UI defensive coordinator Phil Parker had zero hestitation in taking on the role of secondary coach
Hawkeyes played 6 games decided by 3 points or fewer
Hawkeyes host second annual Heroes Game with Cornhuskers
Hawkeyes Play at Michigan on Saturday
Game notes: at Michigan
Iowa travels to Ann Arbor face off against Michigan on Saturday Nov. 17, 2012.
Iowa vs. Michigan - AP Photo Gallery
Iowa hosts Purdue at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday Nov. 10, 2012.
Iowa hosts Penn State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday Oct. 20, 2012.
Iowa vs. Minnesota - AP Photos (9/29/12)
Hawk-Item - - One of 10 true freshmen to see action in 2011.
2011 - - Saw action in all 13 games, recording seven solo tackles and four assists . . . saw first action of career in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech, but had no statistics . . . saw action in special teams in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe, recording one solo tackle and two assists as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 13-3 loss at Penn State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 41-31 win over Northwestern, recording two solo tackles . . . saw action in 45-24 win over Indiana, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 22-21 loss at Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 37-21 loss to Michigan State, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 31-21 win at Purdue, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense . . . saw action in 20-7 loss at Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . saw action in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, but had no statistics.
High school honors - - First team all-state, first team WCAC all-conference, second team all-metro, Big School second team defense and Catholic All-American third team as a senior . . . second team WCAC all-conference and honorable mention Big School all-state as a junior . . . Career - - led team with 106 tackles as a senior, 31 tackles for loss and four interceptions, while playing both cornerback and safety . . . also scored three touchdowns as wide receiver . . . finished with 67 tackles, four QB sacks and two interceptions as a junior . . . helped team to the playoffs in 2009, finishing with an 8-3 record . . . team captain as a senior . . . lettered in both football and track.
Personal - - Born 5/12/93 . . . given name is Nicholas . . . open major . . . member of prep Honor Roll, graduating cum laude . . . parents are Melody and Harry Thornton . . . high school coach was Bryce Bevill.