University of Iowa Athletics

#29 Sebastian Castro

Height 5-11
Weight 205 lbs.
Class Gr.
Hometown Oak Lawn, Ill.
High School Richards
Sebastian Castro - Football - University of Iowa Athletics

2024 Honors – – Phil Steele preseason second-team All-Big Ten.

2023 Honors – – Pro Football Focus first-team All-America… Associated Press third-team All-America… Phil Steele honorable mention All-America… second-team All-Big Ten by league media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches… Phil Steele second-team All-Big Ten… Associated Press midseason second-team All-America… Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/11) following Iowa’s 20-13 win at Iowa State… Team Hustle Award, defense… 2023 – – Started at leo/cash position in 10 games and strong safety three times playing in all 14… led team with eight pass break-ups and three interceptions for 36 yards, which rank fourth and ninth in the Big Ten, respectively… had 67 tackles (47 solo, 20 assists), including eight tackles for a loss of 16 yards on the season… recorded a career-high nine tackles (six solo, three assists) and one pass break-up in 26-0 loss to Michigan… recorded seven solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss of seven yards, a blitz that forced a safety, a game-sealing interception for six yards, and had one pass break-up in 15-6 win at Wisconsin… recorded seven tackles (four solo, three assists), including one tackle for a loss of one yard, and one pass break-up in 12-10 loss vs. Minnesota… collected his first career interception for a touchdown in 20-13 win at Iowa State… also had four tackles (three solo, one assist) and one pass break-up at Iowa State… collected six solo tackles in 35-0 loss to Tennessee… recorded five tackles (three solo, two assists), including two tackles for a loss of three yards in season-opening 24-14 win over Utah State…. had five tackles, four solo, one assist) and snagged his second career interception in 26-16 win vs. Michigan State… collected five tackles (one solo, four assists) and had one pass break-up in 20-14 win over Purdue… had five tackles (three solo, two assists) in 10-7 win at Northwestern… recorded four tackles (three solo, one assist), including two tackles for a loss of three yards and one QB sack for two yards, one forced fumble and one QB pressure in 13-10 win at Nebraska… matched a career-high with two pass break-ups and had three tackles (two solo, one assist) in 15-13 win over Illinois… letterwinner.

2022 Honors – – Next Man In Award, defense… 2022 – – Saw action in all 13 games while starting eight, recording 22 solo tackles and 12 assists … started at outside linebacker in 27-14 loss to #4 Michigan, collecting a career-high five tackles (three solos, two assists), along with one pass break-up… matched career-high with five tackles in 21-0 Music City Bowl win over Kentucky, including four solo tackles and one assist, with one QB sack and career-high two pass break-ups… had four tackles in 24-10 win over Wisconsin, (two solo, two assists), including one tackle for loss and second forced fumble of the season… recorded four tackles in 24-17 loss to Nebraska, including three solos and one assist… had first career start in 27-10 win at Rutgers, recording two solo tackles and two assists… his forced fumble was recovered by teammate and returned for a touchdown and he added one pass break-up… recorded two solo tackles 27-0 win over Nevada, including first career tackle for loss… started at outside linebacker in 24-3 win at Purdue, collecting two tackles at Purdue (one solo, one assist), along with one pass break-up… letterwinner.

2021 – – Saw action in all 14 games, collecting five solo tackles and one assist… collected a season-best three tackles, (two solo, one assist), in 51-14 win at Maryland … first career forced fumble at Maryland led to Iowa recovery on kickoff return and an Iowa touchdown… letterwinner.


2020 – – Saw first action of career in 49-7 win over Michigan State.

2019 – – Redshirted… did not seen any game action.

High school honors – – Player of the Year by The Reporter and Daily Southtown as a senior… SSC Red Player of the Year as a junior and senior… earned first-team all-state honors by the Champaign News-Gazette as a junior and senior… first-team all-conference and all-area by the IHSFCA as a junior and senior… first-team all-conference and all-area for three straight years… Career – – Three-year football letterman as defensive back and quarterback… helped team post three-year record of 26-7, while advancing to state playoffs three straight seasons, including state semifinals as a senior… three-year defensive totals include 210 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles, 11 interceptions, and seven pass break-ups… on offense completed 121-of-206 pass attempts for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing 161 times for 1,145 yards and 14 touchdowns… recorded 95 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, with five tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, and two recovered fumbles… on offense passed for 421 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 678 yards and nine touchdowns… 52 tackles as a junior, with two tackles for loss, two pass break-ups, and one caused and recovered fumble… on offense had 1,301 passing yards and 12 touchdowns and 467 rushing yards and five touchdowns… collected 63 tackles as a sophomore, with six interceptions, five tackles for loss, two caused fumbles, two pass break-ups, and two defensive touchdowns… team captain as a junior and senior… also lettered in track.

Personal – – Born 10/14/2000… CLAS non-degree major… mother is Ruby Gonzalez… high school coach was Tony Sheehan.