Iowa to host Open Practice on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m.
Iowa (7-6) lost to Tennessee (7-6), 45-28, today at the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Hawkeyes and Panthers kickoff at 11:01 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU
The Hawkeyes posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record in 2015, winning the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Iowa participated in the 2016 Rose Bowl following a last-minute loss to Michigan State (16-13) in the Big Ten championship game and ended the season in the top 10 in the national rankings.
Iowa has participated in January bowl games the past three seasons, including the 2014 Outback Bowl, the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl and the 2016 Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls five times in the past 14 seasons.
Binns enjoyed a very successful playing career as a defensive end for the Hawkeyes from 2008-11. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a senior and earned the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award for defense. He was a three-year member of the Iowa Leadership Group during his career.
Iowa posted a 35-17 record from 2008-11, including a 3-1 record in bowl games. Iowa posted an 11-2 record in 2009, placing second in the Big Ten before defeating ACC champion Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl. The Hawkeyes also defeated South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl and Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl.
Binns started all 13 games as a senior, recording 32 solo tackles and 28 assists. He tied for team lead with eight pass break-ups and was second in tackles for loss (12-58) and QB sacks (5-36). He ranked among Big Ten leaders in pass break-ups, QB sacks (.4) and tackles for loss. He saw action in 12 games as a junior, with five starts. He recorded 17 solo tackles and 19 assists, along with an interception return for a touchdown at Arizona.
Binns started all 13 games in 2009 and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media and earned the Coaches Appreciation Award for defense. He was named ESPN.com Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State following Iowa’s 21-10 win over the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions in Happy Valley.
Binns saw action in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2008, recording 20 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups. His career totals include 179 tackles, 13 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss and 21 pass break-ups, four recovered fumbles and three caused fumbles.
Binns is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, where he twice earned all-conference and all-state honors as a prep at Cretin-Derham High School. He was a team captain and completed his prep career with 157 tackles.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa in 2012. Binns was employed as a teacher and coach at Cretin-Derham prior to joining the Iowa staff, coaching football, basketball and track. He is pursuing his master’s degree in sports management.
Binns was born July 23, 1989. His fiancé is Kailey Strother.