April 27, 2008
IOWA CITY — Defensive end Kenny Iwebema was the second University of Iowa player selected on the second day of the 2008 NFL Draft. The native of Arlington, Texas was the 116th player selected overall when he was tabbed in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals.
That selection will reunite Iwebema with the coach who recruited and coached him for his first three years as a Hawkeye, former UI defense line coach Ron Aiken. “He was the closest thing I had to a father-figure at Iowa,” Iwebema told the Cardinals’ official world wide web site.
Iwebema collected 28 tackles in 2007, a total that included 11 solo stops , five for losses and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also blocked a pair of field goals was credited with three quarterback hurries and broke up two passes en route to earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder was the second Hawkeye who played his high school football selected in this year’s draft. Teammate Charles Godfrey was selected in the third round by the Carolina Panthers.
The selections of Godfrey and Iwebema marks the 31st straight year that the University of Iowa has had a player selected in the annual NFL Draft.
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