Nov. 14, 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 IN HOME FINALE
Iowa (6-4, 4-3) will play its final regular season game of 2005 Saturday when it hosts Minnesota (7-3, 4-3). Game time is 11:03 a.m. in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is expected to be sold out.
Saturday will be the 400th contest in Kinnick Stadium and the final game for the Iowa press box (1958-2005).
ON THE TUBE
ESPN2 will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Pam Ward, David Norrie and Jimmy Dykes 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. The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio, Channel 198.
Iowa has played 1,074 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 547-489-39 (.527). That includes a 344-192-16 (.638) record in home games, a 202-297-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 269-330-25 (.451) mark in Big Ten games and a 227-157-15 (.588) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 5-8 in games played on Nov. 19. The Hawkeyes defeated Washington (MO) 38-0 in 1910, Northwestern 14-0 in 1921, Notre Dame 28-0 in 1960 and Minnesota 31-22 in 1988 and 49-42 in 1994. Iowa lost to Missouri 32-6 in 1894, Nebraska 6-0 in 1895, Illinois 29-0 in 1904, Northwestern 44-6 in 1932, Nebraska 14-0 in 1938, Notre Dame 28-7 in 1949 and 17-14 in 1955 and Michigan State 22-16 in 1977.
FLOYD OF ROSEDALE
As a result of a bet between the governors of the two states in 1935, possession of Floyd of Rosedale is at stake Saturday. The bronze pig traveling trophy is currently in the hands of the Hawkeyes as a result of their 29-27 win in Minneapolis last season. Minnesota holds a 38-30-2 advantage in the series with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Iowa has won the last four meetings.
FINAL HOME GAME FOR SENIORS
This will be the final home game for 24 seniors: DB Antwan Allen, TE C.J. Barkema, LB Bret Chinander, OL Ben Cronin, OL Brian Ferentz, DL Mike Follett, P John Gallery, OL Ben Gates, LB Chad Greenway, WR Ed Hinkel, LB Abdul Hodge, DB Jovon Johnson, LS Kyle Kesselring, WR Matt Melloy, QB Cy Phillips, DL Nate Roos, RB Marcus Schnoor, RB Adolphus Shelton, FB Kevin Sherlock, RB Marques Simmons, WR Clinton Solomon, OL David Walker, DB Richie Williams and FB Paul Wilson.
KING EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Redshirt freshman Mitch King becomes the first freshman to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors this season after his efforts in Iowa’s victory at Wisconsin. The defensive lineman established career highs in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2) as part of a defensive unit that limited Wisconsin to season lows in total yards (276) and points (10). The native of Burlington, IA, produced six tackles, including five solo stops, and also registered a quarterback hurry while helping limit the hosts to only 19 yards rushing. The Badgers entered the game leading the league and ranking 10th nationally with 37.1 points per outing, while averaging 389.1 yards of total offense and 167.1 rushing yards per game.
After entering the half trailing 10-3, the Iowa defense held Wisconsin to only 94 yards in the second half, including 68 yards on the final drive of the game. King leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 10.5 TFLs this season while also rating fifth on the squad with 53 tackles. This marks his first weekly laurel. King joins linebackers Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge as Iowa’s Big Ten Player of the Week honorees this season.
IOWA’S SENIOR CLASS HAS 37 VICTORIES
Iowa has won 37 games over the last four years, a total that ties the 1984-87 teams as the second-most wins over any four-year span in Hawkeye history. The record of 38 was set from 2001-04.
Additionally, Iowa has won 24 conference games over the last four years, a total that ties Iowa’s 1983-86 teams for the third-most over any four year span. Iowa’s 1982-85 and 2001-04 squads collected 25.
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 37-11 (.771) overall mark and a 24-7 (.774) Big Ten record the last four seasons.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 48-35 (.578) and a 31-24 (.564) mark in Big Ten games. In 10 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 60-56 (.517).
Twenty-eight of Iowa’s 83 games over the last seven seasons have been decided by seven points or less (14-14) and 28 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (12-16).
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 4-2 vs. Minnesota and Golden Gopher Coach Glen Mason.
MINNESOTA COACH GLEN MASON
Glen Mason is in his 20th season as a college head coach, including his ninth at Minnesota. Mason has a career record of 117-112-1 (.511) and a 58-48 (.547) record at Minnesota. Mason previously served as the head coach at Kansas (1988-96) and Kent State (1986-87) and he was an assistant at Ohio State (1978-85), Illinois (1975), Iowa State (1976-77), Ball State (1974) and Allegheny College (1973). Mason has led the Gophers to five bowl games, including victories over Arkansas in the 2002 Music City Bowl (29-14), Oregon in the 2003 Sun Bowl (31-30) and Alabama in the 2004 Music City Bowl (20-16). Minnesota also earned berths in the 1999 Sun Bowl and 2000 MicronPC.com Bowl. Mason was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1999.
Mason is 3-5 vs. Iowa as a head coach and 2-4 vs. Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Minnesota holds a 58-38-2 advantage in the series that began with a 42-4 Gopher victory in 1891. Iowa has won four straight in the series and nine of the last 12, including last year’s thrilling 29-27 win in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes have averaged 38.3 points per game in their last nine victories over the Golden Gophers. Iowa holds a slim 24-23-1 advantage in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting in Iowa City (40-22) in 2003.
IOWA, MINNESOTA NOTES
- Saturday’s game will feature two of the nation’s most prolific running backs. Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney ranks third nationally (149.4) in rushing yards per game, while Iowa’s Albert Young ranks fifth (119.7). Maroney also ranks fifth in the nation in all-purpose yardage (177.67), while Young ranks 10th (161.1).
- Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney is expected to return to action Saturday after missing last week’s game vs. Michigan State due to a sore right ankle. Maroney missed his first career game, having played in 34 straight contests.
- The most recent Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week will be showcased Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa’s Mitch King earned defensive accolades, while Minnesota’s Amir Pinnix collected offensive laurels.
- Iowa QB Drew Tate is only 46 yards from reaching 5,000 career total yards and 28 passing yards from reaching 5,000 career passing yards.
- Minnesota boasts the nation’s top rushing offense (295.0), while Iowa’s rushing defense ranks 28th nationally.
- Minnesota is 6-0 when scoring first this season. Iowa has scored first in six of 10 games.
- Minnesota offensive linemen Greg Eslinger and Mark Setterstrom have started 48 consecutive games, which ties for the longest active streak in the nation.
- PK Kyle Schlicher established an Iowa single-game record for field goals (5) and kicking points (17) in Iowa’s 29-27 triumph at Minnesota last season, making all five field goal attempts and both PAT attempts. The five field goals also matched a Big Ten record.
- Minnesota boasts the league’s top scoring offense (37.0), while Iowa ranks third in scoring defense (18.1).
- Starting fullback Tom Busch is the only player on the Iowa roster from the state of Minnesota. Freshman Chris Mensen (Solon) is the only Iowan on the Golden Gopher roster.
- Norm Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator, and Minnesota Coach Glen Mason were on the same coaching staff at Illinois in 1977. Mason and Iowa assistant Ken O’Keefe coached at Allegheny College early in their careers, but not at the same time.
- Minnesota assistant Moe Ankeny, in his fifth year on the Gopher staff, was on the Arizona staff when Iowa lost to Arizona in 1980 (5-3) and defeated the Wildcats (17-14) in 1982.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Saturday will mark the 51st consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
MINNESOTA ROUTS MICHIGAN STATE
Minnesota eclipsed 300 rushing yards for the seventh time this season with 327 yards on 63 rushing attempts. The Golden Gophers snapped a two-game losing streak to Michigan State and won their seventh game of the season, 41-18 over the Spartans in the H.H.H. Metrodome. The 41 points are the most the Golden Gophers have ever scored against Michigan State. Minnesota was led by Amir Pinnix, who had a career-high 206 yards on 32 carries. Gary Russell collected 177 all-purpose yards, including 85 rushing and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Minnesota QB Bryan Cupito completed 8-13 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The Golden Gophers scored six touchdowns on only eight offensive possessions. Minnesota converted 14-of-17 third downs and had three drives kill six minutes or more off the clock. The Golden Gophers maintained possession for 36:24, compared to the Spartans’ 23:36.
IOWA 20, WISCONSIN 10
A strong second half lifted the Hawkeyes to a 20-10 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium in Barry Alvarez’s last home game as Badger head coach. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and also snapped Wisconsin’s 11-game home winning streak. Iowa also retained the Heartland Trophy, which was introduced as a traveling trophy in 2004.
Wisconsin scored the game’s first 10 points in the first quarter, but the Hawkeyes chipped away at the Wisconsin lead, beginning with a Kyle Schlicher 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Most of the second half was played in a driving rain storm, in which the Hawkeye offense and defense came alive. Iowa scored touchdowns on two of its first three third-quarter offensive possessions to claim a 17-10 advantage. FB Champ Davis caught a six-yard touchdown reception from QB Drew Tate, recording his first career TD. TE Ryan Majerus caught his second career touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Tate.
Iowa’s defense suffocated the Badger offense the entire second half, limiting Wisconsin to only 39 total yards in the third quarter and 55 in the fourth, for a total of 94 yards in the second half. The Badgers gained 68 of their 94 second half yards on their final drive in the closing minutes. Nine of Wisconsin’s 12 offensive possessions resulted in punts, including eight straight. Iowa limited RB Brian Calhoun, who entered the game as the nation’s fourth-leading running back, to a season-low 18 yards on 15 carries, and also stopped his 10-game consecutive scoring streak.
Tate completed 21-34 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. RB Albert Young rushed 26 times for 127 yards and also caught four passes for 45 yards. WR Ed Hinkel returned to action after missing the previous three games due to injury, and collected four receptions for 50 yards.
LB Chad Greenway accumulated a game-high 12 tackles (7 solo). Iowa’s defensive line combined for five QB sacks. Mitch King and Kenny Iwebema each collected two sacks, while Ryan Bain had one sack.
FINAL WISCONSIN GAME NOTES
- The win was Iowa’s sixth of the season, making the Hawkeyes bowl eligible for the fifth straight year.
- The win was Iowa’s first road win over a ranked opponent since the Hawkeyes scored a 27-21 win in Madison (Nov. 22, 2003). This win also marks the first time Iowa has won a game after trailing at halftime, since that 2003 win at Wisconsin.
- Iowa takes a 40-39-2 series advantage against Wisconsin, including winning the last four meetings.
- Wisconsin became the first Iowa opponent since Ball State in Iowa’s season opener, to fail to score any second half points.
- After trailing 10-0, Iowa scored the next 20 points. The Hawkeyes had not scored 20 straight points since scoring the first 21 points of the game in a victory over Illinois (Oct 1).
- Iowa’s 14 third-quarter points equaled its highest scoring output in the third period this season. Iowa also tallied 14 third-quarter points in a win over Illinois (Oct. 1). Iowa had not scored a second half touchdown in its previous two contests.
- RB Albert Young increased his season rushing totals to 215 attempts and 1,197 yards. His rushing total ranks sixth best in a single season at Iowa. He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and the seventh time (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin) this season.
- LB Chad Greenway amassed a game-high 12 tackles to increase season total to 132, which matches his season total from 13 games in 2003.
- Iowa’s lost fumble in the final period marked only the second time this season Iowa failed to score points after reaching the red zone. The previous non-score came vs. Northern Iowa (Sept. 17) when the Hawkeyes failed to score on four plays late in the 45-21 victory.
- PK Kyle Schlicher scored eight points (2 FGs, 2 PATs) to increase his career point total to 173. Schlicher moved into 10th place on Iowa’s career scoring chart.
- Iowa failed to score on its opening possession for just the fourth time in 10 games. The Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on their first possession in contests against Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan and Northwestern.
- Wisconsin failed to score on its first possession. Only two Hawkeye opponents have scored (both touchdowns) on their opening possession this season (Purdue and Ohio State). The Badgers became the first Iowa opponent to score in the first quarter since Purdue (Oct. 8) opened that game with a touchdown drive on its first possession.
- Wisconsin RB Brian Calhoun became only the second player in Big Ten history to amass 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season. The only other player to do accomplish the feat is Iowa’s Ronnie Harmon (1,166 rushing yards and 699 receiving yards in 1985).
- Iowa recorded its longest time consuming drive of the year at Wisconsin (6:24), but the drive resulted in no points as the Hawkeyes fumbled on the Badgers’ two-yard line on the 12th play of the drive late in the game. Iowa’s previous longest time consuming drive was a 5:36 touchdown scoring drive vs. Michigan (Oct. 22).
Iowa scored on its first five possessions and did not record a turnover en route to a 29-27 triumph at Minnesota. The victory kept Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City a fourth consecutive year.
PK Kyle Schlicher had a career-day to help the Hawkeyes upend the Gophers. Schlicher posted school records in field goals made in a game (5) and kicking points in a game (17). The sophomore connected on field goals of 36, 22, 20, 38 and a then-career-long 49 yards. Schlicher was recognized as co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
WR Clinton Solomon caught nine passes for 157. The 157 receiving yards ties (Dave Triplett) for the 14th-best day in Iowa history. QB Drew Tate completed 24-39 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions.
Iowa jumped out to a 16-3 advantage in the first half on the leg of three Schlicher field goals and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tate to Solomon. Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney scampered 79 yards for a score to trim the Hawkeyes’ lead to 16-10 before Iowa WR James Townsend caught a 60-yard touchdown pass to give Iowa a 23-10 halftime advantage.
Minnesota out-scored Iowa 10-3 in the third quarter to shave the Hawkeyes’ lead to 26-20. Schlicher converted his record-breaking fifth field goal with 9:11 remaining in the game to stretch the lead to 29-20. Maroney scored his second touchdown of the game with 4:40 left to cut the lead to 29-27. Following an Iowa punt, Minnesota drove 20 yards to the Iowa 34 before a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal sailed wide left with 28 seconds remaining.
Defensively, Iowa forced four turnovers (3 interceptions, 1 fumble), including three in the first half. Minnesota entered the game with just six turnovers in its first 10 games. DB Marcus Paschal had a career-high 12 tackles (7 solo) and a forced fumble. Three Hawkeyes (DB Sean Considine, LB Chad Greenway, LB Abdul Hodge) each collected eight tackles. In addition, Considine and Greenway and DB Jovon Johnson had interceptions.
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. Replay was also used once at Wisconsin, with the official call on the field that an Iowa pass was incomplete, was upheld.
FOUR HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC HONOR
OL Mike Elgin, DB Adam Shada, LB Mike Klinkenborg and P Andy Fenstermaker have been named to the District VII Academic All-America squad. Elgin, a mechanical engineering major, Shada, a pre-business major and Klinkenborg, a pre-elementary education major earned first team accolades. Fenstermaker is an elementary education major and earned second team laurels. This is the first honor for Shada, Klinkenborg and Fenstermaker, while it is the second for Elgin.
Elgin, Shada and Klinkenborg’s names will now be placed on the national ballot.
The Iowa football team will hold its annual banquet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Dec. 10. The event is closed to the general public.
Iowa has been penalized 41 times for 354 yards through 10 games. The Hawkeyes rank third nationally in fewest penalties per game (4.1) and fourth in fewest penalty yardage per game (35.4). 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.
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 guided Iowa to its second road win of the year when he completed 21-34 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns at Wisconsin. Tate completed 21-35 passes for 273 yards and 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 seven of 10 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 168-265 passes for 2,131 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. His 145.9 passing efficiency ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 21st 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 407-651 passes for 4,972 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career, which ranks fifth in school history for passing yards. His 36 touchdown passes ranks fifth on Iowa’s all-time quarterback list and is only one from tying Chuck Hartlieb (37) for fourth. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 15 career games, including 12 of his last 15 games dating back to last season. Tate has recorded 4,954 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 215 times for 1,197 yards (119.7 avg.) this season. He ranks fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten behind Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (149.4 avg.). He has rushed for over 100 yards six straight games and seven times this season (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin). Young has also surpassed 200 all-purpose yards in four of the last five games. He racked-up a career-high 274 all-purpose yards at Northwestern, 217 at Purdue, 213 at Wisconsin and 202 vs. Indiana. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in all-purpose yards (161.1).
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 against the Wildcats, 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.
He carried the ball 26 times for 127 yards at Wisconsin to increase his season total to 1,197 yards. He is the 11th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards and the fourth Hawkeye 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 1,197 yards rank sixth in a single season and is only 67 yards from equaling Fred Russell’s 1,264 yards rushing in 2002 for fifth place. His 5.6 average per carry ranks for third-best in a single season (min. 175 attempts) behind Fred Russell (5.7 average on 220 attempts in 2002) and Tavian Banks (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 one of 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. 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 (2-3 FGs, 3 PATs) at Northwestern and eight at Wisconsin (2-2 FGs, 2 PATs).
Schlicher’s 78 points this season rank first on the team, seventh in Big Ten scoring and fourth in league kicking points. Schlicher has 173 career points, which ranks 10th in Iowa career scoring. He is 19 points from equaling Ronnie Harmon and Tim Dwight (192) for eighth place. He ranks 20th in the nation in field goals per game (1.5) and 48th in overall scoring per game (7.8).
The native of Ankeny, IA, is 35-43 in career field goal attempts, including 5-12 from beyond 40 yards, and 60-64 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 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 first and third, respectively, in Big Ten tackles. Greenway ranks third in the nation with 13.2 tackles per game, while Hodge ranks ninth with a 12.0 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 (7.9), while Hodge ranks ninth (6.9).
Greenway has amassed 132 tackles this season, which ties his single-season high from 2003 and ties for 12th on Iowa’s single season tackle list. Hodge has accumulated 120 stops this year, which is his second-highest single season total and ranks 25th on Iowa’s single season chart. Hodge racked-up 141 stops in 13 games in 2003. Both Greenway and Hodge have amassed 153 assists during their four-year career.
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 and tallied eight stops (3 solo) at Wisconsin to increase his career total to 415. He is 20 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 24 times in his career, including nine times in 2005. His 392 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 and 12 stops (7 solo) at Wisconsin and is only eight tackles from reaching 400. 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 620 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He ranks second in receptions with 36. His 62.0 receiving yards average ranks 10th in the league.
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. Solomon caught a team-high five passes for 77 yards at Wisconsin.
His career totals include 108 receptions for 1,684 yards and 13 touchdowns. The senior is the 15th receiver in Hawkeye history to haul in 100 career receptions. The 1,684 receiving yards ranks 12th in school history. Solomon is only the 15th 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 37 passes for 422 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 and four passes for 27 yards at Wisconsin.
WR Ed Hinkel has caught 24 passes for 280 yards and one score. He missed games vs. Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern due to injury, but returned to action last week at Wisconsin. The senior had four receptions for five yards. Hinkel’s career totals include 119 receptions for 1,350 yards and nine touchdowns. He also has recorded a rushing and a punt return touchdown. The 1,350 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 71 of its last 77 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 73-of-83 games under Kirk Ferentz.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2005
TE Tony Moeaki and DL Ryan Bain have seen action in all nine games, while OL Dace Richardson, RB Shonn Greene and DL Alex Kanellis have played in eight contests. Greene did not play at Purdue, Kanellis did not see any action vs. Michigan, while Richardson missed the Wisconsin tilt.
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.
Moeaki caught one pass for two yards, while Bain registered one sack. Greene and Kanellis both saw action against the Badgers, 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 14-8 in November games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure, including 10-2 since the 2002 season.
- Iowa does not play any opponent following their bye week in 2005.
- Hawkeye RB Damian Sims has carried the ball 18 times for 186 yards (10.3 avg.) this season. Sims has tallied touchdown runs of 66, 39 and 30 yards this year.
- Fifty-one of Iowa’s opponents’ 127 offensive drives have started inside the 20-yard line (40.2%). Iowa ranks first in the conference in kickoff coverage.
- Iowa has won 35 of its last 45 regular season contests.
- In the last four years, Iowa is 32-3 when leading at the half and 36-2 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, Ryan Majerus and Champ Davis.
- Seventeen players have caught at least one pass, while 15 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 (94.6%) ranks first in Big Ten red zone proficiency (35-37).
- OL Brian Ferentz has been a game captain for nine-of-10 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 43 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, 16 on the ground and 27 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. The Hawkeyes collected one rushing and three passing plays of 20 yards or more at Wisconsin.
Iowa’s defense has allowed 33 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. Wisconsin did not record any big rushing plays, but did collect four passing plays of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 105-30 in the first quarter, 64-55 in the second, 54-34 in the third and 58-56 in the fourth period. Hawkeye opponents own 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 324 first down plays, 6.2 yards on 210 second down plays, 5.0 yards on 130 third down plays and 7.7 yards on seven fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 46 scoring drives have averaged 7.0 plays, 60.5 yards and 2:45 elapsed time. Thirty-three of Iowa’s 46 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). Three of Iowa’s four scoring drives at Wisconsin covered 60 yards or more.
Iowa opponents have recorded 27 scoring drives, averaging 9.1 plays, 66.3 yards and 3:43 elapsed time. Six of the 27 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 37 times and scored 35 of those times (94.6%). 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. Twenty-one of the 35 scores (60.0%) 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. Iowa was 4-5 in the red zone at Wisconsin, scoring two touchdowns and two field goals. The Hawkeyes fumbled on the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter for only its second non-score inside the red zone this season.
Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 29 times and have scored only 21 times (72.4%). 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. Wisconsin tallied a field goal and a touchdown on its two trips inside the red zone.
Iowa’s red zone offense (94.6%) and defense (72.4%) 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 40 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. Wisconsin scored a touchdown following an Iowa interception in the first quarter. 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 12 players, six on offense and defense, start all 10 games this year. That list included OL Mike Jones, OL Brian Ferentz, OL Mike Elgin, OL Marshal Yanda, QB Drew Tate, FB Tom Busch, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, LB Edmond Miles, DE Kenny Iwebema, DT Matt Kroul and DE Bryan Mattison.
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.
BIG TEN THIS WEEK
Minnesota at Iowa, 11:03 a.m. (ESPN2)
Northwestern at Illinois, 11:10 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Purdue at Indiana, 12:05 p.m. (No TV)
Ohio State at Michigan, 12:10 p.m. (ABC)
Penn State at Michigan State, 3:05 p.m. (ESPN)