Nov. 24, 2008
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IOWA CITY – University of Iowa punter Ryan Donahue has been named the Big Ten’s Special Teams Player of the Week. The Hawkeye sophomore gained the honor following his performance in Iowa’s 55-0 win at Minnesota last Saturday.
Donahue, a 6-3, 175-pounder, is a native of Evergreen Park, IL. He averaged 48.5 yards per punt and placed one inside the 20-yard line to help Iowa pick up the road victory. Donahue booted four kicks for 194 yards, including a long of 57 yards. He has recorded at least one 50-yard punt in eight of the last 10 games.
The Hawkeyes also collected a fumble on one of his punts which led to a short touchdown drive and a 34-0 lead. It’s the second time Donahue has won the award. He gained the honor following his performance against Michigan State last year at a freshman.
The Hawkeyes finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play.