Sept. 8, 2014
- Hawkeye Football Game Day
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? Iowa has won five straight non-conference regular season games and six of its last seven regular season games, dating back to last season.
? Iowa’s defense ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally with 17 tackles for loss (61 yards). The Hawkeyes had nine TFL against UNI and eight TFL against Ball State.
? Iowa attempted 55 passes in Week 2 against Ball State. It marked the highest number of pass attempts for an Iowa team under Kirk Ferentz since the 2006 Outback Bowl (55 vs. Florida).
? Iowa’s 35 completions against Ball State were the second most under Kirk Ferentz (36 vs. Indiana in 1999).
? Iowa has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Iowa is the only Big Ten team and one of 13 teams nationally not to allow a rushing touchdown (minimum two games).
? Iowa has seven sacks this year, tied for second in the Big Ten. Iowa has allowed one sack, tied for the fewest in the Big Ten.
? Iowa has 53 first downs, more than any Big Ten team (18 rush, 28 pass, 7 penalty). Iowa has allowed 26 first downs, fewer than any other Big Ten team that has played a minimum two games (Indiana 10, one game).
? Iowa is allowing 13 first downs per game, tied for No. 8 nationally.
? Iowa has not allowed a redzone touchdown. In five trips to the redzone, opponents have been held to five field goals.
? Three true freshmen have seen action — K Mick Ellis, LB Ben Niemann and DB Miles Taylor.
? Iowa has used nine first-time starters in the opening two weeks — three on offense (WR Jacob Hillyer, FB Macon Plewa, OL Sean Welsh) four on defense (DE Nate Meier, LB Bo Bower, DB Greg Mabin, LB Reggie Spearman), and two on special teams (P Dillon Kidd and K Marshall Koehn).
? Iowa has 99 wins since 2002. Only 21 programs across the country have 100 or more wins since the start of the 2002 season.
? QB Jake Rudock is 45 yards from becoming the 11th player in program history to accumulate 3,000 passing yards.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK TROPHY
Iowa Corn is the sponsor of the Cy-Hawk Series and the annual football game between the two schools. Iowa and Iowa State played for the Cy-Hawk Trophy from the time the series resumed in 1977, with the Hawkeyes holding a 24-13 advantage in those games. That Cy-Hawk Trophy was donated to the series by the Des Moines Athletic Club. The Cy-Hawk Trophy currently resides in Iowa as a result of Iowa `s 27-21 victory in Ames City last season. Saturday’s game is the second event in the 11th annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series. Iowa State defeated Iowa in women’s soccer on Sept. 5. The annual series is tied 5-5. The Cy-Hawk Trophy is the first of four trophy games on Iowa’s slate in 2014. Iowa also has trophy games against Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale), Wisconsin (Heartland), and Nebraska (Heroes).
Saturday’s game will mark the 62nd meeting in the series. Iowa holds a 40-21 advantage in the series that began with a 16-8 ISU win in 1894. The Hawkeyes have won 22 of the last 31 meetings. The Hawkeyes won 15 straight games in the series from 1983-1997. Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with a 27-21 win in Ames last season. Iowa holds a 23-13 advantage in games played in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won four straight at Kinnick Stadium before Iowa State’s, 9-6, win in 2012. The teams did not meet between 1935 and 1976. Iowa holds a 24-13 advantage since the series resumed in 1977.
? The game is sold out. Iowa has sold out 62 of its last 75 games and ranked 23rd in national attendance in 2013.
? Saturday will be the second event in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Cyclones currently own a 2-0 advantage after defeating the Iowa women’s soccer team, 2-1, on Sept. 5. Saturday’s football contest is worth three points.
? Iowa’s depth chart includes four native Iowans listed as starters: C Austin Blythe (Williamsburg), LB Bo Bower (West Branch), DE Nate Meier (Tabor), LT Brandon Scherff (Denison).
? Iowa State’s depth chart includes nine native Iowans listed as starters: OL Jake Campos (West Des Moines), OL Jamison Lalk (Council Bluffs), OL Brock Dagel (Cherokee), WR Allen Lazard (Urbandale), DL Brandon Jensen (Ankeny), DL Cory Morrissey (Ames), LB Drake Ferch (State Center), LB Jevohn Miller (Brooklyn), PK Cole Netten (Ankeny).
? Iowa won three of five games against Iowa State during the time that ISU Coach Paul Rhoads was a Cyclone assistant coach (1995-99).
? Iowa is 23-13 all-time against Iowa State in Iowa City.
IOWA VS. THE BIG 12
Iowa holds an all-time record of 55-33 (.625) against current members of the Big 12 Conference, having met all but Baylor and West Virginia at least once. Iowa State is the only Big 12 opponent on the Hawkeye schedule this season.
2004 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS TO BE RECOGNIZED
The University of Iowa is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 Big Ten football championship by recognizing members from the 2004 team on the field after the third quarter Saturday. More than 40 players are expected to be in attendance, including WR Warren Holloway, who was on the receiving end of a 56-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate on the final pay of the 2005 Capital One Bowl. The 2004 Hawkeyes ended the season with eight straight wins and a 10-2 record. Iowa defeated Wisconsin in Kinnick Stadium on the final day of the regular season to earn a share of the Big Ten title. Tate, DE Matt Roth, LB Chad Greenway, and LB Abdul Hodge were named first team all-conference, and head coach Kirk Ferentz was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
OTT NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DE Drew Ott was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Iowa’s 17-13 win over Ball State on Sept. 6. The Big Ten honor is the first for Ott and the first for Iowa this season. He recorded a team and career-high 13 tackles in the win over Ball State, including six solo tackles and seven assists. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. He forced a Ball State fumble in the final minute of the game to seal Iowa’s comeback win. He led an Iowa defense that held Ball State’s offense to six points, 90 net rushing yards and 219 yards total offense. In addition to the Big Ten honor, Ott was also named honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). Iowa senior tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat received the same honor from the CFPA following Iowa’s opening win over Northern Iowa.
2 GAMES FOR THE RECORD BOOK
QB Jake Rudock has passed for more yards (572) through the first two games of the season than any quarterback in program history. His completions (64) and attempts (93) are also more than any other quarterback through two games. As a team, Iowa’s 592 passing yards (66-of-96) are the most through two games since 1985 when Chuck Long and Marc Vlasic threw for a combined 671 yards (44-of-74) against Drake and Northern Illinois. Iowa’s 55 passes in Week 2 against Ball State marked the highest number of pass attempts for an Iowa team under Kirk Ferentz since the 2006 Outback Bowl (55 vs. Florida). Iowa’s 35 completions against Ball State were the second most under Kirk Ferentz (36 vs. Indiana in 1999).
DO NOT ENTER
The Iowa defense ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally with 17 tackles for loss (61 yards). DT Louis Trinca-Pasat shares the Big Ten lead with four TFL. DE Drew Ott ranks No. 3 with 3.5 TFL. Iowa’s defensive line has accounted for 11 TFL (31 yards). The Hawkeyes also rank No. 2 in the Big Ten with seven sacks for 43 yards. The defensive line has four of the seven sacks (Ott, 2; Trinca-Pasat, 1.5; Jaleel Johnson, 0.5).
FIRST TIME STARTERS
Iowa has had nine first-time starters through the first two weeks of the season. OL Sean Welsh, WR Jacob Hillyer, LB Reggie Spearman, LB Bo Bower, CB Greg Mabin, DE Nate Meier, PK Marshall Koehn, and P Dillon Kidd made their first career starts Week 1.FB Macon Plewa made his first career start in Week 2.
UNEXPECTED RUSHING LEADER
Iowa returns its top three rushers from 2013 this season, but through the first two games, none of the three – Mark Weisman, Jordan Canzeri, Damon Bullock — have been Iowa’s single-game leading rusher. Seven Hawkeyes contributed to 151 yards rushing against Northern Iowa, led by WR Tevaun Smith’s 35 yards (1 carry). Six Hawkeyes combined for 113 yards rushing against Ball State, led by QB Jake Rudock’s 36 yards on seven carries. Rudock leads all Hawkeyes with 53 yards on 11 carries. He is 1-of-4 Hawkeyes with at least 10 rushing attempts through the first two games (Weisman, 16-47; Canzeri, 12-48; LeShun Daniels Jr., 12-35).
C Austin Blythe (JR., 6-3, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 25/24
Junior C Austin Blythe is in his second season as Iowa’s starting center. Blythe has started 20 consecutive games. He started both games this year and 13 contests in 2013 at center. He made nine starts at right guard in 2012.
? Center of a line that has allowed just one sack this season, tied for No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally.
? 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award and Rimington Award.
RB Damon Bullock (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 15/12
Senior RB Damon Bullock has 1,027 career rushing yards on 269 carries. He is the 44th player in program history to rush for 1,000 career yards. He rushed for 20 yards as a true freshman in 2011, 513 yards as a sophomore in 2012, and 467 yards as a junior. Iowa’s 44 career 1,000-yard rushers is the eighth most by any FBS school.
? Caught a career-high six passes for 32 yards in last week’s win over Ball State.
? Ranks second on the team with 10 catches (51 yards).
? In 2013, he was Iowa’s third-leading rusher (467 yards), and fourth-leading receiver (20 receptions).
? Rushed for 513 yards in 2012, despite missing six games due to injury.
? Has two career 100-yard rushing games (Northern Illinois, 2012; Northwestern, 2012).
? In the 2012 season opener, Bullock rushed for 150 yards in his first career start.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
QB Jake Rudock (JR., 6-3, 208)
Career Games Played/Starts: 15/15
Junior QB Jake Rudock has started all 15 games at quarterback since the start of the 2013 season. He is 10-5 as a starter, including a 4-1 record on the road and a 6-3 mark at home (0-1 neutral).
? He has passed for more yards (572) through the first two games of the season than any quarterback in program history. His completions (64) and attempts (93) are also more than any other quarterback through two games.
? Ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 286 yards passing per game (64-of-93, 4 TDs, 0 INTs).
? He is one of five FBS quarterbacks with a minimum 75 pass attempts without an interception this season. He is the only FBS quarterback with 90-plus attempts without an interception.
? Set a career high in passing yards (322), completions (33) and attempts (52) in Iowa’s come-from-behind win against Ball State.
? Rushed for a career-high 36 yards on seven carries against Ball State.
? First Big Ten quarterback with 570-plus yards and 60-plus completions through a team’s first two games since Northwestern’s Brett Basanez in 2004.
? He has three career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime (Michigan and Northwestern in 2013, Ball State in 2014). Only five active quarterbacks in NCAA have more game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.
? On Iowa’s final two drives against Ball State, Rudock was 9-for-11 for 81 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards on Iowa’s final two drives. He finished the game with a career-high 322 yards on 33-of-52 passing. He became Iowa’s first QB with 30-plus completions, 300-plus passing yards and no interceptions in a game since Jon Beutjer against Indiana in 2000.
? His 322 passing yards against Ball State rank No. 29 in program history for a single-game.
? Iowa’s leading rusher with 53 yards on 11 carries through two games.
? Completed 31-for-41 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns against Northern Iowa. Rudock distributed the ball to 13 different receivers, the most during the Kirk Ferentz era (1999-2014). It marked only the fourth game by a Big Ten team, since 2000, where at least 13 different players recorded at least one reception.
? His career totals include 268-of-439 pass attempts for 2,955 yards and 22 touchdowns.
? Career passing yards rank No. 12 all-time. He is 45 yards from becoming the 11th player in program history to accumulate 3,000 passing yards.
? Preseason Watch Lists include the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy.
? In 2013, He completed 204-of-346 pass attempts for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed 67 times for 218 yards and five touchdowns.
? In 2013, Rudock was one of 13 quarterbacks to lead their team to two or more game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. Rudock did it twice (Northwestern and Michigan). Only Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (6) had more among Big Ten quarterbacks.
? Threw for a then career-best 256 yards in 2013 season opener against Northern Illinois. Completed 21-of-37 passes, including one touchdown and one interception. The 256 passing yards ties for the fourth-highest by a Hawkeye quarterback making his first career start.
? Led Iowa to four road wins in 2013-14, the highest total for an Iowa starting quarterback since Ricky Stanzi won four games in 2009.
? Ten of Rudock’s 18 touchdown passes in 2013 were 20-plus yards.
? Rushed for five touchdowns in 2013, the highest single-season total by an Iowa quarterback since Nathan Chandler rushed for six touchdowns in 2003.
? 2013 Capital One District Academic All-America first team, Academic All-Big Ten.
LT Brandon Scherff (SR., 6-5, 320)
Career Games Played/Started: 33/25
Senior LT Brandon Scherff has started the last 15 games at left tackle. He was named the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player (offense) following the 2013 season, when he started all 13 games at left tackle and was named second team All-America by Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.
? Left tackle on offensive line that has allowed one sack this season, tied for No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally.
? Anchored offensive line that paved the way for 151 yards rushing and yielded zero sacks against Northern Iowa.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.
? One of five players named to Big Ten West Division Players to Watch.
? Preseason first team All-America by College Sports Madness, USA Today, and Bleacher Report. Second team recognition by SI.com.
? Preseason first team All-Big Ten by Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.
RB Jordan Canzeri (JR., 5-9, 192)
Career Games Played/Starts: 21/1
Junior RB Jordan Canzeri’s 50-yard catch against Ball State is the Hawkeyes’ longest play from scrimmage this season. He rushed for a career-high 481 yards on 67 carries in 2013. He set a single game career-high against Purdue (11/9/13), rushing for 165 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.
? Canzeri averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 2013, a number that ranked seventh in the Big Ten.
? Led Iowa in rushing yards three times last season (5-58 vs. Wisconsin; 20-165 at Purdue; 13-73 vs. Western Michigan).
? His 20 carries against Purdue were two shy of matching his career high of 22 carries, set against Oklahoma at the 2011 Insight Bowl (22-58).
DT Carl Davis (SR., 6-5, 315)
Career Games Played/Started: 32/15
Senior DT Carl Davis has started 15 consecutive games at defensive tackle. He appeared in 17 games before making his first career start in the 2013 season opener. He started all 13 games last season, earning second team All-Big Ten honors.
? Recorded eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss (2 yards), against Ball State. Recovered a fumble on Ball State’s final possession to seal the win for Iowa.
? Anchors a defensive line that ranks third in rush defense. Iowa is only Big Ten team not to allow a rushing score this season.
? Was one of nine Hawkeyes to register a tackle for loss against Northern Iowa.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award, and Bednarik Award.
? Preseason first team All-Big Ten by Sporting News, College Sports Madness and Athlon Sports.
? Preseason third team All-America by College Sports Madness and Phil Steele.
SS John Lowdermilk (SR., 6-2, 210)
Career Games Played/Started: 37/15
Senior SS John Lowdermilk has started 15 consecutive games at strong safety. In 2013, he ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and one interception.
? His 12 tackles rank fifth on the team. He has one pass break-up and 0.5 tackles for loss.
? Had his first career interception and 71-yard return vs. LSU in 2014 Outback Bowl.
? 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.
CB Desmond King (SO., 5-11, 190)
Career Games Played/Starts: 15/14
Sophomore CB Desmond King has started 14 consecutive games since entering the starting lineup in Week 2 of his true freshman season. In 2013, he appeared in all 13 games and started the final 12. He had 69 tackles, eight break-ups, and two fumble recoveries. His 69 tackles were the most of any Big Ten freshman.
? Credited with five tackles and a pass break-up against Northern Iowa. Recorded three tackles against Ball State.
? Averaged 6.1 tackles in Big Ten games in 2013. Only Nebraska LB Michael Rose (6.9) averaged more tackles among league freshman last year. His 69 tackles tied for fifth best on the team.
? Made his career debut in the 2013 season opener against Northern Illinois, appearing at defensive back and recording four tackles.
? Became the first Iowa true freshman to start on defense since James Morris (vs. Michigan State, Oct. 30, 2012), and the first rookie to start at defensive back since Jovon Johnson (2002).
? One of four true freshmen to see action in 2014.
? Preseason third team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness. Preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
FS Jordan Lomax (JR., 6-5-10, 200)
Career Games Played/Started: 22/3
Junior FS Jordan Lomax moved from cornerback to safety during 2013 spring practice. He started the opening game of 2013 at DB, but missed four games due to injury. He has started both games this season at free safety, recording a career-high nine tackles in both contests.
? His 18 tackles tie for the team lead and rank No. 11 in the Big Ten.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 40/25
Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley leads Iowa and ranks second in the Big Ten with 16 receptions. Six of his 16 catches have been first downs. His 138 career receptions rank No. 8 in program history, and his 1,414 receiving yards rank 22nd all-time. He needs 36 catches to break Iowa’s all-time receptions record ( Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173).
? Caught a game-high eight passes for 70 yards against Ball State.
? Caught a game-high eight passes for 62 yards against Northern Iowa.
? Led Iowa in receiving yards in 2012 and 2013. His 132 receiving yards lead Iowa in 2014. Since 1943, only three players have led Iowa in receiving yards in three straight seasons (Jim Gibbons, 1955-57; Tim Dwight, 1995-97; Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 2007-09).
? He needs one reception to tie WR Tim Dwight for No. 7 on the all-time receptions list.
? Has caught at least one pass in 31 of the last 32 games. He had a reception in 23 consecutive games before leaving the Michigan State (10/5/13) contest with a leg injury and without a reception.
? Led Iowa with 40 receptions and 388 receiving yards in 2013.
? He ranked second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in punt return average (15.7) in 2013. He had 20 returns for 314 yards and two touchdowns last season. Iowa led the Big Ten, averaging 14.0 yards per punt return.
? Had consecutive punt return touchdowns of 83 and 63 yards against Western Michigan in 2013, becoming the first Big Ten player to ever return back-to-back-punts for touchdowns, and the first Iowa player to return two punts for a touchdown in a single game.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Paul Hornung Award and CFPA Punt Returner Trophy. Phil Steele second team All-America and first team All-Big Ten specialist. Second team All-Big Ten specialist, fourth team All-Big Ten receiver by Athlon Sports. Second team All-Big Ten specialist by College Sports Madness.
TE Jake Duzey (JR., 6-4, 245)
Career Games Played/Starts: 26/7
Junior TE Jake Duzey caught the game-winning touchdown pass (12 yards) from QB Jake Rudock with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter against Ball State last week. Duzey has started both of Iowa’s games at tight end, and is tied for second on the team with 10 receptions.
? Caught a career-high seven passes for 34 yards against Northern Iowa.
? His 138 receiving yards against Ohio State in 2013 are the most by a tight end in the Kirk Ferentz era, and the most by a Hawkeye since Marvin McNutt had 151 yards on nine catches at Purdue in 2011.
? His 85-yard touchdown reception is the ninth-longest in school history, and the third-longest by a tight end (Dallas Clark, 95 yards vs. Purdue in 2002). It was also the third-longest pass-play in the Big Ten in 2013.
? Caught three passes for 58 yards in the Outback Bowl.
DE Drew Ott (JR., 6-4, 270)
Career Games Played/Started: 20/14
Junior DE Drew Ott has started 14 of the last 15 games at defensive end, including both games this season. He has 3.5 tackles for loss. Only teammate Louis Trinca-Pasat and Penn State’s Anthony Zettel (4) have more TFL in the Big Ten.
? Ott recorded a career-high and game-high 13 tackles against Ball State, including 2.5 TFL, one sack, and a forced fumble. He forced a fumble (recovered by Carl Davis) on Ball State’s final offensive play of the game to seal the Iowa victory.
? Named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8 following his performance against Ball State.
? In addition to the Big Ten honor, he was also named honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
? His 17 tackles rank third on the team and tie for 15th in the Big Ten.
DT Louis Trinca-Pasat (SR., 6-3, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 28/27
Senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has started 27 straight games, more than any other Hawkeyes. All games have been at defensive tackle, dating back to the 2012 season opener. ? His 18 tackles tie for the team lead (Jordan Lomax) and rank 11th in the Big Ten. He has more tackles than any other lineman in the conference. Only Washington DL Danny Shelton has more tackles (24) among NCAA defensive linemen.
? His four tackles for loss tie for the Big Ten lead and rank No. 7 nationally.
? Recorded eight tackles, including one for loss (1 yard), against Ball State.
? Recorded career bests in against Northern Iowa in tackles (10), sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (3/-9 yards). He also registered a pass break-up against the Panthers. Trinca-Pasat was 1-of-3 FBS defensive linemen to post 10-plus tackles and three-plus TFL’s in Week 1. His efforts earned him College Football Performance Awards national honorable mention for defensive linemen on Sept. 1.
? 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention. Two-time Academic All-Big Ten.
? Preseason second team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports.
? In 2013, he led all Iowa defensive linemen and ranked third on the team with eight tackles for loss.
OL Jordan Walsh (JR., 6-4, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 22/16
Junior OG Jordan Walsh has made 15 consecutive starts at right guard. He has 15 career starts at right guard and one at left guard. He is on Phil Steele’s preseason All-Big Ten second team, and Athlon Sports All-Big Ten fourth team.
? Right guard on offensive line that has allowed one sack this season, tied for No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally.
RB Mark Weisman (SR., 6-0, 240)
Career Games Played/Starts: 25/24
Senior RB Mark Weisman rushed for 975 yards on 227 carries in 2013. He was 25 yards shy of becoming the 14th player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. His 975 yards ranked 18th in single-season history. Weisman has 1,837 career rushing yards, a number that ranks 14th all-time in program history.
? In 2013, he led Iowa in rushing yards (975) for the second straight season and matched his career high with a team-best eight touchdowns. He led Iowa with 815 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.
? Rushed for 100 or more yards four times in 2013, and has eight career 100-yard games.
? Ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 227 rush attempts in 2013.
? Carried a career-high 35 times against Iowa State (9/14/13), the highest single-game total by a Big Ten back last season and the sixth most in program history.
? Preseason Watch Lists include CFPA Running Back Trophy. Preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
? 2013 Academic All-Big Ten.
GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
? The Hawkeyes open Big Ten play at Purdue on Sept. 27. This marks the 12th time in Kirk Ferentz’s 16 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes open the conference season on the road.
? Iowa will face Maryland on Oct. 18 at College Park, Maryland. It is the first meeting between the teams.
? The Hawkeyes do not face Big Ten opponents Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
? Iowa’s Homecoming game is Oct. 11 against Indiana. Iowa is 55-42-5 all-time in Homecoming contests, and has won four of its last five Homecoming games.
? Iowa has four trophy games on its schedule in 2014: Iowa State (Cy-Hawk), Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale), Wisconsin (Heartland), and Nebraska (Heroes). The Hawkeyes currently have possession of the Cy-Hawk, Floyd of Rosedale, and Heroes trophies.
RETURNING STAT LEADERS
Iowa returns its leading passer, rusher, and receiver for the first time since 2010. QB Jake Rudock (2,383 yards), RB Mark Weisman (975 yards), and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (388 yards) led Iowa in those three respective offensive categories last season. In 2010, QB Ricky Stanzi, RB Adam Robinson, and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned to the Hawkeyes after leading the team in passing, rushing, and receiving yards the previous year. The Hawkeyes also return their leading punter (Connor Kornbrath, 40.0) and punt returner (Martin-Manley, 15.7), but have opened the season with new players at both positions. WR Matt VandeBerg has returned four punts for 33 yards (8.2 average), while junior P Dillon Kidd has averaged 36.6 yards on nine punts.
ALL ABOARD TO KINNICK STADIUM!
The Hawkeye Express, the engine and club cars that transport fans from Coralville to Kinnick Stadium, is available for those fans traveling to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. The Hawkeye Express is in its 11th season. Adults can ride the train for $12, while children (12-and-under) ride for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UI Ticket Office or on game day at the Hawkeye Express depot. Media credentials are accepted as well. Free parking is located in lots near the Comfort Suites and Coral Ridge Mall. Fans can begin boarding the train in Coralville four hours prior to kickoff. Return trips begin at the start of the fourth period and run 90 minutes after the game. The Hawkeye Express is owned by the Iowa Northern Railway Company.
FERENTZ THIRD IN LONGEVITY
Kirk Ferentz is in his 16th season as Iowa’s head football coach and ranks third in longevity among FBS head coaches. Ferentz is first among Big Ten coaches and nationally ranks behind Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer and Larry Blakeney of Troy. Ferentz is tied for third with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma.
HAWKEYES GOOD ON THE POINT AFTER
The Hawkeyes have converted on 129 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 44 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the second-longest streak of any school in the nation (Illinois).
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
? There are 24 Hawkeyes currently active in the NFL.
? At least one Iowa Hawkeye has been selected in every NFL Draft since 1978.
? Since 2010, Iowa has had 22 players drafted in the NFL. Among Big Ten teams, only Ohio State (23) has more. Iowa has had three first round picks in the last five NFL drafts, only Wisconsin (4) has more among league teams.
? Iowa had 18 players drafted from 2010-12. Six Hawkeyes were drafted in each of those years, including three first round picks (OL Bryan Bulaga, 2010; DE Adrian Clayborn, 2011; OL Riley Reiff, 2012).
? Iowa and Alabama were the only two college football programs to have a first round draft selection following the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.
? Iowa had six players drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, which tied for the most in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the country.
? In NFL 2011 regular season statistics, former Hawkeye linebackers Chad Greenway (Minnesota) and Pat Angerer (Indianapolis) finished third and fourth, respectively, in tackles.
? Former Hawkeyes Marshal Yanda (Baltimore OL) and Chad Greenway (Minnesota LB) were named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their respective NFL careers in 2012.
? Three former Hawkeyes were involved in the 2012 Super Bowl. DB Tyler Sash played for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, while LB Jeff Tarpinian was on the injured reserve roster of the New England Patriots. Former Iowa center Brian Ferentz, now is his second year as Iowa’s offensive line coach, was New England’s tight ends coach.
? Former Iowa DB Sean Considine and OL Marshal Yanda won Super Bowl rings with the 2012 Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 Super Bowl.
? Every Iowa senior starting tight end (10) under Kirk Ferentz has been drafted in the NFL or made an NFL team in his first year as a rookie.
? All 11 members of Iowa’s starting defensive unit in 2008 were either drafted or signed to NFL free agent contracts following the drafts.
? Over the past 12 years, 114-of-128 (89 percent) of Iowa’s senior starters have been drafted in the NFL or signed NFL free agent contracts.
Iowa has played 1,182 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 608-535-39 (.530). That includes a 384-210-16 (.642) record in home games, a 224-325-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 302-362-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 267-174-15 (.601) record in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa’s roster includes 119 players from 20 states and one foreign country. Among Big Ten schools, only Nebraska (25) and Penn State (21) have a larger footprint in the United States. Of the Hawkeyes’ 119 players, 40 are from Iowa. The roster includes 19 players from Illinois; 10 from Ohio; seven from Maryland, six from Michigan and Texas; four from Missouri, New Jersey and Florida; three from Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin; two from Canada; one from Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia; and three from Canada.
WE WILL RECEIVE
In 16 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeye received the opening kickoff in 152-of-189 games (90-62). Iowa has started the game on defense in 37-of-189 games under Ferentz (20-17).
IOWA AMONG TOP 25 IN WINS, 2002-14
Iowa has posted 99 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 22nd highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (137); Oklahoma (131); Ohio State (130); USC (128); LSU (128); Texas (121); Georgia (119); Virginia Tech (118); Alabama (117); TCU (115); Oregon (115); Florida State (113); Wisconsin (112); Florida (111); Auburn (111); West Virginia (107); Virginia (107); Utah (105); Nebraska (103); Texas Tech (102); Miami, FL (100); Iowa (99); Michigan (98); Boston College (93).
Iowa has seven players on its roster whose father played for the Hawkeyes. The seven legacy players ties Tennessee for the third most on any one team in the country in 2014. California and Idaho each have eight legacy players, while Tennessee has seven. WR Brandon Bishop (Willie in 1984-86), OL Cole Croston (Dave in 1984-86), OL Mitch Keppy (Myron in 1986-87), LS Tyler Kluver (Todd in 1986-87), TE George Kittle (Bruce in 1977-80), TE Peter Pekar (Jim in 1980-81), and LB Andrew Cerney (Tim in 1971-73).
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
? Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009. Iowa (8-0, 2002) is one of three Big Ten teams to post a perfect mark in conference play since 1998 (BCS era).
? Iowa has ranked in the top 10 in the final Associated Press and CNN/USA Today coaches polls in four of the past 11 seasons, including a ranking of seventh in both polls at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Iowa ranked eighth in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the Hawkeyes were also 20th in 2008.
? Iowa established a school record with 11 wins in 2002 (11-2) and matched that record in 2009. In 2009, Iowa started 9-0 and won 10 regular season games for just the fourth time in school history. ? Iowa won 10 or more games in three consecutive years (2002-04) for the first time in school history.
? Kirk Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2004 & 2009) and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2002. Ferentz joins Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (four), Iowa’s Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
? Iowa has had national award winners in: Robert Gallery (2003 Outland, Top Lineman); Brad Banks (2002 Davey O’Brien, Top Quarterback; 2002 Associated Press National Player of the Year); Dallas Clark (2002 Mackey, Top Tight End); Nate Kaeding (2002 Groza, Top Kicker); Shonn Greene (2008 Doak Walker, Top Running Back).
? Iowa has appeared in the final Associated Press poll 22 times in program history, a total that ranks 25th-best in the country.
? Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade was 80-45 (.640), a record that ranks as the best decade in Iowa football history, based on total wins. Iowa posted a record of 77-40-4 (.652) during the 1980’s and the Hawkeyes were 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990’s.
? Part of the Hawkeye’s long term success is due to the stability in the program. Iowa has had just two head coaches since 1979. Hayden Fry took over prior to the 1979 season and coached through the 1998 season, posting a record of 143-89-6. Current coach Kirk Ferentz replaced Fry, leading the program for the last 15-plus seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
? Iowa fans are known for their support of Hawkeye athletics, and the attendance figures from 2012-13 support that claim. Iowa was one of four programs in the nation to rank among the top 25 in attendance for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball events in 2013-14. In addition, Iowa was the only program in the nation to rank among the top 25 in attendance a year ago in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and wrestling. Iowa sold an estimated 11,000 tickets to the 2014 Outback Bowl, with more than 15,000 Hawkeye fans attending the game in Tampa. Iowa sold 95-percent of it bowl game ticket allotment, the highest percentage of any bowl team.
IOWA BOWL NOTES
Iowa has appeared in 27 bowl games with a record of 14-12-1 (.537). The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Outback (four), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), Insight (two), and the Capital One, Gator and Freedom bowls once.
? Iowa has been bowl eligible 12 of the last 13 seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff.
? Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State and Michigan have received a conference-best 42 bowl bids, followed by the Hawkeyes (27) and Wisconsin (24). All four schools were bowl-eligible in 2013.
? The Hawkeyes have appeared in 11 bowl games since 2001.
? Iowa (14-12-1, .537), Penn State (27-15-2, .636) and Purdue (9-8, .529) are the only Big Ten teams with a positive winning percentage in bowl games.
? During the BCS bowl era (1998-2013), the Big Ten qualified 27 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Eight different Big Ten programs played in BCS bowl games, including two appearances by Iowa (1-1).
Fullback Adam Cox and defensive lineman Darian Cooper have suffered season-ending injuries and will not play in 2014. Wide receiver Riley McCarron and linebacker Josey Jewell are out of action indefinitely due to injury.
ADDED TO SCHOLARSHIP LIST
Four Hawkeye players have been granted scholarships after originally joining the football program as walk-ons. Those players include fullbacks Adam Cox and Macon Plewa, linebacker Bo Bower and offensive lineman Boone Myers.
Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each Wednesday night. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.
Tickets remain for four of Iowa’s five remaining home games. The Iowa State game is sold out, but tickets for Iowa’s four Big Ten Conference games can be ordered online at hawkeyesports.com, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the UI athletics ticket office located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
? Youth tickets ($25) are available for games versus Indiana and Northwestern.
? Capacity at Kinnick Stadium is 70,585. Iowa has sold out 62 of its last 75 games and ranked 23rd in national attendance in 2013.
Iowa travels to Pittsburgh for its first road game of the season Sept. 20. The game will be televised on ESPN or ESPNU at 11 a.m. (CT).