Oct. 12, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri has been named Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Iowa’s 29-20 win over Illinois.
The Big Ten honor is the first for Canzeri (5-foot-9, 192-pounds), a senior from Troy, New York (Troy HS). Canzeri is the fourth Hawkeye to earn weekly honors from the Big Ten in 2015. QB C.J. Beathard earned the offensive award following Iowa’s win at Iowa State, PK Marshall Koehn was the special teams winner following Iowa’s last-second victory over Pittsburgh, and DB Desmond King earned co-defensive honors for his play in Iowa’s win at Wisconsin.
Canzeri led Iowa’s offense in the win over Illinois with 256 rushing yards on 43 attempts. He also had two receptions for 15 yards. He scored twice, including a 17-yard reception in the second quarter and a 75-yard run in the third period.
Canzeri was at his best in the fourth quarter against Illinois, rushing on 11 consecutive plays for 59 yards. Iowa used 6:53 of the quarter to set up a Marshall Koehn field goal after Illinois had pulled within 23-20. Following a fumble recovery, Canzeri added three additional rushing attempts before Koehn sealed the victory with his third field goal of the game.
Canzeri established an Iowa record for rushing attempts in a game, passing the previous mark of 42, which was held by Sedrick Shaw (at Michigan State, 1995). The 256 rushing yards ranks third best for a single game at Iowa.
Canzeri leads Iowa’s rushing attack through six games with 132 attempts for 697 yards and nine touchdowns. His 10 total touchdowns lead the Big Ten and rank seventh nationally. He is 20th in the nation in rushing yards per game (116.2), rushing for over 100 yards in four of six games.
Canzeri tied a school record in a win over North Texas with four rushing touchdowns. His career total of 1,786 rushing yards ranks 15th best in school history.
Iowa (6-0, 2-0) travels to Northwestern (5-1, 1-1) Saturday (11 a.m., ABC). Following an open week, the Hawkeyes return to Kinnick Stadium Saturday, Oct. 31, hosting Maryland (TBA). Tickets are on sale for Iowa’s three remaining home games, and are available online at hawkeyesports.com, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the UI athletics ticket office located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.