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Derek Pagel
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Derek Pagel

Hometown:
Plainfield, IA

High School:
Nashua-Plainfield, IA

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 207

Position:
Defensive Back

2003 NFL Draft - - Drafted in the fifth round by the New York Jets.

2002 Honors - - Second team all-Big Ten . . . co-Most Valuable Player, defense . . . Iron Hawk Award . . . Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan State.

2002 - - Key member of Iowa defense that ranked fifth in the nation in rushing defense (81.9) . . . started all 13 games at free safety . . . six solo tackles and one assist in win over Akron . . . two solo stops and two assists in win at Miami, along with second career interception that led to an Iowa field goal . . . also had two pass break-ups and one forced fumble . . . six solo tackles, two assists and two pass break-ups vs. Iowa State . . . five solo tackles in win over Utah State . . . four solo tackles, four assists and a pass break-up in win at Penn State . . . second interception of the season came at Penn State and he blocked a Penn State PAT attempt that was returned for two points . . . five solo tackles, two assists and a pass break-up in win over Purdue . . . earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for his play in win over Michigan State, recording four solo tackles and three assists . . . 62-yard interception return for scored gave Iowa a 17-7 advantage in first half . . . also had a tackle for loss and a pass break-up . . . interception return marked first career touchdown and third interception of the season . . . six solo tackles, one assist and two pass break-ups in win at Indiana . . . three solo tackles in win at Michigan as defense held Wolverines to 149 passing yards and 171 yards total offense . . . just eight of Michigan?s 17 completions were to wide receivers . . . led team with seven solo tackles and two assists in win over Wisconsin, as Iowa held Badgers to 78 rushing yards and 215 yards total offense . . . .recorded team-leading fourth interception of the season and had a 24 yard return . . . recorded six solo tackles and two assists in win over Northwestern . . . recorded three solo tackles and four assists in win at Minnesota as defense held top rushing team in the Big Ten Conference to 80 net rushing yards . . . recovered fumble at start of third quarter that led to Iowa touchdown and 35-14 advantage . . . six solo tackles and four assists vs. Southern Cal in Orange Bowl.

2001 Honors - - selected permanent team captain for special teams . . . earned Coaches Appreciation Award for special teams . . . 2001 - - saw action in all 12 games, starting six times . . . game captain vs. Michigan and Texas Tech . . . season totals include 28 solo stops and 16 assists, with three tackles for loss, one recovered fumble, one interception and four pass break-ups . . . recovered fumble in season-opening win over Kent State . . . recorded three solo tackles and one assist in first career start against Miami . . . one tackle vs. Penn State and three tackles at Purdue . . . three solo tackles in win over Indiana . . . returned to starting line-up at Wisconsin and responded with nine solo tackles and five assists, including a tackle for loss and one pass break-up . . . two solo stops and two assists at Northwestern, including a tackle for loss and a pass break-up . . . first career interception came on first play of second half in win at Northwestern . . . two tackles in win over Minnesota . . . six solo tackles and three assists at Iowa State, including a tackle for loss and one pass-break-up . . . two solo tackles, two assists and one pass break-up in Alamo Bowl win over Texas Tech.

2000 - - saw action on special teams and in secondary in 10 of 12 games . . . missed Indiana and Michigan State games with injury before returning vs. Illinois . . . 11 solo tackles and six assists, with one QB sack and three pass break-ups . . . two solo tackles and one assist vs. Kansas State . . . three tackles vs. Western Michigan . . . one tackle vs. Iowa State was a QB sack . . . one tackle at Nebraska . . . one tackle and a pass break-up at Illinois . . . had one pass break-up vs. Ohio State . . . one tackle vs. Wisconsin . . . two solo tackles in win at Penn State . . . one solo tackle in win over Northwestern . . . three solo tackles, one assist and one pass break-up at Minnesota.

1999 - -saw limited action in all 11 games, appearing mostly on special teams . . . recorded three tackles . . . two solo tackles at Northwestern . . . recorded one assist vs. Indiana.

1998 Honors - - defensive scout team MVP vs. Purdue . . . 1998 - - redshirted after joining the team as a walk-on.

High school honors - - Named first team all-state running back as a senior and was first team all-state punter as a junior . . . first team all-district running back as a senior and was voted Most Valuable Back in the district . . . also first team all-district running back as a junior and first team all-district wide receiver as a sophomore . . . Career - - as a senior rushed 184 times for 1,163 yards and scored a total of 17 TDs . . . also had 37 yards on seven receptions . . . averaged 37.8 yards on four kickoff returns and 26.8 yards on 13 punt returns . . . punting average was 35 yards per punt and recorded 17 solo tackles and 40 assists on defense . . . as a junior rushed 226 times for 1,160 yards and nine TDs . . . also had 12 receptions for 147 yards . . . averaged 19.9 on 12 KO returns and averaged 37.4 yards on 42 punts . . . recorded 16 solo tackles and 62 assists on defense . . . as a sophomore had 25 receptions for 540 yards and six TDs and rushed for 373 yards and three TDs . . . team captain as a junior and senior and team MVP during final three prep seasons . . . earned four letters in football, five in baseball, four in basketball and three in track and field.

Personal - - Born 10/24/79 . . . health and sport studies major . . . Honor Roll student . . . parents are Jeanette and Richard Pagel . . . high school coach was Dave McGill.

Pagel's Defense Stats

Year Solo Ast. Total T/Loss Sacks Int-Yds. PBU FF RF BLK
Freshman 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Sophomore 11 6 17 1/7 1/7 0-0 3 0 0 0
Junior 28 16 44 3/4 0/0 1-1 4 0 1 0
Senior 63 27 90 1/3 0/0 4-89 7 1 1 1
Totals 104 50 154 5/14 1/7 5-90 14 1 2 1
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