Former All-American, current NFL All-Pro grew up on family farm in South Dakota
1985 - - A Hawkeye captain and shared team MVP honors with 12 of his senior teammates . . . honorable mention all-American by AP . . . first team all-Big Ten noseguard by AP and UPI . . . managed 40 solos and 29 assists including 13 tackles for losses (of 33 yards) . . . recovered fumbles against both Iowa State and Illinois and knocked down one pass at the line of scrimmage . . . double figure tackles vs. Northern Illinois (10 with one sack) and Northwestern (10 with two sacks) . . . Iowa defensive MVP against the Huskies . . . had three tackles for loss against both Drake (11 yards) and Iowa State (four yards) . . . had eight stops vs. Iowa State, seven vs. Drake, six vs. Ohio State, six vs. Purdue and five in the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA . . . 1984 - - had a super start at noseguard, but hurt his knee vs. Ohio State and missed the next two games entirely . . . subbed at noseguard after his comeback . . . ended up with 37 tackles and six tackles for loss . . . got 14 tackles vs. Penn State with one sack . . . had six tackles vs. both Iowa State and Ohio State in his other starts . . . knocked down a pass at the line against Michigan . . . against Texas in the Freedom Bowl he had five tackles (three for losses of 16 yards), one fumble recovered, another fumble forced and two QB sacks . . . 1983 - - earned the starting noseguard job in the spring and kept his position all year . . . ended with 63 tackles (36 solos, 27 assists), sixth best on team . . . top tackle game vs. Michigan with a dozen, including 10 solos . . . made 11 stops against Penn State and Ohio State . . . forced a fumble vs. the Nittany Lions and had a sack vs. the Buckeyes when he was named UPI Midwest Defensive Player of the Week . . . Iowa's MVP on defense in the Ohio State game . . . seven tackles in the Purdue game and five vs. Indiana and Michigan State . . . 1982 - - played nine games (had nine tackles) before a leg injury sidelined him until the Peach Bowl . . . 1981 - - redshirt.
High school honors - - Football and wrestling all-state as a senior . . . football team was 11-1 his final season, and he won state heavyweight wrestling title with a 30-0 record . . . all-conference in football and wrestling . . . football captain as a senior . . . on state runner-up team in football and state champion in wrestling.
Personal - - Name is Howard Peterson . . . born 2/21/63 in Arlington Heights, IL . . . communication studies major.