Dec. 2, 2010
HAWKEYES PREPARE FOR POST-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. Iowa is bowl eligible for the 10th straight season and the Hawkeyes have won January bowl games following each of the last two seasons. Iowa 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. Iowa posted a 3-3 record against teams who were ranked at the time. Seven of Iowa's 2010 opponents are also bowl eligible, with Iowa compiling a 3-4 record against those teams. In each of Iowa's five losses, the Hawkeyes were either tied or leading in the fourth period. 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 win was a 37-6 win over Michigan State, which shared the Big Ten title while posting an 11-1 overall record. 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. Iowa posted a 5-2 record in Kinnick Stadium, with the two losses by a total of four points to top 10 opponents.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is listed among teams receiving votes in the USA Today coaches poll and the Harris Poll and Iowa is 25th in the Sagarin Ratings. The Hawkeyes appeared in the Associated Press national rankings for 23 consecutive polls from Sept. 28, 2009, through Nov. 22, 2010. Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin is ranked 4/4 (AP/Coaches), Ohio State is 6/6 and Michigan State is 7/7. Non-conference opponent Arizona is listed among teams receiving votes.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa appeared in the BCS rankings throughout the season, ranking as high as 13th 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 last season ranked 10th in the Dec. 6 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. Prior to this season, Iowa appeared in the BCS top 25 on 32 occasions. The BCS rankings are a combination of the Harris Interactive poll, the USA Today coaches' poll and computer rankings.
Iowa has played 1,141 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 586-516-39 (.531). That includes a 370-201-16 (.644) record in home games, a 216-315-23 (.411) 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.
HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Eleven Iowa players have been 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 (Intergrative 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.
BOWL TICKET APPLICATIONS
The Iowa Athletics Ticket Office is accepting orders for possible bowl games involving the Hawkeye football team. As in the past, fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes purchasing their bowl game tickets through the UI Athletics Ticket Office help the UI Athletics Department meet its financial obligation to the bowl game and are guaranteed seat locations that are part of the official University of Iowa section of the stadium. The ticket office began accepting orders via its online ticket window at hawkeyesports.com on Thursday, Nov. 24. To place an order online, fans will need their account number and PIN. Fans with question should contact the UI Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS or (319) 335-9323. Fans can also place an order in person by printing an application at home and by delivering it to the UI Athletics Ticket Office location at the west entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena or by faxing it to the UI Athletics Ticket Office. The phone number to use when faxing a bowl game ticket order is included on the ticket application. You will find a print-at-home version of the bowl game ticket application in several locations on hawkeyesports.com. The UI Athletics Ticket Office will not accept bowl game ticket orders over the phone until the Hawkeyes' bowl game destination is official. It's possible the destination won't be determined officially until Sunday, Dec. 5, when the 2011 Bowl Championship Series selections are finalized. All general public and UI faculty/staff 2010 Iowa football season ticket holders and all members of the National I-Club will receive a bowl ticket application in the mail. UI students who purchased season tickets for the 2010 season will receive an e-mail from the UI Athletic Ticket Office with details specific to student tickets. Bowl game ticket orders will be filled based on a customer's Iowa football ticket priority. The deadline to place an order and have it filled by ticket priority is Friday, Dec. 3. There will be limits placed on the number of tickets that can be ordered to some of the bowl games in which Iowa could be a participant.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
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. Iowa has defeated three ranked teams this season, including Penn State (#20), Michigan (#24) and Michigan State (#5). Three of Iowa's losses have been at the hands of ranked teams (#18 Arizona, #10 Wisconsin, #7 Ohio State) and Northwestern moved into the rankings after defeating Iowa. The three wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 3-1 record vs. ranked opponents in 2004. Iowa has played six ranked teams this season, matching the most the Hawkeyes have faced in a single season under coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa also played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003. Three of the six ranked opponents were ranked in the top 10. 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. In Big Ten play, Iowa's eight opponents posted an overall record of 62-34. Iowa did not play Illinois and Purdue. Among the top five teams in the final Big Ten standings, Ohio Stat's league opponents were 51-43, Penn State's 52-43, Wisconsin's 54-42 and Northwestern's 52-42. Seven of Iowa's 12 opponents are bowl eligible.
CLAYBORN NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The AFCA announces 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 Kadeing and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002). Clayborn was on numerous watch lists this season and is a finalist for the prestigious Lombardi Award, which will be awarded Dec. 8th, and the Ted Hendricks Award. Clayborn totaled 51 tackles his senior campaign, including seven for a loss of 42 yards. He had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble. He started 29 consecutive games and 36 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 has started all 12 games in 2010 and has started 35 games throughout his career, including 16 straight. He earned second team all-Big Ten honors this season and has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past three 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 three seasons. Tarpinian has been hampered by injuries in 2010, but has started four games. 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 has 44 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 four games of the regular season. Under Coach 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 IS UNITAS FINALIST
Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi is one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the top senior quarterback in the nation. Others finalists include Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaerpernick (Nevada), Christian Ponder (Florida State) and Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin). Stanzi ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (160.5). He has completed 210-324 attempts for 2,804 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. The 25 touchdowns are third best for a single season at Iowa, the 210 completions are seventh best and the 2,804 yards is sixth best. In career statistics, Stanzi is fourth in completions (531) and attempts (886) and third in yards (7,177) and touchdowns (56). 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. Stanzi was a semifinal candidate for the O'Brien Award in 2009 as well.
CLAYBORN FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn is 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. The 41st Lombardi Award will be presented at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation Dec. 8 in Houston, Texas. The Hendricks Award winner will be announced Dec. 8 as well. Clayborn has started 36 games in his Hawkeye career, including the last 29 straight. In 12 games this season he has collected 51 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also has 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 was a preseason first team all-America selection by Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and Playboy magazines.
DONAHUE IS RAY GUY FINALIST
Senior punter Ryan Donahue is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award. Donahue is a Ray Guy finalist for the first time in his career. He joins Georgia's Drew Butler and Florida's Chas Henry on the elite list. Donahue was a semifinalist last year. Donahue holds a 44.6 yard average on 51 punts, while opponents have averaged just 4.2 yards on 20 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. He averaged 44.7 yards on four punts in Iowa's contest at Minnesota.
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 (He is not one of the three finalists). The award goes annually to the nation's best collegiate tight end. Reisner has started every game this year. He has 39 receptions for 410 yards (10.5 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 currently ranks fifth in career interceptions (13). Sash is the Iowa record holder and ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history with 392 interception yards. He ranks third in tackles this season with 73 stops and he has 211 career tackles.
COACH Kirk Ferentz
Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents) is in his 12th season as head football coach at the University of Iowa. His latest contract extension runs through the 2020 season. Ferentz was named the 2009 Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. He was one of 15 semi-finalists for the 2009 George Munger Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the College Coach of the Year. He was the 2009 AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and was one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual national Coach of the Year. He is one of seven candidates for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. Ferentz was honored as the 2002 Associated Press and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year and 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 84-40 (.677) overall mark and a 50-29 (.633) Big Ten record the last nine plus seasons. Ferentz has guided the Hawkeyes to nine first division finishes, including a second-place finish in 2009. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 88-60 (.595) and a 53-43 (.552) mark in Big Ten games. In his 15th season as a college head coach, he holds a career mark of 100-81 (.552). Fifty-six of Iowa's 148 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (25-31) and 45 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (19-26). 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, MI, and attended high school in Pittsburgh, PA. 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.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2004 & 2009) and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2002. Ferentz joins Michigan's Bo Schembechler (four) and Iowa's Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
HAWKEYES AMONG SINGLE SEASON LEADERS
Several Hawkeyes rank among Iowa's single season leaders. Sophomore RB Adam Robinson's rushing total of 941 yards ranks 18th best and freshman RB Marcus Coker's 403 rushing yards ranks sixth best among Iowa freshmen. QB Ricky Stanzi has completed 210-324 passes for 2,804 yards and 25 touchdowns. His totals rank third in scoring passes, sixth in yardage, seventh in completions and eighth in attempts. His current efficiency rating of 160.5 would rank as best in school history. WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., ranks 14th in receiving yards (798) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks 19th (645). Johnson-Koulianos is tied for second in scoring receptions (10) and McNutt, Jr., is tied for seventh (eight). Johnson-Koulianos and Robinson each have 66 points, which ties for 25th best, while freshman PK Mike Meyer is tied for 33rd in scoring with 64 points.
IOWA CAREER LEADERS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi is among Iowa's career leaders in several categories, including third in passing touchdowns (56) and passing yards (7,177) and total offense (7,164), fourth in completions (531) and attempts (886). Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa's career leader in receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,616). He is third in touchdown receptions (17) and fifth in all-purpose yards (4,231). He is tied for 22nd in scoring with 114 career points. Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is tied for fourth in career touchdown receptions (16) and is 17th in receiving yards (1,483). Sophomore RB Adam Robinson has led Iowa's rushing attack in each of the past two seasons. 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 seventh with 11. Sash already holds the Iowa record for interception return yards (392). Among Iowa's career tackle leaders, senior LB Jeremiha Hunter is tied for 21st with 264 tackles. Greenwood is 50th (218) and Sash is 54th (211).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi has established a school record with a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. With just the bowl game remaining, Stanzi's efficiency rating of 160.5 would also establish a school record. Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has established career records for 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 WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, first in KO returns (31.6); 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).
COKER AMONG IOWA'S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman RB Marcus Coker started for the third time this season in Iowa's final game at Minnesota. He rushed 21 times for 90 yards to raise his season totals to 81 carries for 403 yards, while playing in just six games. His rushing total ranks sixth best for an Iowa freshman behind Adam Robinson (775 in 2009), Ladell Betts (679 in 1998), Sedrick Shaw (561 in 1993), Brandon Wegher (528 in 2009) and Jewel Hampton (463 in 2008).
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this season:
IOWA TOUGH ON DEFENSE
Iowa ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense (16.4), eighth in rushing defense (103.5), 15th in total defense (317.1) and 18th in pass efficiency defense (112.46). 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 are seventh in the nation in turnover margin (+1.1) and tied for ninth with 17 pass interceptions. Six Iowa opponents have scored one touchdown or less, including two who scored no touchdowns. Iowa has allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season (Michigan QB Denard Robinson). Iowa also allowed just one player to rush for 100 yards or more in both 2009 and 2008.
IOWA EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
Iowa ranks ninth in the nation in pass efficiency (158.38) and the Hawkeyes are 49th in scoring offense (29.1). The Hawkeyes are 46th in passing offense (237.4), 61st in total offense (379.4) and 78th in rushing offense (142.0). Iowa scored 30 or more points in three consecutive Big Ten Conference games (Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State) for the first time since 2005. Iowa has been guilty of just nine turnovers (three lost fumbles, four interceptions), which ties Wisconsin as the fewest in the nation. Iowa lost just two fumbles in eight Big Ten games, both in the season finale at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are also seventh in fewest penalty yards per game (38.9) and tied for 19th in fewest penalties per game (5.1). On special teams, Iowa ranks eighth in the nation in punt return defense (4.2 average on 20 returns) and 15th in KO returns (24.7).
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa is third in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with a plus 1.1 turnover ratio. Iowa has been guilty of just nine turnovers in 12 games, including just five turnovers in eight Big Ten games. The nine turnovers tie as the fewest in the nation (Wisconsin). Iowa's opponents have had 131 possessions, and just seven have 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 sophomore running back Jewel Hampton and junior linebacker Bruce Davis suffered season-ending knee injuries during Iowa's 34-27 loss at Arizona in week three. Both had surgery to repair the damage. Hampton rushed 91 times for 463 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2008 before missing 2009 due to injury. He rushed 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State and had a four-yard touchdown reception at Arizona prior to his season-ending injury. LB Jeff Tarpinian missed Iowa's opening game and games 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 games. Senior FB Brett Morse did not play at Michigan, ending his starting streak at 18 consecutive starts, but returned vs. Wisconsin. RB Adam Robinson, Iowa's leading rusher, and OL Adam Gettis, did not play at Indiana and both missed the Minnesota game. Gettis also missed the Northwestern and Ohio State games. Redshirt freshman OL Nolan MacMillan missed three games before returning to action at Northwestern, but he did not play against Ohio State and Minnesota. 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 contests and has 36 career starts. OLB Tyler Nielsen, who started the first eight games and ranked third in tackles, was injured vs. Michigan State and is out for the remainder of the season. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker underwent a medical procedure in late September and missed seven games. While he has not returned to the practice field, Parker attended Iowa's home win over Michigan State but did not travel to Indiana. He did work from the press box for Iowa's final three games.
IOWA FALLS AT MINNESOTA
Minnesota scored the winning touchdown on a six-yard run by Duane Bennett with 4:31 remaining in the game to take a 27-24 win over Iowa and gain possession of Floyd of Rosedale for the first time since 2006. The game marked Iowa's first visit to TCF Bank Stadium. Temperature at game time was 23 degrees for Iowa's first outdoor game at Minnesota since 1980. After trailing throughout most of the contest, Iowa took the lead with 11:35 remaining on an 18-yard pass from QB Ricky Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. The score concluded an eight play, 70-yard drive for the Hawkeyes, who had gained possession on a fumble recovery by DB Brett Greenwood. The fumble, Minnesota's only turnover of the game, was caused by DE Broderick Binns. Minnesota controlled the opening quarter of action, winning the toss and electing to start the game on offense. The Gopher drove 58 yards and took a 3-0 advantage on a 26-yard Eric Ellestad field goal. Minnesota followed the score with a successful onside kick. The Gophers ended their second drive with a 14-yard touchdown run by QB MarQueis Gray, putting Iowa behind 10-0 before the Hawkeye offense ran a play. Iowa responded with a scoring drive of 70 yards for its first score, as Stanzi connected with WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos on a seven-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 10-7. Minnesota took advantage of an Iowa fumble to drive just 23 yards for its next score, an 11-yard run by DeLeon Eskridge. The lost fumble was just the fourth of the season for Iowa and the first in eight Big Ten games. Iowa came right back, as Johnson-Koulianos returned the kickoff 88-yards for a score to again trim the deficit to three points. The return ties as the 13th longest in school history. Each team added a field goal later in the second period, with Iowa's Mike Meyer connecting from 35 yards in the final minute of the first half. Neither team was able to score in the third period, where some outstanding punting by senior Ryan Donahue kept Minnesota out of scoring position. Greenwood's fumble recovery stopped a Minnesota drive at the Hawkeye 30-yard line late in the third period. Trailing for the first time early in the fourth period, Minnesota responded by covering 77 yards in just six plays. The Gophers had pass completions of 19 and 40 yards on the first two plays of the drive before Bennett added the touchdown run for the final points of the game. Iowa's last possession ended with a lost fumble at the Iowa 45-yard line with 4:14 remaining, and Minnesota was able to maintain possession for the remainder of the contest. Freshman RB Marcus Coker led Iowa's rushing game with 90 yards on 21 carries. Stanzi completed 10-22 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, as McNutt, Jr. (3-46) and Johnson-Koulianos (3-34) each had a touchdown reception. Binns led the Iowa defense, collecting nine tackles and a pass break-up to go with his caused fumble. LB Troy Johnson and LB Jeremiha Hunter each added nine tackles, while LB James Morris added eight tackles and a pass break-up.
STANZI AMONG MOST EFFICIENT
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi is second in the Big Ten and ranks 11th in the nation in pass efficiency. His current rating of 160.5 would establish the best single-season pass efficiency for an Iowa quarterback since the statistic was first used in 1979.
QB Ricky Stanzi
DB Tyler Sash
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
DB Shaun Prater
DT Mike Daniels
RECEIVING TANDEM RANKS HIGH
Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., combine to give Iowa one of its top receiving duo's in school history. McNutt, Jr., has 51 catches for 798 yards and eight touchdowns, while Johnson-Koulianos has 46 receptions for 745 yards and 10 scores. Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa's career leader in receptions and yards (173-2,616) and McNutt, Jr., ranks 17th in receiving yards (86-1,483). In career touchdowns, Johnson-Koulianos is third and McNutt, Jr., is tied for fourth. No two players have combined for more touchdown receptions in a single season. In Johnson-Koulianos and McNutt, Jr., Iowa has two players with over 700 receiving yards in the same season for just the seventh time.
FRESHMEN MADE MARK AT INDIANA
Iowa has used nine true freshmen this season and that group made its mark in Iowa's 18-13 win at Indiana. James Morris started at middle linebacker and recorded nine tackles and two pass break-ups. Playing mostly on special teams, the group of Anthony Hitchens, Don Shumpert, Christian Kirksey and Tanner Miller combined to record six tackles. Mike Meyer made 4-5 field goal attempts and added two tackles on kick coverage. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz added a four-yard kickoff return. On offense, RB Marcus Coker started for the first time and led the Hawkeyes with 129 rushing yards on 22 carries. Redshirt freshman Shane DiBona started at outside linebacker and recorded three tackles and redshirt freshman Brad Rogers had two rushing attempts for nine yards. Coker and Rogers rank second and fourth, respectively, in rushing yards through 10 games.
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 25 wins as Iowa's starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi ranks sixth among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (41), Kellen Moore, Boise State (36), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (32), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (30) and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (30).
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. Stanzi has led Iowa to a 25-9 record as the starting quarterback, which ranks second all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories. Iowa's win at Indiana garnered Stanzi his 14th conference victory to tie Matt Sherman, Matt Rodgers and Drew Tate for second in school history behind Chuck Long's 24.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE POINTS
Iowa's defense has recorded three interception returns for touchdowns. Those have been by DE Broderick Binns vs. Arizona (20 yards), DB Shaun Prater vs. Penn State (33) and DB Micah Hyde vs. Michigan State. 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. 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. Last season, 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 FEATURES RETURN GAME
Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten Conference in kickoff returns (24.7) and fifth in punt returns (8.9). Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is averaging 29.3 yards on 17 KO returns, which leads the Big Ten for all games and ranks 11th nationally. His 31.6 average in league games also led the conference. He was second in the Big Ten in kick returns in 2009. Johnson-Koulianos has 46 pass receptions for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns. He leads the team with 1,283 all-purpose yards. Senior WR Colin Sandeman is averaging 8.3 yards on 15 punt returns to rank third in the Big Ten and 38th in the nation. He was also second in the Big Ten in punt returns in 2009. Sandeman also has 17 pass receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Sandeman did not play at Northwestern but returned to action for the final two games.
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 home games.
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 was 6-1 at home in 2009, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas State, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota and a loss to Northwestern. Iowa is 17-4 at home since the start of the 2008 season.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa's Leadership Group for the 2010 season includes seven seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group for this season includes seniors Adrian Clayborn, Brett Greenwood, Karl Klug, Brett Morse, Ricky Stanzi, Jeff Tarpinian and Julian Vandervelde; juniors Broderick Binns, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen and Tyler Sash; sophomores Greg Castillo and James Vandenberg; redshirt freshmen Shane DiBona and Brett Van Sloten; and first-year freshman James Morris.
HAWKEYES EARN FIRST CAREER START
Thirteen Iowa players have started for the first time this season, 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 12 games in 2010. Those defensive players include DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DE/DT Christian Ballard, DB Micah Hyde, DB Brett Greenwood and DB Tyler Sash. On offense the list includes 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 has played nine true freshmen, 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 seen the first action of their career this season include 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 JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has 77 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 (104); USC (99); Ohio State (98); Oklahoma (96); Texas (95); LSU (91); TCU (91); Virginia Tech (90); Georgia (88); Florida (87); Auburn (84); Utah (84); West Virginia (84); Wisconsin (82); Boston College (80); Alabama (78); Texas Tech (78); IOWA (77); Miami, FL (76); and Penn State (74).
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 11 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry. In a January, 2010 release, ESPN.com ranked Big Ten programs over the last decade in the following order: Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana. Factors such as Big Ten titles, BCS bowl appearances, bowl record and number of losing seasons played a role in the rankings.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had one pass play of at least 20 yards against Minnesota, plus an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 35-yard field goal. Iowa has had 34 pass plays, 10 rushing plays, 17 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, five interception returns and 12 field goals of at least 20 yards. Minnesota had one passing play and one rushing play of at least 20 yards. Iowa's opponents have had 24 passing plays, only five rushing plays and 23 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (85-44), second (113-46), third (71-28) and fourth (80-79) quarters. Iowa has posted one shutout (Ball State), allowed Penn State just three points, Michigan State six points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points. Only Wisconsin (14), Indiana (7) and Ohio State (7) scored in the third quarter.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 4.2 yards on first down, 5.2 yards on second down and 3.7 on third down against Minnesota, and had no fourth down attempts. In 12 games, Iowa is averaging 6.6 yards on 347 first down plays, 5.4 yards on 244 second down plays, 6.0 yards on 148 third down plays and six yards on 10 fourth down plays, converting 5-10 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa's three scoring drives at Minnesota averaged 10 plays, 60.7 yards and 5:17 in elapsed time. Iowa's 52 scoring drives in 12 games have averaged 7.4 plays, 62.9 yards and 3:41 in elapsed time. Iowa's opponents have 32 scoring drives, averaging 9.5 plays, 65.2 yards and 3:57 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone at Minnesota, collecting a field goal and two passing touchdowns. For the season, Iowa is 40-45 in the red zone, scoring 13 rushing touchdowns, 17 passing touchdowns and 10 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 has scored on 103 of the last 114 red zone possessions (69 TDs and 34 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 84-94 (.894) combined inside the red zone its last 28 games. Iowa opponents are 29-37 in the red zone, with 10 passing touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns and eight field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored seven points following a fumble recovery at Minnesota. For the season, Iowa has scored 102 points following 24 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa has nine turnovers (five fumbles, four interceptions) in 12 games, allowing 21 points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 55 of its last 60 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. That includes at least one turnover in 11 of 12 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa's roster of 116 players includes 52 players from Iowa. The roster includes 13 players from Illinois and 13 from Ohio; five from Minnesota and Missouri; four from Florida; three from Maryland; two from Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin; one from Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, South Dakota, Australia and Canada.
MORE THAN ONE
Seventeen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leader is Iowa City High (Iowa) with seven. Those with three include Regina HS in Iowa City; and Glenville (Ohio). Thirteen other high schools have two players on the roster, with six of those 13 in Iowa.
Iowa has three sets of brothers on the roster. That includes A.J. and Zach Derby from Iowa City, Nick and Tyler Nielsen from Humboldt and Broderick and Marcus Binns from St. Paul, MN. A.J. and Zach's father, John, was an Iowa linebacker (1988-91).
THE NAME GAME
James is the most popular first name on the Iowa roster, with that list including Ferentz, Hurt, Morris, Vandenberg and Jim Poggi. There are four named John (John Chelf and Wienke, Jonathan Gimm, Jonny Mullings); Marcus/Markus (Binns, Coker, Kloos, Zusevics). In addition, four players use initials, including A.J. Derby, B.J. Lowery, C.J. Fiedorowicz and T.J. Fisher. There are three Brett's (Greenwood, Morse, Van Sloten); three Joe's (Audlehelm, Forgy and Gaglione); three Jordan's (Bernstine, Cotton and Price); three Mike's (Daniels, Hardy and Meyer); and three named Thomas/Tom/Tommy (Gaul, Nardo and Donatell). There are two named Adam (Gettis and Robinson); Andrew/Andy (Donnal and Schulze); Anthony (Ferguson, Jr. and Hitchens); Brad (Herman and Rogers); Casey (Kreiter and McMillan); Christian (Ballard and Kirksey); Colin/Collin (Sandeman and Sleeper); Don (Nordman and Shumpert); Kyle (Haganman and Steinbrecher); Matt/Matthew (Meyers and Tobin); Nick (Kuchel and Nielsen); Steve/Steven (Bigach and Staggs); Tyler (Nielsen and Sash) and Zach (Derby and Furlong).
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
The two lightest Hawkeye players, weighing 170 pounds, include junior WR Paul Chaney, Jr. and freshman WR John Chelf. Freshman OL Brandon Scherff is the heaviest at 310 pounds. A total of eight Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. The tallest players, at 6-7, are freshman OL Andrew Donnal, freshman TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, sophomore OL Brett Van Sloten and freshman TE Austin Vier. The shortest player, at 5-8, is freshman De'Andre Johnson. The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 233 pounds. That is the exact same height and two pounds heavier than the average Iowa player in 2009.