UI head coach met with the media this afternoon
Alston, Bower, and Spearman getting older and better every day
Hawkeyes and Boilermakers kickoff at 11:01 a.m. (CT) on BTN
Hawkeyes and Panthers kickoff at 11:01 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU
Hawk-Item - - One of four true freshmen to see action in 2013.
2013 - - Saw first action of career in 59-3 win over Western Michigan . . . recorded four assisted tackles vs. WMU as defense allowed just 209 yards total offense . . . saw action in 23-7 win at Minnesota, recording two assisted tackles as defense allowed just 165 yards total offense and 30 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 26-14 loss to Michigan State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 34-24 loss at Ohio State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 17-10 OT win over Northwestern, recording one solo tackle and one assist . . . saw action in 28-9 loss to Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 38-14 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 53 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 24-21 win over Michigan, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 60 net rushing yards and 158 yards total offense . . . saw action in 38-17 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 89 net rushing yards.
High school honors - - First team all-state as a senior and named to Team USA . . . named first team all-city and All-Chicago Public League as a senior . . . Career - - helped prep team earn city championship three straight years . . . team won Chicago Prep Bowl at Soldier Field as a senior, posting a combined 21-5 record his last two seasons . . . recorded 120 tackles as a senior, with 12 QB sacks and two interceptions . . . team captain as a senior . . . also competed for prep track team.
Personal - - Born 8/17/96 . . . sports management major . . . parents are Belinda and William Spearman . . . high school coach was Dave Culbreath.