University of Iowa Athletics
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#34 Jay Higgins

Height 6-2
Weight 229 lbs.
Class Jr.
Hometown Indianapolis, Ind.
High School Brebeuf Jesuit Prep
Jay Higgins - Football - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Item – – One of eight true freshmen to see action in 2020, playing in six games.

2022 – – Listed as second team middle linebacker following spring practice.

2021 – – Saw action in 34-6 win over #17 Indiana as defense allowed just 77 net rushing yards and 233 yards total offense, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 27-17 win at #9 Iowa State as defense allowed just 87 net rushing yards, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 30-7 win over Kent State as defense allowed just 79 net rushing yards and 264 yards total offense, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 24-14 win over Colorado State as defense allowed 95 net rushing yards and 250 yards total offense, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 51-14 win at Maryland as defense allowed just 97 net rushing yards and 271 yards total offense . . . matched career-best with two solo tackles at Maryland, while adding first career fumble recovery on special teams that led to Iowa touchdown . . . saw action in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 24-7 loss to Purdue, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 27-7 loss at Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 17-12 win at Northwestern, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 93 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 27-22 win over Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 33-23 win over Illinois, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 28-21 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 42-3 loss to #2 Michigan, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky, but had no statistics.

2020 – – Saw action on special teams in 24-20 loss at Purdue, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 21-20 loss to Northwestern, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 49-7 win over Michigan State, but had no statistics as defense allowed 59 rushing yards and 286 yards total offense . . . saw action in 35-7 win at Minnesota . . . two solo tackles at Minnesota for first career statistics . . . saw action on special teams in 41-21 win at Penn State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 26-20 win over Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . did not see action in 35-21 win at Illinois . . . did not see action in 28-7 win over #25 Wisconsin.

High School Honors — Named to All-State Top 50 as a junior and senior . . . first-team all-state, all-conference, and all-county as a junior and senior . . . earned all-state and all-conference honors as a sophomore . . . Career — Four-year football letterman as linebacker and tight end . . . team captain as a junior and senior . . . helped prep team reach state championship as a sophomore and state regionals as a junior . . . three-year prep record of 27-11 . . . ranked in the top 10 nationally in tackles as a senior . . . holds school record with 471 career tackles . . . led conference in tackles for three consecutive seasons . . . had 151 tackles, five pass break-ups, and three forced fumbles as a senior . . . finished with 145 tackles, three pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, and an interception return for a touchdown as a junior . . . had 158 tackles and four forced fumbles as a sophomore . . . had 17 tackles as a freshman . . . also earned three letters in basketball.

Personal — Born 2/14/02 . . . open major . . . parents are Shelley and Roy Higgins . . . high school coach was Mic Roessler.