2003 NFL Draft - - Drafted second round by North Carolina Panthers.
Hawk-Items - - One of four seniors selected to team Leadership Group for 2002 season . . .started all 48 games throughout his four seasons, a total that ranked third best in the nation for consecutive starts by an offensive lineman . . . moved to center for spring practice, 2001, and started 25 games over final two seasons after starting at guard and tackle throughout his first two seasons.
2002 Honors - - First team all-America by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) . . . first team all-America by CNNSI.com . . . finalist for Rimington Trophy . . . third team all-America by the Associated Press . . . first team all-Big Ten . . . academic all-Big Ten . . . permanent team captain, offense . . . co-Most Valuable Player, offense . . . Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award . . . selected to participate in Senior Bowl.
2002 - - Started all 13 games at center . . . member of offensive line that did not allow a sack in first two games and allowed just 12 sacks in 13 games . . . member of Iowa offense that set single-season records for total points (484), touchdowns (60) and points per game (37.2) . . . part of Iowa offense that totaled 593 yards total offense, including 376 net rushing yards and 217 passing yards, in win over Akron . . . played every offensive down in win at Miami, as Iowa rushed for 188 yards and had 256 yards passing . . . played every offensive down vs. Iowa State as team rushed for 222 yards and gained 400 yards total offense . . . started at center in win over Utah State as Iowa rushed for 300 yards and had 518 yards total offense . . . started for the fifth straight game in overtime win at Penn State as Iowa rushed for 209 yards and gained 470 yards total offense . . . started in win over Purdue as offense gained 384 yards total offense . . . started seventh straight game of the year in win over Michigan State as Iowa offense reached its second highest point total under Kirk Ferentz in Big Ten action . . . started eighth straight game at center in win at Indiana and played every offensive play as Iowa gained 358 yards total offense . . .started ninth straight game of the season at center in win at Michigan and played every offensive play as Iowa offense rushed for 177 yards and gained 399 yards total offense . . . started 10th straight game of the season at center in win over Wisconsin and played every offensive play as Iowa offense rushed for 130 yards and gained 405 yards total offense . . . started 11th straight game of the season at center in win over Northwestern as Iowa offense rushed for 245 yards and gained 475 yards total offense . . . started 12th straight game of the season at center in win at Minnesota as Iowa rushed for 365 yards and gained 465 yards total offense . . . started 13th straight game of the season at center vs. Southern Cal in Orange Bowl.
2001 Honors - - Academic all-Big Ten . . . honorable mention all-Big Ten by league coaches . . . first team all-Big Ten by collegefootballnews.com . . . earned Coaches Appreciation Award for offense . . . 2001 - - started all 12 games at center . . . game captain vs. Miami, OH and Indiana . . . has proven to be most dependable offensive lineman over the past three seasons . . . key member of offensive line as Iowa led the Big Ten Conference in scoring with an average of 32.6 points per game . . . Iowa offense averaged 393.5 yards per game, including 175.3 yards rushing and 218.2 yards passing . . . helped pave the way for RB Ladell Betts to rush for over 1,000 yards for the second straight season.
2000 Honors - - honorable mention all-Big Ten . . . academic all-Big Ten . . . earned Team Hustle Award for offense . . . 2000 - - started all 12 games in the offensive line . . . started opening game vs. Kansas State at left tackle and remaining 11 games at left guard . . . most consistent of offensive lineman who played virtually every offensive down throughout the season . . . key member of offensive line that led the way for RB Ladell Betts to rush for 1,090 yards.
1999 Honors - - named third team freshman all-American by The Sporting News . . . 1999 - - started all 11 games and proved to be most consistent offensive lineman . . . member of young offensive line that improved as the season progressed . . . Iowa averaged 388.2 yards total offense over final five games of the season and RB Ladell Betts rushed for 857 yards in 11 games while earning second team all-Big Ten honors. 1998 Honors - - offensive scout team MVP vs. Ohio State . . . 1998 - - redshirted after joining team as a walk-on.
High school honors - - Earned first team all-state honors as a tight end as a senior and was first team all-state as a defensive lineman as a junior . . . first team all-conference for three straight seasons . . . Career - - team captain and Most Valuable Lineman as a senior . . . earned three letters in football as tight end and defensive lineman and also handled kicking duties . . . earned four letters in track and field, two in basketball and one in baseball . . . prep team won state title his senior season after reaching state semi-finals as a junior.
Personal - - Born 5/12/79 . . . business major . . . academic all-conference as junior and senior . . . parents are Ann Marie and Richard Nelson . . . high school coach was Duane Twait.