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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa all-time leading scorer Nate Kaeding will serve as honorary captain Saturday when Iowa hosts No. 3 Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium (2:35 p.m. CT, ESPN).
Kaeding, a native of Iowa City, Iowa (West), was a four-year letterman for the Hawkeyes from 2000-03. He won the Lou Groza Award, presented to college football’s top placekicker, in 2002, and was a finalist for the award in 2003.
Kaeding graduated in 2004 as Iowa’s all-time scoring leader with 373 points. He scored one touchdown, kicked 67 field goals, and was good on 166 PATs. He scored 120 kicking points in 2002, a single-season Big Ten record that stood until 2010. He also holds the school record for consecutive field goals made (22).
Kaeding was a first team All-Big Ten honoree in 2002 and 2003, and earned honorable mention in 2001. He won a Big Ten title in 2002 (11-2), kicked a game-winning field goal in the final minute of Iowa’s 19-16 win at the 2001 Alamo Bowl, and kicked three field goals in Iowa’s 37-17 win against Florida at the 2004 Outback Bowl.
Kaeding was a first team All-American in 2002 and 2003, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played nine years in the Chargers organization and retired as one of the most accurate NFL kickers of all-time (86.2 field goal percentage, 99.4 PAT). He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and 2009, and named first team All-Pro in 2009. He was named to the ESPN.com and Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team in 2004.
Kaeding will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.