2007 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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2007 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Iowa Athletics wordmark.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2007 record6–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachKirk Ferentz (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorKen O'Keefe (9th season)
Defensive coordinatorNorm Parker (9th season)
MVPMike Humpal
MVPAlbert Young
Captain
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,585)
Uniform
BigTen-Uniform-Iowa-2006-2008.png
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Ohio State $   7 1         11 2  
No. 18 Michigan   6 2         9 4  
No. 20 Illinois %   6 2         9 4  
No. 24 Wisconsin   5 3         9 4  
Penn State   4 4         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         6 6  
Purdue   3 5         8 5  
Indiana   3 5         7 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 6  
Minnesota   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Heading into the season, several players left the team while several other players ran into criminal allegations. Following a disappointing 2006 season that included losses to Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota, the team was coached by Kirk Ferentz and played their six home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Previous season[edit]

Players prepare to play Montana on September 2, 2006.

Entering 2006 ranked 16th in the AP Poll[1] and 17th in the Coaches Poll,[2] the Hawkeyes had high hopes for the season. Following victories over Montana, Syracuse, Iowa State and Illinois, the Hawkeyes were 4–0 heading into their game with top-ranked Ohio State. With tickets for the game going for US$500 on eBay, the game was hyped as one of the biggest in Kinnick Stadium history.[3] But quarterback Drew Tate threw 3 interceptions, and the Hawkeyes lost 38–17. In total, Iowa had 4 turnovers while Ohio State had zero.[4]

Following the loss to Ohio State, Iowa proceeded to score a season-high 47 points in a victory over Purdue. But the most notable score came during the 4th quarter, when Adam Shada intercepted a Curtis Painter pass and returned it a school record 98-yards for the touchdown.[5] However, Iowa's joy would not last long, as the Hawkeyes were upset by Indiana only a week later. The 31–28 win was Indiana's biggest win since a victory over 9th-ranked Ohio State in 1987.[6]

From there, the season unraveled, and the Hawkeyes lost four of their remaining five games en route to a 6–6 record. The Hawkeyes were not invited to a bowl game following the conclusion of the 2007 season.

Before the season[edit]

On April 20, 2007, it was announced by Ferentz that two players, Ryan Bain and Justin Edwards, were leaving the team. Both are planning on transferring to other schools.[7] Bain, who had 56 career tackles, was later found guilty on charges of disorderly conduct.[8] About two months later, it was announced that Shonn Greene and Amari Spievey were no longer on the team. Greene, a junior running back, had 378 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his career.[9] Another month later, and it was announced that Lucas Cox and Marcus Wilson were leaving the team. Wilson, a sophomore defensive back, played in all 13 games in 2006 and recorded 21 tackles and one interception.[10] Earlier in July, senior defensive back Devan Moylan was given an additional year of eligibility. After suffering a leg injury in the fourth game of 2006 against Illinois, he applied for a medical hardship. Prior to the 2007 season, he had 28 tackles and one interception in his career.[11]

Criminal charges[edit]

On August 20, 2007, two Hawkeye wide receivers were arrested and charged with the unauthorized use of a credit card. Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman, both sophomores, were suspended indefinitely by Ferentz following allegations that they bought more than $2,000 in merchandise with stolen credit cards. The crime is a felony, and if convicted, the two players can face up to five years in prison along with a $7,500 fine.[12] Another player, Arvell Nelson, also experienced trouble with the law. Nelson posted a $545 bond for failure to appear in court after being charged with driving with a suspended license. He also paid a $390 fine for not having insurance. 1 in every 10 Iowa football players during the 2007 season had off-field arrests, the highest among any year in Kirk Ferentz's tenure at Iowa.[13]

Recruiting class[edit]

The Hawkeyes received 22 letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 7, 2007.

Awards[edit]

Albert Young lines up for a play against Montana in 2006.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 PMvs. Northern Illinois*ESPNUW 16–361,500
September 87:00 PMSyracuse*BTNW 35–070,585
September 1512:30 PMat Iowa State*VersusL 13–1549,516
September 227:00 PMat No. 9 WisconsinABCL 13–1782,630
September 2911:00 AMIndianadagger
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
BTNL 20–3870,585
October 62:30 PMat Penn StateABCL 7–27108,951
October 1311:00 AMNo. 18 Illinois
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2W 10–670,585
October 2011:00 AMat PurdueESPN2L 6–3158,123
October 2711:00 AMMichigan State
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2W 34–27 2OT70,585
November 311:00 AMat NorthwesternESPN2W 28–1730,173
November 1011:00 AMMinnesota
BTNW 21–1670,585
November 172:30 PMWestern Michigan*
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
BTNL 19–2870,585
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Schedule notes[edit]

Due to the Big Ten's rotating schedule, Iowa did not play either Michigan or Ohio State in 2007. Instead, Iowa played Michigan State and Penn State, two teams that the Hawkeyes had not played since 2004.

Iowa's schedule was ranked as the 9th toughest (or 3rd easiest) in the Big Ten by SI.com.[21]

Roster[edit]

2007 Iowa Hawkeyes football roster

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Christensen, Jake – Sophomore
  • 7 McNutt, Marvin – Freshman
  • 8 Nelson, Arvell – Redshirt Freshman
  • 11 Farnsworth, Adam – Junior
  • 12 Stanzi, Ricky – Redshirt Freshman

Running Backs

  • 19 O'Meara, Paki – Redshirt Freshman
  • 21 Young, Albert – Senior
  • 27 Pugh, Jevon – Freshman
  • 28 Sims, Damian – Senior
  • 29 Williams, Eddie – Junior
  • 31 Brown, Dana – Sophomore
  • 33 Mongongo, Brian – Redshirt Freshman
  • 35 Busch, Tom – Senior
  • 36 Morse, Brett – Redshirt Freshman
  • 38 McLaughlin, Jordan – Junior

Wide Receivers

  • 10 Evans, Ben – Redshirt Freshman
  • 15 Johnson-Koulianos, Derrell – Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 Sandeman, Colin – Freshman
  • 26 Chaney, Jr, Paul – Redshirt Freshman
  • 32 Nordmann, Don – Redshirt Freshman
  • 80 Brodell, Andy – Junior
  • 84 Bowman, Anthony – Sophomore
  • 86 Stross, Trey – Sophomore
  • 88 Douglas, Dominique – Sophomore
  • 89 Cleveland, James – Redshirt Freshman

Tight Ends

  • 30 Spading, Kyle – Sophomore
  • 81 Moeaki, Tony – Junior
  • 82 Reisner, Allen – Freshman
  • 83 Myers, Brandon – Junior
  • 85 Sabers, Michael – Junior
  • 87 Furlong, Zach – Freshman
  • 90 Gerstandt, Tyler – Sophomore

Offensive Line

  • 51 Blum, Tyler – Sophomore
  • 52 Eubanks, Rafael – Sophomore
  • 54 Amendola, Richie – Sophomore
  • 55 Aumaitre, Nyere – Junior
  • 56 Zusevics, Markus – Freshman
  • 58 Bruggeman, Rob – Junior
  • 59 Thilges, Ben – Freshman
  • 60 Detweiler, Tyrel – Freshman
  • 60 Calloway, Kyle – Sophomore
  • 61 Meade, Travis – Sophomore
  • 63 Vandervelde, Julian – Redshirt Freshman
  • 68 Kuempel, Andy – Sophomore
  • 69 Haganman, Kyle – Redshirt Freshman
  • 70 Postler, Austin – Junior
  • 71 Olsen, Seth – Junior
  • 73 Gettis, Adam – Freshman
  • 74 Doering, Dan – Sophomore
  • 75 Aeschliman, Wesley – Junior
  • 76 Kanellis, Alex – Junior
  • 78 Richardson, Dace – Junior
  • 79 Bulaga, Brian – Freshman
 

Defensive Line

  • 46 Ballard, Christian – Freshman
  • 47 King, Mitch – Junior
  • 53 Kroul, Matt – Junior
  • 56 Rashad, Dunn – Junior
  • 58 Oberland, Jared – Junior
  • 59 Narinskiy, Anton – Junior
  • 64 Hundertmark, Cody – Freshman
  • 72 Mahmens, Mark – Sophomore
  • 74 Brayton, Nick – Freshman
  • 87 Nardo, Thomas – Freshman
  • 90 McCracken, Grant – Junior
  • 91 Binns, Broderick – Freshman
  • 92 Iwebema, Kenny – Senior
  • 93 Daniels, Mike – Freshman
  • 94 Clayborn, Adrian – Redshirt Freshman
  • 95 Klug, Karl – Redshirt Freshman
  • 96 Daniel, Lebron – Freshman
  • 98 Geary, Chad – Sophomore
  • 99 Mattison, Bryan – Senior

Linebackers

  • 33 Tarpinian, Jeff – Redshirt Freshman
  • 37 McGrath, Gavin – Junior
  • 40 Klinkenborg, Mike – Senior
  • 41 Gattas, Bryon – Sophomore
  • 42 Hunter, Jeremiha – Redshirt Freshman
  • 43 Angerer, Pat – Sophomore
  • 44 Anderson, Mike – Junior
  • 45 Nielsen, Tyler – Freshman
  • 48 Johnson, Troy – Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 Edds, A.J. – Sophomore
  • 50 Petersen, Ross – Redshirt Freshman
  • 51 Moses, Dezman – Freshman
  • 55 Coleman, Jacody – Freshman
  • 57 Morio, Mike – Redshirt Freshman
  • 57 Davis, Bruce – Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 1 Greiner, Justin – Redshirt Freshman
  • 2 Dalton, Harold – Junior
  • 3 Morrow, Diauntae – Freshman
  • 4 Bernstine, Jordan – Freshman
  • 9 Sash, TylerFreshman
  • 13 Godfrey, Charles – Senior
  • 14 Moylan, Devan – Senior
  • 16 Gardner, Drew – Junior
  • 17 Murphy, Jayme – Redshirt Freshman
  • 17 Satterfield, Abe – Freshman
  • 18 Tillison, Lance – Redshirt Freshman
  • 19 Shada, Adam – Senior
  • 20 Everson, Cedric – Freshman
  • 20 Kuchel, Nick – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Fletcher, Bradley – Junior
  • 30 Greenwood, Brett – Redshirt Freshman
  • 32 Smith Derrick – Redshirt Freshman
  • 34 Rowell, Chris – Sophomore
  • 36 Herbst, Taylor – Sophomore
 

Kickers

  • 1 Murray, Daniel – Redshirt Freshman
  • 39 Signor, Austin – Sophomore

Punters

  • 2 Guthrie, Eric – Freshman
  • 5 Donahue, Ryan – Redshirt Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 42 Murphy, Nick – Freshman
  • 65 Schulze, Andrew – Redshirt Freshman
  • 65 Olszta, Daniel – Senior
  • 67 Koeppel, Josh – Redshirt Freshman
  • 77 Huntrods, Clint – Senior

Redshirt – indicates redshirt (second-year freshman)

Coaches[edit]

Name Position Year at Iowa
Kirk Ferentz Head Coach 9th
Ken O'Keefe Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks 9th
Norm Parker Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers 9th
Chris Doyle Strength and Conditioning 9th
Lester Erb Receivers and Special Teams 8th
Carl Jackson Running Backs 22nd
Eric Johnson Recruiting Coordinator and Tight Ends 9th
Reese Morgan Offensive Line 8th
Rick Kaczenski Defensive Line 3rd
Phil Parker Defensive Backs 9th
Darrell Wilson Outside Linebackers and Special Teams 6th
Bill Dervrich Director of Football Operations 28th
James Dobson Strength and Conditioning Assistant 9th
Seth Wallace Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach 2nd
Ned Amendola Director, UI Sports Medicine Center 6th
Matthew Engelbert Video Coordinator 19th
Paul Federici Director of Athletic Training Services 4th
Bob Rahfeldt Assistant Video Coordinator 11th
Scott Southmayd Quality Control Director 6th
John Streif Assistant Athletic Trainer 35th

Game summaries[edit]

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 0 1330 16
Northern Illinois 0 300 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2005 W 24–14

Playing in Soldier Field in Chicago, the Hawkeyes defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 16–3. Albert Young ran for 144 yards and a touchdown as Iowa's defense kept the Huskies from scoring a touchdown. Damian Sims also made his mark by running for 110 yards. The Hawkeyes held Northern Illinois to 21 yards rushing, and Charles Godfrey intercepted two Dan Nicholson passes. Sophomore quarterback Jake Christensen opened the season with 133 yards and one touchdown.

Syracuse[edit]

Iowa's defense lines up against Syracuse on September 9, 2007.
1 234Total
Syracuse 0 000 0
Iowa 14 1470 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2006 W 20–13 2OT

Behind a strong defensive performance, the Hawkeyes shut out the Syracuse Orange at Kinnick Stadium. Rebounding from a shaky performance against Northern Illinois, Christensen threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to tight end Tony Moeaki. On special teams, Kenny Iwebema blocked two field goals to help preserve the worst loss for Syracuse coach Greg Robinson in his tenure with the Orange. After the game, Syracuse running back Curtis Brinkley said:

We need to be a lot more fundamentally sound, there were a lot of missed assignments and there were a lot of people not hitting their targets. There's a little bit of everything we need to fix up.

The 35-point loss was Syracuse's most-lopsided since a 51–14 loss to Georgia Tech in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl.

Iowa State[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 0 0103 13
Iowa St 6 603 15

Iowa State kicked its way to a 15–13 victory in Ames.

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–18 2006 W 27–17

Wisconsin[edit]

Huddle before Wisconsin game
1 234Total
Iowa 0 1003 13
Wisconsin 0 7010 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–40–2 2006 L 21–24

Iowa's defense forced three Wisconsin turnovers, but could not hold off the Badgers' 4th quarter rally, losing 17–13.

Indiana[edit]

1 234Total
Indiana 7 14710 38
Iowa 0 767 20
  • Date: Saturday, September 29
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–26–4 2006 L 28–31

Iowa was unable to contain a scoring explosion from Indiana, including three early touchdowns by Hoosier quarterback Kellen Lewis. Iowa added to its difficulties with penalties and breakdowns in pass protection. Although quarterback Jake Christensen passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns, he was sacked nine times, including four by Jammie Kirlew. The Hawkeyes also missed two field goals and an extra point.

Penn State[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 0 007 7
Penn St 0 1377 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–10 2004 W 6–4

Quarterback Jake Christensen was sacked twice, and the Hawkeyes were held scoreless until an interception near the Penn State end zone set up Trey Stross' 4th-quarter touchdown reception in a 27–7 blowout loss on the road at Penn State. Iowa was held to eight first downs while Penn State had 26.[22]

Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Illinois 3 030 6
Iowa 0 370 10
  • Date: Saturday, October 13
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–37–2 2006 W 24–7

Entering the game, Iowa had lost eight straight Big Ten games, with their last win a 47–17 decision over Purdue on October 7, 2006.[23] Illinois, however, entered the game ranked 18th in the country, and was looking to become bowl eligible with a win over the Hawkeyes.[23]

From the very beginning, the game was a defensive one. The Hawkeyes held Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall to 67 yards, and slowed the nation's fifth-best rushing offense to 137 yards total.[24] But the Illinois defense remained strong against the run, and held the Hawkeyes to a three yards per rush average.[25]

Illinois did not trail until late in the third quarter, when Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen found tight end Brandon Myers down the middle for the touchdown.[24][25] With the score at 10–6 in favor of the Hawkeyes, the Illini made a switch to Eddie McGee at quarterback, after starter Isiah Williams had a fumble recovered by Iowa. With McGee in, the Illini appeared to have stunned the Kinnick Stadium crowd with an 83-yard touchdown pass, but it was called back due to an Illinois penalty.[24]

Despite the penalty, Illinois was not done. On Illinois' final drive, McGee drove the Illini down to the Iowa 12 with passes of 28 and 24 yards to Arrelious Benn. But with 1:12 left in the game, a McGee pass was intercepted at the goal line by Iowa's Brett Greenwood. The win was Iowa's first over a ranked team since 2005.[24]

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 3 030 6
Purdue 7 7710 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–44–3 2006 W 47–17

Michigan State[edit]

1 234OT2OTTotal
Michigan St 7 100370 27
Iowa 0 314377 34
  • Date: Saturday, October 27
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Dave Pasch & Andre Ware
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–17–2 2004 W 38–16

Northwestern[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 0 7714 28
Northwestern 14 030 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–20–3 2006 L 7–21

Minnesota[edit]

1 234Total
Minnesota 0 1006 16
Iowa 14 700 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–59–2 2006 L 24–34

Western Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Western Michigan 12 763 28
Iowa 0 676 19
  • Date: Saturday, November 17
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa

Mid-American Conference member Western Michigan surprised the Hawkeyes, 28–19, in Iowa City.

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2000 L 21–27

Team players in the 2008 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Charles Godfrey CB 3 67 Carolina Panthers
Kenny Iwebema DE 4 116 Arizona Cardinals
Mike Humpal LB 6 188 Pittsburgh Steelers

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