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Hitchens Drafted in 4th Round by Dallas
Hitchens is 2nd UI linebacker, 3rd player overall to be drafted in 2014

May 10, 2014

By MATTHEW WEITZEL
hawkeyesports.com

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens was selected by Dallas in the fourth round (119th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday. Hitchens is the third Iowa player selected, as TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Houston) and LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland) were selected in the third round Friday.

Hitchens is the 55th Hawkeye player under Kirk Ferentz to be drafted and is the seventh Hawkeye linebacker chosen in the NFL Draft since 2006. Furthermore, this NFL Draft marks the third time under Ferentz that Iowa has had multiple linebackers selected (A.J. Edds and Pat Angerer in 2010, and Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway in 2006).

2014 NFL Draft
Hitchens becomes the first Hawkeye since OL Joe Levelis and FB Norm Granger in 1984 to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys.

Hitchens (6-1, 233) is a native of Lorain, Ohio, where he attended Clearview HS before joining the Hawkeye program. He earned second team all-Big Ten accolades as a senior, starting the final 14 games of his career and 24 games overall.

Hitchens, who played four straight seasons beginning as a true freshman in 2010, finished his Hawkeye career with 270 tackles, a total that ties for 21st in school history.

Hitchens, who was shared team MVP honors with OL Brandon Scherff this past season, led the Hawkeyes in tackles as a junior (124) and senior (112). In addition to his 112 stops as a senior, he amassed 13.5 tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He also had two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and one pass break-up.

One of Hitchens' most memorable plays as a Hawkeye was when he stripped QB Devin Gardner and recovered the fumble to thwart Michigan's final drive and preserve Iowa's 24-21 victory on "Senior Day" at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 23, 2014.

Hitchens, who accumulated 13 career games with double-digit tackles, played a pivotal role in an Iowa defense that ranked sixth nationally in total defense, seventh in first downs allowed, ninth in passing defense and scoring defense, and 19th in rushing defense. Iowa allowed just eight rushing touchdowns in 13 games.

During his career, Hitchens helped the Hawkeyes appear in three bowl games: 2010 Insight Bowl (Missouri), 2011 Insight Bowl (Oklahoma) and 2014 Outback Bowl (LSU).

HAWKEYES DRAFTED DURING FERENTZ ERA
2014 NFL Draft
Round 3C.J. FiedorowiczHoustonTight end
Round 3Christian KirkseyClevelandLinebacker
Round 4Anthony HitchensDallasLinebacker
2013 NFL Draft
Round 5Micah HydeGreen BayDefensive back
2012 NFL Draft
Round 1Riley ReiffDetroitOffensive line
Round 4Mike DanielsGreen BayDefensive line
Round 5Adam GettisWashingtonOffensive line
Round 5Shaun PraterCincinnatiDefensive back
Round 6Marvin McNuttPhiladelphiaWide receiver
Round 7Jordan BernstineWashingtonDefensive back
2011 NFL Draft
Round 1Adrian ClaybornTampa BayDefensive end
Round 4Christian BallardMinnesotaDefensive line
Round 5Ricky StanziKansas CityQuarterback
Round 5Karl KlugTennesseeDefensive line
Round 5Julian VanderveldePhiladelphiaOffensive line
Round 6Tyler SashNew York GiantsDefensive back
2010 NFL Draft
Round 1Bryan BulagaGreen BayOffensive line
Round 2Pat AngererIndianapolisLinebacker
Round 3Amari SpieveyDetroitDefensive back
Round 3Tony MoeakiKansas CityTight end
Round 4A.J. EddsMiamiLinebacker
Round 7Kyle CallowayBuffaloOffensive line
2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
Round 4 Seth Olsen Denver Offensive line
Round 6Brandon Myers OaklandTight end
2008 NFL Draft
Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
Round 4Kenny IwebemaArizona Defensive end
Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
2007 NFL Draft
Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive line
Round 4 Scott ChandlerSan Diego Tight end
Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive line
2006 NFL Draft
Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
2005 NFL Draft
Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive line
Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive back
Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive line
2004 NFL Draft
Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive line
Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive back
Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive line
Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
2003 NFL Draft
Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive line
Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive back
Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive line
2002 NFL Draft
Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running back
Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive line
Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
2001 NFL Draft
Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
2000 NFL Draft
Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive back

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