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Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless

Hugo, MN

Running Back

Iowa Item: Former walk-on... his 84 career points ties him for 19th on the Iowa charts...the 10th leading rusher in school history (1,561).

1987 - Injury-plagued season... totaled 148 yards rushing and 17 yards receiving after leading the team in both categories as a junior... rushed for 34 yards at Arizona...hurt his knee at Iowa State and missed six games...started at Northwestern and gained 25 yards... season-highs for carries (12), yards rushing (44), and receptions (2) vs. Minnesota... scored on a four-yard run against the Gophers... shoulder separation vs. Minnesota but returned for 18 rushing yards vs. Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl.

1986 - First team all-Big Ten by AP and honorable mention by UPI...honorable mention all-America pick by AP... won the Roy Carver Award, given to Iowa's Most Valuable Player... the third runner in Iowa history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season...finished the season with 1,150 yards (95.8), the third best in school annals... his 66 points rank seventh in Iowa season annals...fourth player in school history to lead the team in rushing and receiving the same year... finished second in Big Ten rushing (23rd nationally), third in all-purpose yardage, tied for 10th in scoring and 13th in receiving and total offense, career-high 183 yards on 33 carries vs. Northwestern... longest run vs. the Wildcats was 18 yards, but he had seven attempts longer than 10 yards...shared Iowa offensive MVP honors vs. the Wildcats...rushed for 167 yards (he had 154 at halftime) on eight carries vs. Northern Illinois in his first college start...gain 110 yards (19 carries) and scored a touchdown vs. San Diego State in the Holiday Bowl.

1985 - Fourth leading rushing with 123 yards on 28 carries and two TDs... ran for season-high 47 yards (four attempts) vs. Northern Illinois... added 31 yards (eight carries) against Drake and 28 yards (six rushes) at Northwestern... scored on a one-yard dive against Drake... special teams player of the week vs. the Bulldogs...eight tackles on the special teams.

1984 - Played in nine games, including the last seven... ran for 140 yards on 27 carries, a 5.2 average... played last three quarters at Hawaii and gained 96 yards on 16 carries... five receptions for 66 yards.

1983 - No game participation

High school - Lettered in football (twice) and track (three times) at Forest Lake... captained football and was all-city and all-conference... all-North Suburban League in track twice... set school records in high jump, 100 meters and 60-yard dash.

Personal - Born October 15, 1964... computer science major.

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