Oct. 24, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Senior punter Ryan Donahue and senior QB Ricky Stanzi have earned recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their play in Iowa’s 31-30 loss to Wisconsin. Donahue was named national Punter of the Week, while Stanzi earned honorable mention recognition for quarterbacks.
Donahue (6-3, 190) averaged 60.5 yards on two punts against Wisconsin, with his punts covering 50 and 71 yards. The 71-yard punt is the fourth longest of Donahue’s career and the 13th longest in Iowa history. Wisconsin had no punt return yards. Donahue is averaging 45.8 yards on 29 punts this season, ranking second in the Big Ten Conference and 12th in the nation. Donahue has four of the top 13 punts in school history, with his career-long of 82 yards (vs. Michigan State, 2007) ranking second.
Stanzi (6-4, 230) earned honorable mention recognition for the third time, as he was also recognized after leading Iowa to wins over Ball State and Michigan. He completed 25-37 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns against the Badgers, with no interceptions. Stanzi has 16 touchdown passes and just two interceptions this season.
Stanzi has completed 124-182 passes (68.1%) in seven games and has three touchdown passes in four of seven games. He leads the Big Ten Conference and ranks second in the nation in pass efficiency (174.88). The 16 scoring passes tie as 12th best in a single season at Iowa. He had 17 touchdown passes in 13 games last season.
The nationally-ranked Hawkeyes (18/19) host fifth-ranked Michigan State Saturday in Kinnick Stadium (2:36 p.m. CT, ABC).