Jan. 17, 2012
ABOUT THE 2011 HAWKEYES
Iowa completed the 2011 season with a 7-6 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes were bowl eligible for the 11th straight season, dropping a 31-14 decision in the 2011 Insight Bowl at Tempe, Ariz. Iowa competed in its 10th bowl game since the 2001 season. The Hawkeyes have placed in the Big Ten's first division in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Iowa posted a 3-1 mark in nonconference action, with the only blemish being a three-overtime loss at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes were 1-3 against ranked opponents. Iowa defeated 13th-ranked Michigan (24-16) and lost to 13th-ranked Michigan State (37-21), both at home. Iowa lost at 22nd-ranked Nebraska (20-7) and to 14th-ranked Oklahoma at the Insight Bowl. In addition to the win over Michigan, Iowa also defeated Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue in conference play. Iowa's offense was led by senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., junior QB James Vandenberg and sophomore RB Marcus Coker. McNutt set single-season (1,315) and career (2,861) records for receiving yards and touchdowns (12 and 28). His 82 receptions tied the single-season record. Vandenberg threw for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns, completing 58.7% of his pass attempts. Coker's rushing total of 1,384 yards ranks fourth best for a single season at Iowa and he scored 15 touchdowns. Sophomore linebackers James Morris and Christian Kirksey led the Hawkeyes in tackles, each with 110. Senior DT Mike Daniels (13.5-63) and senior DE Broderick Binns (12-58) led the team in tackles for loss. Daniels also had nine QB sacks, while Binns had five sacks and eight pass break-ups. Junior CB Micah Hyde and sophomore safety Tanner Miller each had three interceptions and Hyde matched Binns with eight pass break-ups.
Iowa has played 1,155 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 594-522-39 (.531). That includes a 376-202-16 (.646) record in home games, a 218-320-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 293-352-25 (.456) mark in Big Ten games and a 259-166-15 (.606) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA BOWL ELIGIBLE AGAIN
The Hawkeyes were bowl eligible for the 11th straight season under Coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff. The Hawkeyes have appeared in 10 bowl games since 2001. Iowa won the Outback Bowl over South Carolina following the 2008 season, concluded the 2009 campaign with a win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl and defeated Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa's three-game bowl win streak (2008-10) is an Iowa record. The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-4 record in bowl games under Ferentz, including wins in four of six January bowl games. Overall, Iowa has posted a 14-11-1 (.558) record in 26 bowl games. The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Outback (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), Insight (two), and the Capital One, Gator and Freedom bowls once.
IOWA FALLS IN INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa rallied in the second half, closing to within a touchdown with 6:56 remaining, but 14th-ranked Oklahoma controlled the ball over the second half of the final period in recording a 31-14 win at the 2011 Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes are now 14-11-1 in 26 bowl appearances. Oklahoma built a 21-0 advantage before Iowa got its offense going in the second half. Iowa used a 16-play drive that consumed 7:50, scoring on a 5-yard pass from QB James Vandenberg to TE C.J. Fiedorowicz on the second play of the final quarter. After holding Oklahoma to three plays on consecutive possessions, the Iowa offense drove 78 yards in 12 plays, cutting the deficit to 21-14 on a 9-yard pass from Vandenberg to RB Jordan Canzeri. Oklahoma was able to drive to the Iowa 21 before adding a field goal with 2:33 remaining for a 24-14 advantage. After Iowa failed on a fourth down attempt, the Sooners added a final touchdown in the closing minute of play. Oklahoma took a 7-0 lead in the first period, covering five yards in two plays following a pass interception. Oklahoma's only extended offensive drive of the second quarter covered 66 yards in 13 plays as the Sooners led 14-0 at halftime. Iowa's defense held the Sooners to just 89 yards total offense in the first half. Oklahoma, which entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in total offense, was held to 275 yards total offense, its lowest output of the season. Vandenberg completed 23-44 passes for 216 yards and two scores, with one interception. Canzeri led Iowa's ground attack with 58 yards on 22 carries and he added six pass receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. recorded four receptions for 46 yards. He tied Iowa's single-season reception record with 82 catches in 13 games. The Iowa defense was led by senior LB Tyler Nielsen with eight tackles, while LB Christian Kirksey added seven. Senior DT Mike Daniels recorded three tackles for loss and two QB sacks among his five tackles and senior DE Broderick Binns recorded Iowa's only pass interception.
INSIGHT BOWL NOTES
MCNUTT AND BINNS ARE MVPS
Seniors Marvin McNutt, Jr., and Broderick Binns were named co-winners of the 2011 Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award. McNutt (6-4, 215) was previously named winner of the Big Ten's Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award. He was named first team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. McNutt established a single season record for touchdown receptions (12) and tied the school mark for receptions in a season (82). He also holds school records for receiving yards in a season (1,315) and career (2,861), and career scoring receptions (28). He had over 100 receiving yards in eight games in 2011. He ranks 10th on Iowa's career scoring list with 168 points. Binns, (6-2, 261) was named to the media's second all-Big Ten team. He was named to the preseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. He started all 13 games and has 31 career starts. Binns recorded 60 tackles in 2011, including 12 tackles for loss (-58 yards) and five QB sacks (-36 yards). He tied for the team lead with eight pass break-ups and had two interceptions. He collected 179 career tackles.
TEAM AWARDS ANNOUNCED
In addition to the team MVP and captain awards, additional 2011 season awards were announced at Iowa's annual team banquet.
Several members of the University of Iowa football team have gained postseason honors from various media outlets and websites following the season: Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., junior OL Riley Reiff and sophomore RB Marcus Coker have all earned All-America recognition. Pro Football Weekly named Reiff a first team All-American, while McNutt earned honorable mention honors. Reiff started all 13 games at left tackle for an Iowa offense that featured record-setting performances by McNutt and Coker in 2011. Reiff has 37 career starts, including 34 consecutive games. McNutt established single season and career records for receiving yardage and touchdowns and tied Iowa's single season reception mark. Coker rushed for 1,384 yards, the fourth best total in school history. Phil Steele's All-America selections include McNutt as a third team selection and Reiff as a fourth team honoree. Yahoo! Sports named Reiff and RB Marcus Coker third team All-America, while SI.com gave honorable mention All-America honors to Reiff and Coker. Phil Steele's all-Big Ten selections include first team recognition to McNutt and Reiff, second team honors to Coker and senior DB Shaun Prater, and third team honors to senior OL Adam Gettis, senior defensive linemen Mike Daniels and Broderick Binns, junior DB Micah Hyde, sophomore LB James Morris and senior P Eric Guthrie. College Sports Madness named McNutt and Hyde to its all-Big Ten first team, while Coker, Gettis, Reiff, Daniels and Prater are second team selections and Binns and Morris are named to the third team. The BTN.com all-Freshman team includes WR Kevonte Martin-Manley and OL Brandon Scherff. Martin-Manley ranked third on the team with 30 receptions for 323 yards and three touchdowns. He started two games while playing in all 13 contests and was used on KO returns late in the season. Scherff started three games and played in 11 contests at left guard while sharing time with Matt Tobin.
FOUR HAWKEYES IN POSTSEASON
Senior DB Shaun Prater and senior OL Markus Zusevics were invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. and senior DL Mike Daniels were invited to participate in the Senior Bowl. The East-West Shrine game is Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Senior Bowl is Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. Under Coach Kirk Ferentz, 62 Iowa players have made 71 appearances in postseason games.
HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Fourteen members of the Iowa football team earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in 2011. Those players include junior DL Steve Bigach, senior P Eric Guthrie, sophomore LS Casey Kreiter, sophomore LB James Morris, junior WR Nick Nielsen, senior LB Tyler Nielsen, senior OL Woody Orne, senior LB Terrance Pryor, junior WR Steven Staggs, senior DB Kyle Steinbrecher, junior DB Jack Swanson, sophomore OL Brett Van Sloten, junior QB James Vandenberg and senior RB Jason White. Tyler Nielsen was named to the academic team for the fourth straight year, while Swanson, Vandenberg and White were honored for the third time. Bigach and Van Sloten have earned the honor the last two seasons. Bigach, Tyler Nielsen and Vandenberg were named to the Capital One CoSIDA all- District VI first team.
IOWA'S ACADEMIC SUCCESS
In the NCAA's most recent release on academic standing, Iowa's football team ranks eighth nationally with a 2011 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 83 percent. Kirk Ferentz's squad was one of only nine bowl participants to score 80 percent or better on the NCAA's "real-time" measurement of academic success. The Hawkeyes ranked third among the 10 Big Ten Conference teams who participated in a bowl games. The Big Ten is also the only conference with more than one team at 80 percent or better. The national average for Football Bowl Subdivision football programs is a GSR score of 69.
REIFF TO ENTER NFL DRAFT
Offensive tackle Riley Reiff will enter the 2012 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility with the Hawkeye football program. Reiff (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) was named first team All-Big Ten by both league coaches and media in 2011 after earning second team honors in 2010. He was also named first team All-America in 2011 by Pro Football Weekly and also earned All-America recognition from Phil Steele's College Football, SI.com, and Yahoo! Sports. Reiff is a native of Parkston, S.D., where he was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. He was also a three-time state wrestling champion. After a redshirt season in 2008, Reiff moved into Iowa's starting lineup midway through the 2009 season. He had 37 career starts, including the last 34 games of his Hawkeye career. Reiff is the sixth Iowa player since 2002 to declare for the NFL Draft with eligibility remaining. The others include TE Dallas Clark (2002), RB Shonn Greene (2008), OL Bryan Bulaga (2009), DB Amari Spievey (2009) and DB Tyler Sash (2010).
COKER LEAVING IOWA
Sophomore RB Marcus Coker asked for a release from his football scholarship and that request was granted. Coker started 12 games in 2011, leading the Iowa rushing attack with 281 attempts for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 21 receptions for 157 yards.
STARTERS RETURNING IN 2012
Iowa's projected returning starters on offense include: center James Ferentz, left guard Matt Tobin, quarterback James Vandenberg, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, fullback Brad Rogers and wide receiver Keenan Davis. The returning defensive starters include: lineman Dominic Alvis, linebackers Christian Kirksey and James Morris and defensive backs Micah Hyde and Tanner Miller. PK Mike Meyer also returns. Among the returning starters, only Kirksey and Hyde on defense and Ferentz and Vandenberg started every game in 2011.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa was 1-3 in 2011 against ranked opponents. The Hawkeyes defeated 13th-ranked Michigan (24-16) and lost to 13th-ranked Michigan State (37-21), both at Iowa City. Iowa lost at 22nd-ranked Nebraska (20-7) and to 14th-ranked Oklahoma (31-14) at the Insight Bowl. Iowa posted a 4-3 record while facing seven ranked opponents in 2010, the most for a Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team. The four wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 4-2 record vs. six ranked opponents in 2003. Iowa played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003. Three of Iowa's seven ranked opponents in 2010 were ranked in the top 10, while Missouri was 12th. Iowa lost to No. 10 Wisconsin (31-30), defeated No. 5 Michigan State (37-6) and lost to No. 7 Ohio State (20-17), all in Kinnick Stadium. In 2009, Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing at No. 8 Ohio State in overtime. Iowa recorded a victory over a top-five ranked team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
HAWKEYES THIRD IN BOWL APPEARANCES
Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State has received a conference-best 42 bowl bids, followed by Michigan (41) and the Hawkeyes (26). Wisconsin ranks fourth with 23. Iowa (14-11-1, .558), Penn State (27-15-2, .636) and Purdue (9-7, .563) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games. Nebraska, competing in the Big Ten for the first time in 2011, holds a 24-24 (.500) record in 48 bowl games. Iowa was one of 10 Big Ten Conference teams to play in a bowl game following the 2011 season. The Big Ten had two teams competing in BCS games for the 11th time in 14 seasons. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 25 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games. The Big Ten sent 10 teams to bowl games in 2011 for the first time ever.
BEST IN THE BIG TEN
Iowa has posted a 6-4 bowl record under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Since the 2001 season, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games, than Iowa.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa's Leadership Group for the 2011 season included four seniors, five juniors, four sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group included seniors Broderick Binns, Mike Daniels, Marvin McNutt, Jr. and Tyler Nielsen; juniors Greg Castillo, James Ferentz, Micah Hyde, Riley Reiff and James Vandenberg; sophomores Marcus Coker, Casey Kreiter, James Morris and Brett Van Sloten; redshirt freshman Brandon Scherff and true freshman Jake Rudock.
FIVE NAMED PERMANENT CAPTAINS
Iowa's permanent captains for the 2011 season include WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. and QB James Vandenberg (offense), DL Mike Daniels and LB Tyler Nielsen (defense) and P Eric Guthrie (special teams). All, except Vandenberg, are seniors. McNutt, Vandenberg, Daniels and Nielsen were game captains for each of Iowa's 12 regular season games. McNutt earned first team all-Big Ten honors after setting Iowa single season and career receiving records. Vandenberg started all 13 games, passing for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns. Daniels had 67 tackles while leading the team with nine QB sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Nielsen played both outside and middle linebacker, collecting 73 tackles in 12 games. Guthrie handled all Iowa punting in 2011, averaging 41.2 yards on 53 punts. He had 18 punts inside the 20, with just four touchbacks, and opponents averaged 4.6 yards on just 14 returns.
IOWA'S BOWL OPPONENTS
Iowa's 13-game schedule in 2011 included nine teams that participated in bowl games. During the regular season, Iowa posted a 4-4 record against Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska. The Hawkeyes lost to Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl. In addition, Iowa defeated Tennessee Tech, which advanced to the FCS playoffs. Iowa's opponents in 2011 posted an overall record of 90-75 (.545).
ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. was named the recipient of the Big Ten's inaugural Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award, highlighting Iowa's all-Big Ten selections for 2011. McNutt is one of eight Hawkeye players named to either the first or second all-Big Ten teams, voted on by the league's coaches and media. McNutt, along with junior offensive tackle Riley Reiff, earned first team recognition from both the coaches and media. Senior DB Shaun Prater was a first team selection by league coaches. Prater earned first team honors for the second straight year, while McNutt and Reiff each moved to the first team after earning second team honors in 2010. Sophomore RB Marcus Coker, senior DT Mike Daniels and senior offensive guard Adam Gettis were named to the second team by league coaches, while senior DE Broderick Binns and junior DB Micah Hyde were named to the media second team. Daniels and Hyde each earned honorable mention recognition in 2010. Four Hawkeyes were named honorable mention by both coaches and media, including senior offensive tackle Markus Zusevics, senior P Eric Guthrie, junior center James Ferentz and sophomore LB James Morris. Binns and Hyde were named honorable mention by the coaches, while the media named Daniels, Gettis, Prater and senior LB Tyler Nielsen to its honorable mention list. In addition to being named honorable mention by both coaches and media, Guthrie is Iowa's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
THREE EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Three members of the University of Iowa football program were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Six first team. Those players include senior LB Tyler Nielsen, junior QB James Vandenberg and junior DL Steve Bigach. Nielsen holds a 3.56 GPA and is a marketing major who has already earned his bachelor's degree. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past three seasons. Nielsen started 12 games in 2011, missing the Indiana game due to injury. He played both the outside and middle linebacker positions. He recorded 73 tackles, including four for loss and a QB sack. He forced one fumble and had two fumble recoveries. Vandenberg started all 12 games. He carries a 3.34 GPA and is majoring in integrative physiology. Vandenberg earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2010. He completed 237-404 pass attempts for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions. Bigach is majoring in integrative physiology and mathematics and has a 3.65 GPA. He also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2010. He played in 12 games, earning three starts at defensive tackle and two at defensive end. He recorded nine solo tackles and 15 assists. In the last 13 seasons, under Coach Kirk Ferentz, 19 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and all-America recognition on 35 occasions.
MCNUTT, JR. SETS RECORDS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. had a record breaking season. McNutt established a single season record for touchdown receptions with 12 (Maurice Brown had 11 in 2002) and tied the school mark for receptions in a season (82). He also set Iowa records for single season yardage (1,315), career yardage (2,861) and career scoring receptions (28). McNutt had eight scoring receptions in both 2009 and 2010. McNutt had over 100 receiving yards in eight games. He ranks second in career receptions (170). He had 184 receiving yards (six catches) vs. Indiana, the eighth best single-game total at Iowa, and 151 yards on nine receptions in a win at Purdue. McNutt ranks 11th in career scoring with 168 points.
MCNUTT IN BIG TEN RECORDS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. ranks 10th all-time in the Big Ten in career touchdown receptions. He had 12 touchdowns in 2011 and 28 career scores. He had eight touchdowns in both 2009 and 2010. With the 28 touchdowns, McNutt moves past six former players who were tied for the 10th spot with 27 touchdowns. In addition, McNutt is seventh in the Big Ten in single season receiving yards (1,315 yards in 2011).
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players earned weekly honors in 2011:
For the first time in school history, Iowa's offense in 2011 featured a 1,300-yard receiver and rusher in the same season. Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. had 1,315 receiving yards, while running back Marcus Coker rushed for 1,384 yards. The two combined for 27 of Iowa's 43 offensive touchdowns. In addition, junior QB James Vandenberg passed for 3,022 yards. McNutt established a single season record for receiving yards and tied the mark for receptions in a season (82). Coker's rushing total ranks fourth best for a single season and Vandenberg's passing total ranks fourth best in a season. An Iowa running back has gained over 1,000 rushing yards in 17 seasons (seven times under Kirk Ferentz). McNutt is just the fourth Hawkeye receiver to total over 1,000 receiving yards in one season, the second under Ferentz.
IOWA IN NCAA STATS
As a team, Iowa ranked eighth nationally in fewest penalty yards per game (35.6), tied for 14th in red zone defense (73.7%), tied for 18th in fewest turnovers (18), tied for 19th in interceptions thrown (eight), ranked 22nd in fewest penalties per game (4.8) and 25th in net punting (38.5). Individually, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., was 12th in receiving yards per game (101.2) and tied for 27th in receptions per game (6.3), RB Marcus Coker ranked 15th in rushing yards per game (115.3), DB Shaun Prater ranked tied for 28th with four forced fumbles, QB James Vandenberg ranked 39th in passing yards (232.5) and 41st in pass efficiency (138.5) and LB James Morris tied for 37th in tackles per game (9.2). All Iowa team and individual statistical rankings, both in the Big Ten and the NCAA, can be found as a side bar within the game notes section.
HIGH SCORING FOURTH QUARTER
Iowa's 24 points in the fourth quarter of the 41-31 win over Northwestern matched the highest scoring quarter of the season. Iowa scored 24 points in the second quarter in the 34-7 season-opening win over Tennessee Tech. Iowa has not scored more than 24 points in any quarter since the 2009 season, when it scored 28 points in the final quarter of a 42-24 win over Indiana. Iowa, twice, scored 21 points in a quarter during the 2010 season and added 21 points in the second quarter of the most recent win over Indiana.
IOWA EFFICIENT IN FOURTH
Iowa's offense was efficient in the fourth quarter of a 41-31 win over Northwestern on Oct. 15. The Hawkeyes scored points on four straight drives after the score was tied at 17 and ended the game at the Wildcat 15-yard line. Iowa drove 64 yards in 11 plays to take a 24-17 lead and later moved 71 yards in just three plays for a 14-point advantage. The Hawkeyes added a field goal after a Northwestern fumble and added their final points on a 24-yard drive after recovering an on-side kick.
EFFICIENCY CONTINUED . . .
Iowa scored touchdowns on all five first half possessions in the win over Indiana and added a field goal on its first drive of the third quarter. Dating back to the Northwestern game the previous week, Iowa scored on 10 of 11 possessions in the two games, with the only non-scoring drive coming at the conclusion of the Northwestern game when Iowa reached the Wildcat 15-yard line as time expired in the 41-31 win. Against Indiana, Iowa's opening drive took over seven minutes and covered 69 yards. The Hawkeyes ended the second period with a 53-yard drive that took just four plays and 44 seconds.
Iowa's rally for a 31-27 win over Pittsburgh (Sept. 17) is believed to be the largest comeback for a win in Hawkeye history, as the Hawkeyes trailed by 21 points (24-3) with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. Following is a list of previous Iowa rallies that are believed to be the largest in school history:
WINNING AT HOME
Iowa has won 55 of its last 67 games (.821) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 6-1 record in 2011. Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05, which ended with an overtime loss to Michigan. Iowa is 23-5 (.821) at home since the start of the 2008 season and 24-1 (.960) in its last 25 non-conference home games. Iowa has won 12 straight non-conference home games since the final game of 2007.
IOWA MATCHES ATTENDANCE RECORD
Iowa sold all tickets for its seven home games, matching the school record by averaging 70,585 fans per contest. Iowa issued over 59,000 season tickets, which included more than 10,000 student tickets. Iowa also averaged 70,585 for all home games in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 56 of the last 58 games.
OL Riley Reiff
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
RB Marcus Coker
DB Shaun Prater
DT Mike Daniels
DB Micah Hyde
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Sophomore PK Mike Meyer was one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Award, presented each year to the top place kicker in the nation. Meyer made 14-20 (.700) field goal attempts and was a perfect 44-44 in PAT kicks (has made 53 straight PATs over two seasons). Three of his six missed field goals hit the upright, while another attempt was blocked. Meyer ranked fifth in the Big Ten in kick scoring (6.6) for the season. He made a 22-yard field goal in the win over Pitt before missing from 40 and 50 yards and made his only attempt vs. ULM and Penn State (both from 23 yards). He was perfect against Northwestern, with field goals of 27 and 40 yards while converting five PATs. His only field goal attempt in the win over Indiana was good from 47 yards and he added 6-6 PATs. One of his two misses at Minnesota hit the upright and he made his only attempt (42 yards) in the win over Michigan. He had a 38-yard field goal in the win at Purdue. Meyer had a career-best 50-yard field goal at Iowa State, while also connecting from 42, 20 and 34 yards. Meyer made four field goals in a game for the second time in his career, as he made 4-5 in an 18-13 win at Indiana in 2010. Meyer is tied for 14th in single-season scoring with 86 points in 2011 and is 14th in career scoring with 159 points. He has made 28-37 (.757) career field goal attempts.
MORRIS SHARES TACKLE LEAD
Sophomore LB James Morris earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from both league coaches and media. He tied for the team lead in tackles (110 in 12 games) and ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 37th in the nation. Morris returned to the starting line-up in Iowa's win over Indiana after missing the Northwestern game due to injury. He matched his career best with 13 tackles at Nebraska. He also had 13 tackles at Minnesota, with 10 solo tackles and a tackle for loss, while moving from the middle linebacker position to the weak side. He collected eight tackles in the win over Michigan and had four tackles vs. Michigan State and Purdue. He recorded five tackles in the Insight Bowl vs. Oklahoma. Morris recorded 52 solo stops and 58 assists, along with one pass interception, in 12 games. Morris collected five solo stops and eight assists in Iowa's loss at Penn State to again equal his career high of 13 tackles. He collected 10 tackles in wins over ULM and Indiana. Morris also had 13 tackles in the win over Pittsburgh.
KIRKSEY SHARES TACKLE LEAD
Sophomore LB Christian Kirksey recorded 110 tackles (62 solo) in 13 games to share the team lead. Kirksey ranked seventh in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.5). He also had five tackles for loss, one QB sack, three pass break-ups, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. He collected his first career interception in Iowa's win over Michigan, stopping a Michigan red zone possession. He added nine tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Michigan State. He had 10 tackles in the final game of the regular season at Nebraska and seven tackles vs. Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl. Kirksey led the Hawkeyes with 11 solo tackles and two assists at Iowa State, while also causing and recovering an Iowa State fumble on the same play. He recorded 10 tackles (six solo stops) against Tennessee Tech and Penn State and had eight stops in the win over Pittsburgh. He added his second forced fumble of the season at Penn State. He had nine tackles in a win over Northwestern and led the Iowa defense with 12 tackles in the win over Indiana.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
Iowa's defense has ranked among national leaders in causing turnovers in recent seasons. Since the start of the 2008 season, Iowa has collected 72 interceptions, a total that ties as fifth best in the nation over that span. Iowa had nine interceptions in 2011, with two of those being returned for touchdowns (89 yards by DB Shaun Prater and 98 yards by DB Tanner Miller). LB James Morris also has a 52-yard return that led to a field goal. The Hawkeyes have had an interception return for a touchdown in each of the last four years, including four in 2010. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in nine of the last 11 seasons and 9 of 13 seasons under Kirk Ferentz.
AMONG CAREER LEADERS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., set Iowa records for single season (12) and career touchdown receptions (28), along with single season (1,315) and career (2,861) receiving yards. McNutt tied the single season reception mark (82) and ranks second in career catches (170). He ranks 11th in career scoring (168 points). Senior DB Shaun Prater has 173 career interception return yards and junior DB Micah Hyde has 142 yards. Prater ranks seventh among Iowa's career interception leaders in return yards and Hyde is 11th. They both have seven career thefts (tie for 25th) and each have two touchdown returns. Among Iowa's career leaders, only Tom Knight (three) and Plez Atkins (two) have more than one touchdown return. Sophomore PK Mike Meyer is 14th in career scoring with 159 points. Junior QB James Vandenberg tied for third in single-season touchdown passes (25), is fourth in season passing yards (3,022), ninth in career passing yards (3,537) and eighth in career passing touchdowns (28).
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had 47 pass plays and eight rushing plays, along with three interception returns, 28 KO returns, one punt return and 14 field goals, of at least 20 yards. Iowa opponents had 32 passing plays, nine rushing plays, two punt returns, three interception returns, one fumble return and 34 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa outscored its opponents in the first (69-57), second (106-75) and fourth (105-91) quarters, but was outscored in the third (67-61) quarter. Iowa was outscored in three overtime periods (20-17) at Iowa State.
ON THE AVERAGE
For the season, Iowa averaged 5.5 yards on 389 first down plays, 6.1 yards on 290 second down plays, 4.4 yards on 175 third down plays and 5.3 yards on 21 fourth down plays. Iowa was 11-21 (.524) on fourth down conversions.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa's 54 scoring drives averaged 8.1 plays, 60.1 yards and 3:41 in elapsed time. Iowa had 11 scoring drives that covered 80 yards or more. Iowa had 41 touchdown drives, which averaged 7.8 plays, 66.8 yards and 3:05 in elapsed time. Iowa's opponents had 50 scoring drives, averaging 9.3 plays, 58.7 yards and 3:51 in elapsed time. The above scoring drive figures do not include overtime.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
For the season, Iowa was 41-49 (83.7%) in the red zone, with 18 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and 10 field goals. Iowa has scored on 147 of the last 165 (.891) red zone possessions (101 TDs and 46 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 128-146 (.877) combined inside the red zone its last 42 games. Iowa opponents were 42-57 (73.7%) in the red zone. Iowa allowed 14 rushing touchdowns, 17 passing touchdowns and 11 field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored 47 points following 19 opponent turnovers (10 interceptions, nine fumbles). The Hawkeye defense collected at least one takeaway in 65 of its last 75 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa opponents scored 45 points following 18 Hawkeye turnovers.
Brett Greenwood FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED
Former Iowa DB Brett Greenwood (2007-10) collapsed during a routine workout in early September. His heart stopped due to an abnormal heart-rhythm, which resulted in injuries to his brain. Brett is recovering and working hard to regain his strength and mobility. Many have expressed a desire to support Brett in a tangible way. As a result, the Brett Greenwood Foundation has been established to accept contributions that will be used to directly support Brett as he continues to recover. Individuals who would like to contribute to the Brett Greenwood Foundation can make a donation at any of the 74 Wells Fargo banking stores in Iowa or the 6,300 locations across the nation. Donations also can be made online at www.brettgreenwoodfoundation.com or by mail at attn: Brett Greenwood Foundation, Wells Fargo, 2001 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All Iowa football games were televised on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN or the BTN. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa has appeared on television in 129 consecutive games.
NEW FACES ON THE FIELD
Iowa played 10 true freshmen in 2011, including five on offense and five on defense. The list includes RB Mika'il McCall, RB Damon Bullock, WR Marcus Grant, TE Ray Hamilton, LB John Lowdermilk, DB Nico Law, DB Jordan Lomax, LB Marcus Collins RB Jordan Canzeri and LB Quinton Alston. Iowa played nine true freshmen in 2010, but just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008. The high mark for true freshman under Coach Kirk Ferentz is 11 in 2007. Hawkeyes who saw the first action of their career in 2011, in addition to the 10 true freshmen, include QB/LB A.J. Derby, FB Matt Meyers, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, RB De'Andre Johnson, LB Terrance Pryor, OL Andrew Donnal, OL Tommy Gaul, WR Steven Staggs, DL Mike Hardy, DL Carl Davis, DL Louis Trinca-Pasat and WR Jordan Cotton. Nineteen Hawkeyes started for the first time in 2011, including TE Zach Derby, FB Jonathan Gimm, OL Matt Tobin, TE Brad Herman, FB Matt Meyers, WR Keenan Davis, DL Lebron Daniel, DL Tom Nardo, DL Dominic Alvis, LB Christian Kirksey, DB Jordan Bernstine, DB Collin Sleeper, DB Tanner Miller, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, OLB Tom Donatell, DL Steve Bigach, OL Brandon Scherff, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and RB Jordan Canzeri.
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
IOWA AMONG TOP 20 IN WINS, 2002-11
Iowa has posted 85 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 17th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (117); USC (109); Oklahoma (108); LSU (106); Ohio State (105); Texas (103); TCU (103); Virginia Tech (102); Georgia (98); Florida (95); West Virginia (95); Wisconsin (94); Auburn (94); Utah (92); Alabama (91); Oregon (90); IOWA (85); Florida State (85); Boston College (84); Hawaii (84); Texas Tech (84); Penn State (83); Miami, FL (83); Nebraska (82) and Michigan (82).
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
Iowa's football record in the 2000 decade was 80-45 (.640), a record that ranks as the best decade in Iowa football history, based on total wins. Iowa posted a record of 77-40-4 (.652) during the 1980's and the Hawkeyes were 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990's. Part of the Hawkeye success is due to the stability in the program, as Iowa has had just two head coaches since 1979. Hayden Fry took over prior to the 1979 season and coached through the 1998 season, posting a record of 143-89-6. Current Coach Kirk Ferentz replaced Fry, leading the program for the last 12 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
Iowa will begin spring practice in March, concluding spring activities with the final practice and scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium. The final date will be either Saturday, April 14 or April 21.
AMERICA NEEDS FARMERS
The University of Iowa Athletics Department is working with the Iowa Farm Bureau on efforts to help consumers understand the challenges and opportunities today's farmers embrace, and to do so under the banner, "America Needs Farmers," the initiative undertaken by former UI football coach Hayden Fry during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s and embraced by the Hawkeyes' current head coach Kirk Ferentz. To learn more, visit AmericaNeedsFarmers.org.