44 Former Hawkeyes on NFL Rosters

Aug. 16, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football team has 44 former players in NFL training camps. The total ranks as the seventh-highest of any school in the country and the second-most in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (49).

Hawkeye squads typically are very solid in the trenches. No surprise that the positions best represented in the NFL are defensive line (nine players) and offensive line (11 players). Two former Hawkeye defensive line standouts, Matt Kroul of the New York Jets and Bryan Mattison of the Baltimore Ravens, have moved to offensive line for their respective teams. Eight former Iowa defensive backs, six linebackers and five former tight ends are also found on NFL rosters.

Special teams, another standout area under Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, are also well represented in the NFL. Two former Hawkeye punters, 11-year NFL veteran Jason Baker and rookie Ryan Donahue, are on rosters. All-Pro kicker Nate Kaeding of the San Diego Chargers returns for his eighth season. Long snapper Andrew Schulze is in his first season with the Atlanta Falcons.

Kansas City Chief Casey Wiegmann is the longest-tenured former Hawkeye. He is in his 16th year. Twelve players from Iowa’s 2010 squad are currently on NFL rosters.

Former Hawkeye football players are represented on 24 of the 32 NFL teams. The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings each have four former Hawkeyes on their rosters. In addition, five former Hawkeyes with NFL experience are listed as NFL free agents: Ladell Betts, Jared DeVries, Abdul Hodge, Ken Iwebema and Albert Young.

The Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 3, hosting Tennessee Tech (11 a.m., BTN HD).

Player Pos. Current Team NFL Service
Pat Angerer LB Indianapolis Colts 1 year
Jonathan Babineaux DL Atlanta Falcons 6 years
Jason Baker P Carolina Panthers 10 years
Christian Ballard DL Minnesota Vikings 1st year
Rob Bruggeman OL Atlanta Falcons 2 years
Bryan Bulaga OL Green Bay Packers 1 year
Kyle Calloway OL Baltimore Ravens 1 year
Scott Chandler TE Buffalo Bills 4 years
Dallas Clark TE Indianapolis Colts 8 years
Adrian Clayborn DL Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1st year
Colin Cole DL Seattle Seahawks 8 years
Sean Considine DB Carolina Panthers 6 years
Ryan Donahue P Detroit Lions 1st year
A.J. Edds LB Miami Dolphins 1 year
Bradley Fletcher DB St. Louis Rams 2 years
Robert Gallery OL Seattle Seahawks 7 years
Charles Godfrey DB Carolina Panthers 3 years
Shonn Greene RB New York Jets 2 years
Chad Greenway LB Minnesota Vikings 5 years
Brett Greenwood DB Pittsburgh Steelers 1st year
Jeremiha Hunter LB New Orleans Saints 1st year
Nate Kaeding PK San Diego Chargers 7 years
Aaron Kampman DL Jacksonville Jaguars 9 years
Mitch King DL New Orleans Saints 2 years
Karl Klug DL Tennessee Titans 1st year
Matt Kroul OL New York Jets 2 years
Bryan Mattison OL Baltimore Ravens 3 years
Tony Moeaki TE Kansas City Chiefs 1 year
Brandon Myers TE Oakland Raiders 2 years
Seth Olsen OL Minnesota Vikings 2 years
Marcus Paschal DB Baltimore Ravens 4 years
Allen Reisner TE Minnesota Vikings 1st year
Derreck Robinson DL Cleveland Browns 6 years
Matt Roth DL Jacksonville Jaguars 6 years
Bob Sanders DB San Diego Chargers 7 years
Tyler Sash DB New York Giants 1st year
Andrew Schulze LS Atlanta Falcons 1st year
Amari Spievey DB Detroit Lions 1 year
Ricky Stanzi QB Kansas City Chiefs 1st year
Eric Steinbach OL Cleveland Browns 8 years
Jeff Tarpinian LB New England Patriots 1st year
Julian Vandervelde OL Philadelphia Eagles 1st year
Casey Wiegmann OL Kansas City Chiefs 15 years
Marshal Yanda OL Baltimore Ravens 4 years