July 11, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three members of the University of Iowa football team have garnered more preseason recognition. Junior offensive lineman Riley Reiff and senior defensive back Shaun Prater have been included in Rivals.com Top 100 Players Countdown and senior wide receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr. has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list (nation’s top receiver).
Reiff was No. 49 on the Countdown and Prater was named No. 70.
Reiff (6-6, 300) has been named a preseason All-American by four media outlets and has been named to the Outland Trophy (nation’s best interior lineman) watch list. He was one of five linemen nationwide selected to the Playboy magazine All-America team. The Parkston, S.D., native was also named a second-team preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services (CDS) and third-team All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. Reiff was a first-team All-Big Ten preseason pick by Lindy’s and Athlon Sports. He started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes in 2010 and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Prater, an Omaha, Neb., native, was honored by Lindy’s and Athlon Sports as a second team All-American and an honorable mention preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services (CDS). The cornerback was also named preseason first team All-Big Ten by Lindy’s, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. He was named to the Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) watch list and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player) watch list last week. Prater (5-11, 180) intercepted four passes in 2010 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media.
McNutt, Jr., a 6-4 wide receiver from St. Louis, was previously named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America team and the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) watch list. He started all 13 games last year en route to second team All-Big Ten honors. McNutt, Jr. led Iowa in receptions (53) and yards (861) and was second in touchdown receptions (eight). He has accumulated 16 career receiving touchdowns, tying him for the fourth-most in Iowa history.
Iowa opens its 2011 season against Tennessee Tech on Sept. 3 at Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is 11 a.m., CT (BTN HD).