Dec. 11, 2005
The Bowl Game
- The 2006 Outback Bowl
- Order 2006 Outback Bowl Game Tickets Online!
- The 2006 Outback Bowl Hawkeye Huddle
- Watch Iowa’s 2005 Outback Bowl Highlights
More About Iowa Football
- 2005 Collector’s Patch: Winning Numbers
- 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 TO MEET FLORIDA IN OUTBACK BOWL
Iowa (7-4, 5-3) will meet Florida (8-3, 5-3) of the Southeastern Conference in the 2006 Outback Bowl. The 20th Anniversary Outback Bowl will be played Monday, January 2 at 10 a.m. (CST) in Raymond James Stadium (65,657).
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Mark Jones, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone will call the action.
The Outback Bowl will be 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.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE AT OUTBACK BOWL
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” on Sunday, January 1, from 5:30-8 p.m. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa. The huddle is open to all Iowa fans and includes cash refreshments and snacks, Hawk Shop merchandise, special guest speakers, the Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, UI cheerleaders and Herky.
IOWA’S BOWL HISTORY
Iowa will be playing in its 21st bowl game, including its fifth straight. The streak started with Iowa defeating Texas Tech (19-16) in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, losing to USC (38-17) in the 2003 Orange Bowl, beating Florida (37-17) in the 2004 Outback Bowl and LSU (30-25) in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
The Hawkeyes hold an 11-8-1 (.575) all-time bowl record. The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Holiday (three), Alamo (three), Peach (two), Sun (two) and the Orange, Capital One, Outback, Gator and Freedom Bowls once.
Iowa, USC, Georgia and Florida State are the only schools in the nation that will be playing in its fourth consecutive January bowl game.
HAWKEYES THIRD IN BOWL APPEARANCES
Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State and Michigan have received a conference-best 37 bowl bids each, while the Hawkeyes have received 21 invitations. Wisconsin ranks fourth with 17.
Iowa, Penn State (23-12-2, .649) and Purdue (7-6, .538) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games.
IOWA IN THE OUTBACK BOWL AND FLORIDA
Iowa has played in the Outback Bowl once before, defeating Florida (37-17) in 2004.
The Hawkeyes have played seven games (2-5) in the state of Florida. The bowl victory over the Gators was the Hawkeyes’ first win in the state of Florida. Last year, Iowa won its second straight game in Florida, topping LSU in the 2005 Capital One Bowl in Orlando. USC defeated Iowa in the 2003 Orange Bowl. The Hawkeyes lost three games to Miami in Orange Bowl Stadium during the 1950, 1966 and 1990 regular seasons. Iowa also lost the 1983 Gator Bowl, dropping a 14-6 decision to Florida.
THE BIG TEN IN THE OUTBACK BOWL
The Big Ten Conference is 7-9 in the Outback Bowl. The first Big Ten appearance was Jan. 2, 1988, when Michigan defeated Alabama (28-24).
Last year, Georgia defeated Wisconsin 24-21. Michigan (3-1) and Ohio State (0-4) have played in the Outback Bowl four times each, the most in the Big Ten. Wisconsin (1-2) has played in the bowl three times. Penn State (2-0) has played in the Outback Bowl twice, while Iowa (1-0), Illinois (0-1) and Purdue (0-1) have been there once.
Iowa has played 1,075 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 548-489-39 (.528). That includes a 345-192-16 (.638) record in home games, a 202-297-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 270-330-25 (.452) mark in Big Ten games and a 228-157-15 (.589) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA’S SENIOR CLASS HAS 38 VICTORIES
Iowa has won 38 games over the last four years, a total that ties the 2001-04 teams with the most wins over any four-year span in Hawkeye history.
Additionally, Iowa has won 25 conference games over the last four years, a total that ties Iowa’s 1982-85 and 2001-04 teams for the most over any four year span.
IOWA AMONG THE BIG TEN’S ELITE
Iowa is tied with Michigan and Ohio State for the most conference victories the last four years. All three schools have amassed 25 wins over the four-year span. Michigan (19) has won the most league contests the last three years, followed by Iowa (17) and Ohio State (17).
FINAL GAME FOR SENIORS
A total of 24 players will be taking part in a Hawkeye football game for the final time on Jan. 2: 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.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked No. 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today poll. Florida is ranked 16th in the AP poll and 18th in the USA Today. The Gators are also ranked 17th in the final BCS poll.
Norm Parker FINALIST FOR BROYLES AWARD
For the second straight year, Iowa Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker has been named one-of-six finalists for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation’s top Division I assistant football coach. The award will be presented at a banquet held January 17 in Little Rock, AR.
Parker’s defensive unit ranks 20th nationally in scoring defense (19.0) and 27th in rushing defense (122.1).
HAWKEYES RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
The Sporting News named DT Mitch King to its first all-Freshman team, while TE Tony Moeaki was an honorable mention selection. King and OL Seth Olsen were also chosen to the all-Big Ten Freshman team by the publication. King also earned Rivals.com and collegefootballnews.com first Freshman all-America team accolades.
SI.com named LB Chad Greenway to its second all-America team, while LB Abdul Hodge garnered honorable mention laurels. Greenway also earned second team all-America accolades by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
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 completing his seventh season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last four years and four straight January bowl games, including back-to-back New Year’s Day bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl and 2005 Capital One Bowl). Iowa has posted a 38-11 (.776) overall mark and a 25-7 (.781) Big Ten record the last four seasons.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 49-35 (.583) and a 32-24 (.571) mark in Big Ten games. In 10 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 61-56 (.521).
Twenty-eight of Iowa’s 84 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 1-0 against Florida, but has never faced Gator Coach Urban Meyer.
COACH Kirk Ferentz VS. RANKED FOES
Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes are 12-16 against ranked opponents the last seven seasons. The Hawkeyes are 10-5 vs. ranked opponents the last four years, including a 1-1 mark this season. Then-eighth-ranked Ohio State defeated Iowa (31-6) on Sept. 24 in Columbus. The Hawkeyes defeated then-19th-ranked Wisconsin (20-10) on Nov. 12 in Madison.
FLORIDA HEAD COACH URBAN MEYER
Urban Meyer is in his fifth year as a college head coach and his first at Florida. Meyer has a career record of 47-11 (.810) and went 8-3 in his first season at Florida. Meyer previously served as the head coach at Utah (2003-04) and Bowling Green (2001-02) and he was an assistant at Notre Dame (1996-00), Colorado State (1990-95) and Illinois State (1988-89). Meyer led Utah to a 12-0 record in 2004, including a berth in the BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and was named National Coach of the Year by multiple associations. His 2004 Utah team became the first non-Bowl Championship Series conference team to earn a BCS bid and became the only back-to-back Mountain West Conference champion in league history.
Meyer has never faced Iowa or Coach Kirk Ferentz.
IOWA, FLORIDA NOTES
? Florida’s co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Greg Mattison is Hawkeye sophomore defensive lineman Bryan Mattison’s father. Bryan ranks 11th in Iowa tackles (41), including eight for loss this season. Greg coached five seasons on the Wolverine sidelines during the 1990s. He served as the defensive line coach for three years (1992-94) and defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for two (1995-96). Michigan defeated Iowa in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
? Iowa will be the visitor’s in the Outback Bowl and will be wearing its white jersey’s. Iowa also wore its white jerseys in its 2004 Outback Bowl appearance.
? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL will host the New Orleans Saints in Raymond James Stadium the day before Iowa’s bowl game vs. Florida.
? Florida has played in the Outback Bowl twice before. Michigan defeated the Gators (38-30) in 2003, while Iowa dropped Florida (37-17) in 2004.
? Florida has not been shutout in 215 consecutive games, a streak that ranks fifth nationally. Iowa has gone 66 contests without being blanked.
? Both Iowa and Florida have played one overtime game this season. The Gators defeated Vanderbilt (49-42) on Nov. 5, while the Hawkeyes fell to Michigan (23-20) on Oct. 22.
? Florida’s three losses came on the road, while three of Iowa’s four defeats were away from Iowa City.
? Florida is 7-4 against teams from the Big Ten Conference (Illinois 2-0, Northwestern 2-0, Penn State 2-0, Iowa 1-1, Michigan 0-1, Indiana 0-1, Michigan State 0-1).
? Florida ranks third nationally in turnover margin (1.64), seventh in total defense (289.82), ninth in net punting (38.05), 10th in rushing defense (97.73) and 14th in scoring defense (18.36). The Hawkeyes rank 14th in punt returns (13.52), 21st in total offense (434.45) and 22nd in passing efficiency (142.02).
? Iowa boasts an 11-1 record when ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones has called an Iowa football game the last three years. The lone loss came at Purdue (27-14) on Nov. 8, 2003.
? Iowa defensive coordinator, Norm Parker, coached at Vanderbilt of the SEC for four seasons (1995-98). Florida defeated Vanderbilt all four years Parker was with the Commodores. Parker was named the 1997 SEC Defensive Coordinator of the Year. Vanderbilt led the SEC and ranked ninth in the nation in total defense in 1997.
? Other Hawkeye coaches that coached against Florida while at Vanderbilt include defensive line coach Ron Aiken (1995-96) and recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Eric Johnson (1996-98).
This will be the third meeting between the two schools. Iowa defeated Florida (37-17) in the 2004 Outback Bowl, while the Gators topped the Hawkeyes (14-6) in the 1983 Gator Bowl.
Iowa is 4-2 all-time against SEC squads. In addition to its 1-1 record vs. Florida, Iowa defeated Arkansas (25-0, 1925), and LSU (30-25, 2005 Capital One Bowl) and split meetings with Tennessee winning the 1982 Peach Bowl (28-22) and losing the 1987 Kickoff Classic (23-22).
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Iowa scored 27 unanswered points en route to a 37-17 triumph over Florida in the 2004 Outback Bowl. The victory was Iowa’s first over the Gators and its first January bowl win since the 1959 Rose Bowl.
After allowing an early Florida touchdown, Iowa scored on three of its next four possessions to end the half.
WR Maurice Brown caught a three-yard touchdown pass from QB Nathan Chandler to even the game at seven late in the first quarter. PK Nate Kaeding converted a 47-yard field goal to give Iowa the lead, and the Hawkeyes followed with a Chandler five-yard scoring run. A 32-yard Kaeding field goal gave Iowa a 20-7 halftime lead.
Iowa maintained momentum in the second half after holding Florida to a three-and-out on its first possession. Matt Melloy blocked the Florida punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. It marked the first time in Iowa bowl history that a Hawkeye player both blocked and recovered a punt for a touchdown.
The Gators added a field goal on their next possession, but two possessions later Hawkeye RB Fred Russell, who was named Outback Bowl MVP, scampered 34 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa a commanding 34-10 advantage. Kaeding added a 38-yard field goal to end Iowa’s scoring.
Russell finished with 204 all-purpose yards. He carried the ball 21 times for 150 yards and one touchdown and returned three kickoffs for 54 yards. Chandler completed 13-25 passes for 170 yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing score and no interceptions. Brown caught six passes for 96 yards and one score.
Defensively, Iowa held the Gators to an Outback Bowl record-low 57 rushing yards, marking the eighth time in 2003 that the Hawkeyes held their opponents to 75 yards or less on the ground. DB Sean Considine collected a game-high nine tackles (three solo, six assists). LB Abdul Hodge registered eight stops (three solo, five assists). DT Tyler Luebke, DE Matt Roth and DE Howard Hodges each recorded one sack on Florida QB Chris Leak.
Iowa’s roster includes 11 players from the state of Florida, including DB Antwan Allen (Tampa), RB Kalvin Bailey (Tampa), Chris Brevi (Tampa), DL Ettore Ewen (Tampa), LB Abdul Hodge (Fort Lauderdale), DL Vernon Jackson (Orlando), PK Griffin Karr (Delray Beach), LB Edmond Miles (Tallahassee), DM Marcus Paschal (Largo), RB Damian Sims (Boynton Beach) and OL David Walker (Fort Lauderdale).
Allen, Bailey and Brevi all attended Armwood High School in Tampa.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
The Outback Bowl will mark the 52nd consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
IOWA FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
RB Albert Young and WR Ed Hinkel were named Iowa’s offensive MVPs, while linebackers Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge were named defensive MVPs.
Kyle Schlicher was named the Special Team Specialist of the Year, while Zach Gabelmann and Charles Godfrey were named the overall Special Teams Players of the Year.
Iowa’s permanent team captains for 2005 include LB Chad Greenway, LB Abdul Hodge, WR Ed Hinkel, OL Brian Ferentz and RB Marcus Schnoor.
MAKING THE LIST
The 2005 Iowa team has cracked the school record books in two offensive categories. The Hawkeyes rank fourth in total offense per game (434.5) and fifth in passing offense per game (249.7).
Individually, RB Albert Young ranks fourth in single season rushing yards (1,300), QB Drew Tate ranks ninth in passing yards (2,482) and eighth in total yards (2,499), WR Clinton Solomon ranks 20th in receiving yards (704), PK Kyle Schlicher ranks 10th in scoring (88), LB Chad Greenway ranks second in tackles (147), while LB Abdul Hodge ranks fifth in tackles (139).
FOUR HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC HONOR
OL Mike Elgin earned first team academic all-America accolades. He was one of only three Big Ten athletes to be named first team academic all-America.
Elgin, DB Adam Shada, LB Mike Klinkenborg and P Andy Fenstermaker were 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.
HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN LAURELS
Fifteen Hawkeyes were named to the 2005 Academic All-Big Ten team. DB Adam Shada, DL Matt Kroul, DB Andrew Becker, P Andy Fenstermaker, LB Bret Chinander, QB Cy Phillips, LS Daniel Olszta, FB Paul Wilson, LB Mike Klinkenborg, and FB Kevin Sherlock earned the honor for the first time. TE C.J. Barkema, OL Mike Elgin and LB Mike Humpal earned league academic laurels for a second time. WR Matt Melloy and Ryan Majerus earned the honor for a third team.
Iowa has been penalized 44 times for 387 yards through 11 games. The Hawkeyes rank second nationally in fewest penalties per game (4.0) and fourth in fewest penalty yardage per game (35.18). 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 completed 19-32 passes for 351 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes in Iowa’s win over Minnesota. Tate surpassed 300 yards passing for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. The 351 yards rank 15th-best in a single-game at Iowa. He 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 three touchdown passes. 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.
He has thrown two or more touchdown passes in eight of 11 games this season. Tate has thrown for two touchdowns or more in all six home contests in 2005. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 16 career games, including 13 of his last 16 games dating back to last season. 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 187-297 passes for 2,482 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. His 150.2 passing efficiency ranks third in the Big Ten and 13th nationally. His 225.6 passing yards per contest ranks fourth in the league.
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 426-683 passes for 5,323 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career, which ranks fifth in school history for passing yards. His 40 touchdown passes ranks fourth on Iowa’s all-time quarterback list and is only one from tying Matt Rodgers (41) for third. Tate has recorded 5,310 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 236 times for 1,300 yards (118.2 avg.) and a team-best eight touchdowns this season. He ranks ninth nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.
Young, who was a second team all-Big Ten selection by the media and honorable mention pick by the coaches, averaged 125.2 yards per game in conference games to lead the league by 0.3 yards per game over Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (124.9). Young also ranked second in all-purpose yards in league games, only 0.9 yards behind leader Brand Williams (177.9) of Wisconsin. Young rallied to become the first Hawkeye to lead the conference in rushing (league games only) since Dennis Mosley in 1979. The sophomore ranked fifth among all rushers after five Big Ten games and then climbed to No. 1 after big games against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
He has rushed for over 100 yards in seven straight games (an Iowa record) and eight times this season (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota). Young has also surpassed 200 all-purpose yards in four of the last six 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 fifth in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (155.8).
Young, who was named the team’s co-offensive MVP, 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.
Young collected 103 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts vs. Minnesota to increase his season total to 1,300 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 1,300 yards rank fourth in a single season and is only 55 yards from equaling Fred Russell’s 1,355 yards rushing in 2003 for third place. His 5.5 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).
He carried the ball 26 times for 127 yards at Wisconsin. 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.
YOUNG ESTABLISHES SCHOOL RECORD
Sophomore Albert Young has rushed for 100 yards or more in seven straight games to establish a school record for consecutive games of 100 yards rushing or more. Overall, Young has rushed for 100 yards or more eight times this year. The previous record was four games set three times. Sedrick Shaw surpassed 100 yards four consecutive games in 1995, while Tavian Banks eclipsed 100 yards four straight games twice during the 1997 season.
Young’s streak started against Illinois (102) and continued against Purdue (165), Indiana (125), Michigan (153), Northwestern (202), Wisconsin (127) and Minnesota (103). He has averaged 139.6 yards rushing per game during the active streak.
He has carried the ball 236 times for 1,300 yards in 2005. Iowa has had a 1,000-yard rusher in five of the last six years. Ladell Betts (2000-01), Fred Russell (2002-03) and Albert Young (2005).
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 was a second team all-conference pick by both the media and coaches. 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). He added 10 points vs. Minnesota (1-1 FG, 7-7 PATs).
Schlicher’s 88 points this season (16-19 FGs, 40-41 PATs) rank first on the team, sixth in Big Ten scoring and third in league kicking points. Additionally, the 88 points rank 10th-most in a single season at Iowa. His .842 field goal percentage is tops in the Big Ten.
Schlicher has 183 career points, which ranks 10th in Iowa career scoring. He is nine points from equaling Ronnie Harmon and Tim Dwight (192) for eighth place. He ranks 19th in the nation in field goals per game (1.45) and 36th in overall scoring per game (8.0). The native of Ankeny, IA, is 36-44 in career field goal attempts, including 5-12 from beyond 40 yards, and 67-71 on PATs. He has made two field goals or more in 11 career contests.
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.
Greenway and Hodge have each earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors once this season and rank one-two, respectively, in Big Ten tackles. The duo were named the team’s co-defensive MVP. Greenway garnered second team all-America honors, while Hodge earned honorable mention all-America laurels by SI.com. Greenway also earned second team all-America accolades by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Greenway ranks third in the nation with 13.36 tackles per game, while Hodge ranks sixth with a 12.64 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 (8.09), while Hodge ranks sixth (7.45).
Greenway was a first team all-league pick by both the media and coaches, while the media and coaches selected Hodge to the second team.
Greenway has amassed a season-high 147 tackles this season, a total that ranks second on Iowa’s single season tackle list (Andre Jackson, 171). Hodge has accumulated 139 stops this year, which ties Jim Reilly and Dave Simms for fifth on Iowa’s single season chart.
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 four 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. Hodge tallied eight stops (3 solo) at Wisconsin and a game-high 19 tackles (13 solo) vs. Minnesota to increase his career total to 434. He is only one tackle from catching 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 20 times in his career, including seven 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 25 times in his career, including 10 times in 2005. His 407 career tackles rank fifth at Iowa. Greenway tallied 16 stops (10 solo) vs. Michigan. He recorded 11 tackles (6 solo) at Northwestern. The senior accumulated 12 stops (7 solo) at Wisconsin and 15 tackles (10 solo) vs. Minnesota. 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.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2005
TE Tony Moeaki and DL Ryan Bain have seen action in all 11 games, while OL Dace Richardson, RB Shonn Greene and DL Alex Kanellis have played in 10 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.
Bain collected two tackles vs. Minnesota. Moeaki, Kanellis, Richardson and Green also played against the Golden Gophers, but did not post any statistics.
? Iowa’s first team all-Big Ten selections were: LB Chad Greenway (media and coaches), DT Kenny Iwebema (media) and DB Jovon Johnson (media). Hawkeyes selected to the second team were: PK Kyle Schlicher (media and coaches), RB Albert Young (media), DB Jovon Johnson (coaches) and LB Abdul Hodge (media and coaches). OL Brian Ferentz, DB Antwan Allen, DE Mitch King, DT Kenny Iwebema, RB Albert Young, WR Ed Hinkel, DB Marcus Paschal earned honorable mention all-Big Ten accolades by either the media, coaches or both.
? Iowa’s offense produced 20 points or more in all but two games – a 23-3 loss at Iowa State and a 31-6 defeat at Ohio State.
? Iowa had its 22-game home winning streak snapped when Michigan escaped with a 23-20 overtime win on Oct. 22. The Hawkeyes boasted a 24-point winning margin during the school-record streak. The Hawkeyes have won 30 of their last 33 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).
? The Hawkeyes sold out their last home game against Minnesota, marking the 17th straight Kinnick Stadium sellout dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
? Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa are the only Big Ten teams to have posted seven wins or more the last five years — Ohio State (49), Iowa (45) and Michigan (44).
? Iowa’s 2005 home attendance average (70,585) is a new school record.
? Iowa retained possession of two traveling trophies: Floyd of Rosedale (52-28 win over Minnesota) and the Heartland Trophy (20-10 win over Wisconsin).
? Iowa scored touchdowns on its first possession in seven of 11 games this season. The Hawkeyes posted touchdowns on their first possession in games against Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Northwestern and Minnesota.
? Only two Iowa opponents scored (both touchdowns) on their opening possession this season (Purdue and Ohio State).
? Instant Replay was used at least once in every Iowa game this season except games vs. Ball State and Northern Iowa.
? Iowa scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions vs. Minnesota and Ball State.
? Iowa defeated Northern Iowa (45-21), who advanced to the Division I-AA national championship game.
? Six of Iowa’s 2005 opponents will be playing in bowls (Iowa State, Ohio State, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota).
? Norm Parker was named Defensive Coordinator of the Week by the Master Coaches Survey after the Hawkeyes limited Wisconsin to a season-low 10 points and then-fourth-ranked RB Brian Calhoun to a season-low 18 yards. Iowa yielded only 94 second-half yards, 68 of which came on the last drive in the final minutes of the game.
? Hawkeye RB Damian Sims has carried the ball 26 times for 290 yards (11.2 yards per carry) this season. Sims has tallied touchdown runs of 71, 66, 39 and 30 yards this year.
? Fifty-seven of Iowa opponents’ 141 offensive drives have started inside the 20-yard line (40.4%). Iowa ranks first in the conference in kickoff coverage.
? In the last four years, Iowa is 33-3 when leading at the half and 37-2 when leading after three quarters.
? 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.
? Eighteen players have caught at least one pass, while 15 different Hawkeyes have recorded at least one rushing attempt.
? OL Brian Ferentz will be a game captain for 11-of-12 games. Purdue was the only game 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 52 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, 17 on the ground and 35 via the pass. RB Damian Sims has produced Iowa’s three-longest running plays this season. He ran for a career-long 71-yard touchdown vs. Minnesota, 66-yard score 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. Iowa posted a season-high nine plays (8 pass, 1 rush) of 20 yards or more vs. Minnesota. The Hawkeyes recorded 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 36 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. Minnesota recorded passing plays of 24, 40 and 53 yards all in the second half after trailing by as much as 38 points.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 119-30 in the first quarter, 88-62 in the second and 61-34 in the third. Hawkeye opponents own a 77-65 advantage in the fourth period and a 6-3 edge in the first overtime period.
Iowa out-scored its opponents 91-0 in the first quarter in its six home games.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa is averaging 6.9 yards on 360 first down plays, 6.1 yards on 234 second down plays, 5.5 yards on 143 third down plays and 6.8 yards on eight fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 54 scoring drives have averaged 6.8 plays, 60.3 yards and 2:37 elapsed time. Forty of Iowa’s 54 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 recorded a season-high eight scoring drives vs. Minnesota, with seven of the eight covering 55 yards or more.
Iowa opponents have recorded 30 scoring drives, averaging 9.1 plays, 67.4 yards and 3:40 elapsed time. Six of the 30 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, while all three of Minnesota’s scoring drives consumed 70 yards or more.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 41 times and scored 39 of those times (95.1%). 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-four of the 39 scores (61.5%) 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. Iowa tallied three touchdowns and one field goal in its four red zone possessions vs. Minnesota.
Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 33 times and have scored only 24 times (72.7%). 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. Minnesota was 3-4 in the red zone, scoring three touchdowns and turning the ball over on downs.
Iowa’s red zone offense (95.1%) and defense (72.7%) both are tops in the conference.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored a total of 38 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. The Hawkeyes converted two Minnesota interceptions into seven points.
Hawkeye opponents have scored a total of 47 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. Minnesota returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.
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 11 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.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returned 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 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.