Hawk-Item - - Set Iowa single-season records for punt returns (40) and punt return yards (495) . . . set Iowa bowl records for punt return yards (50) and punt return average (12.5), while tying bowl record with four punt returns . . . scored touchdowns in 2003 by rushing, pass reception and punt return while leading the team in receiving, punt returns and KO returns . . . ranked fourth in the Big Ten in punt returns (12.4) and 19th in the nation . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten in kickoff returns (22.0) and seventh in all-purpose yards (106.9).
2003 Honors - - Special Teams co-Player of the Year . . . Next Man In Award, offense . . . 2003 - - Listed as second team wide receiver following spring practice . . . played in all 13 games, with eight starts . . . saw action in opening win over Miami . . . had two receptions for 24 yards, with a long of 15 yards . . . had three punt returns for 99 yards in win over Buffalo, including a 70-yard touchdown return for his first career touchdown . . . had two kickoff returns for 72 yards and an eight yard punt return in win at Iowa State . . . four pass receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns in win over Arizona State, including scoring receptions of 40 and three yards . . . also had 42 yards on four punt returns vs. Sun Devils . . . two receptions for 28 yards, 34 yards on three KO returns and five punt returns for 61 yards at Michigan State . . . two receptions for 36 yards and one TD in win over Michigan, plus 85 yards on three KO returns and 48 yards on three punt returns . . . his 31-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter proved to be the different in 30-27 win over Michigan . . . his 31-yard KO return led to Iowa?s first touchdown of the day and his 43-yard punt return led to a touchdown just before halftime . . . led team with four receptions for 86 yards at Ohio State, including 51-yard catch that led to Iowa?s only touchdown . . . also gained four yards on only rushing attempt, had seven yards on three punt returns and 76 yards on four kickoff returns . . . led team with five receptions for 67 yards in win over Penn State, including a four-yard touchdown reception for Iowa?s second touchdown . . . also had seven punt returns for 50 yards . . . had one pass reception in win over Illinois . . . led special teams in win over Illinois with 37 yards on three punt returns and 72 yards on three kickoff returns . . . had three receptions for 49 yards at Purdue, with a long of 30 . . . gained 29 yards on three punt returns and 57 yards on three kickoff returns at Purdue . . . had career-highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (92) in win over Minnesota . . . had a 42-yard reception on the first play of the game to set up Iowa?s first score and later hauled in a six-yard scoring reception . . . also had two punt returns for 56 yards, including a 41-yard effort to set up a field goal in the third quarter . . . had two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown in win at Wisconsin . . . scored Iowa?s first touchdown on an 18-yard reverse and scored Iowa?s second touchdown on a six-yard reception . . . also had eight yards on two punt returns to set Iowa season record for punt return yards in a season (445) . . . had four punt returns for 50 yards in 37-17 Outback Bowl win over Florida, along with one pass reception for five yards . . . tied Iowa bowl record with the four returns and set bowl records for return yards (50) and return average (12.5). . .2002 - - saw action in all 13 games . . . two catches for 26 yards in opening win over Akron, including a long of 14 yards . . . saw action vs. Miami and Iowa State, but had no statistics . . . two receptions for 33 yards in win over Utah State . . . saw action on special teams in wins over Penn State and Purdue, but had no statistics . . . saw action in win over Michigan State, recording one tackle on special teams . . . saw action on offense and special teams in win at Indiana, but had no statistics . . . saw action on special teams in win at Michigan, but had no statistics . . . saw action on special teams vs. Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . was used as one of two deep receivers on KO returns, but had no returns . . . saw action in win over Northwestern, but had no statistics . . . one reception for five yards and a first down in win at Minnesota . . . saw action vs. Southern Cal in Orange Bowl, but had no statistics . . . 2001 - - saw action in six games, mainly on special teams . . . one tackle in win at Penn State . . . 2000 - - saw limited action at WR and on special teams . . . had two kickoff returns for 36 yards in win over Northwestern . . . 1999 - - redshirted.
High school honors - - Named conference Athlete of the Year as a senior . . . earned all-conference honors as a junior (wide receiver) and senior (quarterback) . . . named to Los Angeles all-city team as junior and senior . . . Career - - rushed 165 times for 1,010 yards and 14 TDs as a senior . . . completed 35 of 80 passes for 700 yards and three TDs . . . career totals as a receiver include 75 catches for 1,750 yards and 15 TDs . . . as a senior had 45 catches for 1,040 yards and 10 TDs . . . 130 yards rushing and two TDs on 15 carries as a junior . . . also played defensive back, where he had 36 tackles and six interceptions, and was used on punt and kickoff returns . . . averaged 25.6 yards on 14 kickoff returns, including a 90-yarder for a score . . . averaged 22.3 yards on 15 punt returns, with five scores . . . team MVP and captain as junior and senior . . . also a standout baseball player, earning all-city honors, and competed in basketball.
Personal - - Born 12/20/80 . . . Spanish major . . . three-year member of prep Honor Roll . . . prep teammate of FB Edgar Cervantes . . . parents are Modesta and Ramon Ochoa . . . high school coach was David Shemwell.
Ochoa's Career Stats