Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Iowa's Best of the Kirk Ferentz Era

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz (Career 61-49, 38-34 in Big Ten; two co-Big Ten titles, one perfect Big Ten campaign in '02) enters his tenth season at Iowa in '08. What are some of the highlights entering Year 10 of the Kirk Ferentz era?

College All-Americans during the KF era
  • QB Brad Banks
  • TE Dallas Clark
  • C Bruce Nelson
  • G Eric Steinbach
  • T Robert Gallery
  • DE Matt Roth
  • DT Colin Cole
  • LB Chad Greenway (2)
  • S Bob Sanders
  • PK Nate Kaeding (2)

Brad Banks was awarded was the Maxwell Award, as well as being runner up for the Heisman Trophy in '02. Dallas Clark won the John Mackey Award in '02. Robert Gallery in '03 won the Outland Trophy. Nate Kaeding was winner of the Lou Groza Award in '02.

First Team all-Big Ten Players during the KF era

  • QBs Brad Banks*** and Drew Tate
  • RB Fred Russell
  • TE Dallas Clark
  • C Bruce Nelson
  • Gs Eric Steinbach (2) and Mike Jones
  • T Robert Gallery (2)
  • DEs Aaron Kampman, Howard Hodges, Matt Roth and Kenny Iwebema
  • DTs Colin Cole, Jonathan Babineaux and Mitch King
  • LBs Fred Barr, Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge
  • DBs Bob Sanders (3) and Jovon Johnson
  • PK Nate Kaeding (2)

Brad Banks was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player in '02. While Eric Steinbach in '02 and Robert Gallery in '03 were each awarded the Big Ten's Offensive Lineman of the Year. Drew Tate was awarded Big Ten Player of the Year in '04.

NFL Draft Picks during the KF era

  • RB Ladell Betts
  • WRs Kevin Kasper and Kahlil Hill
  • TEs Austin Wheatley, Dallas Clark, Erik Jensen, Tony Jackson and Scott Chandler
  • C Bruce Nelson and Mike Elgin
  • Gs Eric Steinbach, Ben Sobieski
  • Ts Robert Gallery, Pete McMahon and Marshall Yanda
  • DEs Aaron Kampman, Matt Roth and Kenny Iwebema
  • DTs Jared Clauss and Jonathan Babineaux
  • LBs Chad Greenway, Abdul Hodge and Mike Humpal
  • DBs Matt Bowen, Derek Pagel, Bob Sanders, Sean Considine and Charles Godfrey
  • PK Nate Kaeding

Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach from 1993 to 1998 in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens franchise, before returning to the University of Iowa to become head coach, after the 1998 season. Other former Iowa players under Kirk Ferentz made the NFL as free agents. Ferentz and his coaching staff at Iowa have developed a very good reputation among NFL coaches for having young men ready for the NFL.

Three former Ferentz assistants at Iowa are now in the NFL as assistants. Two assistant coaches that were hold over members from Hayden Fry's staff and served as Ferentz assistants at Iowa are now head coaches in college football.

Bowl Wins (3 wins, 3 losses) during KF era

  • 2005 Capital One Bowl (30-25 win over LSU)
  • 2004 Outback Bowl (37-17 win over Florida)
  • 2001 Alamo Bowl (19-16 win over Texas Tech)

Iowa finished #8 in the final AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls for three straight seasons from '02 to '04. Clearly the best 3 year stretch in Iowa football history. The 2008 season under Kirk Ferentz will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Iowa's best finish in Hawkeye history. The 1958 Iowa Hawkeye football team was awarded with the #1 final ranking from the Football Writers Association of American (FWAA) - Iowa's only football national title.


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