game (7.78).
The native of Ankeny, IA, is 33-41 in career field goal attempts, including 5-12 from beyond 40 yards, and 58-62 on PATs.
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 has made two field goals or more in five career contests.
Iowa’s linebacking duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge are quarter-finalists for the Lott Trophy. Greenway is also on the Walter Camp Watch List and a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award and Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Greenway and Hodge have each earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors once this season and rank second and third, respectively, in Big Ten tackles. Greenway ranks fourth in the nation with 13.33 tackles per game, while Hodge ranks eighth with a 12.44 average. Iowa is the only team in the nation with two defensive players ranked in the top 10 in tackles per game. Greenway also ranks third nationally in solo stops (8.0), while Hodge ranks fifth (7.33). Greenway and Hodge are tied for second in tackles per game in Big Ten contests only (14.2).
The duo 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 amassed 18 tackles or more three times this season. He collected 18 tackles vs. Illinois and Indiana with 11 of the 18 tackles being solo in both games. The senior posted a career-high 20 tackles (14 solo) vs. Michigan. Hodge’s 20 stops vs. Michigan moved him from fifth to fourth in Iowa career tackles. He amassed a team-high 12 tackles (6 solo) at Northwestern to increase his career total to 407. He is 28 tackles from equaling Brad Quast (435). His performance vs. the Fighting Illini earned him co-Big Ten Player of the Week accolades for the first time in his career. Hodge posted two tackles and recovered one fumble in limited action vs. Ball State. Hodge collected 13 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss at Iowa State. He registered 12 tackles (6 solo) and recovered his sixth career fumble and second of the season vs. Northern Iowa. Hodge posted nine tackles (4 solo) and forced a fumble at Ohio State. He ranks fifth nationally in solo tackles per game (7.5).
The native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, 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 19 times in his career, including six times in 2005. 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.
Greenway has posted double figure tackles 23 times in his career, including eight times in 2005. His 380 career tackles rank fifth at Iowa. Greenway tallied 16 stops (10 solo) vs. Michigan to move him from eighth to sixth on the career tackles chart. He recorded 11 tackles (6 solo) at Northwestern give him 380 career stops to move past Fred Barr and into fifth place on Iowa’s career tackle list. Greenway registered 14 tackles (7 solo), including three for loss vs. Indiana. Greenway posted a game and career-high 20 stops (12 solo) vs. Northern Iowa. The 20-tackle performance earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. He collected two tackles, including one for loss in limited action vs. Ball State. He recorded 13 tackles (5 solo) at Iowa State and a game-high 14 stops (8 solo) at Ohio State. Greenway totaled 15 tackles (10 solo) and two sacks vs. Illinois. He amassed a team-high 10 tackles (9 solo) at Purdue.
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) in 2004. His 113 tackles last year ranks 34th in a single season at Iowa.
SOLOMON LEADS HAWKEYE RECEIVERS
WR Clinton Solomon leads Hawkeye receivers with 543 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He ranks second in receptions with 31.
The native of Ft. Worth, TX, caught two passes for 22 yards and one touchdown in limited action vs. Ball State and two passes for 18 yards at Iowa State. Against Northern Iowa, he caught four passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Solomon caught two passes for 19 yards at Ohio State and had two catches for 16 yards vs. Illinois. The senior caught five passes for a career-high 166 yards, including a career-long 78-yarder, and two touchdowns at Purdue. The 166 receiving yards rank 10th-best in a single game at Iowa. He has posted six career 100-yard receiving games and has tallied two scoring receptions in a single game four times. He caught three passes for 79 yards and one touchdown vs. Indiana. Solomon tallied eight receptions for 76 yards vs. Michigan. He did not start at Northwestern after missing practice time due to the death of his grandfather. The senior did catch three passes for 33 yards against the Wildcats.
His career totals include 103 receptions for 1,607 yards and 13 touchdowns. The senior is the 15th receiver in Hawkeye history to haul in 100 career receptions. The 1,607 receiving yards ranks 13th in school history. Solomon is only the 14th Hawkeye receiver to score at least 10 career touchdowns. His 13 touchdown receptions ties for sixth in career receiving touchdowns at Iowa. He ranked second on the team in touchdowns (6) and receptions (58) and first in yards (905) in 2004. 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 last year.
TE Scott Chandler has caught a team-best 33 passes for 395 yards and one touchdown. Chandler caught a game-high eight passes for 90 yards vs. Michigan. Five of his eight receptions vs. Michigan moved the chains. Three of Chandler’s team-high four receptions for 87 yards covered 20 yards or more in the win over Indiana. He caught four passes for 56 yards at Northwestern.
WR Ed Hinkel has caught 20 passes for 230 yards and one score, but he is out indefinitely after breaking his right arm at Purdue. It is hopeful he may see some action this Saturday at Wisconsin. Hinkel’s career totals include 115 receptions for 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. He also has recorded a rushing and a punt return touchdown. The 1,300 receiving yards rank 19th in school history. 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.
IOWA STARTS ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 70 of its last 76 games. Iowa’s games vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), 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 with Iowa winning four of those six games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 72-of-82 games under Kirk Ferentz.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2005
TE Tony Moeaki, DL Ryan Bain and OL Dace Richardson have seen action in all nine games, while RB Shonn Greene and DL Alex Kanellis have played in eight contests. Greene did not play at Purdue, while Kanellis did not see any action vs. Michigan.
Moeaki led all Hawkeye receivers against Ball State, hauling in three passes for 28 yards. Greene 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.
All five saw limited action at Iowa State. Kanellis and Bain each collected one tackle, while Moeaki and Greene did not record any offensive statistics.
Greene rushed 15 times for 45 yards, Moeaki caught one pass for 36 yards, Bain collected three tackles, including his first career sack, Kanellis registered one tackle and Richardson saw time on the offensive line vs. Northern Iowa.
Bain was the only freshmen to record any statistics at Ohio State, collecting one tackle.
Against Illinois, Moeaki caught one pass for 12 yards, Greene rushed once for three yards, Kanellis and Bain each recorded a tackle, while Richardson saw action on the offensive line.
Moeaki, Bain, Kanellis and Richardson played in the Purdue game, but none recorded any statistics.
Bain recorded four tackles (2 solo) and Kanellis collected two tackles (1 solo), including one for loss vs. Indiana. Greene, Moeaki and Richardson all saw action but did not record any statistics.
Against Michigan, Moeaki caught one pass for 18 yards. Greene recorded a tackle on special teams. Bain and Richardson did not register any statistics.
Moeaki caught one pass for 16 yards, while Greene rushed three times for nine yards at Northwestern. Bain, Kanellis and Richardson also played against the Wildcats but did not record any statistics.
- The Hawkeyes sold out their last home game against Michigan, marking the 16th straight Kinnick Stadium sellout dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
- Iowa is 13-8 in November games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure, including 9-2 since the 2002 season.
- Iowa does not play any opponent following their bye week in 2005.
- Hawkeye RB Damian Sims has carried the ball 12 times for 156 yards (13.0 avg.) this season. Sims has tallied touchdown runs of 66, 39 and 30 yards this year.
- Forty-eight of Iowa’s opponents’ 115 offensive drives have started inside the 20-yard line (41.7%). Iowa ranks first in the conference in kickoff coverage.
- Iowa’s home contest vs. Minnesota on Nov. 22 will be the 400th Hawkeye game played in Kinnick Stadium.
- Iowa has won 34 of its last 44 regular season contests.
- In the last four years, Iowa is 32-3 when leading at the half and 35-2 when leading after three quarters.
- The Hawkeyes have won 29 of their last 32 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the end of the 2000 season. Iowa’s three losses came against Iowa State (36-31 in 2002) and Michigan (32-26 in 2001 and 23-20 in overtime in 2005).
- 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.
- Iowa’s 56-point win over Ball State was the 26th-largest margin of victory in school history and largest margin under Ferentz.
- Scoring their first career touchdowns this season have been Jovon Johnson, Shonn Greene, Sam Brownlee, Herb Grigsby, Damian Sims and Ryan Majerus.
- Seventeen players have caught at least one pass, while 14 different Hawkeyes have recorded at least one rushing attempt.
- Iowa scored on its first 10 possessions inside the red zone – eight of which were touchdowns. Iowa (96.3%) ranks first in Big Ten red zone proficiency (26-27).
- OL Brian Ferentz has been a game captain for eight-of-nine games. Purdue was the only game that he wasn’t a captain.
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 has posted 39 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, 15 on the ground and 24 via the pass. RB Damian Sims has produced Iowa’s two-longest running plays this season. He ran for a 66-yard touchdown vs. Illinois and a 39-yard touchdown vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ longest pass is a 78-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate to WR Clinton Solomon at Purdue. Tate also connected with Solomon for a 71-yard score vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes recorded a season-high six passing plays of 20 yards or more at Purdue. Iowa also recorded a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard kickoff return vs. Ball State. The Hawkeyes recorded a team-best nine plays from scrimmage that amassed 20 yards or more (3 run and 6 pass) against Indiana. Iowa posted passing plays of 21, 23 and 28 yards and also recorded a 21-yard touchdown run at Northwestern.
Iowa’s defense has allowed 29 offensive plays of 20 yards or more. Illinois recorded two rushing and two passing plays of 20 yards or more. Ohio State posted four long rushing and three passing plays. Northern Iowa recorded five big passing plays, while Ball State and Iowa State each completed one pass play of 20 yards or more. Purdue registered passing plays of 24 and 25 yards, while Indiana posted passing plays that totaled 20, 40 and 66 yards. Michigan posted passing plays of 23 and 52, with the 52-yarder being completed for a touchdown. Northwestern recorded passing plays of 21, 27, 34 (TD) and 44 yards, but did not register any running plays over 20 yards.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 105-20 in the first quarter, 61-55 in the second and 40-34 in the third. Hawkeye opponents own a 55-56 advantage in the fourth quarter and a 6-3 edge in the first overtime period.
Iowa has out-scored its opponents 77-0 in the first quarter in five home games.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa is averaging 6.6 yards on 293 first down plays, 6.3 yards on 187 second down plays, 5.1 yards on 113 third down plays and 9.0 yards on six fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 42 scoring drives have averaged 6.8 plays, 60.0 yards and 2:43 elapsed time. Thirty of Iowa’s 42 scoring drives covered 50 yards or more. All five of the Hawkeyes’ scoring drives vs. Illinois covered 65 yards or more. Iowa has posted ten 80-yard drives (three vs. Northern Iowa, two vs. Illinois and Indiana and one against Ball State, Purdue and Michigan – all resulting in touchdowns) this season. The Hawkeyes recorded their longest scoring drive of the year at Northwestern (14 plays, 88 yards).
Iowa opponents have recorded 25 scoring drives, averaging 9.2 plays, 68.0 yards and 3:46 elapsed time. Five of the 21 scoring drives followed Iowa turnovers. Ohio State posted three touchdown drives that totaled 78 yards or more. All three Purdue scoring drives were eight plays long. Three of Indiana’s scoring drives covered 80 yards or more, including an 18-play, 94-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. Three of Northwestern’s touchdown drives amassed 77 yards or more.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 32 times and scored 31 of those times (96.9%). Iowa scored on its first four red zone possessions vs. Northern Iowa and its first 10 of the season before turning the ball over on downs late in the third quarter with a large lead. Nineteen of the 31 scores (61.3 %) have been touchdowns.
Iowa scored touchdowns on all six trips inside the red zone vs. Ball State. Five of the six touchdowns were scored on the ground. The Hawkeyes failed to reach the red zone at Iowa State, marking the first time Iowa did not reach the red zone at least once since a loss at Nebraska in 1999 – Coach Ferentz’s first game as Iowa’s head coach. Iowa made two field goals on its only two red zone possessions at Ohio State. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 4-4 in the red zone vs. Illinois, scoring all touchdowns. Iowa tallied four field goals and one touchdown on its five red zone possessions at Purdue. The Hawkeyes scored one touchdown and one field goal on two red zone trips vs. Indiana. Iowa tallied two passing touchdowns and two field goals on its four red zone possessions vs. Michigan. At Northwestern, the Hawkeyes posted two rushing touchdowns and two field goals.
Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 27 times and have scored only 19 times (70.4%). Ball State did not advance inside the red zone. Iowa State was 3-4 inside the red zone. The Cyclones scored two touchdowns and a field goal and missed field goal. Northern Iowa was 2-3, with the red zone trips resulting in two touchdowns and a missed field goal. Ohio State scored three touchdowns on five trips inside the red zone. The Hawkeye defense forced and recovered two fumbles inside the five-yard line. Illinois, who was a perfect 12-12 in the red zone entering the Iowa game, failed to score on two of its three red zone possessions. The Fighting Illini scored a touchdown and had two missed field goals (one blocked). Purdue scored one touchdown and had an interception in the end zone on its two red zone trips. Indiana posted three touchdowns and also had a drive stall on downs in the first quarter on four red zone possessions. Michigan tallied two touchdowns and a field goal on its three trips inside the red zone. Northwestern scored two passing and one rushing score on its three red zone possessions.
Iowa’s red zone offense (96.9%) and defense (70.4%) both are tops in the conference.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored a total of 31 points following opponent turnovers. The Hawkeyes scored seven points off one turnover (one fumble) vs. Ball State. Iowa capitalized on the fumble recovery, scoring a touchdown on a four play, 20-yard drive late in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes scored 14 points on two Northern Iowa turnovers (one fumble and one interception). Iowa stopped a Purdue scoring threat in the end zone with an interception in the fourth quarter and drove 80 yards for a touchdown following the game’s only turnover. The Hawkeyes began two drives in Michigan territory after turnovers, but were unable to convert the Wolverine miscues into any points. Iowa turned two Northwestern interceptions into three points.
Hawkeye opponents have scored a total of 33 points off Iowa turnovers. Iowa State scored all 23 of its points off five Hawkeye turnovers (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions). Iowa turned the ball over twice (two fumbles) vs. Ball State, but the Cardinals were unable to score following the Hawkeye miscues. Ohio State capitalized on a QB Drew Tate interception, converting the mistake into a touchdown. Iowa turned the ball over twice vs. Illinois and Indiana, but both teams failed to convert the Hawkeye miscues into any points. Michigan converted an interception into three points. The Hawkeyes did not have any turnovers against Northern Iowa, Purdue or Northwestern.
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 Moeaki.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa has 14 players, seven on offense and defense, start all seven games this year. That list included OL Mike Jones, OL Brian Ferentz, OL Mike Elgin, OL Marshal Yanda, QB Drew Tate, WR Clinton Solomon, FB Tom Busch, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, LB Edmond Miles, DE Kenny Iwebema, DT Matt Kroul, DE Bryan Mattison and DB Jovon Johnson.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 123 players includes 57 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 14 seniors, 15 juniors, nine sophomores, eight redshirt freshmen and five true freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists. The five true freshmen listed on the depth chart are OL Dace Richardson, TE Tony Moeaki, RB Shonn Greene, DT Alex Kanellis and DT Ryan Bain.
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.
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.
HY-VEE CY-HAWK SERIES
Iowa State leads the second annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 5-0. Iowa State recorded a 2-1 victory in women’s soccer and a 23-3 win in football. The next event in the Series is wrestling on Dec. 2 in Ames.
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.
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
Apr. 4, 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 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’s regular-season finale will be at home against Minnesota (11:03 a.m., ESPN2) on Nov. 19.
BIG TEN THIS WEEK
Illinois at Purdue, 11 a.m. (No TV)
Indiana at Michigan, 11:03 a.m. (ESPN2)
Northwestern at Ohio State, 11:10 a.m. (ABC)
Michigan State at Minnesota, 11:10 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Iowa at Wisconsin, 2:35 p.m. (ESPN)
Idle: Penn State