UI defensive coordinator Phil Parker had zero hestitation in taking on the role of secondary coach
2nd-year coach says Hawkeyes remain hungry during spring ball
First-year linebackers coach is impressed with coach Ferentz's consistency
Hawkeyes played 6 games decided by 3 points or fewer
James Ferentz and Micah Hyde share Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award
Indoor Practice Facility Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa hosts Nebraska on Friday Nov. 23 at Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa faces Indiana in Bloomington on Nov 3, 2012.
Iowa hosts Penn State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday Oct. 20, 2012.
AP Photos: Iowa at Michigan State
Hawk-Item - - Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.5) in 2011 . . . one of nine true freshman to see action in 2010.
2011 Honors - - Honorable mention linebacker of the Week vs. Iowa State by College Football Performance Awards.
2011 - - Started all 13 games, including first seven at weakside linebacker and final six at outside position . . . recorded 62 solo tackles and 48 assists to share team lead for the season . . . also had five tackles for loss, one QB sack, one interception, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles . . . started at weakside linebacker in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech . . . recorded career-best 10 tackles in opening game, including six solo stops . . . started at weakside linebacker in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State . . . led team with 13 tackles at ISU, including 11 solo stops . . . also had two tackles for loss, a QB sack and pass break-up, along with first caused and recovered fumble, on the same play . . . started at weakside linebacker in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh, while also playing portions of the contest at outside linebacker . . . recorded three solo tackles and five assists vs. Pitt . . . started at weakside linebacker in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards . . . recorded four solo tackles and four assists vs. ULM . . . started at weakside linebacker in 13-3 loss at Penn State . . . recorded six solo tackles and four assists at PSU, along with second forced fumble of the season . . . started at weakside linebacker in 41-31 win over Northwestern, recording five solo tackles and four assists . . . started at weakside linebacker in 45-24 win over Indiana . . . led team with 12 tackles in win over Hoosiers, including seven solo stops, and also had one pass break-up . . . started at outside linebacker in 22-21 loss at Minnesota . . . recorded six tackles at Minnesota, including three solo stops and one tackle for loss . . . started at outside linebacker in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan . . . recorded five tackles vs. Wolverines, including two solo stops . . . also had first career interception, stopping a Michigan drive in the red zone . . . started at outside linebacker in 37-21 loss to Michigan State . . . recorded team-high nine tackles vs. MSU, including five solo stops and one tackle for loss . . . started at outside linebacker in 31-21 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle, two asissts and a pass break-up as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense . . . started at outside linebacker in 20-7 loss at Nebraska, recording three solo tackles and career-best seven assists . . . started at outside linebacker in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, recording six solo stops, one assist and one tackle for loss as defense allowed just 275 yards total offense.
2010 - - Saw action in 11 games, recording six assisted tackles . . . saw action in 37-7 opening win over Eastern Illinois, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 35-7 win over Iowa State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 34-27 loss at Arizona, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 45-0 win over Ball State, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 112 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 24-3 win over Penn State . . . saw action in 38-28 win at Michigan, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 18-13 win at Indiana, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 91 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 21-17 loss at Northwestern, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 20-17 loss to Ohio State, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 27-24 loss at Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . did not see action in 27-24 Insight Bowl victory over 12th-ranked Missouri due to injury.
High school honors - - Named Missouri all-American while earning first team all-state honors as a senior . . . was first team all-conference as a senior after earning honorable mention recognition as a junior . . . earned second team all-Metro honors in St. Louis area . . . Career - - two-year letterman as linebacker and fullback . . . collected 163 tackles as a senior, with nine tackles for loss, three QB sacks, two interceptions and one touchdown . . . recorded 89 tackles as a junior, with three tackles for loss, one interception and a QB sack . . . team captain as a senior . . . team won state championship in junior season and returned to playoffs the following year . . . also lettered in track, helping team win state championship as a junior.
Personal - - Born 8/31/92 . . . pre-business major . . . member of prep Honor Roll . . . parents are Patrice and Elmer Kirksey . . . high school coach was Mike Jones.