Sept. 10, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa defensive end Ken Iwebema has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. The announcement came today from the Big Ten office.
Iwebema, a 6-4, 267-pound senior from Arlington, TX, equaled his own school record by blocking two Syracuse field goals to lead the Hawkeyes to their first shutout (35-0) since the 2005 season opener. The senior defensive end, who added three tackles and a sack in the game, also blocked a pair of field goals against Illinois in 2005.
He picks up his first career weekly honor and the first for an Iowa special teams performer since the 2004 campaign (PK, Kyle Schlicher on Nov. 13, 2004 vs. Minnesota). The Hawkeyes didn’t have a league Player of the Week last year. The last came on Nov. 19, 2005, when receiver Ed Hinkel won the offensive honors for his play against Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes, now 2-0 following wins over Northern Illinois and Syracuse, play at Iowa State Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:37 p.m.
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