Final Notes: 2021 Season

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1: Iowa won the Big Ten West Division title for second time (2015) and put together a 10-win season for the seventh time under Kirk Ferentz (2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2015, 2019, 2021).

2: Iowa finished the season ranked 23rd in the AP poll and 23rd in the final coaches poll. Iowa was ranked in the final AP poll for the fourth straight season, which is the longest streak under head coach Kirk Ferentz and the second longest in program history (five straight years from 1983-87).

3: Iowa finished the season in the AP poll for the fourth straight season, which is the longest steak under Ferentz and second longest in program history (5 straight from 1983-87). Iowa had three wins over ranked opponents (vs. #17 Indiana, 34-6; at #9 Iowa State, 27-17; vs. #4 Penn State, 23-20).

4: Iowa has won 19 conference games over the last three seasons, the most successful three-year stretch since winning 20 conference games from 2002-04. Iowa has won at least six conference games in three straight years for the first time under Kirk Ferentz (19 wins). The last time Iowa won at least six conference games in three straight seasons was 1981-83 (19 wins).

5: Iowa led the country with a school-record 25 interceptions and tied for third nationally in takeaways (31). The Hawkeyes have 89 interceptions since 2017, more than any team in the country.

6: C Tyler Linderbaum became the 12th Hawkeye to earn unanimous consensus All-America status and the 28th Hawkeye to earn consensus All-America status. Iowa football has had a consensus All-American in three straight seasons for the first time in program history. Linderbaum was also the 2021 Rimington Trophy winner, which is awarded to the nation’s premier center in college football, and was also selected as the 2021 Big Ten Conference Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.

7: K Caleb Shudak was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Shudak connected on 24-28 field goals and all 36 PAT attempts in 2021, leading the Hawkeyes in scoring with 108 points, the fifth-best single season total in school history. Shudak finished his career 24-29 on field goal attempts, an 82.8 career percentage that ranks No. 1 in school history (minimum 25 attempts). His 85.7 field goal percentage in 2021 is the fourth best single-season percentage in school history (minimum 15 attempts).

8: LB Jack Campbell was named second-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Campbell led the country with 143 tackles, including 57 solo tackles and 86 assists. The 143 tackles rank fifth in single-season school history and are the most by a Hawkeye since Pat Angerer had 145 in 2009.

9: WR Charlie Jones was the Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year. Jones ranked third in the Big Ten averaging 7.7 yards on a league-high 37 punt returns. He returned 25 kickoffs for an average of 25.4 yards per return, No. 2 in the Big Ten. He returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown Week 11 against Illinois. Jones’s 37 punt returns are the most by a Hawkeye in a single season since Peter Maricano returned 39 punts (3.8 average) in 1987.

10: TE Sam LaPorta led Iowa in receptions (53) and receiving yards (670). He is the first TE to lead Iowa in receptions and receiving yards since T.J. Hockenson in 2018 (49-760). LaPorta had a career-high 122 receiving yards and matched his career high with seven receptions at the 2021 Citrus Bowl. He is the first Iowa tight end to have 100 yards receiving since T.J. Hockenson in 2018 (107 vs. Indiana).