Big Ten honors for Akrum Wadley following a milestone effort at Nebraska, spots on BTN’s Big Ten all-freshman team for Alaric Jackson and A.J. Epenesa and an injury ending C.J. Beathard’s start Sunday in the NFL are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Hawkeye running back Akrum Wadley was named this morning as the co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten, sharing the award with running back Markell Jones of Purdue.
Wadley rushed for 159 yards and scored three touchdowns in Iowa’s 56-14 rout of Nebraska, becoming just the fourth player in Hawkeye history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons when he moved beyond that milestone during a 29-yard touchdown run in the middle of a 28-point third quarter for Iowa.
Ohio State’s Sam Hubbard was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week after recording four tackles and forcing a fumble in a win over Michigan.
Northwestern’s Hunter Niswander was named the special teams player of the week after averaging 48.3 yards and placing three of his six punts at Illinois inside the 20-yard line.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor was named the league’s freshman of the week for the eighth time this season after leading the Badgers to a win at Minnesota which capped the program’s first undefeated regular season since 1912.
2. Iowa offensive tackle Alaric Jackson and defensive end A.J. Epenesa were named this morning to the BTN Big Ten all-freshman team.
The Hawkeyes’ T.J. Hockenson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Tristan Wirfs were awarded honorable mention.
The network selected Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher as its offensive and defensive freshmen of the year in the league.
Jackson started 12 games at left tackle for the Hawkeyes while Epenesa was part of a rotation at end, finishing the regular season with 12 tackles, including four tackles for a loss and three sacks.
He also leads Iowa with seven quarterback hurries and has been credited with one pass break up and one fumble recovery.
3. Noah Fant’s two touchdown receptions Friday against Nebraska continued the productive season Iowa tight ends have enjoyed.
Fant finishes the regular season with 10 touchdown catches, the most ever by a Hawkeye tight end and the most by any Hawkeye since Marvin McNutt caught 12 touchdown passes in 2012.
In addition to his 10 touchdown catches, 15 more of his 28 receptions on the year have resulted in a first down.
4. Nate Stanley’s two touchdown passes against Nebraska gives the sophomore 25 scoring passes for the season, two shy of the Iowa single-season record and positioning him third on Iowa’s all-time season list.
Only Chuck Long with 27 in 1985 and Brad Banks with 26 in 2002 have thrown more touchdown passes in a season than the Hawkeyes’ first-year starter.
5. Akrum Wadley’s 159-yard rushing performance against Nebraska allowed the senior to move past Fred Russell and into the fourth spot on the Hawkeyes’ career rushing list.
Wadley has ran for 2,784 yards in his collegiate career.
Only Sedrick Shaw, Ladell Betts, Albert Young and Tavian Banks have gained more yards in Iowa history.
6. Linebacker Josey Jewell finished with eight tackles on Friday at Nebraska, giving him 426 tackles in his Hawkeye career.
Jewell ranks fifth on Iowa’s all-time list, nine behind Brad Quast in the fourth spot.
7. The work that Akrum Wadley did on Friday at Nebraska was a rarity in front of Cornhuskers fans.
Rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns, Wadley became just the third opposing player in the last 20 years at Memorial Stadium to run for more than 150 yards and score three touchdowns.
8. Friday’s win was the 142nd for Kirk Ferentz at Iowa.
That leaves the 19th-year Hawkeye coach one win shy of tying Hayden Fry as the Hawkeyes’ all-time winningest football coach.
Fry posted a 143-89-6 record in 20 seasons on the Iowa sideline.
Ferentz currently has a 142-97 record with the Hawkeyes.
9. Desmond King celebrated Thanksgiving by returning an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the Chargers’ 28-6 win over Dallas, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes in the NFL over the weekend.
King also recorded five tackles in a game which saw Anthony Hitchens record seven stops for the Cowboys.
Elsewhere, Mike Daniels had five solo stops among seven tackles for Green Bay in a loss to Pittsburgh, Christian Kirksey had five tackles for Cleveland in a loss to Cincinnati and Karl Klug recorded one tackle for Tennessee in its win over Indianapolis.
On offense, C.J. Beathard completed 22-of-38 passes for 201 yards and was intercepted once in San Francisco’s loss to Seattle, a game which saw George Kittle catch one ball for 14 yards.
Beathard also rushed six times for 21 yards and was sacked three times before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.
10. Former Hawkeye Nic Shimonek came off the bench for Texas Tech on Friday, throwing a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Red Raiders to a 27-23 win over Texas.
Shimonek completed 4-of-8 passes in the game for 96 yards as Texas Tech became bowl eligible with the win.
Jalen Embry, a former Iowa defensive back, recorded one tackle for Northern Illinois as it completed an 8-4 regular season with a 31-24 loss to Central Michigan.