Oct. 13, 2008
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IOWA RETURNS HOME
Iowa (4-3, 1-2) returns home after a two-game road trip to entertain Wisconsin (3-3, 0-3) Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 11:03 a.m. at Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is sold out. Saturday is Iowa’s annual “Be Bold, Wear Gold” event with all fans encouraged to show their support of the Hawkeyes by wearing gold.
ON THE TUBE
BTN (HD) will televise the game to a national cable audience. Mark Neely, Chris Martin, Glen Mason and Anthony Herron 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. Hawkeye fans can also listen to the game on XM Satellite Radio, channel 197.
Iowa has played 1,110 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 563-508-39 (.525). That includes a 356-197-16 (.640) record in home games, a 207-309-23 (.405) record in games away from Iowa City, a 277-342-25 (.450) mark in Big Ten games and a 239-162-15 (.593) record in Kinnick Stadium.
The Heartland Trophy will be awarded for the fifth time to Saturday’s winner. The series is tied 2-2 since the introduction of the trophy in 2004. The trophy was designed and crafted by artist and former Iowa football player Frank Strub. The trophy, which is a bull mounted on a walnut base (native to both Wisconsin and Iowa), has the scores of all previous games between the two schools inscribed on it. The Iowa-Wisconsin series has been the closest and most competitive of all Big Ten series’. The teams have met 83 times and Wisconsin owns a slim 41-40-2 edge over the Hawkeyes. The Badgers have won the last two meetings, including a 17-13 decision in Madison a year ago. The Heartland Trophy became the 16th Big Ten football traveling trophy.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 35 of its last 43 games (.814) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season. The eight Hawkeye losses came to Western Michigan (28-19 in 2007), Indiana (38-20 in 2007), Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005), Ohio State (38-17 in 2006), Northwestern (21-7 in 2006 and 22-17 in 2008), Wisconsin (24-21 in 2006) and Iowa State (36-31 in 2002). Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05. Iowa’s 29-7 (.806) home record from 2003 thru 2008 ranks 18th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 5-10-1 in games played on Oct. 18. The Hawkeyes defeated Simpson 10-0 in 1902, Lawrence 13-5 in 1924, Wisconsin 20-9 in 1958, Indiana 20-10 in 1975 and Northwestern 25-3 in 1980. Iowa lost to Grinnell 14-6 in 1890, Chicago 23-6 in 1913, Illinois 9-7 in 1919, Purdue 20-0 in 1930 and 35-31 in 1969, Wisconsin 23-0 in 1941 and 42-13 in 1952, Michigan 20-17 in 1986 and 28-24 in 1997 and Ohio State 19-10 in 2003. Iowa and Ohio State tied 13-13 in 1947.
Saturday will be the 84th meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a slim 41-40-2 advantage in the series. Iowa has won 21 of the last 29 contests. However, Wisconsin has won the last two games, including last year’s 17-13 victory at Madison. Iowa holds a 23-15-1 advantage in games played at Iowa City. The Badgers beat the Hawkeyes 24-21 in the last meeting in Iowa City in 2006. The Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers 30-7 in the 2004 regular-season finale to win a share of the Big Ten championship.
WISCONSIN DROPS THIRD STRAIGHT, FALLS TO PENN STATE
No. 6 Penn State scored 31 unanswered points to hand the Wisconsin Badgers their third-consecutive defeat last Saturday night, 48-7, in Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers have lost two-straight home games, their first home losses, under third-year Coach Bret Bielema. Trailing 17-0 in the second quarter, QB Allan Evridge had a five-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 17-7. However, Penn State’s defense forced four Wisconsin turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) and seven punts to shutdown the Badger offense. Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill was held to only 58 yards on 15 carries. The Badgers split quarterback duties, as Evridge completed 2-10 for 50 yards, while Dustin Sherer was 9-17 for 115 yards. The Badger defense allowed Penn State QB Daryll Clark to rush for two touchdowns and complete 16-25 passes for 244 yards and a 44-yard touchdown pass.
WISCONSIN COACH Bret Bielema
Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema is in his third season as a collegiate head coach, boasting a 24-8 (.750) overall record and a 7-4 (.636) conference mark. In his first season as Badger head coach, he guided Wisconsin to a share of second place in the Big Ten and a 17-14 victory over Arkansas in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. Last year, Wisconsin finished 9-4 and lost to Tennessee 21-17 in the 2008 Outback Bowl. Bielema, 38 years old, is the nation’s second youngest head coach (Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is 33). Bielema began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1994-95) at his alma mater, the University of Iowa. In 1996, he was promoted to linebackers coach for six seasons (1996-2001). While at Iowa, he coached under head coaches Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. He served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas State for two seasons (2002-03) before joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2004. Bielema served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two years (2004-05) before becoming the Badgers’ head coach. Bielema earned four letters (1989-92) as a nose guard after joining the Iowa football program as a walk-on. He was a member of Iowa’s 1990 Big Ten championship team. He was a starter his junior year (1991) and was a team co-captain his senior campaign.
IOWA, WISCONSIN NOTES
? Wisconsin has lost three-consecutive games for the first time since dropping the final three contests of the 2004 campaign. Also, the Badgers lost their first three conference games for the first time since 2002 (Penn State, Indiana and Ohio State). Wisconsin hasn’t lost its first four Big Ten games since 1996 (Penn State, Ohio State, Northwestern and Michigan State).
? Iowa will be gunning for possession of its second traveling trophy Saturday. The Hawkeyes are already in possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy with their 17-5 win over Iowa State. Iowa and Minnesota will fight for Floyd of Rosedale in the season finale (Nov. 22) at Minneapolis.
? Both Iowa and Wisconsin have 14 takeaways and 14 turnovers (zero turnover margin) this season.
? RB Shonn Greene is 63 yards from topping 1,000 for the season. Tavian Banks is the fastest Hawkeye player to ever reach 1,000 yards in a single-game when he accomplished the feat in six games in 1997. Three other Iowa backs reached 1,000 yards in nine games: Fred Russell (2002 and 2003), Albert Young (2005) and Dennis Mosley (1979).
? RB Shonn Greene is the only running back in the country to rush for 100 yards or more in the first seven contests.
? Iowa had four rushing touchdowns last week at Indiana. It was the first time the Hawkeyes had at least four rushing scores in a game since collecting five vs. Ball State on Sept. 3, 2005. Shonn Greene, Albert Young and Marcus Schnoor each had one touchdown, while Sam Brownlee had two in that game.
? Iowa is tied, with five other schools, for fourth in the country with the most players with at least one reception this season (16). Troy and Tulane rank first with 18, followed by Indiana (17).
? Iowa’s three losses have come by a combined nine points (21-20 at Pittsburgh, 22-17 vs. Northwestern and 16-13 at Michigan State).
? Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense (10.86), 10th in fewest yards penalized (34.14), 11th in red zone defense (64.7%), 18th in pass efficiency defense (99.73) and 22nd in total defense (281.86) and time of possession (32:01).
? Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 27 of its last 29 games, dating back to the 2006 season.
? RB Jewel Hampton became the first Iowa player to rush for three touchdowns in a single-game since Aaron Greving scored touchdowns on three-consecutive carries (14, 1 and 26 yards) vs. Kent State on Sept. 1, 2001.
? Eight different Hawkeyes have intercepted at least one pass this season, while three Hawkeyes (LB Pat Angerer, FS Brett Greenwood and DB Amari Spievey) have two.
? Iowa has kept two of the nation’s top rushers under 100 yards the last four weeks (Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy was held to 78 yards on 18 carries, while Michigan State’s Javon Ringer was limited to 91 yards on 25 attempts). The Hawkeyes have allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season – Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen (104 yards on 21 attempts).
? Andy Brodell ranks third in the Big Ten and 27th nationally in punt return average (11.8). He is one of three Big Ten punt returners who have returned a punt for a score (Ohio State’s Ray Small and Penn State’s Derrick Williams). Additionally, Brodell has posted game-high receiving yards the last three Iowa games (126 vs. Northwestern, 79 at Michigan State and 95 at Indiana).
? Iowa punter Ryan Donahue has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards in each of the last five contests (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern, 56 yards at Michigan State and 56 yards at Indiana).
? DT Matt Kroul, DT Mitch King and OL Rob Bruggeman have served as captains in each of Iowa’s first seven games.
? The Iowa roster includes only one player from the state of Wisconsin: senior FB Jared Oberland (Whitefish Bay). The Badgers have one Iowan on their roster: true freshman TE Zach Davison (Waukee).
? Wisconsin junior LB Elijah Hodge is the younger brother of former Hawkeye LB Abdul Hodge (2002-05).
? Iowa OL Andy Kuempel (Wednesday) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (Thursday) celebrate their 22nd and 21st birthdays, respectively, this week.
? DT Mitch King was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s 20-10 win at Madison in 2005. King established career highs in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2). It was part of an Iowa defense that limited Wisconsin to season-lows in total offensive yards (276) and points (10) during the road win at Madison. The 6-3, 247-pound red-shirt freshman from Burlington, IA, collected six tackles, including five solo stops, and recorded a QB-hurry, while helping limit the Badgers to only 19 rushing yards. The Badgers entered the game leading the Big Ten and ranked 10th nationally with 37.1 points per outing while averaging 389.1 yards of total offense and 167.1 rushing yards per game.
Two late scores helped lift seventh-ranked Wisconsin to a 17-13 come-from-behind victory over Iowa in front of the fifth-largest crowd (80,630) to ever watch a football game at Camp Randall Stadium last year. The Badger victory was their second consecutive over the Hawkeyes and kept the Heartland Trophy in Madison. Both defenses dominated the first half as there were 14 punts in the first 30 minutes. Iowa scored first at the 2:28 mark of the second quarter on a Daniel Murray 41-yard field goal. On its next possession, Wisconsin quickly marched down the field and scored on a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Badgers a 7-3 lead. The touchdown was the first the Hawkeyes allowed in four games, snapping a streak of 13 periods without allowing the opposition to reach the end zone. Iowa was the last team in the nation not to allow a touchdown. With only 36 seconds left in the half, QB Jake Christensen engineered a five-play, 62-yard drive that culminated with a 21-yard touchdown pass to WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos with only four seconds remaining in the half. On the drive, Christensen completed 3-4 passes for 62 yards. Christensen lost two starting receivers early in the contest as WR Andy Brodell and TE Tony Moeaki were injured in the first quarter and did not return. After a scoreless third period, Wisconsin grabbed a 14-10 advantage on a RB P.J. Hill two-yard scoring run. Murray added a 37-yard field goal at the 6:29 mark of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to just one. Wisconsin PK Taylor Mehlhaff converted a 40-yard field goal to stretch the Badger lead to 17-13 with 2:02 left. Iowa had one last offensive possession, but was unable to move the chains. Christensen completed 17-37 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. Johnson-Koulianos had four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown and 63 yards on two kickoff returns. Wisconsin QB Tyler Donovan completed 12-23 passes for 138 yards and a score. Hill rushed 29 times for a game-high 113 yards and a touchdown. As a unit, Iowa had three QB sacks, forced four fumbles (recovering two) and intercepted a pass. LB Mike Klinkenborg had a game-high eight tackles, while four other Hawkeyes were credited with seven stops each.
COACH Kirk Ferentz
The 2002 Associated Press, Walter Camp National Coach of the Year and 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 10th season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last six 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 54-28 (.659) overall mark and a 32-19 (.627) Big Ten record the last seven seasons. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 65-52 (.556) and a 39-36 (.520) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 77-73 (.513). Ferentz, who boasts the second-most victories by a Hawkeye head coach, coached his 150th career game as a head coach at Indiana (Oct. 11, 2008). Forty of Iowa’s 117 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (18-23) and 35 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (13-22). 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.
IOWA COACHING STAFF
With the retirement of long-time assistant coach Carl Jackson, who coached the Hawkeye running backs, the Iowa coaching staff has some changes for the 2008 season. The addition to the staff is Erik Campbell, who is now Iowa’s wide receivers and tight ends coach. Campbell coached wide receivers at Michigan the previous 13 years and was the assistant head coach there the last five seasons. Campbell was named by CBS Sports.com as the top wide receivers coach in college football this past summer. Assignment changes on the Iowa staff include Lester Erb moving from wide receivers to running backs; Eric Johnson from tight ends to assistant linebacker coach; and Darrell Wilson coaching all linebacker positions after previously working with just the outside linebackers. Erb and Wilson will continue to work with the Hawkeye special teams.
IOWA 45, INDIANA 9
Iowa scored the final 28 points, scoring touchdowns on four of its five second-half possessions, to propel the Hawkeyes to a convincing 45-9 victory over Indiana in Memorial Stadium. The win snapped a three-game Hawkeye losing streak. The Hawkeyes had two running backs eclipse 100 yards rushing for the first time since their 2007 season-opener vs. Northern Illinois in Chicago (Albert Young and Damian Sims). Shonn Greene and Jewel Hampton combined for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Greene had 23 attempts for a game-high 115 yards and a 12-yard scoring run. Hampton, who is an Indianapolis native, had 22 carries for 114 yards and touchdown runs of one, one and 10. Greene is the only Division I running back to top 100 yards in his first seven games of the 2008 season. Iowa took a 17-9 lead into the break. Iowa PK Trent Mossbrucker converted a 26-yard field goal and Greene (12 yards) and Hampton (one yard) each ran for a score in the first half. Indiana PK Austin Starr made a 46-yard field goal and QB Kellen Lewis found WR Ray Fisher in the end zone from 17 yards out to close the first-half scoring. It was all Hawkeyes the final 30 minutes. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi connected with WR Andy Brodell for a 34-yard scoring strike to push Iowa’s lead to 24-9. It marked the third-straight game Brodell caught a touchdown from Stanzi, all over 30 yards. On Iowa’s next possession, Stanzi threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to TE Brandon Myers to make the score 31-9 after three periods. Hampton posted scoring runs of one and 10 yards in the fourth quarter to give Iowa’s its first conference victory of the season. Stanzi completed 12-20 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis completed 13-18 passes for 108 yards and a score in the first half. Lewis did not play the second half due to injury. Brodell caught four balls for a game-high 95 yards and a score, while Myers had four receptions for a career-high 64 yards. Defensively, DB Amari Spievey collected a career-high eight tackles. DT Mitch King had six stops, including three for a minus 19 yards and a sack. His six tackles increase his career totals to 204, becoming the 60th Hawkeye to register 200 tackles. Iowa’s defense held the Hoosiers without a first down in six of their first eight possessions.
? With the 45-9 win at Indiana, Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak against the Hoosiers and now leads the series 39-27-4, including an 18-17-1 margin in Bloomington.
? FB Brett Morse returned to the starting line-up after not starting the previous three games.
? Iowa’s 45 points mark its second-highest point total, in a single-game, this year (46 vs. Maine). Also, Iowa’s 45 points are the most for the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten game since a 47-17 home win over Purdue in 2006. The 36-point win over Indiana is its largest margin of victory over a conference opponent since a 62-10 win (52 points) over Northwestern on Nov. 9, 2002 in Iowa City.
? Iowa’s defense, which ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowed only nine points. Four of Iowa’s seven opponents have scored single digits or less (FIU – 0, Maine – 3, Iowa State – 5, Indiana – 9).
? Iowa failed to score on its first possession of the game, marking the fourth time in seven contests the Hawkeyes did not score on their initial drive. Iowa scored three points on its first possession against Iowa State. Iowa tallied touchdowns vs. Maine and FIU in its first two games.
? Indiana failed to score on its opening possession, as Iowa recorded a pass interception. All seven Iowa opponents (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana) failed to score on their opening drives this season.
? Iowa’s final scoring drive of the game covered 13 plays, 68 yards and time of possession of 6:33. It’s the longest for Iowa this season in plays and time. For the game, Iowa had 38:07 in time of possession, the third-highest total for the Hawkeyes under Kirk Ferentz. Indiana only maintained possession for only 21:53.
? Sophomore DB Brett Greenwood had his fourth career interception in the first period, and his 31-yard return set up Iowa’s initial field goal. The return is the second-longest for Iowa this season (A.J. Edds, 38 yards vs. FIU) and the longest of Greenwood’s career. Greenwood had two interceptions a year ago and his first this season came in a home win over Iowa State. His theft at Indiana came after the pass was deflected by DE Adrian Clayborn.
? Through the first six games of the season, Iowa scored 13 points in the third period. Against Indiana, the Hawkeyes scored 14 points in the third quarter, finding the end zone on their first two drives of the period. Iowa’s 164 yards in the third period surpassed its output in the first half (142 yards in first two periods).
? The Hawkeyes collected two takeaways (one interception, one fumble recovery) vs. Indiana. Iowa converted a 26-yard field goal after the theft and a touchdown after the fumble. Iowa has scored 37 points following 14 opponent turnovers in seven games.
? Iowa did not have a turnover in the win at Indiana, its first game this season with no turnovers. Iowa had just one turnover vs. Maine and Pittsburgh. Iowa’s last contest without a turnover was vs. Michigan State on Oct. 4, 20007.
? Hampton’s three touchdowns are the most by a Hawkeye since last season when TE Tony Moeaki had three receiving touchdowns in a win over Syracuse on Sept. 8, 2007.
? Iowa had two running backs rush for at least 100 yards vs. Indiana. The last time Iowa had two running backs gain at least 100 yards in the same game, was Sept. 1, 2007, when Albert Young (144 yards) and Damian Sims (113) carried for over 100 yards in a 16-3 win over Northern Illinois.
? Sophomore QB Ricky Stanzi had at least two touchdown passes for the second time this season, as he had three scoring strikes vs. FIU in the second game of the season, which was his first career start.
? Iowa’s kickers had a strong performance at Indiana. PK Brent Mossbrucker was 6-6 on PATs and had a 26-yard field goal. Daniel Murray, who handles kickoffs, had three touchbacks and a saving tackle on one of his kicks that was returned. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 44.0 yards on his four punts, with a long of 56 yards. Three of the four punts were downed inside the 15 and Indiana had just two returns for six yards.
? PK Trent Mossbrucker has made at least one field goal in six of Iowa’s first seven contests. He converted from 26 yards in the first period vs. Indiana. Mossbrucker has made 9-of-10 field goal attempts, with the only miss being blocked vs. FIU. The Indiana native added 6-6 PATs against the Hoosiers.
? In the red zone, Iowa was 6-6 with four rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and a field goal. Indiana in the red zone was 1-2, with a TD pass in the first half and a failed QB-sneak on fourth down in the third period.
? Marvin McNutt caught an 11-yard pass on a fourth-and-five late in the game. It was McNutt’s first career reception and he became Iowa’s 16th different receiver to catch a pass this season.
THE GREENE MONSTER
RB Shonn Greene, who ranks second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in rushing, has rushed for over 100 yards in Iowa’s first seven games (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana). His career-high rushing total of 159 yards against Northwestern pushed him over 1,000 career yards. For his career, Greene has rushed 221 times for 1,315 yards (6.0 avg.) and seven scores. The 1,315 yards ranks 24th-best in Iowa’s career annals. He has amassed 937 yards on 152 attempts (6.2 avg.) and six scores in 2008. His current 6.2 average per carry is the highest rushing average by an Iowa running back, in a single-season, since Tavian Banks averaged 6.5 yards on 260 attempts in 1997. In Iowa’s three conference games, he averages a Big Ten-best 143.7 yards and two touchdowns. Also, Greene ranks 35th nationally in all-purpose yards (136.7). This season marks the first time the Hawkeyes had a 100-yard rusher in seven-straight contests since the last seven games of the 2005 campaign. RB Albert Young rushed for 102 yards vs. Illinois (Oct. 1), 165 at Purdue (Oct. 8), 125 yards vs. Indiana (Oct. 15), 153 yards vs. Michigan (Oct. 22), 202 yards at Northwestern (Nov. 5), 127 yards at Wisconsin (Nov. 12) and 103 yards vs. Minnesota (Nov. 19). Greene’s 937 yards this season, is the second-highest total by an Iowa running back, in the first seven games, since 1997. Banks accumulated 1,125 yards the first seven games in 1997. Greene is the only Division I running back to rush for 100 yards or more in the first seven contests. He is the first Iowa running back to ever rush for 100 yards in the first seven games of a season. Greene rushed nine times for 101 yards and a score in the first quarter vs. FIU (Sept. 6). It marked the first time an Iowa running back amassed over 100 yards rushing in a quarter since Fred Russell had 108 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the first period at Minnesota (Nov. 16, 2002).
STANZI DIRECTS HAWKEYE OFFENSE
After splitting time with Jake Christensen under center the first four games, Ricky Stanzi has emerged as Iowa’s starting quarterback. Stanzi started and played the entire game vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27), Iowa’s fifth contest of the season. The sophomore completed 21-30 passes for 238 yards and also completed a career-long 45-yard touchdown pass to WR Andy Brodell against the Wildcats. At Michigan State, Stanzi completed 15-22 passes for 158 yards and a score. Last week at Indiana, Stanzi completed 12-20 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten win in 2008. Stanzi’s first start was vs. FIU (Sept. 6). He was 8-10 for 162 yards (20.3 avg.) and tossed three touchdowns (8, 23 and 59 yards) in seeing half the snaps. The native of Mentor, OH, started and played the first three quarters vs. Iowa State, completing 5-14 for 95 yards. He was 7-10 for 79 yards, including completing his first six pass attempts, at Pittsburgh. Stanzi was an efficient 9-14 for 90 yards vs. Maine in the season opener. Stanzi has completed 77-120 (.642) passes for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He ranks third in Big Ten passing efficiency and 25th in the country (147.17). Stanzi saw limited time in two games last season (Syracuse and Purdue) as a redshirt freshman.
KING AND KROUL ANCHOR DEFENSIVE LINE
A pair of seniors, Matt Kroul and Mitch King, anchor Iowa’s defensive line. Last season, the duo combined for 132 tackles, including 16.5 for loss. King and Kroul are Iowa’s two most experienced defensive starters. Kroul has started 44 consecutive games, while King has started 39 career contests, including the last 24. King, who has been named to the 2008 Lott Trophy and Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists, has 204 career tackles, 48.5 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. His six tackles at Indiana increased the senior’s tackle total over 200 for his career (204). He had two tackles, including one for loss vs. Maine. King totaled three stops, including a sack and 1.5 for loss vs. FIU and two assists vs. Iowa State. King had four tackles, including 1.5 for loss at Pittsburgh. He amassed a season-high eight tackles and a QB-Hurry vs. Northwestern. King was credited with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack at Michigan State. Last year, the Burlington, IA, native ranked seventh in team tackles (58), first in tackles for loss (14.5) and QB hurries (5) and second in pass break-ups (7). King, who was tabbed first team all-conference as a junior, registered a career-high 10 stops at Iowa State in 2007. Kroul, an honorable mention all-league honoree last season, has 215 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Kroul’s tackle totals vs. Northwestern pushed him over 200 career tackles. Last week, he had four stops at Indiana. He collected a season-best nine tackles, one shy of a career high, vs. Northwestern. He had five tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack vs. Maine. Kroul, who is a 2008 Draddy Trophy semifinalist, was credited with two tackles, including a sack vs. FIU, and five assists vs. Iowa State. Kroul had two tackles and a fumble recovery at Pittsburgh and collected eight stops, including 0.5 for loss at Michigan State. The native of Mount Vernon, IA, ranked fourth in team tackles (74) a year ago. Kroul was credited with seven stops in four contests last season, including equaling a career single-game best with 10 tackles at Penn State.
KROUL NAMED DRADDY SEMIFINALIST
Senior Matt Kroul is one of 57 Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes to be named a semifinalist for the 2008 National Football Foundation (NFF) Draddy Trophy. One of college football’s most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual for his combined academic excellence, football performance and exemplary community leadership. A total of 164 student-athletes from both subdivisions vie for the honor. Kroul is a health and sports studies major. The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Last year, Iowa LB Mike Klinkenborg was a finalist for the award.
DEFENSE MAKES A STAND
Iowa’s defense did not yield a touchdown the first three contests. The first touchdown scored against Iowa’s defense was at the 6:06 mark of the first quarter in game four at Pittsburgh on Sept. 20. Iowa was the last FBS school to allow a touchdown this season. Like this year, the Hawkeye defense did not allow a touchdown until the fourth game in 2007 (at Wisconsin). Iowa did not allow a touchdown in its first three games. It is believed to be the first time since the 1923 and 1924 seasons that the Hawkeyes started consecutive seasons not allowing a touchdown in their first three contests. In 1923, Iowa topped Oklahoma A&M 20-0, Knox 44-3 and Purdue 7-0, all at home. In 1924, Iowa beat SE Oklahoma 43-0, Ohio State 0-0 and Lawrence 13-5, all at home. Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense (10.86), 10th in fewest yards penalized (34.14), 11th in red zone defense (64.7%), 18th in pass efficiency defense (99.73) and 22nd in total defense (281.86). Iowa’s defense has forced 43 punts, blocked a field goal (Northwestern) and collected a safety (Maine).
DJK AND BRODELL LEAD HAWKEYE RECEIVERS
Sophomore Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (DJK) and senior Andy Brodell lead the Hawkeye receiving corps through seven games. Brodell ranks first in receptions (24), receiving yards (373) and touchdowns (3). DJK ranks second in catches (21) and receiving yards (274). Brodell averages 15.5 yards per catch and has caught three touchdowns, one in each of the last three games (45-yarder vs. Northwestern, a 31-yarder at Michigan State and a 34-yarder at Indiana, all from QB Ricky Stanzi). The native of Ankeny, IA, is also Iowa’s primary punt returner; he ranks 27th in the country, averaging 11.8 yards on 22 returns. Brodell returned an Iowa season-best 81-yard punt for a touchdown vs. Iowa State. The return was the 10th-longest punt return in school history. Brodell’s numbers have risen since the beginning of conference play, with 300 of his 373 yards coming the last three games. His 100.0 average in league play ranks third-best. Brodell cracked 1,000 career receiving yards with his totals from the Northwestern game (Sept. 27). The senior has now caught 82 career passes for 1,209 yards and eight touchdowns. The 82 receptions and 1,209 yards rank, 23rd and 25st-best, respectively, in school history. Last year he had 13 catches for 96 yards and averaged 14.4 yards on 14 punt returns before suffering a season-ending injury at Wisconsin. Brodell had a break-out season his sophomore year in 2006, ranking first on the team in yards (724) and yards per catch (18.6) and third in receptions (39). His 724 yards rank 21st-best in Iowa single-season history. The native of Ankeny, IA, caught seven passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in the 2006 regular season finale and six passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas in the 2006 Alamo Bowl. The 159 yards against the Longhorns was an Alamo Bowl record. He also had a career-long 63-yard touchdown reception vs. Texas, which was the longest touchdown reception in Iowa bowl history and the fifth-longest reception in Alamo Bowl history. His two Alamo Bowl touchdown receptions (63 and 23 yards) tied an Iowa bowl record with four others. DJK averages 13.0 yards per reception and also has one touchdown (59-yard pass from Ricky Stanzi vs. FIU). DJK has also returned eight kickoffs for 165 yards. Last season, he led the Hawkeyes, catching 38 passes for 482 yards and two scores.
SUPER DEFENSIVE SOPHS
Three sophomores are pacing the Hawkeyes in tackles through seven games. LB Jeremiha Hunter is tied with linebacker Pat Angerer (a junior) for first with 46 tackles, CB Amari Spievey ranks third with 42 tackles, while DL Adrian Clayborn ranks fourth with 34 stops. Spievey is also tied for the team lead in interceptions with two, collecting a theft in back-to-back games (Iowa State and Pittsburgh). Spievey led the team in tackles at Indiana, amassing a career-high eight solo stops.
Place kickers Daniel Murray and Trent Mossbrucker have shared kicking duties this season. Murray, a sophomore, has handled all kickoffs and is 9-9 on PATs and 1-3 on field goal attempts. He made a 44-yarder vs. Maine, which was only three yards from his career long, but missed a 50-yarder into the wind vs. Iowa State and a 35-yarder at Pittsburgh. Mossbrucker, a true freshman, is Iowa’s primary field goal kicker and is 15-15 on PATs and 9-10 on field goals. He averages 1.29 field goals per game, which ranks 35th-best in the nation. Mossbrucker has made his last five field goal attempts. He split the uprights from 33 and 35 yards vs. Maine, connected on a 26-yarder against Iowa State and converted from 26 and a career-long 39 yards at Pittsburgh. The native of Mooresville, IN, also made a 30-yarder vs. Northwestern and kicks of 25 and 33 at Michigan State. He made a 26-yard field goal at Indiana. His 32-yard attempt vs. FIU was blocked. Punter Ryan Donahue has punted 24 times this season. He is averaging 42.2 yards per punt, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Donahue has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards in each of the last five contests (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern, 56 yards at Michigan State and 56 yards at Indiana). Additionally, 10 of his punts were downed inside the 20 this season. His 36-yard directional kick was downed on the three-yard line, which ultimately resulted in Iowa’s defense collecting a safety two plays later vs. Maine. He punted twice vs. FIU, with both punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He punted four times for a 37.5 average, including booming a 64-yarder, vs. Iowa State. Donahue had a 41.6 average, boosted by a 59-yard punt, on seven punts at Pittsburgh. Donahue averaged 43.0 yards on three punts vs. Northwestern. He had a career-best average, 53.0, on three punts at Michigan State. Donahue punted four times for a 44.0 average, with a long of 56 yards and downing three punts inside the Indiana 15-yard line last week. Iowa opponents have just six returns for 20 yards this season. The sophomore punted 46 times for a 38.6 average through Iowa’s first seven games last year. The last five games of 2007, he punted 40 times for a 44.0 average and downed eight inside the 20. Donahue had long kicks of 82 (Michigan State), 76 (Northwestern), 68 (Purdue) and 54 (Minnesota and Western Michigan) the last five contests. Donahue broke two school punting records in 2007. The native of Evergreen Park, IL, established school records for punts in a single-season (86) and punt yardage (3,533). The previous records were held by Dave Holsclaw in 1978, 85 punts for 3,107 yards. Furthermore, the 86 punts is a Big Ten single-season record. The redshirt freshman was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 29, after averaging 51.6 yards on eight punts vs. Michigan State. Four of his eight punts eclipsed 50 yards, including an 82-yarder that is the second longest in school history. Donahue also earned freshman honorable mention all-American accolades by The Sporting News.
BIG TEN ONLY GAMES RANKINGS
Iowa ranks first in rushing defense (97.3), first downs (71), time of possession (32:47), fields goal percentage (1.000, 4-4) and punting (44.6) and third in rushing offense (182.3) and total defense (317.0) in conference games only. Individually, RB Shonn Greene ranks first in rushing (143.7) and sixth in all-purpose yards (144.7) in league games only. WR Andy Brodell ranks third in receiving yards (100.0), QB Ricky Stanzi ranks fourth in pass efficiency (147.1) and LB Pat Angerer ranks fourth in tackles (9.0).
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2008
Iowa has had seven true freshmen see action this season: DB Shaun Prater, TE Brad Herman, DB William Lowe, WR DeMarco Paine, PK Trent Mossbrucker, RB Jewel Hampton and DB David Cato. All saw action in the season opener. Prater, Mossbrucker, Hampton and Cato have competed in all seven contests. The Hawkeyes had 11 true freshmen play a year ago. Iowa also had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000. Cato has been credited with eight tackles and Prater seven tackles and two pass break-ups. Hampton has rushed 52 times for 268 yards and five touchdowns and has also returned nine kickoffs for 224 yards. He rushed 22 times for a career-high 114 yards and three scores at Indiana. His 24.9 return average ranks 40th-best in the country. Hampton returned four kickoffs for 116 yards at Michigan State, which is the most kickoff return yardage in a single-game by a Hawkeye since C.J. Jones had 169 yards on four returns vs. USC in the 2003 Orange Bowl. Mossbrucker has connected on all 15 PATs and 9-10 FGs. Mossbrucker ranks first in team scoring with 42 points.
Iowa has the sixth-fewest total number of seniors (13) on its roster in the nation. Alabama and Middle Tennessee have nine. Central Michigan and Toledo each have 10 seniors, North Carolina, Minnesota and Arizona have 11, while Central Florida, Fresno State, Illinois and UTEP have 12. Also with 13 seniors are Indiana, Kent State, Virginia Tech and LSU. Iowa has only four senior starters on offense and two on defense. Additionally, the Hawkeyes start four sophomores and one redshirt freshman on offense and five sophomores and one redshirt freshman on defense.
? The Hawkeyes have a consecutive home sellout streak of 34 games, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
? Iowa, who ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, has allowed single-digit points or less four times this season (Maine – 3, FIU – 0, Iowa State – 5, Indiana – 9).
? Defensive tackles Matt Kroul and Mitch King reached 200 career tackles two games apart from each other. Kroul became the 59th Iowa defensive player to reach the 200-tackle plateau vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27), while King accomplished the feat two games later at Indiana (Oct. 11).
? Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi and WR Andy Brodell have connected for a touchdown three-consecutive weeks (45 yards vs. Northwestern, 31 yards at Michigan State and 34 yards at Indiana).
? WR Andy Brodell cracked 1,000 career receiving yards with his totals from the Northwestern game (Sept. 27). The senior has caught 82 career passes for 1,209 yards and eight touchdowns. The 82 receptions and 1,209 yards rank, 23rd and 25st-best, respectively, in school history.
? Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten and 10th in the country in fewest yards penalized per game (34.1). Iowa was whistled for four penalties for 40 yards at Indiana last week.
? Iowa has only allowed six punt returns for a total of 20 yards through seven games.
? DL Matt Kroul has 44 consecutive starts, a streak that ties for second-best in the Big Ten (Wisconsin OL Kraig Urbik, 45; Purdue OL Sean Sester, 44).
? OL Wes Aeschliman, who stands 6-foot-8, is among a group that is the third tallest college football players in the nation. OL Alejandro Villanueva of Army is the tallest at 6-foot-10, followed by 6-foot-9 OL Derek Hoke, OT from Utah State.
? Iowa will play teams that have three of the four youngest head coaches in the country in Kinnick Stadium this season (FIU – Mario Cristobal; Northwestern — Pat Fitzgerald; Wisconsin – Bret Bielema).
? In the last seven years, Iowa is 44-7 when leading at the half and 49-6 when leading after three quarters.
? Iowa’s time of possession of 38:07 at Indiana (Oct. 11) is the third highest, in a single-game, during Coach Ferentz’s head coaching tenure at Iowa. Additionally, Iowa’s 28 first downs and 51 rushing attempts against the Hoosiers rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in a single-game under Coach Ferentz.
? Maine’s nine pass completions and 83 passing yards, week one, both rank as the fourth-fewest by an opponent under Coach Ferentz.
? Iowa has been bowl eligible the last seven seasons, with the Hawkeyes participating in bowl games six of the seven seasons.
? Iowa has held Iowa State without a touchdown the last 10 quarters, dating back to the second quarter of Iowa’s win in 2006. Iowa defeated the Cyclones 17-5 on Sept. 13.
? Iowa is one of only three institutions (Iowa, Florida and Tennessee) to have a former football and men’s basketball National Coach of the Year currently coaching their respective team.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 99 of its last 111 games, including all seven games this season. Iowa games vs. Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), 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. Iowa won nine of those 12 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 101 of 117 games under Kirk Ferentz.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has posted 33 offensive plays (13 run, 20 pass) that resulted in 20 yards or more. The Hawkeyes had a season-best seven plays (5 rush, 2 pass) result over 20 yards against Northwestern. Last week, Iowa had three passing plays over 20 yards at Indiana. RB Shonn Greene has Iowa’s longest rush (35 yards vs. FIU), while RB Jewel Hampton has Iowa’s longest rushing score (22 yards vs. Maine). Hampton has the Hawkeyes’ longest kickoff return (40 yards at Michigan State), while WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has the longest catch (59 yards – touchdown vs. FIU). Also, WR Andy Brodell returned a punt a career-long and team season-best 81 yards vs. Iowa State. Iowa’s defense has allowed only 19 offensive plays (3 run, 16 pass) of 20 yards or more this season. Last week, Indiana had only one passing play (22 yards) over 20 yards.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 54-17 in the first quarter, 53-32 in the second, 27-12 in the third and 66-15 in the fourth period.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 7.0 yards on 216 first down plays, 5.0 yards on 145 second down plays, 5.1 yards on 85 third down plays and 4.0 yards on 12 fourth down plays. The Hawkeyes averaged 6.7 yards on 11 third-down plays at Indiana last week.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averages 6.9 plays, 54.5 yards and 3:02 elapsed time on 33 scoring drives. Twenty-two of the 33 scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. Iowa had six touchdowns scoring drives vs. FIU and Indiana. Last week, the Black and Gold posted season-high drives in plays (13) and time of possession (6:33) at Indiana. Hawkeye opponents average 9.0 plays, 58.1 yards and 3:20 elapsed time on only 15 offensive scoring drives. Last week, Indiana had two 11-play scoring drives.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 25-32 (78.1%) in the red zone (17 TD, 8 FG) this season. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 6-6 (5 touchdowns, 1 field goal) inside the red zone at Indiana. The Hawkeye defense has limited the opposition to 11-17 (64.7%) in the red zone, which ranks 11th-best in the country. Iowa State, the Hawkeyes’ third opponent, was the first team to reach the red zone against Iowa and was 0-3, including two failed attempts inside the five-yard line. Indiana was only 1-2 inside the red zone last week.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 37 points following 14 opponent turnovers. The Black and Gold scored 14 points following two interceptions vs. Maine, three points after two Pittsburgh miscues, three points after a Northwestern interception, a touchdown after a Michigan State interception and 10 points after an Indiana interception and fumble. The Hawkeyes failed to score after collecting three FIU and Iowa State miscues. The Hawkeyes have turned the ball over 13 times, allowing their opponents to score 23 points. Iowa record one turnover vs. Maine and Pittsburgh, two vs. FIU and Iowa State, five vs. Northwestern and three at Michigan State. The Cyclones tallied a field goal, the Wildcats turned Iowa miscues into 14 points, while the Spartans kicked two field goals. For the first time this season, Iowa did not have a turnover in its 45-9 triumph at Indiana last week.
HAWKEYES EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Iowa has had two student-athletes earn Big Ten Player of the Week accolades this season: Andy Brodell and Karl Klug. Brodell was named Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 15) after returning a fourth-quarter punt 81 yards for a touchdown to give the Hawkeyes a 14-point cushion (17-3) over Iowa State. The punt return for a score was the first of his career. The 81-yard return is the longest of his career, besting a 78-yard return vs. Syracuse (Sept. 9, 2007). Brodell’s return marked Iowa’s first punt return for a touchdown since Jovon Johnson returned one 90 yards vs. Ball State (Sept. 3, 2005). Furthermore, the 81-yard return is the 10th-longest in school history. The Big Ten honor is the first of Brodell’s career. Klug earned Defensive Player of the Week laurels (Sept. 8) after posting career highs with nine tackles and two sacks while also forcing a fumble to help the Iowa defense post a shutout against Florida International. The sophomore defensive tackle’s second sack forced a fumble that was recovered by Iowa on FIU’s final drive. The Hawkeyes limited the Golden Panthers to 56 rushing yards and 4-15 on third downs. Iowa posted its fifth shutout in Kirk Ferentz’s 10 seasons as head coach and its second straight dominant defensive outing, after holding Maine to a field goal on Aug. 30. Klug earned his first weekly honor.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The University of Iowa is one of only three Division I institutions (Oklahoma State and Alabama) with four football alumni as head coaches (Bret Bielema – Wisconsin; Bob Stoops; Oklahoma; Mike Stoops – Arizona; Chuck Long – San Diego State). Iowa is the only school with all four coaches among the 40 youngest Division I coaching fraternity.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All Iowa football games this season will be televised on either, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic or the Big Ten Network. Iowa has appeared on television in its last 84 games. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
Iowa opened the 2008 season with four of its first five games at Kinnick Stadium, including the first three. The Hawkeyes opened vs. Maine (W, 46-3), followed by FIU (W, 42-0) and Iowa State (W, 17-5). Iowa’s lone non-conference road game was at Pittsburgh (L, 21-20). The Hawkeyes opened their Big Ten schedule at home, for the first time since 2001, against Northwestern (L, 22-17). Remaining Iowa home dates include: Wisconsin (Saturday), Penn State (Nov. 8) and Purdue (Nov. 15). The Hawkeyes will also travel to Michigan State (L, 16-13), Indiana (W, 45-9), Illinois (Nov. 1) and Minnesota (Nov. 22). Iowa will have a “bye” Oct. 25. Iowa will not play Michigan or Ohio State for the second consecutive season in 2008, but those two teams will re-join the Hawkeye schedule in 2009. Illinois and Purdue come off Iowa’s schedule in 2009 and 2010.
IOWA LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2008 season includes four seniors, four juniors, three 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 Rob Bruggeman, Mitch King, Matt Kroul and Seth Olsen; juniors Pat Angerer, Jake Christensen, A.J. Edds and Tony Moeaki; sophomores Adrian Clayborn, Jacody Coleman and Brett Greenwood; redshirt freshmen Marvin McNutt and Tyler Nielsen and true freshman James Ferentz.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returns 50 lettermen from 2007, including 25 on offense, 22 on defense and three specialists. The 50 lettermen are 16 more than the 34 of a year ago. The Hawkeyes return seven starters on offense, five on defense and their place kicker and punter. The lettermen breakdown includes seven three-year lettermen, nine two-year lettermen and 34 one-year lettermen. The total roster has 127 players, and includes 16 seniors, 19 juniors, 38 sophomores, 18 redshirt freshmen and 36 true freshmen.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 127 players includes 59 players from Iowa. The roster includes 15 players from Illinois; 13 from Ohio; seven from New Jersey; four from Texas and Florida; four from Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska; three from Indiana; two from Pennsylvania and one from Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, New York, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
MORE THAN ONE
Thirteen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leaders are Iowa City West (Iowa) with four and Cretin-Derham Hall (Minnesota) and Cedar Rapids Washington (Iowa) with three. Ten other schools have two players on the roster, including five from the state of Iowa.
THE NAME GAME
Iowa has two players named Murphy (Jayme and Nick, no relation) and Prater (Shane and Shaun, Iowa’s first set of twins since Aaron and Evan Kooiker in the mid-1990’s). Kyle and Tyler are the most popular first names. There are four Kyle’s (Calloway, Haganman, Spading and Steinbrecher) and four Tyler’s (Blum, Gerstandt, Nielsen and Sash). There are three players named Andrew (Schulze, Brodell and Kuempel) and Michael (Daniels, Morio and Sabers). There are two named Adam (Gettis and Robinson), Austin (Postler and Signor), Bradley (Fletcher and Herman), Brett’s (Greenwood and Morse), Daniel (Doering and Murray), James (Ferentz and Vandenberg), Joe (Conklin and Gaglione), Jeff (Brinson and Tarpinian), John (Wienke and Gimm), Jordan (Bernstine and McLaughlin), Nick (Kuchel and Murphy) and Shaun/Shonn (Prater and Greene).
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
Sophomore WR Paul Chaney, Jr. and true freshman WR Shane Prater are the lightest Hawkeye players at 170 pounds. Senior OL Wesley Aeschliman is the heaviest at 318 pounds. A total of nine Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. The tallest player, at 6-8, is Aeschliman, while the shortest players, at 5-9, are Chaney, Jr. and sophomore WR Brian Mungongo. The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 233 pounds. That is one inch taller and the exact same weight as the average Iowa player in 2007.
WATCHING FROM ABOVE
Iowa’s coaches in the press box are Lester Erb (running back and special teams), along with quality control assistant Scott Southmayd and graduate assistant coaches Seth Wallace and Dan Clark. That leaves Norm Parker (defensive coordinator), Ken O’Keefe (offensive coordinator), Erik Campbell (receivers and tight ends), Phil Parker (defensive backs), Reese Morgan (offensive line), Darrell Wilson (linebackers and special teams), Rick Kaczenski (defensive line) and Eric Johnson (assistant linebackers) on the sidelines.
ROSE BOWL EXPERIENCE
Three 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. Norm Parker and Phil Parker both coached in the Rose Bowl while on the staff at Michigan State.
Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.
IOWA STATS ON THE INTERNET
Statistics and play-by-play accounts of every Iowa football game are available live on the Internet. The statistical program allows viewers to read the play-by-play action just moments after it takes place, and to view all individual and team statistics while the game is in progress. The program can be accessed through hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the Gametracker link. This feature is available for all home games and most road contests during the 2008 campaign.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will be idle next Saturday (Oct. 25) and returns to action at Illinois Nov. 1 (TBD).