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#54 Steve Bigach

Height 6-3
Weight 282 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
High School St. Ignatius

Hawk-Item – – One of five seniors named to 2012 Leadership Group.

2012 Honors – – Named to Capital One District VI Academic All-America team for second straight season . . . Academic All-Big Ten for third straight year . . . received Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award . . . 2012 – – started all 12 games, including nine at tackle and three at end . . . recorded 17 solo tackles and 21 assists, with 1.5 tackles for loss and a shared QB sack and two forced fumbles . . . started at defensive end in 18-17 win over Northern Illinois as defense allowed 201 yards total offense . . . recorded two solo tackles vs. NIU . . . started at defensive end in 9-6 loss to Iowa State, recording one solo tackle and two assists . . . started at defensive tackle in 27-16 win over Northern Iowa, recording two assisted tackles and a QB pressure . . . started at defensive tackle in 32-31 loss to Central Michigan, recording one assisted tackle, which was a shared QB sack . . . started at defensive tackle in 31-13 win over Minnesota as defense allowed just 299 yards total offense and collected four turnovers . . . recorded two solo tackles and one assist vs. Minnesota, including one tackle for loss, and forced a fumble, the first of his career . . . started at defensive tackle in 19-16 win at Michigan State . . . recorded four assisted tackles and a QB pressure at MSU . . . started at defensive tackle in 38-14 loss to Penn State, recording two solo tackles and three assists . . . started at defensive tackle in 28-17 loss at Northwestern, recording two solo tackles and one assist . . . started at defensive tackle in 24-21 loss at Indiana, recording one solo tackle . . . started at defensive tackle in 27-24 loss to Purdue . . . recorded career-high seven tackles vs. Purdue, including two solo tackles and five assists . . . also forced a fumble vs. Purdue that led directly to Iowa[apos]s first touchdown of the game . . . started at defensive tackle in 42-17 loss at Michigan, recording two solo tackles and one assist . . . started at defensive end in 13-7 loss to Nebraska, recording three solo tackles, one assist and one QB pressure.

2011 Honors – – Named to Capital One/CoSIDA District Six Academic All-America team . . . academic all-Big Ten for second straight year . . . 2011 – – saw action in 12 games, with five starts, recording nine solo tackles and 15 assists, including one tackle for loss and one QB sack . . . also had one QB pressure and a recovered fumble . . . saw action in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State, recording one solo tackle . . . did not see action in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh . . . saw action in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 13-3 loss at Penn State, recording one assisted tackle . . . started at defensive tackle for first career start in 41-31 win over Northwestern . . . career-best five tackles vs. Northwestern, including three solo stops and one QB sack . . . first career recovered fumble in the fourth quarter led to an Iowa field goal . . . started at defensive tackle in 45-24 win over Indiana, recording career-best six tackles, including two solo stops and four assists . . . started at defensive tackle in 22-21 loss at Minnesota, recording two assisted tackles . . . saw action in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan as defense allowed just 323 yards total offense, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 37-21 loss to Michigan State, recording two solo tackles and one QB pressure . . . started at defensive end in 31-21 win at Purdue, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense . . . started at defensive end in 20-7 loss at Nebraska, recording three assisted tackles . . . saw action in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 275 yards total offense.

2010 Honors – – Academic all-Big Ten . . . 2010 – – Saw action in 37-17 win over Eastern Illinois, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 35-7 win over Iowa State, recording one assisted tackle and one QB pressure for first career statistics . . . did not see action in 34-27 loss at Arizona . . . saw action in 45-0 win over Ball State, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 112 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 24-3 win over Penn State . . . did not see action in 38-28 win at Michigan . . . did not see action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin . . . saw action in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State, recording one solo tackle, which was an eight-yard QB sack, as defense allowed just 31 net rushsing yards and 258 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 18-13 win at Indiana . . . did not see action in 21-17 loss at Northwestern . . . did not see action in 20-17 loss to Ohio State . . . did not see action in 27-24 loss at Minnesota . . . did not see action in 27-24 Insight Bowl win over 12th-ranked Missouri.

2009 – – Did not see any game action.

2008 – – Redshirted.

High school honors – – Cuyahoga County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . first team all-state and all-district as a senior . . . second team all-district as a junior . . . Career – – collected 172 tackles, 12 sacks and 51 tackles for loss . . . team captain . . . also lettered in basketball, track and lacrosse.

Personal – – Born 4/30/90 . . . integrative physiology major . . . National Merit Commended Scholar . . . first academic honors every semester . . . one of two players from Cleveland on Iowa roster . . . parents are Margaret and Stephen Bigach . . . high school coach was Chuck Kyle.