UI football coaches Jim Reid and LeVar Woods visited with the media Wednesday
Lowdermilk has seen action in 22 career games
UI defensive coordinator Phil Parker had zero hestitation in taking on the role of secondary coach
Greg Davis, Phil Parker meet with media at 12:30 p.m. (CT) in the Hayden Fry Football Complex
Hawkeye junior defensive tackle Carl Davis
The Iowa Hawkeyes held their 14th Outback Bowl practice in Tampa
Outback Bowl Practice No. 13 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
The Hawkeyes enjoy a team lunch at the Outback Steakhouse in Coralville
Indoor Practice Facility Iowa City, Iowa
Phil Parker, who served as defensive backs coach at the University of Iowa for 13 seasons, is in his third season as defensive coordinator. He returned to coaching Iowa's defensive secondary in 2013 as well. Parker was named by Rivals.com in March, 2011, as a first team member of its College Football Assistant Coach Dream Team.
Iowa has participated in 11 bowl games since 2001, including the 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 12 seasons.
Iowa has appeared in seven January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won 6-of-11 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).
Iowa has won 97 games over the past 12 seasons, including 57 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 11 of the past 13 years.
The Hawkeyes posted an 8-5 overall record in 2013, including a 5-3 Big Ten record to tie for second in the Legends Division. Iowa earned a spot in the 2014 Outback Bowl behind a solid defense that ranked among the national leaders in total defense (6th), first downs allowed (7th) pass defense (9th), scoring defense (9th), pass efficiency defense (17th) and rushing defense (19th).
Senior cornerback B.J. Lowery, a first team selection, was one of eight Hawkeye defensive players to earn all-Big Ten recognition. Safeties John Lowdermilk and Tanner Miller earned honorable mention recognition, while true freshman Desmond King was named to several All-Freshman honor teams. Lowery and Miller were both invited to NFL camps immediately following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Following the 2012 season, senior defensive back Micah Hyde was named the recipient of the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, earning first team All-Big Ten honors. Hyde was selected by Green Bay in the fifth round of the NFL Draft and had a very productive rookie season.
Iowa's secondary in 2011 was led by senior Shaun Prater, who earned first team all-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, Hyde, who earned second team honors and senior safety Jordan Bernstine. Over the past six seasons, Iowa ranks among the national leaders with 96 interceptions.
Prater was selected by Cincinnati in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, while Bernstine was selected by Washington in the seventh round.
The defensive secondary played a key role in Iowa's success in 2010. Iowa was second in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense (115.1) and interceptions (19). Iowa tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions, returning four thefts for touchdowns. Prater and safety Tyler Sash were both named first team all-Big Ten, while Brett Greenwood earned second team honors and Hyde was honorable mention.
Sash started the final 34 games of his career and ranks fifth in career interceptions. He declared for the NFL following his junior season in 2010 and was a sixth round selection of the New York Giants. Sash earned a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season with the Giants in 2011.
In 2009, Iowa ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense and fourth in pass defense, while leading the Big Ten in both categories. The Hawkeyes tied for fifth nationally with 21 interceptions while ranking eighth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. Sash and cornerback Amari Spievey both earned first team all-Big Ten recognition, while Greenwood was a second team selection. Spievey declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season in 2009 and was selected in the third round by the Detroit Lions.
In 2008, Iowa ranked fourth in the nation while tying a school record with 23 interceptions. The Hawkeyes led the Big Ten and ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense (98.3) and scoring defense (13.0). Spievey earned second team all-conference honors, while Bradley Fletcher and Greenwood claimed honorable mention recognition.
Fletcher enjoyed an outstanding senior season in 2008, starting all 13 games. He was selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Under Parker's direction, safety Bob Sanders became the ninth Iowa player to earn first team all-Big Ten honors for three seasons (2001, 2002, and 2003). Sanders earned second team All-America honors in 2003 and was taken by Indianapolis in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He ranks 10th in career tackles (348). Sanders earned all-Pro recognition with the Colts in 2005 and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He was a key contributor again in 2006 as the Colts won the Super Bowl. He was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and was again an all-Pro selection.
Senior cornerback Charles Godfrey led the Iowa secondary in 2007, recording five interceptions and 65 tackles. He earned second team all-Big Ten honors. Godfrey was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, being selected by the Carolina Panthers as the 67th pick in the draft. He has been a starter in all six seasons with Carolina.
In 2006, senior safeties Marcus Paschal and Miguel Merrick combined for 149 tackles to lead the Hawkeye secondary. Paschal was a second team all-Big Ten selection and signed a free agent contract with Philadelphia. Merrick signed a free agent contract with San Diego.
In 2005, senior cornerback Antwan Allen was the only player in the nation to start in four straight January bowl games. He ended his career with 235 tackles and eight interceptions. Jovon Johnson, at the opposite corner, also started throughout his career. He ranks third in career interceptions (17) and had 181 career tackles. Johnson played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets in the NFL and currently plays in the Canadian Football League. He was the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2011, becoming the first defensive back to win the award. He is a two-time CFL All-Star.
Safeties Derek Pagel and Sean Considine joined the Iowa program as walk-ons and earned their way into the starting line-up. Each helped the Hawkeyes win a Big Ten title as seniors and both were NFL Draft selections. Pagel earned second team all-Big Ten honors in 2002 was selected in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. Considine was a fourth round selection in 2005 after earning honorable mention all-Big Ten recognition. He joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 and played a key role on special teams for the Super Bowl champions.
In 1999, Iowa's secondary was led by the play of safety Matt Bowen. Bowen led the team in tackles as both a junior and senior. He was voted second team all-Big Ten and was a sixth round selection of the St. Louis Rams in the NFL Draft. Bowen played several seasons in the NFL (Washington and Buffalo) following his college career.
Parker was the defensive backfield coach at Toledo for 11 seasons prior to joining the Iowa staff. During his tenure at Toledo, Parker coached 10 all-conference selections and helped the Rockets win conference division championships in 1997 and 1998. Three of his Toledo players, Darren Anderson, Clarence Love and Kelly Herndon, went on to play in the NFL. Anderson and Love were NFL Draft selections, while Herndon signed as a free agent and played in the 2006 Super Bowl with Seattle. In 1998, Toledo ranked 19th in the nation in scoring defense.
Toledo won Mid-American Conference championships in 1990 and 1995 and competed in the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl. Toledo ranked 12th in the nation in total defense in 1990 and ninth in pass efficiency defense and 11th in rushing defense in 1992. In 1995 Toledo completed an undefeated season and was ranked 22nd in the final UPI poll and 24th in the CNN poll after leading the nation in turnover margin. Toledo also finished second to perennial power Marshall twice when Parker was a member of the Rocket staff.
Parker served as a graduate assistant coach for one year at Michigan State. He was on the Spartan staff in 1987 when MSU won the Big Ten title and defeated Southern California in the 1988 Rose Bowl.
Phil was a standout defensive back at Michigan State, earning first team all-Big Ten honors in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Parker was named defensive MVP at Michigan State in 1983 and 1985 and was invited to the Hula Bowl following his senior season. During his MSU career the Spartans competed in the 1984 Cherry Bowl and the 1985 All-American Bowl. Parker was named Most Valuable Player in the Cherry Bowl.
Parker earned his B.S. degree from Michigan State in 1986.
Parker was born March 13, 1963, in Lorain, Ohio. Phil and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Tyler and Paige.
Parker's Coaching Career
Iowa DC, DB, 2013-present
Iowa DC, 2012
Iowa DB, 1999-2011
Toledo DB, 1988-98
Michigan State GA, 1987
Parker on IOWA
"As a player in the Big Ten Conference, I always respected competing against the University of Iowa. I appreciated the way Iowa always played football, with toughness and class. With that appreciation, I am honored to be a part of the coaching staff here and a member of the University of Iowa community.
I feel very fortunate to be associated with Coach Kirk Ferentz and the staff of coaches he has assembled. Not only do I feel part of an excellent coaching staff, I know I work each day with a group of coaches who possess the best qualities possible for assisting student-athletes through their careers at the University of Iowa.
Kinnick Stadium and football weekends at the University of Iowa are something special to all Iowa fans and offer a great advantage for our football program. It is the true and loyal support from Hawkeye fans, in the community, in the state and around the country; that absolutely makes the University of Iowa so special."