Humpal Named Honorary Captain

Sept. 23, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former University of Iowa linebacker Mike Humpal has been named honorary captain for Saturday’s game against Ball State. The Hawkeyes face the Cardinals in a Big Ten Network televised game with kickoff set for 11:01 a.m., in Kinnick Stadium. The game is sold out, which means Iowa has sold out 45 of its last 47 home games.

Humpal was named an Iowa co-captain prior to the 2007 season. He joined running back Albert Young as a co-winner of the team’s Most Valuable Player Award following the 2007 season.

Humpal lettered three times (2005-07) and was a two-year starter for the Hawkeyes. He was a four-time member of the Big Ten’s all-Academic team. As a senior he led the Hawkeyes in tackles with 123. That figure is the 27th best seasonal tackle total in Iowa history. He led the Big Ten in tackles per game (11.8) in 2007.

The New Hampton, IA, native had 197 career tackles and six interceptions. He played in the 2008 Hula Bowl all-star game and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Humpal will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for the pre-game coin-flip. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game and on the sidelines during the contest.