A rarity and an awards opportunity for Josey Jewell, Nate Stanley talks momentum for a bowl game and more are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Josey Jewell was the first Iowa linebacker to earn first-team all-Big Ten recognition since Pat Angerer was named to the first team following the 2009 season.
The senior who leads the Big Ten with 125 tackles this season is among an elite group of Hawkeyes to earn that recognition over the past 25 years.
In addition to Angerer, Jewell joins Fred Barr in 2002, Abdul Hodge in 2003, Chad Greenway and Hodge in 2004 and Greenway in 2005 as the only Iowa linebackers named first-team all-conference during that timeframe.
2. On the flip side of the rarity of Iowa linebackers earning first-team all-league honors, Josh Jackson added his name to a lengthy list of Iowa defensive backs selected for first team all-Big Ten honors in recent years.
Since Kirk Ferentz became Iowa’s coach 19 years ago, Jackson is the 14th Iowa defensive back to be honored on the all-Big Ten first team.
The first was Bob Sanders, named in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Other Hawkeyes to earn that honor are Jovon Johnson in 2005, Tyler Sash and Amari Spievey in 2009, Shaun Prater and Sash in 2010, Prater in 2011, Micah Hyde in 2012, B.J. Lowery in 2013 and Desmond King in 2015 and 2016.
3. Hawkeye linebacker Josey Jewell was named Wednesday as one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation to the nation’s best defensive player who meets the organization’s criteria which includes academic achievement and solid character traits.
The senior from Decorah, Iowa, leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with 125 tackles this season.
He joins Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama, Micah Kiser of Virginia and Harrison Phillips of Stanford as finalists for the award.
The general scholarship fund at the schools of the four finalists earn a $5,000 gift from the foundation and the winner’s institution will receive a $25,000 donation to its scholarship fund. Ronnie Lott, the trophy’s namesake, will announce the winner at a Dec. 10 banquet in Newport Beach, California.
Iowa’s James Morris was a finalist for the award in 2013.
4. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley believes the Hawkeyes’ 56-14 rout of Nebraska provides the Hawkeyes with some energy heading into bowl preparations.
“It brings a lot of momentum to us,’’ Stanley said. “For us to be able to finish like this, especially for the seniors and the leaders on this team who put in a tremendous amount of time, it’s really big for us to get a win like this.’’
5. The 56 points Iowa collected against Nebraska last weekend are the most that Iowa has scored in game since putting 62 on the board in a win over North Texas in the 2015 season.
The last time the Hawkeyes scored 56 or more against a Big Ten opponent came in 2002 when Iowa routed Northwestern 62-10 at Kinnick Stadium as part of an 8-0 Big Ten season on its way to an 11-2 record and an Orange Bowl berth.
Northwestern was also the opponent the last time the Hawkeyes scored 56 or more points on the road against a Big Ten team. That came in 2001, when Iowa routed the Wildcats 59-16 in Evanston.
6. Senior receiver Matt VandeBerg tied an Iowa record when he played in his 53rd game as a Hawkeye last weekend at Nebraska.
VandeBerg has caught a pass in the last 31 games he has played for Iowa and now has 133 career receptions, the 10th most in the Hawkeye history.
He currently has 1,677 receiving yards, 16th on Iowa’s all-time list.
7. Hawkeye quarterback Nate Stanley has thrown for 2,338 yards this season, completing 188-of-336 passes for a 56-percent completion rate.
The sophomore has thrown 25 touchdown passes, the third-best single-season total in Iowa history, and has been intercepted six times.
Stanley’s yardage total through 12 games ranks 17th on the Hawkeyes’ all-time list, right behind the 2,383 yards Jake Rudock passed for in 2013.
Iowa’s single-season passing record of 3,738 was set by Chuck Hartlieb in 1988.
8. Iowa is averaging 197.8 passing yards per game, up from a year ago.
The Hawkeyes averaged 153.2 yards per game through the air in 2016, the program’s lowest total since 1981.
During the 19 seasons Kirk Ferentz has been Iowa’s head coach, the current number ranks 14th in terms of average yards.
9. Illinois’ top two tacklers in its 45-16 loss at Iowa this season are among three Fighting Illini players who have announced plans to transfer this week.
Safety Pat Nelson, who recorded eight of his 65 tackles in the game against the Hawkeyes, and linebacker Tre Watson have announced plans to pursue graduate transfer options.
The pair ranked among Illinois’ top four tacklers during a 2-10 season.
Offensive lineman Gabe Megginson, a nine-game starter over the past two seasons, has also announced plans to leave the program.
10. Iowa opened on defense in Friday’s win at Nebraska, the 57th time in 239 games in coach Kirk Ferentz’s tenure the Hawkeyes have started a game without the football.
Iowa is 32-25 in games when it has opened on defense.
When Iowa has started on offense, Iowa has a 110-73 record under Ferentz.