Howells native ready for Black Friday matchup against Cornhuskers
Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers kick off Friday at 2:36 p.m. (CT) on ABC
Hawkeyes and Gophers kick off Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT)
Hawkeyes and Hoosiers kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT at Memorial Stadium
Iowa (5-0, 1-0) defeated #18/19 Wisconsin
2014 Honors - - Academic All-Big Ten . . . 2014 - - Saw action in nine games, recording four solo tackles, including a shared tackle for loss . . . saw first action of career in 31-23 win over Northern Iowa, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 24-10 win at Purdue, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 156 yards total offense . . . saw action in 38-31 loss at Maryland, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 48-7 win over Northwestern, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 180 yards total offense . . . saw action in 51-14 loss at Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 30-14 win at Illinois as defense allowed just 88 net rushing yards and 235 yards total offense . . . recorded a shared tackle for loss at Illinois for first career tackle . . . saw action in 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin, recording two assisted tackles . . . saw action in 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 45-28 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee, but had no statistics.
2013 Honors - - Team Leader Award, Defense . . . 2013 - - Redshirted.
High school honors - - Nominated for Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a senior . . . named Division I Player of the Year by Huskerland Prep Reports . . . earned first team all-state and all-district honors as a senior, being named honorary captain . . . two-time first team all-state . . . Career - - Four-year letterman as defensive lineman and team captain as a senior as prep team posted 47-3 record in four seasons . . . helped prep team win state championships as a freshman and sophomore, while placing as runner-up as a junior and reaching quarterfinals as a senior . . . recorded 45 tackles as a senior, including nine QB sacks and 11 tackles for loss, with one touchdown on a recovered fumble . . . collected 91 tackles as a junior, with 24 tackles for loss and nine QB sacks, along with a safety . . . had 118 tackles as a sophomore, with 10 tackles for loss, four QB sacks and one safety . . . 71 tackles, including five tackles for loss and two QB sacks as a freshman . . . also four-year wrestling letterman and earned three letters in track, throwing both shot and discus.
Personal - - Born 7/15/94 . . . open major . . . parents are Laurie and Dan Bazata . . . member of prep Honor Roll . . . high school coach was Mike Speirs.