Jared DeVries Named Honorary Captain

Oct. 13, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa consensus All-America defensive lineman Jared DeVries has been named honorary captain for Saturday’s game against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes face the Wildcats in a nationally televised game on the Big Ten Network with kickoff set for 6:01 p.m., inside Kinnick Stadium. The game is sold out, which means Iowa has sold out 53 of its last 55 home games.

DeVries, a native of Aplington, Iowa, was a four-year letterman (1995-98) and two-time MVP (1997-98) for the Hawkeyes. He was named the Big Ten’s Lineman of the Year in 1997. Three times (1996-97-98) he was named first team All-Big Ten, and he was a second team All-American as a junior (1997) before gaining consensus All-America honors as a senior.

Devries still holds Iowa records for tackles for loss in a season (22) and career (78) and career quarterback sacks (42). He was a four-year starter, totaling 260 career tackles, a figure that still ranks 25th on the all-time tackle charts. He was the Most Valuable Player in Iowa’s victories in the 1995 Sun Bowl and 1996 Alamo Bowl, and played in the 1998 Senior Bowl All-Star game.

DeVries was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, where he competed for all 12 seasons of his NFL career.

DeVries 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.