Hawkeyes in the NFL: Week 17 Recap

Dec. 30, 2014


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    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football program has 30 former Hawkeyes on NFL rosters.

    Jonathan Babineaux – DL – Atlanta Falcons: Babineaux started in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. He recorded four tackles. Babineaux has started in each game this season except during week eight due to a foot injury. Babineaux has logged a total of 31 tackles and was credited with two sacks this season.

    Conor Boffeli – OL – Chicago Bears: Boffeli has been a member of the Bears’ practice squad since October 2, 2014. During his career at Iowa, he started 16 consecutive games after taking over the left guard spot with three games remaining in his junior season. Boffeli entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings.

    Bryan Bulaga – OL – Green Bay Packers:Bulaga started in Sunday’s victory over the Lions making this the third consecutive year that the Packers have been NFC champions. Bulaga, in his fifth season with the Packers, has made 36 career starts. He has appeared in every game this season except week two when he suffered a knee injury.

    Scott Chandler – TE – Buffalo Bills: Chandler started this weekend against the Patriots. He recorded one reception for 20 yards. Chandler closes out his fifth year with the Bills tallying 47 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns this season.

    Adrian Clayborn – DL – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Clayborn has been placed on injured reserve after sustaining a torn pectoral muscle. He will miss the rest of the 2014 season. Clayborn was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft ( 20th overall) by Tampa Bay. This is his fourth season with the Buccaneers.

    Colin Cole – DL – Carolina Panthers: Cole saw action in Sunday’s match-up against the Falcons notching two tackles. Cole is in his second season with the Panthers and eighth season in the league. He entered the NFL in 2003 as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings. Cole recorded 28 tackles this season.

    Mike Daniels – DL – Green Bay Packers: Daniels started in this weekend’s contest against the Lions notching three tackles and was credited with one sack. Daniels is in his third season with the Packers. He was selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. Daniels ends the 2014-2015 season with 41 tackles and is credited with 5.5 sacks this season.

    A.J. Edds – LB – Jacksonville Jaguars: Edds saw action this weekend against the Titans. He signed with the Jaguars on December 3, 2014 after spending nearly one season with the Jets. Edds replaces right tackle Austin Pasztor on the 54-man roster. He was originally selected by Miami in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.

    James Ferentz – OL – Houston Texans: Ferentz, a member of the Texans’ practice squad, signed with the team on May 16, 2014. He is one of two Hawkeye rookies on the team, C.J. Fiedorowicz being the other. During his time at Iowa he was a three-year starter at center making 38 consecutive starts.

    C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Houston Texans:Fiedorowicz saw action Sunday in the final game of his rookie season. He has appeared in every game this season except week two and has started in eight. Fiedorowicz was selected by the Texans with the first pick in the third round (65th overall), making him the first Hawkeye to be chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft.

    Bradley Fletcher – DB – Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher missed Sunday’s game against the Giants due to a hip injury. He had limited participation in practice. Fletcher has 60 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception this season.

    Adam Gettis – OL – New York Giants: Gettis was signed by the Giants from the Steeler’s practice squad on Dec 16, 2014. He previously played one season with the Washington Redskins where he saw action in all 13 games.

    Charles Godfrey – DB – Atlanta Falcons: Godfrey is in his first season with the Falcons. He signed with the team on October 28, 2014 after spending the first half of the season with the Panthers. Godfrey has a career 372 tackles and is in his seventh season in the league.

    Shonn Greene – RB – Tennessee Titans: Greene saw action in Sunday’s match-up against the Colts. He carried eleven times for a 94 yards. In 2008 Greene set the Iowa single-season rushing record with 1850 yards. He ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game and led the Big Ten in league games. This is Greene’s sixth season in the league. He has an NFL career total of 4110 yards.

    Chad Greenway – LB – Minnesota Vikings: Greenway did not see action in Sunday’s game due to a knee injury. He has spent the past nine seasons with the Vikings and tallied 93 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble this season. Greenway has 992 tackles, the most of any linebacker on the team.

    Anthony Hitchens – LB – Dallas Cowboys: Hitchens started in Sunday’s victory over the Colts registering one tackle. He started eleven of sixteen games during his rookie season and tallied 75 tackles. Hitchens was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft and was one of three Hawkeyes drafted (Kirksey, Fiedorowicz).

    Micah Hyde – CB – Green Bay Packers: Hyde started this weekend against the Lions recording four tackles. Hyde closes his second regular season with the Packers notching 60 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions.

    Christian Kirksey – LB – Cleveland Browns: Kirksey saw action in Sunday’s game against the Ravens recording one tackle. He played in eight of sixteen games this season and closed his rookie season with 81 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. Kirksey was drafted by the Browns in the 3rd round, 71st overall.

    Karl Klug – DL – Tennessee Titans: Klug, in his fourth season with the Titans, saw action this weekend against the Jaguars. He was drafted by Tennessee in 2011 and has since remained with the team. Klug has 64 career tackles, seven pass break ups, and 14.5 sacks.

    Tony Moeaki -TE – Seattle Seahawks: Moeaki saw action this weekend against the Rams. He recorded one reception for 21 yards. He has eight receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown this season. This is Moeaki’s first season with the Seahawks.

    James Morris – LB – New England Patriots: Morris is on the Patriots’ injured/reserved list. He was the sixth player in Iowa history to record 400 career tackles. He was also the first linebacker to lead the team in sacks since 1986 when they became an official statistic. Morris signed with the Patriots on May 16, 2014 and saw action in two preseason games.

    Brandon Myers – TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Myers started in Sunday’s game against the Saints. He recorded four receptions for 21 yards putting his season totals at 22 receptions for 190 yards. Myers was the Raiders’ sixth round pick in the 2009 draft. This is his first season with the Buccaneers.

    Shaun Prater – DB – Minnesota Vikings: Prater is in his third year in the league and second year with the Vikings. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2012 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Prater has 11 career tackles.

    Riley Reiff – OL – Detroit Lions: Reiff started in Sunday’s contest against the Packers. He has started in 42 games over the past three seasons with the Lions. Reiff played in all 16 games of his senior season at Iowa. Reiff and the 2013 Iowa offensive line paved the way for 15 rushing touchdowns and helped the team reach an average of 392 net yards per game, the sixth best mark in the league.

    Allen Reisner – TE – Baltimore Ravens: Reisner was added to the Ravens’ practice squad on Nov. 17, 2014 after spending the 2013 season with the Jaguars. He participated in four preseason games with the Ravens in which he recorded a total of 8 receptions for 62 yards.

    Ricky Stanzi – QB – Houston Texans: Four-year veteran Ricky Stanzi was signed to the Texans’ practice squad on Dec 16, 2014. In 2010 Stanzi ranked second among Iowa quarterbacks in career victories and had at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games to establish a school record. Stanzi was selected in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Jeff Tarpinian – LB – Houston Texans: Tarpinian saw action Sunday against the Jaguars and recorded one tackle. This is his third season in the league and first with the Texans. He has appeared in 30 games with four career starts. Tarpinian has a total of 13 tackles this season and is credited with one forced fumble.

    Matt Tobin – OL – Philadelphia Eagles: Tobin saw action this weekend against the Giants. Tobin has appeared in thirteen games this season and started in seven. Tobin signed with the Eagles in the 2013 off season as a rookie free agent.

    Julian Vandervelde – G – Philadelphia Eagles: Vandervelde was re-signed to the Eagles’ practice squad midway through the season. He was drafted by the Eagles in 2011 during the fifth-round of the NFL draft and was a member of their practice squad in 2012. Vandervelde was a four-year letterman at Iowa and was named to second-team All-Big Ten.

    Marshal Yanda – OL – Baltimore Ravens:Yanda started Sunday against the Browns. He was the second offensive lineman selected by the Ravens in the 2007 draft (3rd round). In 2011, he signed for a 5-year contract extension. Yanda has competed in three consecutive pro bowls during his NFL career (2011-2013). This is Yanad’s eighth season in the league and with the Ravens.

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