Nov. 28, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and senior punter Ryan Donahue have earned recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their play in Iowa’s 27-24 loss at Minnesota. Johnson-Koulianos was named national kick return Performer of the Week, while Donahue was named honorable mention Punter of the Week.
Johnson-Koulianos (6-1, 200) had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Gophers and had three returns for 118 yards. Johnson-Koulianos also had three pass receptions for 34 yards at Minnesota, including a seven-yard touchdown reception for Iowa’s first score of the game.
Johnson-Koulianos led the Big Ten in kickoff returns in all games (29.3) and Big Ten games only (31.6). The 88-yard return at Minnesota ties as the 13th longest in school history. Johnson-Koulianos had a 99-yard return for a touchdown at Ohio State in 2009, with that return matching the fourth longest in school history. Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa’s career leader in pass receptions and yards (173-2,616) and he is third with 17 touchdown receptions. His 10 scoring receptions this season tie as the second highest single season total.
Donahue (6-3, 190) averaged 47.5 yards on four punts at Minnesota, with a long of 62 yards. He also had a 52-yard kick, two of his punts were inside the Minnesota 20 and the Gophers had just nine yards on two returns.
Donahue, for the season, averaged 44.6 yards on 51 punts to rank third in the Big Ten and 18th in the nation. Twenty-one of his punts were inside the 20 and Iowa opponents averaged just 4.2 yards on 20 returns. He has five of the 14 longest punts in school history.
Donahue is one of three finalists for the 2010 Ray Guy Award, which goes annually to the top punter in the nation.