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  11/30/20 - Keith DuncanrSr/2021, Iowa, 5-09, 179 (DS#5 K) + More +

  NOV 30 BIG TEN CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Keith Duncan, Iowa, Sr., K, Weddington, N.C./Weddington,...Connected on four field goals in a 26-20 win against Nebraska to move into the top five in school history for career field goals made with 48...Converted from 32, 33, 48 and 37 yards, including a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter to break a 20-20 tie...Added a pair of extra points to finish the contest with 14 points...Earns his fifth career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season...Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Charlie Jones (Nov. 9, 2020). - Big Ten football

(DS#5 K) rSr/2021 K Keith DuncanIowa
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  11/28/20 - Tyler LinderbaumrSo/2023, Iowa, 6-2, 289 (DS#2 C) + More +

  Linderbaum was asked this week how much he has thought about the NFL, and if he'll have a decision to make after this season, as far as considering entering the draft. He brushed off that talk rapidly. "My focus is on this season," he said. "To me, I still have a lot of improvement I need to make, and I'm just focused on that: what I need to get better at. I see a lot of things that I can get better at. There's a lot in the run game and the pass game. Just like anything else, I think I can improve a lot in the pass game, with my feet and hands. Just being better overall." "(The center) has got a tough job because he's got to get the ball to the quarterback ... then also block. I've always thought he had the toughest job out there on the field, and there are certain blocks in our offense that aren't easy to execute," Kirk Ferentz said. "So if you get a guy that has got that ability, it's a really good thing. At the end of the day, centers are the MVPs. Quarterbacks think they are big shots, but if they don't get the ball, they are going nowhere." - The Gazette

(DS#2 C) rSo/2023 C Tyler LinderbaumIowa
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  11/27/20 - Tyler GoodsonSo/2023, Iowa, 5-09, 200 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Tyler Goodson ran for 87 of his 111 yards in the second half and Zach VanValkenburg recovered Adrian Martinez's late fumble to secure Iowa's 26-20 win over Nebraska on Saturday. The Hawkeyes (4-2, 4-2 Big Ten) extended their win streak to four games and have beaten the Cornhuskers (1-4, 1-4) six years in a row. Iowa was looking to add to its six-point lead when Keith Duncan's 51-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the cross bar with 2:02 left. The Cornhuskers then drove from their 32 to the Iowa 39 before Martinez fumbled under pressure. Iowa ran out the last 1:18.

Tied 13-13 at halftime, Nebraska took its first lead on its opening drive of the third quarter. Utilizing a quick tempo, the Huskers capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run by Rahmir Johnson. Iowa answered with a 14-play, 66-yard drive. Mekhi Sargen punctuated the drive with a touchdown, and Duncan followed with field goals of 48 and 37 yards. Spencer Petras completed 18 of 30 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. Martinez, back as the starter after two games, was 18 of 20 for 174 yards. He also ran for 28 yards and a score. - Iowa/AP College Football


(DS#16 RB) So/2023 RB Tyler GoodsonIowa
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  11/27/20 - Alaric JacksonrSr/2021, Iowa, 6-6, 315 (DS#7 OT) + More +

  It's five games into this experiment, and Alaric Jackson feels just fine. Not fair to call it an experiment at this point, either. The Iowa offensive tackle seems to be all in with not eating meat. Just ask him about his vegan diet, what he's eating while his teammates chow down on steaks, burgers, chicken and everything else at their daily training table at the Hawkeye football complex. "I'm pretty big on pasta, for the most part," Jackson said. "That's the biggest thing I love, pasta. Veggies, tofu, things of that nature. But late night, I'll make my own meals. I chose last night potatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, jalapenos. So it kind of goes how it goes, honestly. It's not like there is a (specific) direction." Jackson wanted to be healthier, lose some of his fat as he went into this truncated season, a big one for him, considering his potential to be a high NFL draft pick.

His body is noticeably different, though he insists he hasn't necessarily lost weight, just bad weight. He's still listed at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. "I talked about (defensive end) Chauncey (Golston) earlier in the session here and same story, only a different story, because Chauncey came in here as a skinny kid, and A.J. was a heavy kid," said Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz. "I've been around linemen for a long time now. It's hard for big guys to lose weight, and he's done an unbelievable job of that. I think he's shown extreme discipline, and we've watched him grow every step of the way, too." Jackson considered entering the NFL Draft this year but ultimately decided to return. He was a third-team all-Big Ten pick in 2019, and that was despite missing three games with a leg injury. - The Gazette


(DS#7 OT) rSr/2021 OT Alaric JacksonIowa
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  11/25/20 - Spencer PetrasrSo/2023, Iowa, 6-5, 231 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  Spencer Petras was part of Iowa football history Saturday, even though he kept downplaying his contribution. The Hawkeye quarterback had a modest statistical line - 18 completions in 28 pass attempts for 186 yards. He nearly threw a touchdown, but tight end Sam LaPorta was ruled down a foot shy of the end zone. He nearly threw an interception, but Penn State's Jaquan Brister couldn't hold on to a pass that was underthrown.

What Petras did have was a 41-21 victory over the Nittany Lions, the first by a Hawkeye team in seven meetings. And he had the honor of being the quarterback who handed longtime Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz his 100th victory in Big Ten Conference play. "All week, we've been saying how much respect we have for this program. They're a great program, historic program," Petras said of Penn State, which fell to 0-5 for the first time. "This is special. No player on this team had ever beaten Penn State, and they're a good football team. It was hard all game and a great team win." - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#24 QB) rSo/2023 QB Spencer PetrasIowa
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  11/21/20 - Spencer PetrasrSo/2023, Iowa, 6-5, 231 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  Spencer Petras completed 18 of 28 passes for 186 yards and ran for a touchdown to lead Iowa over Penn State 41-21 on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Mekhi Sargent and Tyler Goodson combined for 179 rushing yards and three touchdown for the Hawkeyes (3-2, 3-2 Big Ten), who won their third straight and snapped a six-game losing streak to Penn State (0-5, 0-5). Iowa led 31-7 midway through the third quarter before Sean Clifford replaced Will Levis at quarterback for Penn State. Clifford completed a pair of touchdown passes for 96 yards in a 3:54 span that cut Iowa's lead to 10 with just over a quarter left.

Levis went 13 of 16 for 106 yards, added 34 rushing yards and fumbled twice. Clifford was 13 of 22 with 174 yards and two interceptions for the Nittany Lions, who fell to 0-5 for the first time in their 134-year history. A handful of chunk plays on Iowa's opening drive set up a 40-yard field goal from Keith Duncan that opened the scoring. Penn State took its first lead since the final minutes of its season opener when Keyvone Lee scored from 6 yards out on his team's next possession. The first-half highlights ended there for Penn State who turned the ball over on three of its next four possessions before halftime. - AP College/Iowa Football


(DS#24 QB) rSo/2023 QB Spencer PetrasIowa
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  11/16/20 - Zach VanValkenburgrSr/2021, Iowa, 6-3, 270 (DS#52 DE) + More +

  NOV 16 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zach VanValkenburg, Iowa, Sr., DE, Zeeland, Mich./Hillsdale College,...Recorded a career-high three sacks at Minnesota, the most by a Hawkeye since A.J. Epenesa in 2019...Tallied five tackles in the contest, including four solo stops...Anchored a defense that held the Gophers to seven points, nearly 30 points fewer than their average...Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: A.J. Epenesa (Dec. 2, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#52 DE) rSr/2021 DE Zach VanValkenburgIowa
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  11/13/20 - Tyler GoodsonSo/2023, Iowa, 5-09, 200 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Tyler Goodson rushed for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and Iowa's defense clamped down hard on Minnesota for a 35-7 victory on Friday night that gave the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale trophy for the sixth season. Jack Koerner and Riley Moss each picked off Tanner Morgan for the Gophers quarterback's first two-interception game in two years, and Zach VanValkenburg had three of the team's four sacks.

Iowa's defense has a streak of 11 straight games with at least one interception. The Hawkeyes (2-2) had to wait to hoist the 98-pound bronze pig until they reached the locker room out of respect to the virus protocols required to get the season going, but their 16th win in the last 20 games against their border-state rival to the north was just as sweet. Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 144 yards on 33 attempts, but the junior tailback who entered the evening with the highest rushing average in the FBS didn't come close to controlling the game like the last two weeks. - AP College Football


(DS#16 RB) So/2023 RB Tyler GoodsonIowa
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  11/09/20 - Charlie JonesrJr/2022, Iowa, 5-11, 187 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  NOV 9 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charlie Jones, Iowa, Jr., WR, Detroit/Deerfield,...Returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter for his first career punt return touchdown...Recorded Iowa's first punt return touchdown since 2018...Added a 31-yard punt return earlier in the second quarter and finished the game with 105 punt return yards...Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor...Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Keith Duncan (Nov. 25, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Charlie JonesIowa
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  11/07/20 - Tyler GoodsonSo/2023, Iowa, 5-09, 200 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Tyler Goodson ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa throttled Michigan State 49-7 on Saturday. Goodson led a balanced Iowa offense that racked up a season-high point total. The sophomore's outing included a career-long 71-yard scamper, which set the Hawkeyes (1-2, 1-2 Big Ten) up for their sixth touchdown of the day. Goodson scored on a 3-yard run early in the first to spark Iowa's scoring. Quarterback Spencer Petras found wideout Brandon Smith to give Iowa a 14-0 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.

Another touchdown run by Goodson put Iowa ahead 21-0 in the second, but the Hawkeye defense and special teams stepped to the plate. Punt returner Charlie Jones took a kick 54 yards to the end zone. Minutes later, cornerback Riley Moss picked off Spartan quarterback Rocky Lombardi, returning the interception 54 yards for the score. It was a shaky outing for Michigan State's junior quarterback. Lombardi completed 17 of his 37 throws for 227 yards and three interceptions, just one game removed from a 323-yard, three-touchdown performance against No. 23 Michigan. - AP College Football


(DS#16 RB) So/2023 RB Tyler GoodsonIowa
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  11/06/20 - Calvin LockettrSo/2023, Iowa, 6-1, 183 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  For the third time in less than a week, the Iowa Hawkeyes have lost a reserve player to the transfer portal. This time it's redshirt sophomore wide receiver Calvin Lockett, who officially entered the portal Tuesday morning. 247Sports first reported the move that was later confirmed by HawkCentral. Lockett's entry comes five days after Iowa redshirt freshmen Shadrick Byrd and Yaweh Jeudy opted to do the same. The common thread here appears to be lack of game action. In parts of three seasons, Lockett has yet to appear in a game. The 6-foot-2 receiver from Largo, Florida, was a former three-star prospect as part of the 2018 class. He committed to the Hawkeyes on Dec. 13, 2017, over offers from South Florida and Florida International. It was thought that securing Lockett would give Iowa a deep-threat boost to a pass-catching corps that needed a boost at the time. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Calvin LockettIowa
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  11/05/20 - Coy CronkrSr/2021, Iowa, 6-5, 305 (DS#36 OT) + More +

  Indiana grad transfer Coy Cronk started at right tackle for Iowa but had uneven playing time there, with Mark Kallenberger spelling him a lot. Ferentz said it was more a coach's decision than a new injury. Cronk had ankle surgery last season and is still trying to get up to full speed, so to speak, because of it. "Coy just didn't look quite comfortable enough, so we'll go back to work Monday," Ferentz said. "He missed a lot of time, as I said, in the past, and he's still working through some things. But Coy is a tremendous guy. He's going to be a good player for us. I thought he was struggling a little bit." - The Gazette

(DS#36 OT) rSr/2021 OT Coy CronkIowa
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  11/03/20 - Daviyon NixonJr/2022, Iowa, 6-2, 305 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  As if Daviyon Nixon hadn't expended enough energy on the football field Saturday, there he was on the sideline trying to rev up his Iowa teammates for a crucial late drive. Nixon is a 305-pound defensive tackle who has quickly become the star of this Hawkeye team, and maybe the best reason for fans to keep watching even after an 0-2 start to the season. "Even on the sideline, we've got to stay together as a unit and stay together as a team and we've got to just finish," Nixon said after he tried to will the Hawkeyes to a victory over Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium. "I need everybody participating. I need everybody hyped up. I need all the juice from the sidelines, the fans, everybody who's out there.

"We came out here for a reason, and that's just to get the job done. So if we're out there, you've got to be out there in the moment and you've got to love it." Ultimately, Iowa did not get the job done in its home opener, falling to the Wildcats 21-20. This was no fault of Nixon's. The junior who is playing nearly every snap came up with 11 tackles, three of them for a loss, and forced a second-half fumble that may have changed the outcome if the Hawkeyes could have gotten to the football first. Afterward, Nixon said exactly what you want to hear the MVP of a losing team say. "If we don't get the win," a weary Nixon declared, "I never feel like I did enough." - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#13 DT) Jr/2022 DT Daviyon NixonIowa
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  11/02/20 - Ihmir Smith-MarsetteSr/2021, Iowa, 6-0, 179 (DS#25 WR) + More +

  Iowa receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Sunday and will be suspended for next weekend's home game against Michigan State. Smith-Marsette was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro when Iowa City police pulled him over for speeding about 1:30 a.m., hours after the Hawkeyes' 21-20 loss to Northwestern. A police report said Smith-Marsette was traveling 74 mph in a 30-mph zone, and the responding officer described Smith-Marsette as having bloodshot and watery eyes and smelling of alcohol. Smith-Marsette failed field sobriety tests, and his blood-alcohol content was .13. The legal limit is .08. Ferentz said Smith-Marsette was apologetic and disappointed in himself. Smith-Marsette was the Hawks' leading receiver last season, and he had a team-leading seven catches for 84 yards against Northwestern. The senior from Newark, New Jersey, went into the Northwestern game as the top kickoff returner in Big Ten history, averaging 29.4 yards on 48 career returns. - AP College Football

(DS#25 WR) Sr/2021 WR Ihmir Smith-MarsetteIowa
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  10/29/20 - Yahweh JeudyrFr/2024, Iowa, 6-0, 212 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Iowa redshirt freshmen Shadrick Byrd and Yahweh Jeudy have entered the NCAA transfer portal with the intention to transfer at the end of the fall semester, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Thursday. Bryd, a running back from Alabaster, Alabama, played on special teams in Iowa's opener at Purdue. Jeudy, a linebacker from Pompano Beach, Florida, has not appeared in a game. Both players were three-star players coming out of high school, according to the 247sports composite rankings. Byrd had no offers from Power Five schools other than Iowa. Jeudy's other Power Five offers were from Syracuse and Kansas State. - AP College Football

(DS#999 OLB) rFr/2024 OLB Yahweh JeudyIowa
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