Prater named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
Shaun Prater picked up his first POTW award for his performance on Saturday. Sure, he gave up what seemed like 100 slants, but actually had a really solid game. Prater had 10 tackles, 7 of those solo. He had a big interception when Michigan State was deep Iowa's territory that he returned 42 yards setting up the Hawkeyes 4th score to go up 23-0. He also had an assisted TFL and a pass breakup.
Stanzi one of the Manning Award Stars of the Week
Along with Michigan's Denard Robinson, Ricky Stanzi was recognized as one of the Manning Award Stars of the Week. On Saturday, Stanzi was 11/15 for 190 yards and 3 TDs leading Iowa to an impressive win over Michigan State.
Iowa is the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Nation Team of the Week
The Hawkeyes were nationally recognized for their dominating win over the previously undefeated and 5th-ranked Michigan State Spartans. The TOTW is awarded by the Football Writers Association of America, and it is the second time Iowa has earned this recognition (this first coming over another undefeated, top 5 team--Penn State in 2008).
New Depth Chart
As part of the weekly release, Iowa has published its latest depth chart. The linebackers have been shaken up a bit with all the injuries. Nielsen (left game early) is back as the OLB, James Morris is the starting MLB, and Troy Johnson moves over to the starting WLB in place of injured Hunter (knee). Tarpinian is not listed, but played sparingly last week, so figures to be in the mix as well. The second-teamers are true freshman Christian Kirksey, Shane DiBona, and Ross Petersen. All have some experience this year, but hopefully Tarpinian and Hunter can at least play backup roles.
The start times for the next two games have been announced, and not surprisingly are both 11:00 games. Iowa will play at Indiana this weekend on BTN. Next weekend Iowa is off to Northwestern which will air on either ESPN or ESPN2.
Iowa Moves Up in Rankings
Iowa got a little bump in the polls for beating Michigan State last week. The Coaches still have MSU ahead of Iowa and so do the computers and the BCS. Iowa didn't move up much with a number of undefeated and 1-loss teams ahead of them. Iowa is the highest ranked 2-loss team though.
6 WINS! WOOHOO!! Iowa is bowl eligible for the 10th year in a row.
99 and Counting
Kirk Ferentz is now just 1 win away from joining the 100-win club as a head coach. Coincidentally, and quite an amazing coincident, Indiana's head coach, Bill Lynch also has 99 wins. So, the winner of this upcoming Saturday's game will hit the century mark.