Donahue Named Big Ten Player of the Week

Oct. 29, 2007

IOWA CITY, IA – Iowa freshman punter Ryan Donahue has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in Iowa’s 34-27 double overtime win over Michigan State last Saturday. He is Iowa’s third Big Ten Player of the Week this season.

Donahue is a redshirt freshman from Evergreen Park, IL. He punted eight times for a 51.6-yard average against the Spartans. His kicks included a career-long 82-yard boot, which ranks as the second-longest in Iowa history. He totaled 413 yards on eight punts while placing one kick inside the 20-yard line to help the Hawkeyes gain valuable field position. He produced four boots over 50 yards, including the 82-yarder in the fourth quarter. It was the longest kick by an Iowa punter since Lonnie Rodgers set the school record with an 83-yarder against Oregon State on Sept. 26, 1962. Donahue collects the first weekly award of his career.

He is averaging 40.8 on 63 punts this season. He has put 19 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line.

DE Kenny Iwebema won the Big Ten special team honors on Sept. 10th against Syracuse and LB Mike Humpal won defensive honors following the Illinois game on Oct. 13th.

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