Dec. 3, 2014
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? Iowa finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Big Ten, and bowl eligible for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. Since 1999, the Hawkeyes have won seven or more games 11 times, including six of the last seven seasons.
? Twelve Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten honors, including LT Brandon Scherff, who was named Rimington-Pace Offensive lineman of the year and first team All-Big Ten. Second team coach’s honors went to OL Austin Blythe, LB Quinton Alston, DT Carl Davis, and DT Louis Trinca-Pasat. Second team media honors went to DT Carl Davis and DL Drew Ott. TE Jake Duzey, SS John Lowdermilk, FS Jordan Lomax, DB Desmond King, WR Tevaun Smith, and RT Andrew Donnal earned honorable mention.
? Iowa is the only team with three defensive linemen named to the first or second All-Big Ten teams.
? Iowa scored 30 or more points in five Big Ten games (3-2) for the first time since 2002, when it scored 30 or more points in six Big Ten games. Under head coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa is 62-7 when scoring 30 or more points.
? The Hawkeyes averaged 31.2 point per game in Big Ten play, the highest average since 2002 (37.8), and the third-highest average since 1999 (2001, 32.6).
? Iowa has three road wins this season (3-2) and seven road wins over the last two seasons (4-1 in 2013). It is the first time in the Ferentz era Iowa has back-to-back winning seasons on the road. Iowa has five winning road records since 1999 (2002, 5-0; 2004, 3-2; 2009, 4-1; 2013, 4-1; 2014, 3-2).
? Iowa’s passing offense of 242 yards per game ranks sixth best for a single season.
? In Big Ten games only, Iowa’s pass offense ranked No. 2 in the league with 248.5 yards per game, its highest average since 2005 (263.5) and the third-highest average under Kirk Ferentz (2004, 263.4).
? In Big Ten games only, the Hawkeyes ranked No. 4 in total offense, averaging 417.2 yards per game, its highest average since 2005 and the second-highest average under Kirk Ferentz.
? In Big Ten games only, the Hawkeyes led the conference in pass defense, allowing 136.9 passing yards per game. ? Iowa’s defense allowed just 16 redzone touchdowns, the second-fewest in the league.
? Nineteen Hawkeyes have caught at least one pass this season (eight backs, seven receivers, four tight ends). The Hawkeyes had 10 or more players record at least one catch in four of their seven wins.
? Iowa has converted 14 fourth-down attempts, tied for the most in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns on fourth down (one pass, one rush).
? The Iowa defense forced 52 3-and-outs on 147 drives (35.3 percent). The Hawkeyes forced 4.3 3-and-outs per game, the 22nd highest total in the country.
? The Hawkeyes were the least penalized team in the Big Ten. Iowa was flagged 42 times for an average of 28.9 yards per game.
? Iowa totaled 587 yards of total offense and 304 yards rushing at Illinois. Both numbers are season highs, and both rank No. 4 in the Kirk Ferentz era.
? Iowa gained 412 yards total offense in a 26-24 loss to Wisconsin, the most yards allowed by the Badgers this season. Wisconsin entered the contest with the top-ranked defense in the nation.
? In four of Iowa’s seven 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, and SS John Lowdermilk returned an interception (17 yards) against Nebraska on Nov. 28.
? Iowa used 17 first-time starters — eight on offense (QB C.J. Beathard, C Tommy Gaul, FB John Kenny, WR Jacob Hillyer, RB Jonathan Parker, FB Macon Plewa, OL Sean Welsh, OL Ike Boettger), seven on defense (DE Nate Meier, LB Bo Bower, CB Maurice Fleming, FS Anthony Gair, LB Josey Jewell, 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, 99-48, in the first quarter.
? The Hawkeyes outscored their opponents 78-31 in the first quarter over the final seven games (Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska). In Iowa’s first five games, the Hawkeyes scored 21 combined first-quarter points.
? In Iowa’s 48-7 win over Northwestern, first-quarter total yards favored Iowa, 146-12. First-half total yard favored Iowa, 298-55.
? Iowa scored 38 points in the first half twice this season (Indiana, Northwestern). The only other season Iowa scored 38-plus points in the first half twice in the same season under Kirk Ferentz was 2005 (Ball State and Minnesota).
? 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 had 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). ? The Hawkeyes trailed in five wins (Northern Iowa, Ball State, Pitt, Purdue, Illinois).
? 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.
? Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley needs three more catches to break Iowa’s all-time receptions record ( Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173). He ranks No. 2 in school history with 171 career receptions. He leads Iowa with 49 receptions, and ranks No. 13 all-time with 1,776 career receiving yards.
? Senior RB Mark Weisman has 30 career rushing touchdowns, the third most in program history (Shaw, 33; Banks, 33), and the most in the Kirk Ferentz era. He is one of eight players in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards and 20 career rushing touchdowns. He has 2,592 career rushing yards, the sixth most in program history.
? Senior QB Jake Rudock has 34 career passing touchdowns, the eighth most in program history. Rudock has 4,787 career passing yards, the eighth highest total in school history. He is one of 10 players in program history to pass for more than 4,000 career yards.
IN THE LINE OF FIRE
The Hawkeyes faced five of the nation’s top 13 running backs, including (in order of appearance) Pitt’s James Conner (6th/156.2 ypg), Indiana’s Tevin Coleman (2nd/167.8 ypg), Minnesota’s David Cobb (10th/135.0), Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon (1st/191.7), and Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah (13th/126.9).
Rank Player YPG Yards vs. Iowa
1. Melvin Gordon (WIS) 188.3 200
2. Tevin Coleman (IND) 169.7 219
6. James Conner (PITT) 139.6 155
10. David Cobb (MINN) 129.0 74
13. Ameer Abdullah (NEB) 126.9 106
THE NEXT NEXT-MEN-IN
Redshirt freshman LB Josey Jewell has started the last three games in place of injured LB Travis Perry. Jewell’s start against Illinois was the first of his career. He is the third linebacker this season to record his first career start (Bo Bower, Reggie Spearman). Senior LB Quinton Alston and junior LB Travis Perry each had one career start prior to this season. Fifth-year senior C Tommy Gaul started Iowa’s last six games at center, his first six career starts. 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 AMONG ALL-TIME GREATS
Senior RB Mark Weisman became the third player in program history to rush for 30 touchdowns in a career when he scored from 1-yard against Minnesota on Nov. 8. He is three rushing scores from tying Sedrick Shaw and Tavian Banks for the school record (33). Weisman is one of six players in school history to surpass 2,500 career rushing yards and 22 career rushing touchdowns. The other five include Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young, Tavian Banks, and Owen Gill. In 35 career games, Weisman has 30 rushing touchdowns and 2,592 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. He is one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top former walk-on. The Burlsworth Trophy will be presented Monday, Dec. 8, in Springdale, Arkansas.
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
Mark Weisman (35) 2,592 30 2012-pr.
FERENTZ AMONG TOP 10
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz has 115 wins as a member of the Big Ten Conference, the ninth most in conference history. He has 68 Big Ten wins, also the 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 104 wins since the start of the 2002 season, tied for the 21st highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (146); Ohio State (140); Oklahoma (137); LSU (134); USC (134); Georgia (127); Texas (126); Alabama (126); TCU (124); Oregon (124); Virginia Tech (122); Florida State (123); Wisconsin (121); Auburn (117); Florida (116); West Virginia (113); Virginia (111); Utah (111); Nebraska (110); Miami, FL (105); Iowa (104); Texas Tech (104); Michigan (102).
KOEHN No. 1 ON KICKOFFS
Junior K Marshall Koehn leads the conference and ranks fourth in the nation in touchback percentage. He has recorded a touchback on 42 of his 63 kickoffs (66.7 percent). His 42 touchbacks rank second in the Big Ten. ? Koehn is perfect on 34 PAT attempts, and has connected on 12-of-16 field goal attempts.
? Was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts against Northwestern (24, 48), marking the first time in his career he kicked multiple field goals in the same game. He also kicked two field goals (22, 25) against Nebraska, including one in the overtime period.
? Koehn connected on seven consecutive field goal attempts before bouncing a 46-yarder off the right upright at Illinois. It was his first miss in conference play (8-of-9). He has since made three straight field goals, one against Wisconsin (26) and two against Nebraska (22, 25).
? 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, and a go-ahead field goal (25 yards) in overtime against Nebraska.
QB Jake Rudock (JR., 6-3, 208)
Career Games Played/Starts: 24/24
Junior QB Jake Rudock ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten with a 135.2 pass efficiency rating. He ranks second in the league in completion percentage (62.6%) and has thrown just five interceptions, the fewest among quarterbacks with at least 250 attempts (11 quarterbacks). Rudock is 211-of-337 for 2,404 yards and 16 touchdowns. He is 14-10 in his career as a starter, including a 6-3 record on the road, and an 8-6 mark at home (0-1 neutral).
? He has started 24 of Iowa’s 25 games since the 2013 season opener. He has started Iowa’s last seven games after sitting out the Purdue game due to injury.
? Has three 300-yard passing games this season (Ball State, Maryland, Wisconsin).
? His career totals include 415-of-683 pass attempts for 4,787 yards and 34 touchdowns.
? Matched his career high with 39 rushing yards, including a touchdown run, at Illinois.
? Ranks eighth in program history with 34 career passing touchdowns, one shy of tying James Vandenberg (35).
? One of eight players in school history to throw for 30 or more touchdowns and 4,000-plus yards in a career.
? Among Iowa’s all-time career passing leaders. He has 4,787 career passing yards, the eighth highest total in school history.
? Has 5,159 career total offense yards, the eighth most in school history.
? 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 was 2-2 on the road this season in Rudock starts.
? Set a career high in passing yards (322) and completions (33) in Iowa’s come-from-behind win 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 included 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: 13/1
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 played quarterback in seven games this year (Ball State, Purdue, Pitt, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois). 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.
? Completed 3-of-3 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown at Illinois.
? Completed 3-of-7 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota.
? Was 5-of-6 for 23 yards passing against Northwestern. Also rushed three times for 23 yards.
? 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: 45/13
Senior LB Quinton Alston has started all 12 games this season and ranks third on the team with 83 tackles. He entered the year with one career start (at Michigan, 2012).
? Named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches.
? Ranks 21st in the Big Ten in tackles (83).
? Entered the season with 24 career tackles. Has 83 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, three sacks, five breakups, and two forced fumbles in 2014.
? Recorded a career-high two pass breakups against Northwestern, the second coming on fourth-and-goal from the Iowa 1-yard line.
? Recorded a game and career-high 12 tackles, including one sack and 1.5 TFL, against Maryland on Oct. 18.
? Recorded a then-career high 10 tackles against Iowa State.
? Recorded the first sack of his career against Northern Iowa.
OL Austin Blythe (JR., 6-3, 290)
Career Games Played/Started: 35/34
Junior C Austin Blythe has started 30 consecutive games. Blythe had started 19 consecutive games at center before starting at right guard at Maryland. He has started the last five games at left guard. He made nine starts at right guard in 2012. Northwestern marked the first time in his career he started at left guard.
? Named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches.
? 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 included Rotary Lombardi Award and Rimington Award.
? 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
RB Damon Bullock (SR., 6-0, 205)
Career Games Played/Starts: 34/12
Senior RB Damon Bullock ranks fourth on the team with 32 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.
? Did not play against Nebraska due to injury.
? Led team with four catches for 41 yards at Minnesota.
? Had a career-high eight passes for a career-high 100 yards at Maryland. His 52-yard reception vs. the Terps is a career long.
? 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 1,074 career rushing yards on 290 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 included Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
LT Brandon Scherff (SR., 6-5, 320)
Career Games Played/Started: 43/35
Senior LT Brandon Scherff was named Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Big Ten Conference. He was also voted first team All-Big Ten by vote of league coaches and media. Scherff has started 25 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.
? One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.
? One of 12 semifinal candidates for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
? 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: 28/2
Junior RB Jordan Canzeri ranks third on the team with 604 all-purpose yards, including 374 yards rushing, 110 yards receiving, and 120 yards in kickoff returns. He is the only player on the team with 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards.
? Has 969 career rushing yards. He needs 31 yards to become the 45th player in program history to amass 1,000 career rushing yards.
? Rushed for 55 yards on a season-high 16 carries against Nebraska. Added a season-high three receptions for 17 yards against the Huskers.
? Returned to the lineup at Illinois after missing games against Northwestern and Minnesota due to injury. Had 12 carries for a season-high 68 yards against the Illini.
? Rushed for 63 yards on 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: 42/25
Senior DT Carl Davis has started 25 consecutive games at defensive tackle. He appeared in 17 games before making his first career start in the 2013 season opener. Davis has nine tackles for loss (27 yards) this season. He entered the year with 5.5 career TFL. He also has two sacks (eight yards) and five quarterback hurries.
? Named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches.
? Blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt against Nebraska. Added one sack, two tackles for loss, and a career-high three quarterback hurries against the Huskers.
? Recorded five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, against Wisconsin.
? Recorded three tackles, including one for a six-yard loss, against Northwestern.
? 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 included 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: 46/25
Senior SS John Lowdermilk leads Iowa with 95 tackles and leads the team with three interceptions. He has three pass break-ups and three tackles for loss (eight yards). He has been Iowa’s leading tackler six times this season, including four of the last five games.
? All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Returned an interception 17 yards for first career touchdown against Nebraska.
? He has started 25 consecutive games at strong safety.
? Led Iowa with 12 tackles against Wisconsin.
? Set a career high with 13 tackles at Minnesota.
? Recorded a then-career high 12 tackles and his first career forced fumble against Northwestern.
? 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 a then-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: 25/24
Sophomore CB Desmond King has started 24 consecutive games since entering the starting lineup in Week 2 of his true freshman season.
? All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Mid-season first team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and ESPN.com.
? Matched his season high with seven tackles against Maryland.
? Recorded his second interception of the season against Nebraska on Nov. 28. Added four tackles and one pass breakup.
? Recorded six tackles at Minnesota.
? 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: 36/13
Junior TE Jake Duzey has 36 receptions, a single-season career high and the most by a Big Ten tight end this season. ? All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Three touchdown receptions ties for the team lead (Damond Powell, Tevaun Smith).
? Caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown against Wisconsin.
? Caught three passes for 110 yards at Illinois, the highest single-game yardage total by a Hawkeye this season, and his second career 100-yard game (Ohio State, 2013).
? Earned CFPA honorable mention honors following his performance at Illinois (3 catches, 110 yards).
? Recorded a career-high eight catches for 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 third on the team with 36 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: 32/12
Junior FS Jordan Lomax leads Iowa with six pass breakups and ranks second on the team with 84 tackles.
? All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Named to 2014 Capital One District 6 Academic All-America team.
? Recorded 10 tackles against Wisconsin.
? Recorded six tackles, including one for loss, at Illinois.
? Recorded eight tackles at Minnesota.
? Recorded seven tackles and one pass breakup against Northwestern.
? 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: 50/32
Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, who has played in all 50 games since 2011, is three receptions shy of breaking the school’s all-time record. He has 171 career receptions, two behind Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (173). He leads Iowa and ties for ninth in the Big Ten with 49 receptions this season. Twenty-six of his 49 catches have resulted in a first down or a touchdown. His 1,776 receiving yards rank No. 13 all-time.
? Needs two catches to break Iowa’s all-time receptions record ( Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173).
? Led Iowa in receiving yards in 2012 and 2013. His 494 receiving yards rank No. 2 on the team behind Tevaun Smith (559). 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).
? Had a game-high six catches for 63 yards against Nebraska. Four of his catches resulted in a first down.
? Had four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown against Wisconsin.
? Recorded two catches, both first downs, for 56 yards at Illinois.
? Recorded three catches, all first downs, for 66 yards against Northwestern.
? 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.
? Has caught at least one pass in 41 of the last 42 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 included 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: 40/24
Junior DE Drew Ott leads the team and is tied for third in the Big Ten with 8.0 sacks. He also has a team-high 12.0 tackles for loss, tied for ninth in the conference. He has started 24 of the last 25 games at defensive end, including all 12 games this season.
? Named second team All-Big Ten by vote of league media.
? Picked up a punt that was deflected by a Nebraska player and returned it 12 yards for his first career touchdown.
? He leads Iowa with eight sacks (41 yards) and 12.0 tackles for loss. He entered the season with 4.5 career sacks, including a then-season best 2.5 sacks in 2013.
? Recorded four tackles, including one for loss, at Illinois.
? Recorded six tackles, one sack, and one pass breakup against Northwestern.
? Recorded his first career interception against Maryland on Oct. 18. He finished the game with three tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception.
? Recorded five tackles, including two for loss and 1.5 sacks, against Indiana.
? Had four solo tackles and one tackle for loss at Purdue.
? 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: 38/37
Senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has started 37 straight games, more than any other Hawkeye. All games have been at defensive tackle, dating back to the 2012 season opener.
? Named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches.
? His 65 tackles are the most among Big Ten linemen.
? His 65 tackles rank fourth on the team and are a single-season career best. He recorded 40 tackles in 2012 and 38 in 2013.
? Ranks second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss (53 yards).
? Had six tackles, including one for loss, against Wisconsin.
? Recorded three tackles and one sack, a safety, at Illinois. It was Iowa’s first safety since 2010.
? Named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high three sacks (29 yards) and five tackles against Northwestern. The three sacks nearly doubled his career total (6.5).
? Named honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) following Iowa’s win over Northwestern.
? 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.
WR Tevaun Smith (JR., 6-2, 200)
Career Games Played/Starts: 34/14
Junior WR Tevaun Smith ranks second on the team in receptions (41) and leads Iowa with 559 receiving yards.
? All-Big Ten honorable mention.
? Has 18 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns over the last five games.
? Has at least 70 yards receiving in three of last five games.
? Had four catches for a game-high 71 yards against Nebraska.
? Had four catches for a team-high 78 yards against Wisconsin.
? Had three catches, all first downs, for 46 yards at Illinois.
? Had three catches for 38 yards at Minnesota.
? Had four catches, including a 31-yard touchdown, for a then-season-high 76 yards against Northwestern.
? Matched his career high with six receptions against Ball State.
? Was Iowa’s leading rusher (one carry, 35 yards) against Northern Iowa.
RB Akrum Wadley (R-FR., 5-11, 180)
Career Games Played/Starts: 7/0
Redshirt freshman RB Akrum Wadley was Iowa’s leading rusher against Northwestern and Minnesota. He carried nine times for 68 yards against Minnesota, and recorded his first career carry against Northwestern, finishing the game with 106 yards on 15 carries.
? First Hawkeye with 100-plus rushing yards in a player’s first game with a carry since Brandon Wegher in 2009 (vs. Iowa State).
? Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following his 106-yard rushing game against Northwestern.
? Rushed for 106 yards to become 1-of-4 different Hawkeyes to lead team in rushing in any single game this season (Weisman 8; Wadley 2; Rudock 1; T. Smith 1).
RB Mark Weisman (SR., 6-0, 240)
Career Games Played/Starts: 33/31
Senior RB Mark Weisman has 30 career rushing touchdowns, third most in program history. Only Sedrick Shaw (33) and Tavian Banks (33) have more career rushing touchdowns.
? One of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on.
? 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team.
? Iowa’s recipient of the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Award.
? Recorded the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career at Illinois (23 carries, 134 yards).
? Weisman has 2,592 career rushing yards, a number that ranks sixth all-time in program history.
? Has 30 career rushing touchdowns and 2,592 career rushing yards on 592 career carries.
? Has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, a single-season career high (8 in 2012, 8 in 2013), and the fifth most by a Hawkeye running back in single season history.
? Has more rushing touchdowns (30) than any other player under Kirk Ferentz.
? He is 1-of-8 players in school history to surpass 2,200 career rushing yards and 22 career rushing touchdowns. He has 2,592 career rushing yards, and 30 career rushing touchdowns. The other seven include Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young, Tavian Banks, Owen Gill, Ronnie Harmon, and Shonn Greene.
? Fourteen rushing touchdowns are the fifth most in the Big Ten.
? Has rushed for a touchdown in 12 of his last 16 games, dating back to last season. He has 19 rushing touchdowns over the last 16 games.
? Weisman is 8-for-9 on fourth down conversion attempts this season, including two 1-yard touchdowns.
? Recorded five straight games with at least two rushing touchdowns (2 at Pitt, 2 at Purdue, 2 vs. Indiana, 2 at Maryland, 3 vs. Northwestern). He has nine career multi-touchdown games, including five this season.
? Has 186 career points, No. 12 all-time.
? Was selected by College Sports Madness (collegesportsmadness.com) as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following his performance vs. Northwestern. He rushed 20 times for 94 yards and three touchdowns against the Wildcats.
? 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.
? 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.
LB Josey Jewell has started the last three games in place of LB Travis Perry. Jewell’s first career start was at Illinois. Perry had three career starts to his credit before being injured at Minnesota and missing the final three games. LB Reggie Spearman started Iowa’s first seven games, the first starts of his career. LB Quinton Alston and LB Bo Bower have started every game this season. Entering this year, Iowa’s linebackers combined for two career starts, one by Alston and one by Perry. Perry recorded five tackles and registered his first career sack in his first start this year against Northwestern. Perry and Jewell recorded career highs in tackles at Minnesota. Perry made six stops, while Jewell was credited with nine tackles.
? Alston ranks third on the team with 83 tackles.
? Iowa’s linebackers have combined for 16.5 tackles for loss this season.
? All five linebackers — Alston, Bower, Jewell, Perry, Spearman — have at least one sack.
? Alston has two forced fumbles and is tied for second on the team with five breakups.
? Bower has two of Iowa’s 12 interceptions.
2 HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Senior running back Mark Weisman and junior defensive back Jordan Lomax have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team. Both are candidates for Academic All-America honors. Weisman holds a 3.32 grade point average and is majoring in health and human physiology. He earned academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2012 and 2013. He is a three-time honoree on the UI Dean’s List. Lomax earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013. He is an economics major and carries a 3.52 grade point average. Lomax has also earned Dean’s List recognition in three semesters. In the last 16 seasons, under UI head coach Kirk Ferentz, 24 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic All-District and All-America recognition on 43 occasions.
54 AND COUNTING
The Hawkeyes have played 55 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the longest streak of any school in the nation. Iowa has converted on 164 consecutive PATs during the streak.
GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
? Iowa played five games following its opponent’s bye week (Iowa State, Maryland, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Illinois). The Hawkeyes were 2-3 in those contests.
? 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 played only two games during the month of October (1-1).
? The Hawkeyes did not face Big Ten opponents Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
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 SECOND IN LONGEVITY
Kirk Ferentz is in his 16th season as Iowa’s head football coach and ranks second in longevity among FBS head coaches. Ferentz is first among Big Ten coaches and nationally ranks behind Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer. Ferentz is tied for third with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma.
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
? Iowa has 104 wins since 2002. Only 23 programs across the country have 100 or more wins since the start of the 2002 season.
? Including 2014, the Hawkeyes have earned bowl eligibility in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
? 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 28 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 1,192 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 613-540-39 (.531). That includes a 386-213-16 (.641) record in home games, a 227-327-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 306-366-25 (.457) mark in Big Ten games and a 269-177-15 (.600) record in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa’s roster includes 117 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’ 117 players, 39 are from Iowa. The roster includes 18 players from Illinois; 10 from Ohio; seven from Maryland, six from Michigan and Texas; four from Missouri, Minnesota, New Jersey and Florida; three from 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 11-of-12 games this season (not Maryland). In 16 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeye received the opening kickoff in 160-of-199 games (95-66). Iowa has started the game on defense in 38-of-199 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 13 of the last 14 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).
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.
PODOLAK TOPS 400 GAMES IN BROADCAST BOOTH
Hawkeye radio broadcaster Ed Podolak called his 400th game (241-158-4) in the Hawkeye booth on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Minneapolis. Podolak is in his 33rd season the Hawkeyes’ football analyst. He joined the broadcast booth in 1982 following a lengthy professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a three-year letterman for the Hawkeyes as a quarterback and running back from 1966-68. Podolak replaced former Iowa head coach Forest Evashevski in the broadcast booth in 1982 and partnered with the late Jim Zabel until 1996. Since 1997, he has worked with play-by-play voice of the Hawkeyes Gary Dolphin.
UI MAKES LIST OF MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS
For the sixth year in a row the University of Iowa has made 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. There are more than 600 UI student veterans on campus this fall. This designation adds to a growing list of accolades the UI has received over the years due to its strong support of student veterans and military personnel. Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.