Jan. 21, 2011
HAWKEYES POST 8-5 MARK AFTER INSIGHT BOWL WIN
Iowa concluded the 2010 season with a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes earned their second straight bowl victory over a top-15 opponent and have won three consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. Iowa improved its bowl record to 14-10-1. The Insight Bowl win over the Tigers marked Iowa's fourth 2010 victory over a ranked opponent, the most by an Iowa team since 2003. Iowa played seven ranked opponents in 2010, the most for the Hawkeyes under Kirk Ferentz. Eight of Iowa's 2010 opponents competed in bowl games, with Iowa compiling a 4-4 record against those teams. The bowl victory was the sixth for Ferentz in his 12 seasons at Iowa and improved his overall record with the Hawkeyes to 89-60. Ferentz is tied for third all-time among Big Ten Conference coaches in bowl victories. Iowa was bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. Iowa posted a 7-5 regular season record, including a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes tied for fourth in the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes placed in the first division of the Big Ten for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Iowa's record came against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. In each of Iowa's five losses, the Hawkeyes were either tied or leading in the fourth quarter. Iowa was tied at Arizona, and held a lead in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota. Iowa's five losses came by a total of 18 points and the four league losses were by a collective 11 points. Iowa's most impressive wins were a 37-6 win over Michigan State, which shared the Big Ten title while posting an 11-2 overall record, and the Insight Bowl win over Missouri (10-3), which tied for the North Division title in the Big 12 Conference. In non-conference play, Iowa posted impressive wins over Eastern Illinois (37-7), Iowa State (35-7) and Ball State (45-0), all in Kinnick Stadium, while dropping a 34-27 contest at 18th-ranked Arizona. The Hawkeyes opened conference play with a 24-3 home win over Penn State and a 38-28 win at Michigan. A 31-30 loss to 10th-ranked Wisconsin followed, before the win over previously unbeaten and fifth-ranked Michigan State. Iowa earned its seventh win with a hard fought decision at Indiana, before narrow losses at Northwestern (21-17), at home to seventh-ranked Ohio State (20-17) and at Minnesota (27-24). The Hawkeyes continue to have great fan support. Iowa matched its season home attendance record by averaging 70,585 fans. All seven home games were sold out and the Insight Bowl set an attendance record (53,453) for the event. Iowa posted a 5-2 record in Kinnick Stadium, with the two losses by a combined four points to top 10 opponents.
Iowa has played 1,142 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 587-516-39 (.531). That includes a 370-201-16 (.644) record in home games, a 217-315-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 289-348-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 253-165-15 (.602) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa appeared in the BCS rankings throughout the season, ranking as high as No. 13 on Nov. 8. Iowa was ranked in each of the weekly BCS rankings in 2009, including an all-time high of fourth on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Iowa ended the 2009 season ranked 10th in the final poll. Iowa was also ranked in the BCS top 25 seven weeks in 2004 and eight weeks in both 2002 and 2003. Iowa was ranked once during the 2006 season. Overall, Iowa has appeared in the BCS top 25 on 37 occasions.
IOWA'S BOWL HISTORY
Iowa has been bowl eligible for 10 consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-3 record in bowl games under Kirk Ferentz, including three straight bowl wins (2008-10) for the first time in school history. The six wins tie for the third-most by a Big Ten coach. Iowa holds a 14-10-1 (.580) record in 25 bowl appearances. Iowa has competed in six January bowl games since the 2002 season. Iowa defeated Texas Tech (19-16) in the 2001 Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes used the 2001 Alamo Bowl win as a springboard to four consecutive January bowl games; Iowa lost to USC (38-17) in the 2003 Orange Bowl, defeated Florida (37-17) in the 2004 Outback Bowl and LSU (30-25) in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, and lost to Florida (31-24) in the 2006 Outback Bowl. Iowa returned to the Alamo Bowl in 2006, falling (26-24) to Texas. Iowa appeared in its fifth January bowl game under Ferentz at the conclusion of the 2008 season, defeating South Carolina (31-10) in the 2009 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes defeated Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech (24-14) in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Iowa concluded the 2010 season with a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Outback (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), and the Capital One, Freedom, Gator and Insight bowls once.
IOWA FEATURED LARGE SENIOR CLASS
Twenty-five Iowa seniors played their final game in a Hawkeye uniform in the Insight Bowl. That list of players includes DL Christian Ballard, WR Paul Chaney, Jr., DL Adrian Clayborn, P Ryan Donahue, WR Ben Evans, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Justin Greiner, OL Kyle Haganman, LB Jeremiha Hunter, LB Troy Johnson, DL Karl Klug, OL Josh Koeppel, WR Nick Kuchel, FB Brett Morse, PK Daniel Murray, WR Don Nordmann, RB Paki O'Meara, LB Ross Petersen, TE Allen Reisner, WR Colin Sandeman, LS Andrew Schulze, QB Ricky Stanzi, LB Jeff Tarpinian, LB Lance Tillison and OL Julian Vandervelde. The 2010 seniors led Iowa to three straight bowl wins (2008, 2009, 2010) for the first time in school history and earned 28 victories over the last three seasons. Only the 2004 senior class (31 wins) and the 1987 seniors (29 wins) posted more victories over a three-year period.
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 (40) and the Hawkeyes (25). Wisconsin ranks fourth with 22. Iowa (14-10-1, .580), Penn State (27-14-2, .651) and Purdue (8-7, .533) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games. Iowa was one of eight Big Ten Conference teams to participate in a bowl game following the 2010 season. The Big Ten had two teams compete in BCS games for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 23 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games. The Big Ten sent eight teams to bowl games for the third time (2003 & 2007). Big Ten Conference teams posted a 4-3 record in bowl games following the 2009 season and a 3-5 mark in 2010.
IOWA WINS INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa used record setting performances on both offense and defense to earn a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. The win was the third straight bowl victory for the Hawkeyes and the fourth of the season (in eight games) against a nationally-ranked opponent. Iowa is now 14-10-1 in 25 bowl appearances. Freshman RB Marcus Coker was the key player for the Hawkeye offense, rushing 33 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Both the number of attempts and rushing yards established Iowa bowl records. Sophomore DB Micah Hyde scored the winning points with 5:32 remaining in the final quarter on a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown. That set an Iowa bowl record for interception return yards and ranks as the eighth longest in school history. Following Hyde's touchdown, Missouri drove to the Iowa 46 on its next possession, but a pass attempt on fourth-and-six was incomplete and Iowa's offense maintained possession for the final 2:15. The Hawkeyes converted a key third and three, as QB Ricky Stanzi connected with TE Allen Reisner for a 39-yard completion to the one-yard line in the final minute of play. Iowa won the toss and elected to start the game on offense. Coker gave the Hawkeyes an early 7-0 advantage with a one-yard scoring run to complete the opening drive. Missouri responded with a field goal on its first drive, but Coker added a 62-yard scoring run early in the second period to give Iowa a 14-3 advantage. The Hawkeyes added a 34-yard Mike Meyer field goal later in the period before Missouri scored on a 10-yard run to cut Iowa's halftime advantage to 17-10. The Tigers were poised to add to their scoring in the final minute of the second quarter before Brett Greenwood's interception in the end zone ended the threat. Iowa's only offensive points of the second half came midway through the third period when Meyer added a 21-yard field goal for a 20-10 advantage, capping a 93-yard scoring drive. The Tigers cut the lead to 20-17 later in the third quarter and took their first advantage at 24-20 with under a minute left in the period. Hyde's interception return, the fourth for the Hawkeyes in 13 games, was the only scoring in the final quarter. Stanzi complemented Coker's rushing effort by completing 11-21 passes for 200 yards. Colin Sandeman (4-44) and Reisner (3-50) led Iowa's receivers. The Hawkeye defense was led by Greenwood, who collected 11 tackles to go with his second quarter interception. DB Shaun Prater added nine tackles and LB James Morris had seven. DL Karl Klug and DL Christian Ballard each collected a QB sack.
HAWKEYES EARN BOWL HONORS
Freshman RB Marcus Coker was named Offensive Player of the Game and sophomore DB Micah Hyde was named Defensive Player of the Game as Iowa defeated 12th-ranked Missouri 27-24 in the Insight Bowl. Coker set Iowa bowl records for rushing attempts (33) and yards (219). He scored on runs of one and 62 yards. His 219 yards rank as the eighth-best single game total in school history and the 33 attempts tie as the eighth-best total for attempts. His season total of 622 rushing yards ranks third best for an Iowa freshman. Hyde provided Iowa's winning margin with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown with 5:32 remaining, scoring the only points of the fourth period. The return is the longest for Iowa in 25 bowl games, surpassing the previous best of 48 yards by Tyler Sash in the 2009 Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina. The 72-yard return also ranks as the eighth longest interception return in school history. Hyde also recorded four solo tackles and two assists. The score was his second touchdown of the season. He had a 66-yard touchdown off an interception in Iowa's win over Michigan State.
FINAL BOWL NOTES
COACH Kirk Ferentz
Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents) has completed his 12th season as head football coach at the University of Iowa. Ferentz was one of seven candidates for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. He was named the 2009 Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. He was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2009 George Munger Award. He was the 2009 AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual national Coach of the Year. Ferentz was the 2002 Associated Press and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year. He was the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year that season, as well. He was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2009. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. Iowa has made two BCS bowl appearances, including a 24-14 win in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Iowa has played in six January bowl games and has four January bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl, 2009 Outback Bowl and 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl). Iowa has posted an 85-41 (.675) overall mark and a 50-30 (.625) Big Ten record the last 10 seasons. Ferentz has guided Iowa to nine first division finishes, including a second-place finish in 2009. Iowa was bowl eligible in 2010 for the 10th straight season. The Hawkeyes are 6-3 in bowl games under Ferentz. His six bowl wins tie as third most among all-time Big Ten coaches. At Iowa, Ferentz holds an overall record of 89-60 (.597) and a 53-43 (.552) mark in Big Ten games. In 15 seasons as a college head coach, he holds a career mark of 101-81 (.555). Fifty-seven of Iowa's 149 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (26-31) and 46 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (20-26). Ferentz joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. He was part of the Baltimore (Cleveland Browns prior to the move) staff for six years. Ferentz was named head coach of the Maine Bears in 1990 and held that position for three years. Ferentz was a member of Hayden Fry's Iowa staff for nine years as offensive line coach (1981-89). He coordinated Iowa's running game during his first coaching stint at Iowa. Iowa appeared in eight bowl games during the time Ferentz was an Iowa assistant. Ferentz was born in Royal Oak, Mich., and attended high school in Pittsburgh. Kirk earned his bachelor's degree in English education from the University of Connecticut in 1978, where he was a football captain. Kirk received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in May, 2009. He was inducted into the Upper St. Clair High School Hall of Fame in September, 2002 and the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in May, 2003.
KLUG AND STANZI SHARE MVP HONORS
Senior defensive tackle Karl Klug and senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi shared the honor as the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player for 2010. Klug started every game, recording 57 tackles. He led the Hawkeyes with 5.5 QB sacks for minus 47 yards and with 13 tackles for loss (-67 yards). He also had five QB pressures, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Klug, who started every game over the last two seasons, was named second team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media. Stanzi started all 13 games at quarterback, completing 221-345 pass attempts for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. He ranked second in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (157.63), establishing an Iowa single-season record. He established a school record with at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. His career totals include 542-907 for 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns.
HAWKEYE TEAM AWARDS
Along with the permanent team captains and team MVPs, several other Hawkeye players earned recognition at the annual awards banquet. QB Ricky Stanzi and DT Karl Klug were named co-winners of the Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award. They shared the award with senior DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, a consensus All-American and first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation, was first team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Clayborn started the final 30 games of his career and had 37 career starts. The Hayden Fry Award is given in honor of Iowa's Hall of Fame coach who retired after the 1998 season. The award goes to a player who gives that little bit extra at all times. Klug was also given the Iron Hawk Award. It is presented to a Hawkeye who has given his all every play, for the entire season, and has represented his team and school in an exemplary fashion. Four players shared the Next Man In Award. On offense, senior OL Josh Koeppel was the recipient. Defensively, the award went to true freshman LB James Morris. The special teams' award was shared by true freshman PK Mike Meyer and senior LB Ross Petersen. Three student-athletes share the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award. The award goes annually to a player(s) who displays a high degree of proficiency in both the classroom and on the playing field. This year's winners are seniors Jeff Tarpinian, Julian Vandervelde and Josh Koeppel. The 2010 "Coaches Appreciation" awards went to five Hawkeyes. Offensively, the award went to sophomore OL James Ferentz and senior TE Allen Reisner. Defensively, the honor went to a pair of seniors, LB Jeff Tarpinian and DL Christian Ballard. Senior RB Paki O'Meara won the special teams' portion of the award. Senior snapper Andrew Schulze was named winner of the Reggie Roby Special Teams Specialist of the Year. Senior punter Ryan Donahue was named winner of the overall Reggie Roby Special Teams Player of the Year award. Donahue was a finalist for the Ray Guy Punter of the Year Award. The awards are named after the late Iowa punter who was first-team All-American in 1981 and 1982. Roby died in 2005. He punted in the NFL for 16 years. It's the second straight year that both players have taken this honor. The "Hawkeye Hustle" awards went to five players. On offense the winner was sophomore OL Riley Reiff. Three juniors, DT Mike Daniels and DB's Shaun Prater and Tyler Sash, were honored on defense. Prater also earned the award for his play on special teams. Team Leader Awards were given offensively to sophomore lineman Casey McMillan and senior WR Nick Kuchel. Defensive winners were linemen junior Joe Forgy and freshman Casey Kreiter. Both Kuchel and Forgy won the same award in 2009. Special Teams Leader Awards went to junior WR Joe Audlehelm and freshman LB Matt Meyers. The "Win During The Week Award" went to seniors Brett Morse and Julian Vandervelde on offense. The defensive award went to Greenwood for the second straight year.
TWO EARN FRESHMAN HONORS
Linebacker James Morris and offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan earned Freshman All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele's College Football. Morris was named a first team selection by CollegeFootballNews.com and a third team selection by Phil Steele's College Football. MacMillan earned fourth team honors from Phil Steele's College Football and honorable mention recognition by CollegeFootballNews.com. Morris, a true freshman from Solon, started Iowa's final six games at middle linebacker. He recorded 70 tackles to rank fourth on the team. Morris collected 23 solo stops and 47 assists, along with four pass break-ups, 2.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack. He had a season-best 13 tackles at Northwestern. MacMillan is a redshirt freshman from Toronto, Ontario. He started the first six games of the season at right guard, helping the Hawkeyes win five of their first six outings. MacMillan missed six of the final seven games of the year due to injury. He also earned academic all-Big Ten honors.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa posted a 4-3 record while facing seven ranked opponents in 2010, the most for a Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team. Iowa played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003. The four wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 4-2 record vs. six ranked opponents in 2003. Three of Iowa's seven opponents 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. Last season, Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing at No. 8 Ohio State in overtime. With the 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State (10/30/10), Iowa has recorded a victory over a top-five ranked team in each of the last three seasons. Iowa defeated fourth-ranked Penn State (21-10) on the road in 2009 and defeated the third-ranked Nittany Lions (24-23) in Kinnick Stadium in 2008. Along with defeating Michigan State, Iowa defeated Missouri (#12), Penn State (#20) and Michigan (#24). Along with losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State, Iowa lost at No. 18 Arizona. In Big Ten play, Iowa's eight opponents posted an overall record of 62-34 during the regular season. Iowa did not play Illinois and Purdue. Among the top five teams in the final Big Ten standings, Ohio State's league opponents were 51-43, Penn State's 52-43, Wisconsin's 54-42 and Northwestern's 52-42.
IOWA VS. BOWL TEAMS
Eight of Iowa's 13 opponents earned bowl invitations. Iowa's 13 opponents posted a 92-71 (.564) overall record. Wisconsin (Rose) and Ohio State (Sugar) earned BCS bowl bids, while Arizona, Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern and Missouri played in the post-season.
AGAINST THE CHAMPS
Iowa posted a 1-2 record against the three teams that shared the Big Ten title. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State were all 7-1 in Big Ten play and 11-1 overall during the regular season. In the three games, Iowa outscored the three teams by a combined 84-57. Iowa lost by one point to Wisconsin (31-30) and three to Ohio State (20-17), while defeating Michigan State (37-6).
FIVE SELECTED TO POST-SEASON GAMES
Five Hawkeye players were selected to participate in post-season all-star games. Punter Ryan Donahue and DL Karl Klug were selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. DL Adrian Clayborn, DL Christian Ballard and QB Ricky Stanzi were selected to participate in the Senior Bowl.
HAWKEYES AMONG SINGLE SEASON LEADERS
Several Hawkeyes rank among Iowa's single season leaders. Freshman RB Marcus Coker's 622 rushing yards ranks third best among Iowa freshmen. Sophomore RB Adam Robinson's rushing total of 941 yards ranks 18th best for a single season. QB Ricky Stanzi completed 221-345 passes for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns. His totals rank third in touchdown passes, fourth in yardage and completions and sixth in attempts. His pass efficiency rating of 157.63 ranks best in school history and his total offense (2,998) is third best for a season. WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., ranks 10th in receiving yards (861 yards and eight touchdowns on 53 receptions) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks 19th (46-745-10 TD). Johnson-Koulianos tied for second in scoring receptions (10) and McNutt, Jr., tied for seventh (eight). Freshman PK Mike Meyer ranks 19th in scoring with 73 points, while Robinson and Johnson-Koulianos tied for 25th with 66 points. In team statistics, Iowa's defensive average of allowing just 101.5 rushing yards per game ranks seventh best for a single season.
HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Eleven Iowa players were named to either the first or second all-Big Ten teams selected by the league's coaches and media. Four Hawkeyes earned first team all-league recognition, while seven were honored as second team selections. Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn, junior defensive backs Tyler Sash and Shaun Prater and senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos were named on the first unit by the coaches. Clayborn, Sash and Prater also made the media's first team. Clayborn and Sash are first team selections for the second straight year. Making the second all-league team, as named by the coaches, were senior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, sophomore offensive lineman Riley Reiff, junior receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr., senior tight end Allen Reisner, senior defensive tackle Karl Klug, senior linebacker Jeremiha Hunter and senior defensive back Brett Greenwood. Reiff, Klug and Vandervelde were named to the media's second all-Big Ten team. Ten Hawkeyes made the media's honorable mention list. That list includes Johnson-Koulianos, McNutt, Jr., Reisner, Greenwood, Hunter, senior DL Christian Ballard, junior DL Mike Daniels, sophomore DB Micah Hyde, sophomore RB Adam Robinson and senior punter Ryan Donahue. Making the coaches honorable mention team were Ballard, Daniels, Robinson and Donahue.
SIXTEEN HAWKEYES NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Sixteen members of the Iowa football program have earned academic all-Big Ten honors for the 2010 fall semester. To be eligible for academic all-Big Ten, student-athletes must be letterwinners and be in at least their second academic year at the institution. They must also carry a career grade point average of 3.0 or above. Iowa players earning the recognition include sophomore Steve Bigach (Integrative Physiology & Mathematics); senior Justin Greiner (Integrative Physiology); senior Josh Koeppel (Sociology); senior Nick Kuchel (Health & Human Physiology); redshirt freshman Nolan MacMillan (Mathematics); senior Brett Morse (Management); senior Daniel Murray (Master of Business Administration); junior Tyler Nielsen (Management & Finance); senior Ross Petersen (Psychology); senior Colin Sandeman (Art); sophomore Jack Swanson (Computer Science); senior Jeff Tarpinian (Accounting); redshirt freshman Brett Van Sloten (Pre-Business); sophomore James Vandenberg (Health & Human Physiology); senior Julian Vandervelde (Religious Studies & English); and sophomore Jason White (Interdepartmental Studies & Theatre Arts). The academic honor is the fourth for Morse, Murray, Tarpinian and Vandervelde. Kuchel and Nielsen earned the honor for the third time, while Koeppel, Swanson, Vandenberg and White earned the recognition for the second year.
FERENTZ ON BOBBY DODD WATCH LIST
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was one of seven coaches on the Watch List for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was first given in 1976. Ferentz is in his 12th year with the Hawkeyes and guided the 2010 squad to an 8-5 record, with four wins over ranked opponents. He has a career record of 101-81. Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 04, 09) and was National Coach of the Year in 2002.
CLAYBORN NAMED CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn earned consensus All-American honors, becoming the 21st Hawkeye player to earn that honor. Clayborn was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Foundation. Both the AFCA and Walter Camp recognize only one All-America team. Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, is the eighth Hawkeye player to ever make the elite AFCA All-America team. He is the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the AFCA team. The others were PK Nate Kaeding and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002). Clayborn is the 12th Iowa player named to the Walter Camp team (P Reggie Roby was honored twice). He is the sixth Hawkeye under Ferentz to be recognized on the team, the first since RB Shonn Greene (2008). Clayborn was on numerous 2010 watch lists and was a finalist for the Lombardi and Ted Hendricks awards. Clayborn totaled 52 tackles his senior campaign, including seven for a loss of 42 yards. He had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble. He started 30 consecutive games and a total of 37 during his Hawkeye career. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. It is the only All-America team chosen exclusively by college football's head coaches.
THREE HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Three members of the Iowa football program were named to the ESPN Academic all-District Seven first team. Those players are senior OL Julian Vandervelde, senior LB Jeff Tarpinian and junior LB Tyler Nielsen. Vandervelde is a native of Davenport who has earned all-District recognition for the third straight season. He was a first team selection in 2008 and earned second team honors last season. He carries a 3.46 GPA and is majoring in English and religious studies. Vandervelde started all 13 games in 2010 and has started 37 games throughout his career, including 18 straight. He earned second team all-Big Ten honors in 2010 and has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past four seasons. Tarpinian is a native of Omaha, Neb. He is majoring in accounting and has a 3.58 GPA. He has also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in each of the past four seasons. Tarpinian has been hampered by injuries in 2010, but started five games, including the Insight Bowl win over Missouri. He returned to limited action in Iowa's 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State after missing two games, and started at outside linebacker at Northwestern. He did not play against Ohio State and Minnesota. He recorded 47 tackles, including 2.5 QB sacks. His forced fumble led to a touchdown against Arizona. Nielsen, a native of Humboldt, holds a 3.56 GPA and is a management major. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past two seasons. Nielsen started eight games at outside linebacker. He totaled 42 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, and has four pass break-ups. He had an interception in Iowa's 35-7 win over Iowa State. He was injured in Iowa's win over Michigan State and missed the final five games of the season. Under Kirk Ferentz the last 12 seasons, 17 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and All-America recognition on 31 occasions.
STANZI FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the top senior quarterback in the nation. Others finalists included recipient Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin), Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaerpernick (Nevada) and Christian Ponder (Florida State). Stanzi was also one of five finalists for the Premier Player of College Football Award. That award is based on fan voting. Other finalists included QB Denard Robinson (Michigan), QB Jake Locker (Washington), RB LaMichael James (Oregon) and QB Ryan Mallett (Arkansas). Stanzi ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation in pass efficiency (157.63). He completed 221-345 attempts for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. The 25 touchdowns are third best for a single season at Iowa and the completions and yards ranks fourth best. In career statistics, Stanzi is fourth in completions (542) and third in attempts (907), yards (7,377), touchdowns (56) and total offense (7,373). Stanzi was also one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and one of 16 semifinal candidates for the Maxwell Award. He was a semifinal candidate for the O'Brien Award in 2009 as well.
CLAYBORN FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn was one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award. He was also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. Clayborn started 37 games in his Hawkeye career, including the last 30 straight. In 13 games in 2010 he collected 52 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also had six QB pressures and blocked a field goal attempt in Iowa's 38-28 win at Michigan. He had seven tackles and a pass break-up in Iowa's loss to seventh-ranked Ohio State. Clayborn collected 10 tackles in Iowa's win over Penn State, earning recognition as the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He also had a quarterback sack for minus 15 yards and three tackles for loss against the Nittany Lions. He added five tackles and the seventh forced fumble of his career against Wisconsin. Clayborn was named to preseason Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Ted Hendricks Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. He is the 21st consensus All-American in school history.
DONAHUE A RAY GUY FINALIST
Senior punter Ryan Donahue was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award. He joined winner Chas Henry of Florida and Georgia's Drew Butler on the elite list. Donahue was a semifinalist in 2009. Donahue averaged 44.6 yards on 54 punts in 2010, while opponents averaged just 3.9 yards on 21 returns. He has booted five of the 14 longest punts in school history, while averaging over 40 yards per punt in each of his four seasons. He had a 73-yard punt at Northwestern, which ties as the 10th longest in school history.
HAWKEYES ON SEMIFINAL LISTS
Senior TE Allen Reisner and junior DB Tyler Sash were also on reduced lists for national honors at their respective positions. Reisner was one of eight semifinal candidates for the 2010 John Mackey Award. The award goes annually to the nation's best collegiate tight end. Reisner started all 13 games this year. He had 42 receptions for 460 yards (11.0 average) and two touchdowns, including six receptions for 66 yards at Northwestern. Former Iowa tight end Dallas Clark won the Mackey Award in 2002. Sash was one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the top collegiate defensive back. He ranks fifth in career interceptions (13). Sash is the Iowa record holder and ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history with 392 interception return yards. He ranked third in tackles this season with 79 stops and he has 217 career tackles.
IOWA CAREER LEADERS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi ranks among Iowa's career leaders in several categories. He is third in passing touchdowns (56), passing yards (7,377), pass attempts (907) and total offense (7,373) and fourth in completions (542). Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos became Iowa's career leader in receptions (173) and yards (2,616). He is third in scoring receptions (17), fifth in all-purpose yards (4,256) and 11th in scoring (180). Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is tied for fourth in career touchdown receptions (16) and is 16th in receiving yards (88-1,546). RB Adam Robinson has led Iowa's rushing attack in both 2009 and 2010. His total of 1,775 yards ranks 13th on Iowa's career chart. In career interceptions, junior Tyler Sash ranks fifth with 13 and senior Brett Greenwood is tied for sixth with 12. Sash holds the Iowa record for interception return yards (392). Sophomore DB Micah Hyde has 142 interception return yards, which ranks 10th among Iowa's career interception leaders. Hyde also has two touchdown returns. Among Iowa's career leaders, only Tom Knight (three) and Plez Atkins (two) have more than one touchdown return. Among Iowa's career tackle leaders, senior LB Jeremiha Hunter ranks 20th with 269 tackles. Greenwood is tied for 42nd (229) and Sash is 51st (217). Senior PK Daniel Murray ranks 14th in career scoring with 152 points (31 FG, 59 PATs).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi established a school record with a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. Stanzi's pass efficiency rating of 157.63 for the season is also a school record. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa's record holder for pass receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,616).
IOWA IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
As a team, Iowa ranked second in conference games only in scoring defense (18.6), KO returns (25.1), rushing defense (122.5), net punting (39.7) and turnover margin (+1.12) and third in pass efficiency (150.2), pass efficiency defense (116.0), fewest penalty yards (36.4), red zone offense (92.6%) and red zone defense (82.8%). Individually, Hawkeyes among the top five in the league included PK Mike Meyer, second in field goals per game (1.43); DB Shaun Prater, tied for first in interceptions (.38) and tied for fourth in pass break-ups (.88); QB Ricky Stanzi, fourth in passing yards per game (225.6) and fifth in total offense (226.1); DB Brett Greenwood, tied for first in interceptions (.38), and LB Jeremiha Hunter, fourth in tackles per game (9.1).
STANZI IS MOST EFFICIENT
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation in pass efficiency. His rating of 157.63 is the best single-season pass efficiency rating for an Iowa quarterback since the statistic was first used in 1979. The previous best efficiency rating for an Iowa quarterback (157.12) was set by Brad Banks in 2002.
COKER AMONG IOWA'S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman RB Marcus Coker started for the fourth time in Iowa's Insight Bowl win over Missouri. Coker set Iowa bowl records for rushing attempts (33) and rushing yards (219) in the win. He scored on touchdown runs of one and 62 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Game. His season totals included 114 carries for 622 yards and three touchdowns, while playing in just seven games. Coker rushed for over 100 yards in his first career start (22-129) and had 21 carries for 90 yards at Minnesota. His rushing total ranks fourth best for an Iowa freshman.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players earned weekly honors in 2010:
IOWA TOUGH ON DEFENSE
Iowa ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (17.0), sixth in rushing defense (101.5), 25th in total defense (332.1) and 24th in pass efficiency defense (115.1). The Iowa defense was the last unit in the nation to allow a rushing touchdown this season, that coming in Iowa's sixth game. The Hawkeyes ranked seventh in the nation in turnover margin (+1.0) and tied for 11th with 19 pass interceptions. Iowa had four interception returns for touchdowns in 2010. Six Iowa opponents scored one touchdown or less, including two who scored no touchdowns. For the second straight season, eight of Iowa's 12 regular season opponents scored 17 points or less. For the third straight season, Iowa allowed only one opponent to rush for over 100-yards.
IOWA EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
Iowa ranked 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (155.72) and the Hawkeyes were 50th in scoring offense (28.9). The Hawkeyes were 49th in passing offense (234.5), 57th in total offense (382.9) and 70th in rushing offense (148.4). Iowa scored 30 or more points in three consecutive Big Ten Conference games (Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State) for the first time since 2005. Iowa scored 30 or more points in six games overall, matching the second highest number of games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa scored 30 or more points in nine games in 2002. Iowa has just 11 turnovers (five lost fumbles, six interceptions), which ranked second in the nation. Iowa lost just two fumbles in eight Big Ten games, both in the regular season finale at Minnesota. Iowa also ranked sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (37.4) and tied for 19th in fewest penalties per game (4.9). On special teams, Iowa ranked sixth in the nation in punt return defense (3.9 average on 21 returns) and 12th in KO returns (25.3).
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa ranked third in the Big Ten and tied for seventh nationally with a plus 1.0 turnover ratio. Iowa was guilty of just 11 turnovers in 13 games, including just five turnovers in eight Big Ten games. The 11 turnovers ranked second in the nation. Iowa's opponents had 142 possessions, and just seven started in Iowa territory. Arizona and Minnesota had two possessions start in Iowa territory and Iowa State, Northwestern and Ohio State started one possession on Iowa's end of the field.
Iowa junior linebacker Bruce Davis and RB Jewel Hampton suffered season-ending knee injuries during Iowa's 34-27 loss at Arizona in week three. Both had surgery to repair the damage. LB Jeff Tarpinian missed Iowa's opening game and contests vs. Michigan and Wisconsin before returning to limited action vs. Michigan State and Indiana. He did not start vs. Penn State and was limited to just a few plays on defense. Tarpinian led Iowa in tackles through five games and returned to the starting line-up at Northwestern before missing Iowa's final two regular season games. Tarpinian returned to action in the Insight Bowl. Senior FB Brett Morse did not play at Michigan, ending his starting streak at 18 consecutive starts, but returned vs. Wisconsin. OL Adam Gettis did not play at Indiana and also missed games vs. Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota. Redshirt freshman OL Nolan MacMillan missed three games before returning to action at Northwestern, but he did not play against Ohio State, Minnesota and Missouri. He started the first six games. Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter started the first seven games before missing the Michigan State contest. Hunter returned to start the last four regular season contests, but saw limited action in the bowl win. He totaled 36 career starts. OLB Tyler Nielsen, who started the first eight games and ranked third in tackles, was injured vs. Michigan State and missed the remainder the final five games of the season. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker underwent a medical procedure in late September and missed seven games.
QB Ricky Stanzi
DB Tyler Sash
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
DB Shaun Prater
DT Karl Klug
DT Mike Daniels
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 26 wins as Iowa's starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi ranked sixth among FBS signal callers (active in 2010) in victories. Stanzi trailed the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (42), Kellen Moore, Boise State (38), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (33), Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (32) and Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (31).
STANZI IN A CLUB OF HIS OWN
In leading Iowa to a 24-3 win over Penn State, Iowa senior QB Ricky Stanzi improved to 3-0 as a starting quarterback against the Nittany Lions. Stanzi is the only opposing quarterback to ever start three games against Penn State and lead his team to wins in all three games. Iowa won 24-23 in 2008 on a last second field and won 21-10 a year ago at Penn State. Stanzi played every offensive down in all three wins. He is also the third quarterback in the Big Ten to start and win three bowl games. Stanzi led Iowa to a 26-9 record as the starting quarterback, which ranks second all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE POINTS
Iowa's defense recorded four interception returns for touchdowns. Those were by DE Broderick Binns vs. Arizona (20 yards), DB Shaun Prater vs. Penn State (33) and DB Micah Hyde vs. Michigan State and Missouri. Hyde had a 66-yard return after DB Tyler Sash made the interception vs. the Spartans. Hyde's return ranks as the ninth longest in school history. He added a 72-yard return for the final points in Iowa's 27-24 Insight Bowl win. That return is the longest for Iowa in a bowl game and ranks eighth longest in school history. Iowa has had at least one pass interception return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons and in six of the last seven years. In 2009, safety Tyler Sash had an 86-yard return for a touchdown in a home win over Indiana. In 2008, DB Amari Spievey returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown in a win at Minnesota.
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 and 2007. Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 49 of the last 51 games.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa had 13 players start all 13 games in 2010, plus punter Ryan Donahue. Returning players who started every game, along with Donahue, include TE Allen Reisner, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Riley Reiff, OL James Ferentz, OL Markus Zusevics, QB Ricky Stanzi and FB Brett Morse on offense; DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DT Christian Ballard, DB Micah Hyde, DB Brett Greenwood and DB Tyler Sash on defense.
Iowa is expected to return five starters on defense and five on offense, along with PK Mike Meyer. The returning starters on offense include: tackle Riley Reiff, center James Ferentz, guard Nolan MacMillan, tackle Markus Zusevics and wide receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr. The defensive starters returning include: linebackers Tyler Nielsen and James Morris, tackle Mike Daniels, and defensive backs Micah Hyde and Shaun Prater.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 49 of its last 60 games (.817) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-2 mark in 2010. The Hawkeye losses came to Western Michigan (28-19 in 2007), Indiana (38-20 in 2007), Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005), Ohio State (38-17 in 2006 and 20-17 in 2010), Northwestern (21-7 in 2006, 22-17 in 2008 and 17-10 in 2009), Wisconsin (24-21 in 2006 and 31-30 in 2010) and Iowa State (36-31 in 2002). Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05, which ended in the overtime loss to Michigan. Iowa's 44-9 (.830) home record from 2002 thru 2009 ranked as the 11th-best home winning percentage in the nation and second in the Big Ten to Ohio State. Iowa is 17-4 at home since the start of the 2008 season.
HAWKEYES EARN FIRST CAREER START
Thirteen Iowa players started for the first time in 2010, including OL James Ferentz, OL Nolan MacMillan, OL Markus Zusevics, DL Mike Daniels, DB Micah Hyde, LB Bruce Davis, LB Tyler Nielsen, LB Jeff Tarpinian, FB Brad Rogers, LB James Morris, LB Shane DiBona, OL Josh Koeppel and RB Marcus Coker. Iowa had 13 players (six defense, seven offense) start all 13 games in 2010. Those defensive players included DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DE/DT Christian Ballard, DB Micah Hyde, DB Brett Greenwood and DB Tyler Sash. On offense the list included OT Riley Reiff, OG Julian Vandervelde, C James Ferentz, OT Markus Zusevics, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., and TE Allen Reisner.
NEW FACES ON THE FIELD
Iowa played nine true freshmen in 2010, including TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, LB James Morris, LB Christian Kirksey, DB B.J. Lowery, DB Tanner Miller, PK Mike Meyer, RB Marcus Coker, DB Anthony Hitchens and WR Don Shumpert. Iowa played just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008. In addition to the true freshmen, others who have saw the first action of their career in 2010 included P Eric Guthrie, DL Joe Forgy, QB John Wienke, FB Jacob Reisen, TE Zach Furlong, DL Joe Gaglione, DL Thomas Nardo, DB Tom Donatell, LB Shane DiBona, FB Brad Rogers, DL Steve Bigach, OL Conor Boffeli, OL Matt Tobin, OL Casey McMillan, OL Brett Van Sloten, OL Woody Orne, DE Dominic Alvis, TE Zach Derby, WR Joe Audlehelm, OL Drew Clark, LB Dakota Getz and LS Casey Kreiter.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 124 of its last 143 games. Iowa games vs. Minnesota (11/27/10), Wisconsin (10/23/10), Ohio State (11/14/09), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn't start on offense. Iowa won 13 of those 19 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 126 of 149 games under Kirk Ferentz, including 12 of 13 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009. Iowa scored on its first possession in eight games and Iowa's opponents scored on their first drive in seven games in 2010.
IOWA JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has 78 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 18th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (106); USC (100); Ohio State (99); Oklahoma (98); Texas (95); LSU (92); TCU (92); Virginia Tech (91); Georgia (88); Florida (88); Auburn (86); West Virginia (85); Utah (84); Wisconsin (81); Boston College (80); Alabama (79); Texas Tech (79); IOWA (78); Miami, FL (76); and Penn State (74).
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had 37 pass plays, 12 rushing plays, 21 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, six interception returns and 14 field goals of at least 20 yards. Iowa's opponents had 30 passing plays, only five rushing plays and 24 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa held a scoring advantage in the first (92-47), second (123-53), third (74-42) and fourth (87-79) quarters. Iowa posted one shutout (Ball State), allowed Penn State just three points, Michigan State six points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points.
ON THE AVERAGE
In 13 games, Iowa averaged 6.5 yards on 376 first down plays, 5.5 yards on 262 second down plays, 6.5 yards on 159 third down plays and six yards on 10 fourth down plays, converting 5-10 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa's 56 scoring drives averaged 7.5 plays, 63.7 yards and 3:43 in elapsed time. Iowa's opponents had 36 scoring drives, averaging 9.6 plays, 66 yards and 3:55 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
For the season, Iowa was 43-49 in the red zone, scoring 15 rushing touchdowns, 17 passing touchdowns and 11 field goals. Iowa lost a fumble in the red zone and ended the game in the red zone against Eastern Illinois, had a missed field goal vs. Ball State and Indiana and a fumbled snap on a potential field goal attempt vs. Wisconsin. Iowa ended the game in the red zone in the win over Missouri. Iowa has scored on 106 of the last 118 red zone possessions (71 TDs and 35 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 87-98 (.888) combined inside the red zone its last 29 games. Iowa opponents were 33-43 in the red zone, with 11 passing touchdowns, 13 rushing touchdowns and nine field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored 109 points following 26 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa had 11 turnovers (five fumbles, six interceptions) in 13 games, allowing 28 points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 56 of its last 61 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. That includes at least one turnover in 12 of 13 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All 2010 Iowa football games were televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the Big Ten Network. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa has appeared on television in its last 116 games.
Iowa will begin spring practice during the week of March 21, just after spring break, and will conclude spring activities with the final practice and scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, April 16.