Sept. 22, 2014
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? Iowa has won three straight and five of its last six on the road. The Hawkeyes have won three consecutive road games, dating back to last season, for the first time since 2009, when they won their first four road games of the season.
? For the second time in school history, and first time since 1948, Iowa opened the season with four games decided by one possession (W, 31-23, W, 17-13; L, 20-17; W, 24-20). Iowa is the only FBS school to play four games decided by eight or fewer points this season.
? Iowa’s quarterback duo of Jake Rudock (66.9) and C.J. Beathard (81.8) has combined for a 68.1 completion percentage, the highest percentage in the Big Ten.
? Fifteen Hawkeyes have caught at least one pass this season (six receivers, six backs, three tight ends). The Hawkeyes have had 10 or more players record at least one catch in each of their three wins.
? Iowa has converted six fourth-down attempts, more than any other Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes have scored two touchdowns on fourth down (1 pass, 1 rush).
? Iowa has converted three fourth-down attempts in each of its last two games. In Kirk Ferentz’ previous 189 games, the Hawkeyes had three games with three fourth-down conversions.
? Iowa has converted 46.7 percent of its third-down attempts (28-60), the fourth best average in the Big Ten.
? Iowa is 2-0 when trailing at halftime this year (trailed Ball State 7-3, trailed Pitt 17-7).
? Iowa has 100 wins since 2002. Only 21 programs across the country have 100 or more wins since the start of the 2002 season.
? Iowa has two fourth-quarter comebacks this season (Ball State and Pitt). Iowa erased a 10-point deficit to defeat Ball State, 17-13, at home, and rallied from down 17-7 to win at Pitt, 24-20.
? Iowa’s win at Pitt was its first road win after trailing by 10 or more points in the second half during the Ferentz era.
? QB Jake Rudock has 3,181 career passing yards, the 10th highest total in school history.
? RB Mark Weisman is on the verge of becoming just the sixth player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards and 20 career rushing touchdowns. He has 1,974 career rushing yards, and 20 career rushing touchdowns.
? WR Kevonte Martin-Manley leads Iowa and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 21 receptions. He needs 31 catches to break Iowa’s all-time receptions record ( Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173).
? Iowa has won the coin toss and elected to receive in all four games.
? Iowa has used 11 first-time starters — three on offense (WR Jacob Hillyer, FB Macon Plewa, OL Sean Welsh) six on defense (DE Nate Meier, LB Bo Bower, CB Maurice Fleming, FS Anthony Gair, CB Greg Mabin, LB Reggie Spearman), and two on special teams (P Dillon Kidd and K Marshall Koehn).
? Three true freshmen have seen action — K Mick Ellis, LB Ben Niemann and DB Miles Taylor.
? Iowa opens the Big Ten season on the road for the 12th time in Kirk Ferentz‘ 16 season as head coach.
? Iowa left Purdue in 2013 with a 38-14 win. It marked the 300th Big Ten win in school history, and the sixth win of the season, making Iowa bowl eligible for the 12th time in 13 seasons.
? The Hawkeyes are opening the Big Ten season against Purdue for the first time since 1951 (L, 34-30 at Purdue).
? Iowa has won its last two trips to West Lafayette.
? Former linebacker turned fullback John Kenny is the only Indiana native on the Iowa roster. Kenny is a redshirt freshman from Carmel, Indiana, 63 miles southeast of West Lafayette. Purdue has no Iowa natives on its roster.
? Iowa and Purdue have two of the top receiving tight ends in the conference. Purdue’s Justin Sinz leads all conference tight ends with 16 catches. Iowa’s Jake Duzey has 12 catches, No. 2 among Big Ten tight ends.
? Purdue averages 24.6 yards on kickoff returns. Iowa PK Marshall Koehn leads the country in touchbacks on kickoffs.
? The Boilermakers rank second in the Big Ten in punt return average (16.8). Iowa opponents have returned just two punts all season (22 yards), tied for the lowest total in the conference.
? Iowa leads the Big Ten in fourth-down conversions (6-for-7), while Purdue’s defense has not allowed a fourth down conversion in four attempts. The Purdue offense leads the conference in fourth-down attempts (4-for-11).
? Purdue ranks third in the conference with 11 sacks. The Hawkeyes have surrendered five sacks, tied for sixth in the Big Ten. Four of Iowa’s five sacks allowed came in one game (Iowa State). Purdue’s Ryan Watson leads the Big Ten with 4.0 sacks.
? Purdue has allowed seven rushing touchdowns this year, more than any other Big Ten team.
? Iowa PK Marshall Koehn and Purdue PK Paul Griggs have both connected on field goals this season beyond 50 yards. Koehn’s 52-yarder at Pitt is the longest in the Big Ten this year. Griggs has connected from 51 yards. Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone is the only other league kicker with a field goal of 50-plus yards.
HAWKEYES JOIN 100 CLUB
Iowa has posted 100 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 (139); Oklahoma (133); Ohio State (131); LSU (129); USC (128); Texas (121); Georgia (120); Alabama (119); Virginia Tech (118); Oregon (117); TCU (116); Florida State (114); Wisconsin (113); Florida (112); Auburn (112); West Virginia (108); Virginia (108); Utah (106); Nebraska (105); Texas Tech (102); Miami, FL (101); Iowa (100); Michigan (99); Boston College (95).
Purdue holds a 46-35-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last eight and 18 of the last 25 meetings. Purdue owns a 27-16-1 advantage in games played in West Lafayette, but Iowa has won its last two trips to Purdue, 31-21, in 2011, and 38-14 in 2013. Iowa has not made trips to Purdue in consecutive years since 1988 and 1989, both Iowa wins. Iowa and the Boilermakers battled to a 21-21 tie at West Lafayette in 1994. That game marks the last tie game for Iowa before the college football tie-breaker system was put in place.
45 CHASES 20-2,000 CLUB
Senior RB Mark Weisman is on the verge of becoming just the seventh player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards and 20 career rushing touchdowns. The other six include Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young, Tavian Banks, Owen Gill, and Ronnie Harmon. In 27 career games, Weisman has scored 20 rushing touchdowns and rushed for 1,974 yards. He would be the only player on the list to reach the milestones in only three seasons. After spending the 2010 season at Air Force, Weisman joined the Hawkeyes as a walk-on and redshirted in 2011. He saw his first action as a sophomore in 2012.
46 AND COUNTING
The Hawkeyes have played 46 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the longest streak of any school in the nation. Iowa has converted on 134 consecutive PATs during the streak.
KOEHN No. 1 ON KICKOFFS
Junior K Marshall Koehn leads the nation in touchbacks recording a touchback on 16 of his 19 kickoffs (84.2 percent). His 16 touchbacks lead the Big Ten, and he is averaging a conference-best 64.6 yards on kickoffs.
? Koehn is perfect on four PAT attempts this season, and has connected on 4-of-7 field goal attempts.
? Connected on a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter (0:48) at Pitt. It was a career long and ties for the eighth longest in school history. It was Iowa’s longest field goal since All-American Nate Kaeding split the uprights from 55 yards against Minnesota in 2003.
? Koehn’s 52-yard field goal at PItt is the longest field goal in the Big Ten this season. Since Heinz Field opened in 2001, Division I kickers are 4-for-16 from 50-plus yards.
? Hit a game-tying 44-yard field goal in the fourth quarter (4:08) against Iowa State.
QB Jake Rudock (JR., 6-3, 208)
Career Games Played/Starts: 17/17
Junior QB Jake Rudock has started all 17 games at quarterback since the start of the 2013 season. He started Iowa’s game at Pitt on Sept. 20, but did not play in the second half. Iowa is 5-1 on the road in games Rudock starts.
? He is 11-6 as a starter, including a 5-1 record on the road and a 6-4 mark at home (0-1 neutral).
? 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.
? Among Iowa’s all-time career passing leaders. He threw for 80 yards against Pitt, raising his career total to 3,181 career passing yards, the 10th highest total in school history. He passed for more yards (572) through the first two games of the season than any quarterback in program history.
? 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.
? 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 289-of-473 pass attempts for 3,181 yards and 23 touchdowns.
? Preseason Watch Lists include the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy.
? 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.
? 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. He scored his first touchdown of the season vs. Iowa State.
? 2013 Capital One District Academic All-America first team, Academic All-Big Ten.
QB C.J. Beathard (SO., 6-2, 203)
Career Games Played/Starts: 7/0
Sophomore QB C.J. Beathard started the second half at Pitt and led Iowa on three straight scoring drives to start the second half (TD, FG, TD). He was 7-for-8 for 98 yards on Iowa’s three scoring drives. The seven completion and 98 yards passing are career highs.
? His 62-yard completion to WR Damond Powell in the third quarter at Pitt was a career long for Beathard, and Iowa’s longest play this season.
? Led Iowa on a seven-play, season-long 94-yard touchdown drive to open the second half at Pitt.
? He was 9-27 for 179 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in five appearances in 2013.
? He was 2-of-3 passing for 20 yards this season entering the Pitt game.
RB Jordan Canzeri (JR., 5-9, 192)
Career Games Played/Starts: 23/2
Junior RB Jordan Canzeri ranks second on the team with 228 all-purpose yards, including 89 yards rushing, 66 yards receiving, and 73 yards in kickoff returns.
? Made his second career start Sept. 20 at Pitt. It was his first start since the 2012 Insight Bowl.
? Had a career-long 50-yard catch against Ball State.
? 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).
RB Damon Bullock (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 29/12
Senior RB Damon Bullock ranks second on the team, and leads all Big Ten running backs, with 15 receptions. He set a career high with 20 receptions for 173 yards in 2013.
? Caught a career-high six passes for 32 yards in Iowa’s win over Ball State.
? Has 1,052 career rushing yards on 283 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.
? 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.
LT Brandon Scherff (SR., 6-5, 320)
Career Games Played/Started: 35/27
Senior LT Brandon Scherff has started the last 17 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.
? 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.
LB Quinton Alston (SO., 6-2, 203)
Career Games Played/Starts: 37/5
Senior LB Quinton Alston has started all four games this season and ranks second on the team with 30 tackles. He entered the year with one career start (at Michigan, 2012).
? Recorded a career high 10 tackles against Iowa State.
? Recorded the first sack of his career against Northern Iowa.
DT Carl Davis (SR., 6-5, 315)
Career Games Played/Started: 34/17
Senior DT Carl Davis has started 17 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.
? 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: 39/17
Senior SS John Lowdermilk has started 17 consecutive games at strong safety. His 29 tackles rank third on the team and 13th in the Big Ten. He has one pass break-up and 1.5 tackles for loss.
? Matched his career high with 11 tackles at Pittsburgh.
? In 2013, he ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and one interception.
? 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: 17/16
Sophomore CB Desmond King has started 16 consecutive games since entering the starting lineup in Week 2 of his true freshman season.
? Recorded four tackles, including one for a loss (2 yards), and a pass break-up at Pitt.
? Recorded five tackles against Iowa State.
? Credited with five tackles and a pass break-up against Northern Iowa.
? Recorded three tackles against Ball State.
? In 2013, appeared in all 13 games and started the final 12.
? Had 69 tackles, eight break-ups, and two fumble recoveries in 2013. His 69 tackles were the most of any Big Ten freshman.
? 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.
TE Jake Duzey (JR., 6-4, 245)
Career Games Played/Starts: 28/9
Junior TE Jake Duzey has started the last two games. He caught the game-winning touchdown pass (12 yards) from QB Jake Rudock with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter against Ball State on Sept. 6.
? Ranks fourth on the team with 12 receptions. Among Big Ten tight ends, only Purdue’s Justin Sinz has more receptions (16).
? 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 2014 Outback Bowl.
C Austin Blythe (JR., 6-3, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 27/26
Junior C Austin Blythe is in his second season as Iowa’s starting center. Blythe has started 22 consecutive games. He started all 17 games at center since the 2013 season opener. He made nine starts at right guard in 2012.
? 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award and Rimington Award.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 42/26
Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley leads Iowa and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 21 receptions. Eight of his 21 catches have been first downs. His 143 career receptions rank No. 7 in program history, and his 1,440 receiving yards rank 21st all-time. He needs 31 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 147 receiving yards lead Iowa in 2014. Since 1943, only three players have led Iowa in receiving yards three straight seasons (Jim Gibbons, 1955-57; Tim Dwight, 1995-97; Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 2007-09).
? He needs three receptions to tie Ronnie Harmon and Danan Hughes (146) for No. 5 on the all-time receptions list.
? Has caught at least one pass in 33 of the last 34 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.
DE Drew Ott (JR., 6-4, 270)
Career Games Played/Started: 32/16
Junior DE Drew Ott leads Iowa with 3.0 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. He has started 16 of the last 17 games at defensive end, including all four games this season.
? His 4.5 tackles for loss tie for eighth in the Big Ten.
? He leads Iowa with 3.0 sacks (17 yards). He entered the season with 4.5 career sacks, including a then-season best 2.5 sacks in 2013.
? 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).
DT Louis Trinca-Pasat (SR., 6-3, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 30/29
Senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has started 29 straight games, more than any other Hawkeye. All games have been at defensive tackle, dating back to the 2012 season opener.
? His 31 tackles tie for second on the team and rank 10th in the Big Ten. He has more tackles than any other lineman in the conference. Only Washington DL Danny Shelton has more tackles (40) among NCAA defensive linemen.
? He is nine tackles shy of matching a single-season career best. He recorded 40 tackles in 2012 and 38 in 2013.
? His 4.0 tackles for loss rank 11th in the Big Ten.
? Recorded eight tackles at Pitt.
? Recorded eight tackles, including one for loss (1 yard), against Ball State.
? Recorded career bests 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: 24/18
Junior OG Jordan Walsh has made 17 consecutive starts at right guard. He has 17 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.
FS Jordan Lomax (JR., 5-10, 200)
Career Games Played/Started: 24/4
Junior FS Jordan Lomax is 1-of-4 Hawkeyes among the Big Ten’s top 20 leaders in tackles (Trinca-Pasat, Alston, Lowdermilk). Illinois is the only other team with four players in the top 20. He has 27 tackles, the fourth highest total on the team and tied for No. 18 in the Big Ten.
? Started at free safety in Iowa’s first three games before sitting out the first half at Pitt due to a targeting penalty in the second half against Iowa State.
? Recorded three tackles and one pass breakup while playing just the second half at Pitt.
? He moved from cornerback to safety during 2013 spring practice.
? He started the opening game of 2013 at cornerback, but missed four games due to injury.
RB Mark Weisman (SR., 6-0, 240)
Career Games Played/Starts: 27/25
Senior RB Mark Weisman is on the verge of becoming just the seventh player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards and 20 career rushing touchdowns. The other six include Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young, Tavian Banks, Owen Gill, and Ronnie Harmon. Weisman has 20 career rushing touchdowns and 1,974 rushing yards.
? Weisman is 3-for-3 on fourth down conversion attempts this season, including a 1-yard touchdown.
? Weisman has 1,974 career rushing yards, a number that ranks 13th all-time in program history.
? He has 20 career rushing touchdowns, the eighth highest total in school history.
? Had two rushing touchdowns at Pitt on Sept. 20. He has five career games of two or more rushing touchdowns.
? 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.
? 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 Saturday. It marks the 12th time in Kirk Ferentz’ 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). Iowa lost possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy following a 20-17 loss to Iowa State on Sept. 13. The Hawkeyes currently have possession of the Floyd of Rosedale and Heroes trophies.
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
? There are 26 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 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.
2 GAMES FOR THE RECORD BOOK
QB Jake Rudock 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) were also more than any other quarterback through two games. As a team, Iowa’s 592 passing yards (66-of-96) were 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).
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.
LB Quinton Alston, LB Bo Bower, and LB Reggie Spearman have started all four games this season at their respective linebacker positions. Entering this year, the trio combined for one career start (Alston). Against Iowa State, Alston and Spearman recorded career highs in tackles. Alston registered a game-high 10, while Spearman collected seven stops.
? The trio has accounted for 6.0 tackles for loss this season.
? Each player has recorded one sack.
? Alston has one forced fumble, while Bower has one of Iowa’s three interceptions.
Iowa has played 1,184 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 609-536-39 (.530). That includes a 384-211-16 (.642) record in home games, a 225-325-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 302-362-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 267-175-15 (.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.
IOWA WILL RECEIVE
Iowa has won the toss and elected to receive in all four games this season. In 16 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeye received the opening kickoff in 154-of-191 games (91-63). Iowa has started the game on defense in 37-of-191 games under Ferentz (20-17).
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).
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. California and Idaho each have eight legacy players. Iowa’s seven players include WR Brandon Bishop (Willie in 1984-86), LB Andrew Cerney (Tim in 1971-73), 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), and TE Peter Pekar (Jim in 1980-81).
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.
Hawkeye fans traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana should make plans to attend the “Hawkeye Huddle” prio to kickoff. The Huddle will be held from 9-11 a.m. (ET) at the Four Points Sheraton, 1600 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette, Indiana. The Four Points by Sheraton is located about two miles from Ross Ade Stadium. For more information visit jointheiclub.com.
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 63 of its last 76 games.
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.
COACH TO CURE MD CELEBRATES 7TH SEASON ON SEPT. 27
The Iowa and Purdue coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist. Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at more than 600 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both those figures are higher than in any of the program’s first six years (2008-13). The five-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.
Iowa has its first bye week of the season Oct. 4. The Hawkeyes return to the field Oct. 11, hosting Indiana at 11 a.m. (CT) in their annual Homecoming game.