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#97 Zach VanValkenburg

Height 6-4
Weight 272 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Zeeland, Mich.
High School Zeeland West
Previous School Hillsdale College

Hawk Item – – Joined Iowa program in summer, 2019, after playing two seasons at Hillsdale College (Div. II) . . . named Defensive Lineman of the Year in Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2018 . . . recorded 70 tackles as a sophomore, including 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, along with three forced fumbles . . . led the league on sacks and ranked third in tackles for loss in 2018 . . . as a freshman in 2017 recorded 32 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick . . . redshirted in 2016 after an early season injury . . . recorded 15 tackles before season-ending injury in mid-October . . . season-high seven tackles vs. Wayne State . . . earned team Big Stick Award following  performance vs. Wayne State . . . named team defensive Scout Team Player of the Week on Sept. 5.

2019 – – Saw action in 11 games, recording two solo tackles and four assists . . . saw action in 38-14 win over Miami, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 30-0 win over Rutgers, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 125 yards total offense . . . saw action in 18- 17 win at Iowa State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee as defense allowed just 216 yards total offense . . . Iowa career-best three assisted tackles vs. MTSU . . . did not see action in 10-3 loss at #18 Michigan . . . saw action in 17-12 loss to #9 Penn State, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 26-20 win over Purdue, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 33 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 20-0 win at Northwestern, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards and 202 yards total offense . . . saw action in 24-22 loss at #16 Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . did not see action in 23-19 win over #7 Minnesota . . . saw action in 19-10 win over Illinois, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 27-24 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 49-24 Holiday Bowl win over #22 USC, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 22 net rushing yards.

At Hillsdale College – – Named Defensive Lineman of the Year in Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2018 . . . recorded 70 tackles as a sophomore, including 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, along with three forced fumbles . . . led the league on sacks and ranked third in tackles for loss in 2018 . . . as a freshman in 2017 recorded 32 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick . . . redshirted in 2016 after an early season injury . . . recorded 15 tackles before season-ending injury in mid-October . . . season-high seven tackles vs. Wayne State . . . earned team Big Stick Award following  performance vs. Wayne State . . . named team defensive Scout Team Player of the Week on Sept. 5.

High school honors – – Earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors as a senior . . . named Holland Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year and named to Detroit Free Press Dream Team as a senior . . . earned all-conference honors as a junior . . . Career – – Three-year football letterman as linebacker and defensive end . . . member of prep team that won three conference titles and two state championships, posting 39-2 record over three seasons . . . recorded 85 tackles a senior, including 28 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks . . . team captain as a senior . . . also earned four letters in wrestling, earning all-state honors on the mat, and four-year track letterman.

Personal – – Born 2/17/98 . . . interdisciplinary studies major . . . named AP Scholar as a prep . . . parents are Rebecca and Dale VanValkenburg . . . high school coach was John Shillito.