Hawk Item – – Spent majority of 2022 spring practice moving from tackle to end position.
2022 Honors – – Preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2022 – – Listed as second team left defensive tackle following spring practice.
2021 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten . . . Freshman All-America by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Maxwell Football Club . . . Shawn Alexander Freshman of the Year Watch List . . . 2021 – – Saw action in 34-6 win over #17 Indiana as defense allowed just 77 net rushing yards and 233 yards total offense . . . one solo tackle vs. Indiana for Iowa’s only QB sack in the game . . . saw action in 27-17 win at #9 Iowa State as defense allowed just 87 net rushing yards . . . recorded one pass break-up and one QB pressure at ISU . . . saw action in 30-7 win over Kent State as defense allowed just 79 net rushing yards and 264 yards total offense . . . career-best seven tackles vs. Kent State, including one solo stop and six assists . . . combined with Zach VanValkenburg for a safety for the first points of the game . . . totals included 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks . . . saw action in 24-14 win over Colorado State as defense allowed 95 net rushing yards and 250 yards total offense . . . three tackles vs. CSU, including two solo stops and one assist, including one QB sack . . . saw action in 51-14 win at Maryland as defense allowed just 97 net rushing yards and 271 yards total offense, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 24-7 loss to Purdue . . . two tackles vs. Purdue, including one solo stop and one assist, with one tackle for loss and one QB pressure . . . saw action in 27-7 loss at Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 17-12 win at Northwestern as defense allowed just 93 net rushing yards . . . two solo tackles at Northwestern, including a solo sack . . . saw action in 27-22 win over Minnesota . . . one solo tackle and one assisted tackle vs. Minnesota . . . saw action in 33-23 win over Illinois, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 28-21 win at Nebraska . . . six tackles at Nebraska, including five solo tackles and one assist, with QB sack resulting in team safety, his second of the season . . saw action in 42-3 loss to #2 Michigan . . . three tackles vs. Michigan, including one solo tackle and two assists, to go with one QB pressure . . . saw action in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky . . . four tackles vs. Kentucky, including two solo tackles and two assists, with one sack.
2020 – – Redshirted . . . did not see any game action.
High School Honors — Named MSL Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference as a senior…named first-team all-state by Champaign News Gazette…first-team all-area as a senior by Daily Herald and Pioneer Press…Career — Two-year football letterman, helping prep team advance to state playoffs as a junior and senior…team captain as a senior…recorded 67 tackles as a senior, with 17 quarterback pressures, eight tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one blocked punt…also earned three letters in hockey.
Personal — Born 7/6/01…business major…member of National Honor Society…earned academic all-state recognition…parents are Leanna and Jason Van Ness…high school coach was Joe Sanchez.