IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa defensive end Broderick Binns will serve as honorary captain when the Hawkeyes host Minnesota on Saturday on Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:33 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on NBC.
Binns played in 50 games for the Hawkeyes from 2008-11. A three-year member of the Iowa Leadership Group, Binns amassed 179 tackles, 13 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss, 21 pass break-ups, four recovered fumbles and three forced fumbles as a Hawkeye.
Iowa won 35 games from 2008-11 and had a 3-1 record in bowl games. The Hawkeyes posted an 11-2 record in 2009 and placed second in the Big Ten before defeating ACC champion Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl. Iowa also defeated South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl and Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl.
Binns was recognized as second-team All-Big Ten and earned the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award for defense as a senior after totaling 60 tackles, eight pass break-ups, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks. He registered 36 tackles and a pick-six at Arizona as a junior. Binns was honorable mention All-Big Ten and earned the Coaches Appreciation Award for defense in 2009 as a sophomore. He was tabbed the ESPN Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s win at fourth-ranked Penn State. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he totaled 20 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, and two pass break-ups.
After graduation, Binns served in a leadership role with the football team and UI Athletics. He served as the team’s director of player of development and worked closely with Athletics Student Services for four years (2016-20). He was named the executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2020 and then was elevated to assistant athletics director for diversity, equity, and inclusion and director of the Iowa Varsity Club in 2021. Binns currently is the diversity and inclusion coordinator for GreenState Credit Union.
The Minnesota native earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2012 and master’s degree in sport and fitness administration/management in 2018.
Binns will accompany the Iowa captains to midfield for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.