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Ronnie Harmon
Ronnie Harmon

Hometown:
Laurelton, NY

High School:
Bayside

Position:
Running Back

NFL Draft: The 14th pick overall and a No. 1 pick by the Buffalo Bills.

Iowa Items: In two seasons as a wingback and two as a tailback, he caught 146 passes for 2,045 yards, third best in Iowa history...also seventh leading rusher (2,271 yards) and tied for eighth in scoring (192 points)...holds Iowa record with 32 career touchdowns...caught at least one pass in school record 32 straight games...recruited as a running back, but played wingback for two years before shifting to tailback in 1984...ran for over 100 yards in nine of 18 games since becoming Iowa's starting tailback...ranks 12th on the Big Ten's all-time receiving lists.

1985 Season: A 1985 captain and one of 13 team MVP...made first team all-America by Football News and Mizlou and honorable mention all-America by AP, UPI and Gannett...first team all-Big Ten by AP and UPI...played for coach Hayden Fry in the Japan Bowl...only the second Hawkeye in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season...finished the year with 1,166 yards on 223 carries, a 5.2 average, and nine touchdowns...leading receiver with 60 catches for 699 yards (11.7 average) and one score...ranked second in Big Ten rushing (20th nationally), second in all-purpose yardage (6th), tied for fifth in receiving, seventh in kickoff returns and tied for 13th in scoring...rushed for over 100 yards against Iowa State (19 attempts, 103 yards, two TDs), Wisconsin (20-175-1), Michigan (32-120), Ohio State (26-120-1) and Purdue (25-122-1)...caught a career-best 11 passes (102 yards) in the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA...had nine receptions at Purdue (for 118 yards) in going over the century mark in rushing and receiving in the same game for the only time in his career...CBS-TV and AP Midwest Offensive Player of the Week at Purdue...the Hawkeyes' offensive MVP against Iowa State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Purdue...nationally ranked in all-purpose yardage (sixth), rushing (20th) and receiving (tied for 30th)...returned nine kickoffs for a 16.3 average.

1984 Season: The Hawkeyes' Most Valuable Player as voted by the players...second team all-America by the Sporting News and honorable mention by AP and Gannett News Service...first team all-Big Ten running back by AP and UPI...the Hawkeyes' second leading runner despite playing only nine games and starting seven times...season was cut short when he broke his leg in the fourth quarter vs. Wisconsin...finished the season with 907 yards rushing, a 4.8 average and 11 TDs...also had 32 receptions for 318 yards (9.9 average) and one touchdown...returned 11 kickoffs for a 23.8 average...his 72 points was fourth best single season effort at Iowa...in the Big Ten he finished second in rushing (13th nationally), second in all-purpose yardage (second), third in kickoff returns (12th), third in scoring (15th), eighth in receiving and 12th in total offense...had consecutive games of at least 100 yards rushing in his first three starts...ran for 132 yards vs. Ohio State, 191 vs. Illinois and 121 vs. Northwestern...got 160 yards at Indiana...ran for 85 yards on three carries in the season opener vs. Iowa State, including a 86-yard TD run...the Hawkeyes' offensive MVP vs. Iowa State, Penn State and Illinois...caught seven passes vs. Indiana and six vs. Northwestern...two catches for 79 yards vs. Iowa State, including a 68-yard touchdown...scored three TDs in consecutive games vs. Illinois and Northwestern...scored twice vs. Iowa State...was CBS-TV, UPI Midwest and AP Midwest offensive player of the week vs. Illinois.

1983 Season: Iowa's big plan man with 17 plays (not counting kickoff returns) longer than 20 yards...caught 35 passes for 729 yards (20.8 avg.), second best on the team...ran for an additional 185 yards on 22 attempts (8.4 avg.), mostly on wingback reverses...gained 75 rushing yards vs. Minnesota on only four carries...ran the ball at least once in very game except the Gator Bowl...returned 12 kickoffs for a 17.5 average and brought back one punt for seven yards...honorable mention all-Big Ten by AP...finished 12th in the conference in all-purpose yardage...longest reception was a 77-yard sideline route that clinched win at Penn State...grabbed six receptions (90 yards) in the Gator Bowl vs. Florida...made four catches (106 yards) vs. Illinois, Ohio State (61 yards) and Michigan State (62 yards and Iowa's only TD)...scored three times against Minnesota on a 25-yard pass reception and TD runs of 11 and 22 yards...ran for 41 yards vs. Purdue on two carries...scored seven touchdowns - five receiving and two rushing...started the 1983 season as a reserve tailback, then switched to wingback.

1982 Season: Was inserted into the lineup (third game) to provide more speed...tied the Peach Bowl record with two touchdown receptions...had 19 receptions for 299 yards and three TDs...ran eight times for 13 net yards.

High School: Earned four varsity letters in football and set Bayside mark with 18 touchdowns as a senior...all-city (three times), all-conference (twice) and all-state (once)...started for three years.

Personal: Born May 7, 1964 in Queens, NY...brother Kevin played football at Iowa...communication studies major.

RUSHING	Att	Gain	Loss	Net	Avg	TDs	Lg
1982	8	34	21	13	1.6	0	26
1983	22	208	23	185	8.4	2	27
1984	190	964	57	907	4.8	11	86
1985	223	1,236	70	1,166	5.2	9	46
Career	443	2,442	171	2,271	5.1	22	86

KO Ret. No Yds Avg TDs Lg 1982 2 43 21.5 0 23 1983 12 210 17.5 0 27 1984 11 262 23.8 0 50 1985 9 147 16.3 0 29 Career 34 662 19.5 0 50

RECEIVING No Yds Avg TDs Lg 1982 19 299 15.7 3 36 1983 35 729 20.8 5 77 1984 32 318 9.9 1 68 1985 60 699 11.7 1 60 Career 146 2,045 14.0 10 77

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