Oct. 27, 2014
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? Iowa is one win from securing bowl eligibility for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons.
? Iowa leads the Big Ten in kickoff returns (25.0) and kickoff coverage (14.9). The Hawkeyes’ kickoff coverage ranks second nationally.
? Iowa has 10 interceptions, the third most in the Big Ten. Eight different players have recorded an interception.
? In four of Iowa’s five wins, the Hawkeyes recorded an interception on its opponents’ final drive (CB Greg Mabin vs. UNI; FS Anthony Gair at Pitt; SS John Lowdermilk at Purdue; FS Jordan Lomax vs. Indiana).
? Iowa has returned an interception for a touchdown in each of the last seven seasons and 12 of the last 14 seasons. CB Desmond King returned an interception for a touchdown (35 yards) against Indiana on Oct. 11.
? Seventeen Hawkeyes have caught at least one pass this season (seven backs, six receivers, four tight ends). The Hawkeyes have had 10 or more players record at least one catch in four of their five wins.
? Iowa has converted 10 fourth-down attempts, more than any other Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes have scored two touchdowns on fourth down (one pass, one rush).
? Iowa has used 13 first-time starters — five on offense (C Tommy Gaul, FB John Kenny, 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.
@HawkeyeFootball QUICK STRIKES
? Iowa has outscored its opponents, 63-31, in the first quarter.
? The Hawkeyes scored 42 combined points in the first quarter in their last two games. In Iowa’s first five games, the Hawkeyes scored 21 combined first-quarter points.
? Iowa scored four touchdowns in a span of 3:38 against Indiana on Oct. 11 (TE Jake Duzey reception, CB Desmond King interception, WR Damond Powell reception, RB Jonathan Parker rush).
? Iowa scored on three straight offensive plays in the first quarter against Indiana on Oct. 11. TE Jake Duzey caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Jake Rudock with 4:41 left. On Iowa’s next play from scrimmage, WR Damond Powell caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Rudock. On Iowa’s next play from scrimmage, RB Jonathan Parker ran for a 60-yard touchdown.
? Against Indiana on Oct. 11, Iowa scored two offensive touchdowns of 60 yards or greater (Rudock to Powell, 72 yards; Parker 60-yard rush) for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009 vs. Indiana. (Stanzi to McNutt, 92 yards; Stanzi to Johnson-Koulianos, 66 yards).
? Iowa has three wins when trailing or tied at the half this year (trailed Ball State, 7-3; trailed Pitt, 17-7; tied Purdue, 10-10).
? Iowa trailed in each of its first four wins, and erased 10-point deficits in three wins (Ball State, Pitt, Purdue).
? 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 3,708 career passing yards, the 10th highest total in school history. His 27 career touchdown passes are the ninth most in program history.
? RB Mark Weisman is one of eight players in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards and 20 career rushing touchdowns. He has 2,217 career rushing yards, the 10th most in program history, and 26 career rushing touchdowns, the third most in program history (Shaw, 33; Banks, 33).
? WR Kevonte Martin-Manley leads Iowa with 33 receptions. He ranks No. 4 in school history with 155 career receptions. He needs 19 catches to break Iowa’s all-time receptions record ( Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173). Martin-Manley ranks No. 17 with 1,552 receiving yards.
? Northwestern has six passing touchdowns, tied for the fewest in the Big Ten. Iowa has allowed only six passing touchdowns, the second fewest allowed in the Big Ten.
? Northwestern RB Dan Vitale and Iowa RB Damon Bullock are among the league’s top pass-catching backs. Vitale has 26 receptions, third most among Big Ten running backs, and Bullock has 25 catches, fourth most among Big Ten backs.
? Both teams are coming off their second bye weeks of the season. Northwestern defeated Western Illinois, 24-7, following its first bye week. Iowa defeated Indiana, 45-29, following its first by week.
? Northwestern has no Iowa natives on its roster. Iowa’s roster includes 19 Illinois natives, more than any other outside state.
? Northestern is plus-five in turnover margin, tied for second in the Big Ten. Iowa is plus-two in turnover margin. The Hawkeyes are 3-0 when winning the turnover margin, and 1-2 when losing the turnover margin.
Iowa holds a 48-24-3 advantage in the series that began with a 12-6 Iowa victory in 1897. Iowa holds a 25-9 advantage in games played in Iowa City, and has won the last two. Iowa won 21 consecutive games over Northwestern prior to a 31-20 Wildcat win in 1995 in Evanston. The Wildcats hold a 10-7 advantage since snapping that Hawkeye win streak.
THE NEXT NEXT-MAN-IN
Fifth-year senior C Tommy Gaul made his first career start Oct. 18 at Maryland and played every offensive down. Gaul played the majority of Iowa’s game against Indiana on Oct. 11, entering the game on Iowa’s opening drive when RG Jordan Walsh left due to injury. Starting center Austin Blythe slid to right guard, and Gaul handled snaps the rest of the game. Gaul, a Des Moines native, joined Iowa as a walk-on in 2010. He appeared in one game in 2011, and two games in 2013.
45 JOINS 20-2,000 CLUB
Senior RB Mark Weisman is one of eight players in school history to surpass 2,200 career rushing yards and 21 career rushing touchdowns. The other seven include Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young, Tavian Banks, Owen Gill, Ronnie Harmon, and Shonn Greene. In 30 career games, Weisman has 26 rushing touchdowns and 2,217 yards rushing. 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.
Player (games played) Yards TDs Years
Sedrick Shaw (46) 4,156 33 1993-96
Ladell Betts (46) 3,686 25 1998-01
Albert Young (37) 3,173 23 2004-07
Tavian Banks (42) 2,977 33 1994-97
Owen Gill (41) 2,556 22 1981-84
Ronnie Harmon (40) 2,271 22 1982-85
Shonn Greene (34) 2,228 22 2005-06, 08
Mark Weisman (30) 2,217 26 2012-pr.
FERENTZ AMONG TOP 10
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz has 113 wins as a member of the Big Ten Conference, tying Fielding Yost (MICH) for No. 9 in conference history. He has 66 Big Ten wins, tying George Perles (MSU) and Murray Warmath (MINN) for ninth most in conference history. He is one of eight coaches to rank among the top 10 in both categories. The others include Woody Hayes (OSU), Amos Alonzo Stagg (CHI), Bo Schembechler (MICH), Hayden Fry (IOWA), Robert Zuppke (ILL), Lloyd Carr (MICH), and Barry Alvarez (WIS). Ferentz also has six bowl wins as a member of the Big Ten, tying Fry and Carr for No. 2 all-time. Only Alvarez has more (8).
HAWKEYES JOIN 100 CLUB
Iowa has posted 102 wins since the start of the 2002 season, the 22nd highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (142); Oklahoma (134); Ohio State (135); LSU (133); USC (131); Georgia (124); Texas (123); Alabama (122); Virginia Tech (120); Oregon (120); TCU (120); Florida State (118); Wisconsin (116); Auburn (115); Florida (113); West Virginia (112); Virginia (110); Utah (109); Nebraska (108); Miami, FL (104); Texas Tech (103); Iowa (102); Michigan (100); Boston College (97).
KOEHN No. 1 ON KICKOFFS
Junior K Marshall Koehn leads the conference and ranks second in the nation in touchback percentage. He has recorded a touchback on 27 of his 35 kickoffs (77.1 percent). His 27 touchbacks rank second in the Big Ten.
? Koehn is perfect on 17 PAT attempts, and has connected on 7-of-10 field goal attempts.
? Koehn has connected on his last five 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.
? 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: 19/19
Junior QB Jake Rudock has started 19 of Iowa’s 20 games since the 2013 season opener. He has started Iowa’s last two games after sitting out the Purdue game due to injury. He is 12-7 as a starter, including a 5-2 record on the road, and a 7-4 mark at home (0-1 neutral).
? His career totals include 340-of-556 pass attempts for 3,708 yards and 27 touchdowns.
? Among Iowa’s all-time career passing leaders. He has 3,708 career passing yards, the 10th highest total in school history. He threw two touchdown passes against Maryland, raising his career total to 27, the ninth most in program history.
? Has 4,006 career total offense yards, the 11th most in school history and 20 yards behind Ed Podolak for No. 10.
? Was 32-of-56 for 317 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against Maryland. The 56 pass attempts are the second most ever for a Kirk Ferentz quarterback. The 300-yard passing game was the second of his career (322 vs. Ball State, 2014).
? Led Iowa to four road wins in 2013, the highest total for an Iowa starting quarterback since Ricky Stanzi won four games in 2009. Iowa is 1-1 on the road this season when Rudock starts.
? Set a career high in passing yards (322) and completions (33) 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).
? 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.
? Streak of 17 consecutive starts was snapped Sept. 27 at Purdue. Rudock was injured in Week 4 at Pitt, and did not return to the game after halftime. He had started 17 straight dating back to the 2013 season opener.
? 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.
? 2014 Preseason Watch Lists include the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy.
? Threw for 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.
? 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.
QB C.J. Beathard (SO., 6-2, 203)
Career Games Played/Starts: 10/1
Sophomore QB C.J. Beathard made his first career start and led Iowa to a 24-10 win at Purdue on Sept. 27. He became the first Iowa quarterback to win his first career start in a road game since Jason Manson won at Syracuse in 2006. Beathard completed 17-of-37 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown. The completions, attempts and yardage totals are career highs. He also rushed eight times for 29 yards, both career highs.
? Beathard has appeared in four games this year (Ball State, Purdue, Pitt, Indiana). He 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.
? His 62-yard completion to WR Damond Powell in the third quarter at Pitt was a career long.
? Led Iowa on a seven-play, season-long 94-yard touchdown drive to open the second half at Pitt.
? He was 9-of-27 for 179 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in five appearances in 2013.
LB Quinton Alston (SR., 6-1, 232)
Career Games Played/Starts: 40/8
Senior LB Quinton Alston has started all seven games this season and leads the team with 55 tackles. He entered the year with one career start (at Michigan, 2012).
? Ranks No. 17 in the Big Ten in tackles (55).
? Recorded a game-high and career-high 12 tackles, including one sack and 1.5 TFL, against Maryland on Oct. 18.
? Entered the season with 24 career tackles. Has 55 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, two sacks, two breakups, and one forced fumble in 2014.
? Recorded a then career-high 10 tackles against Iowa State.
? Recorded the first sack of his career against Northern Iowa.
C Austin Blythe (JR., 6-3, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 30/29
Junior C Austin Blythe has started 25 consecutive games. Blythe had started 19 consecutive games at center before moving to right guard against Maryland on Oct. 18 to fill in for Jordan Walsh. C Tommy Gaul started at center against the Terps. He had started all 19 games at center since the 2013 season opener. He made nine starts at right guard in 2012.
? Blythe moved from center to right guard in the first quarter against Indiana. RG Jordan Walsh was injured on Iowa’s opening drive. Tommy Gaul entered the game at center, and Blythe moved to right guard.
? Midseason first team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
? Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award and Rimington Award.
? 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
RB Damon Bullock (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 30/12
Senior RB Damon Bullock ranks third on the team with 25 receptions, the fourth most by a Big Ten running back this season. He set career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (100) at Maryland on Oct. 18.
? Caught a then career-high six passes for 32 yards in Iowa’s win over Ball State.
? Returned to the lineup against Indiana after missing Iowa’s game at Purdue due to injury.
? Has 1,052 career rushing yards on 285 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), one career 100-yard receiving game (Maryland, 2014).
? 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: 38/30
Senior LT Brandon Scherff has started 20 consecutive 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.
? Mid-Season first team All-America by ESPN.com
? Mid-Season first team All-America by CBSSports.com
? Mid-season first team All-America by Phil Steele and SportingNews.com
? Mid-season first team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
? 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: 26/2
Junior RB Jordan Canzeri ranks third on the team with 358 all-purpose yards, including 219 yards rushing, 66 yards receiving, and 73 yards in kickoff returns.
? Rushed for a season-high 63 yards on a season-high 15 carries at Purdue.
? 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 in 2013 (5-58 vs. Wisconsin; 20-165 at Purdue; 13-73 vs. Western Michigan).
DT Carl Davis (SR., 6-5, 315)
Career Games Played/Started: 37/20
Senior DT Carl Davis has started 20 consecutive games at defensive tackle. He appeared in 17 games before making his first career start in the 2013 season opener. Davis has 4.5 tackles for loss this season. He entered the year with 5.5 career TFL.
? Mid-Season first team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com
? Recorded three tackles, including 1.5 for loss (6 yards), and 0.5 sacks against Indiana.
? Recorded two tackles and 0.5 sacks at Purdue.
? 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.
? He started all 13 games last season, earning second team All-Big Ten honors.
SS John Lowdermilk (SR., 6-2, 210)
Career Games Played/Started: 42/20
Senior SS John Lowdermilk has started 20 consecutive games at strong safety. He has two interceptions, tied for the team lead, and his 46 tackles rank second on the team. He has two pass break-ups and 1.5 tackles for loss.
? He earned honorable mention CFPA defensive back of the week honors after recording two interceptions and a team-best seven tackles at Purdue. He became the first Hawkeye to record two interceptions in a game since B.J. Lowery in 2013 vs. Western Michigan.
? 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: 20/19
Sophomore CB Desmond King has started 19 consecutive games since entering the starting lineup in Week 2 of his true freshman season.
? Mid-season first team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and ESPN.com.
? Matched his season high with seven tackles against Maryland.
? Recorded his first career interception in the first quarter against Indiana, returning it 35 yards for a touchdown.
? Had a season-high seven tackles, including six solo stops, against Indiana.
? Recorded five tackles at Purdue.
? 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: 31/11
Junior TE Jake Duzey has 26 receptions this season, more than any other Big Ten tight end and a single-season career high.
? Recorded a career-high eight catches for a season-high 80 yards against Maryland.
? Recorded four receptions against Indiana, including a 12-yard touchdown, the fourth of his career and second this season.
? 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 second on the team with 26 receptions.
? Caught a then 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 against Ohio State in 2013 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.
FS Jordan Lomax (JR., 5-10, 200)
Career Games Played/Started: 27/7
Junior FS Jordan Lomax is tied for fourth on the team with 45 tackles. He recorded a career-high 11 stops at Maryland.
? Intercepted a pass in the end zone on Indiana’s final possession. It was his first career interception.
? 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. Returned to the starting lineup at Purdue.
? Recorded six tackles and one pass breakup at Purdue.
? 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.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 45/28
Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley leads Iowa and ties for eighth in the Big Ten with 33 receptions. Fifteen of his 33 catches have resulted in a first down or a touchdown. He ranks No. 4 in school history with 155 career receptions, and his 1,552 receiving yards rank No. 17 all-time.
? Needs 19 catches to break Iowa’s all-time receptions record ( Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173).
? Caught team-high five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown at Purdue. Four of his five grabs resulted in a first down, the other was a touchdown. The touchdown was his first of the season and 11th of his career.
? 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 270 receiving yards rank No. 2 on the team behind Damond Powell (278). 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 two receptions to tie Kevin Kasper (157) for No. 3 on the all-time receptions list.
? Has caught at least one pass in 36 of the last 37 games. He had a reception in 23 consecutive games before leaving the Michigan State (10/5/13) contest with a leg injury without a reception.
? 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: 35/19
Junior DE Drew Ott ranks second in the Big Ten with 7.0 sacks. He has started 19 of the last 20 games at defensive end, including all seven games this season.
? Recorded his first career interception against Maryland on Oct. 18. He finished the game with three tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception.
? He leads Iowa with seven sacks (31 yards) and 9.5 tackles for loss. He entered the season with 4.5 career sacks, including a then-season best 2.5 sacks in 2013.
? Recorded five tackles, including two for loss and 1.5 sacks, against Indiana.
? Had four solo tackles and one tackle for loss at Purdue.
? 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: 33/32
Senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has started 32 straight games, more than any other Hawkeye. All games have been at defensive tackle, dating back to the 2012 season opener.
? His 45 tackles are more than any other Big Ten lineman.
? 45 tackles rank third on the team and is a single-season career best. He recorded 40 tackles in 2012 and 38 in 2013.
? Recorded six tackles, including one for loss, at Maryland.
? Recorded six tackles, including one for loss, against Indiana.
? Recorded two tackles and one sack at Purdue.
? 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: 27/20
Junior OG Jordan Walsh made 19 consecutive starts at right guard before the Maryland game on Oct. 18. Walsh played against the Terps, but did not start. He left the Indiana game on Oct. 11 after one series due to injury, and was replaced by C Austin Blythe at RG. C Tommy Gaul entered the game at center. Walsh has 19 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.
RB Mark Weisman (SR., 6-0, 240)
Career Games Played/Starts: 30/28
Senior RB Mark Weisman has 26 career rushing touchdowns, third most in program history. Only Sedrick Shaw (33) and Tavian Banks (33) have more career rushing touchdowns.
? Weisman has 26 career rushing touchdowns and 2,217 career rushing yards on 499 career carries.
? Has 10 rushing touchdowns this season, a single-season career high (8 in 2012, 8 in 2013) and tied for the eighth most in a single season.
? Has more rushing touchdowns (26) than any other player under Kirk Ferentz.
? He is one of eight players in school history to surpass 2,200 career rushing yards and 21 career rushing touchdowns. He has 2,217 career rushing yards, and 26 career rushing touchdowns. The other seven include Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young, Tavian Banks, Owen Gill, Ronnie Harmon, and Shonn Greene.
? Ten rushing touchdowns tie for fourth in the Big Ten.
? He has rushed for a touchdown in 10 of his last 11 games dating back to last season. He has 15 rushing touchdowns over the last 11 games.
? Weisman is 6-for-6 on fourth down conversion attempts this season, including two 1-yard touchdowns.
? Weisman has 2,217 career rushing yards, a number that ranks ninth all-time in program history.
? Has four straight games with two rushing touchdowns (at Pitt, at Purdue, vs. Indiana, at Maryland). Has eight career multi-touchdown games, including four this season.
? Has 162 career points, tying Ladell Betts for No. 14 all-time.
? 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.
? 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.
ANF WALL OF HONOR
Each ANF Day at the Game, the UI Athletics Department and the Iowa Farm Bureau officially adds a former Hawkeye to the ANF Wall of Honor located inside ANF Plaza which is located at the northwest corner of Kinnick Stadium. Former Hawkeye All-American and Super Bowl participant Bruce Nelson is the 2014 ANF Wall of Honoree. Nelson, who currently farms in his hometown of Emmetsburg, Iowa, will be introduced on the playing field during the break between the first and second quarter of Saturday’s game. Casey Weigmann and Jared DeVries were the first two Hawkeyes named to the ANF Wall of Honor.
ANF AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
As done annually, the Iowa Farm Bureau’s celebration of America Needs Farmers will include an extensive presence in the Krause Family Plaza. Friends and fans of the Hawkeyes will be able to visit with and secure autographs from a variety of former Hawkeyes, win ANF prizes, participate in a variety of other activities staged by the Iowa Farm Bureau including taking a picture with ANF Herky from this past summer “Herky on Parade.” Here’s the autograph schedule:
Autograph Schedule inside the Iowa Farm Bureau ANF Legends Tent at Krause Family Plaza
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Gary Dolphin/Ed Podolak
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Bruce Nelson/Dallas Clark
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Allen Reisner/Pat Angerer
MISS IOWA, ALY OLSON, AND THE SIGNING OF “GOD BLESS AMERICA”
The current Miss Iowa, University of Iowa student and Presidential Scholar, Aly Olson of Des Moines, will sing “God Bless America” live from the playing field during pregame and immediately prior to the playing of the national anthem by the Hawkeye Marching Band. Ms. Olson will join a very short list of individuals who have performed live at Kinnick. “Stephen Swanson, my UI voice professor, helped me rehearse the song and reminded me that the song was written during World War II. As I sing, I will be thinking about all of our men and women in service and their families. I am so thankful to be an American, an Iowan, and a Hawkeye. Go Hawks!” Olson said after her practice at Kinnick Stadium two weeks ago.
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’S SECOND “CARD STUNT”
Fans in the grandstands of Kinnick will participate in a double-sided “card stunt” during pregame. The first, which will be black and gold, and ANF-themed, will occur during the singing of “God Bless America” by Miss Iowa, Aly Olson; the second will be red, white, and blue-themed and will be staged during the playing of the national anthem by the Hawkeye Marching Band. Iowa and IFBF staged the first card stunt four seasons ago. The Hawkeyes also played Northwestern that day.
SALUTE TO VETERANS
The UI Athletics Department will also salute America’s veterans Nov. 1 in advance of Veterans Day 2014 (Nov. 11). More than 1,400 veterans are currently students, faculty, or staff at the University of Iowa. Earlier this year the UI was once again named to Victory Media’s list of “Military Friendly Schools.” The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students and ensure their success on campus.
ON-FIELD BANNER IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
The pregame show will include the presentation of a banner in the shape of the continental United States that measures 50 yards wide by 30 yards tall. It will be held in place by approximately 100 current UI students who are also veterans.
ON-FIELD BANNER FEATURING ANF LOGO
The pregame show will also include the presentation of a banner that features the official ANF logo and measures 15×15 yards. It will be held in place by approximately 60 Iowa farmers and their family members.
LB Quinton Alston, LB Bo Bower, and LB Reggie Spearman have started all seven games this season at their respective linebacker positions. Entering this year, the trio combined for one career start (Alston). ? Alston leads the team with 55 tackles.
? The trio has accounted for 9.0 tackles for loss this season.
? Each player has recorded one sack.
? Alston has one forced fumble.
? Bower has two of Iowa’s 10 interceptions.
50 AND COUNTING
The Hawkeyes have played 50 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the longest streak of any school in the nation. Iowa has converted on 147 consecutive PATs during the streak.
GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
? Northwestern is one of four Hawkeye opponents to have a bye week prior to their game against Iowa (Maryland, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Illinois). Iowa was also idle prior to the Northwestern game.
? The Hawkeyes defeated Purdue in their Big Ten opener on Sept. 27. It marked the 12th time in Kirk Ferentz‘ 16 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes opened the conference season on the road.
? Iowa plays only two games during the month of October.
? The Hawkeyes do not face Big Ten opponents Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
? 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.
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).
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. Blakeny will retire at the end of the season. Ferentz is tied for third with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma.
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
? Iowa has 102 wins since 2002. Only 23 programs across the country have 100 or more wins since the start of the 2002 season.
? 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 Hawkeyes’ 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 FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
? There are 27 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. Greenway was a repeat selection in 2013.
? 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 1,187 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 611-537-39 (.530). That includes a 385-211-16 (.642) record in home games, a 226-326-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 304-363-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 168-175-15 (.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. Only four FBS schools – Michigan State (4), UCONN (3), UNLV (3), Wyoming (3) – have more Canadians on their 2014 roster.
IOWA WILL RECEIVE
Iowa has received the opening kickoff in 6-of-7 game this season. In 16 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeye received the opening kickoff in 156-of-194 games (93-63). Iowa has started the game on defense in 38-of-194 games under Ferentz (20-18). Iowa started the game on defense one time this year (loss at Maryland, 38-31).
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.
Tickets to Iowa’s three remaining Big Ten Conference home 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 the Northwestern game. ? Capacity at Kinnick Stadium is 70,585. Iowa has sold out 63 of its last 77 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.
Iowa travels to Minnesota to face the Gophers on Nov. 8 at TCF Bank Stadium. Kickoff is 11 a.m. (CT). ESPN2 or ESPNU will televise the game.