2018 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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2018 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Iowa Hawkeyes wordmark.svg
Outback Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
APNo. 25
Record9–4 (5–4 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBrian Ferentz (2nd season as OC; 7th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Parker (7th season as DC; 20th overall season)
CaptainJake Gervase
Parker Hesse
Keegan Render
Nate Stanley
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 69,250)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 3 Ohio State xy$   8 1     13 1  
No. 14 Michigan x   8 1     10 3  
No. 17 Penn State   6 3     9 4  
Michigan State   5 4     7 6  
Maryland   3 6     5 7  
Indiana   2 7     5 7  
Rutgers   0 9     1 11  
West Division
No. 21 Northwestern xy   8 1     9 5  
Wisconsin   5 4     8 5  
No. 25 Iowa   5 4     9 4  
Purdue   5 4     6 7  
Minnesota   3 6     7 6  
Nebraska   3 6     4 8  
Illinois   2 7     4 8  
Championship: Ohio State 45, Northwestern 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa and competed in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They were led by Kirk Ferentz in his 20th season as head coach.

Iowa began the year with six wins in their first seven games, with their sole loss during that span coming in their conference opener against Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes rose to 18th in the AP Poll, but lost three consecutive games to knock them from the polls. They ended the regular season with two more wins to finish tied for second in the West Division with a conference record of 5–4. They were invited to the 2019 Outback Bowl, where they defeated Mississippi State. Iowa finished with a record of 9–4 and were ranked 25th in the final AP Poll, their first ranked finish and highest win total since 2015.

Quarterback Nate Stanley led the team in passing with 2,852 yards and 26 touchdowns, good for second in the Big Ten Conference in the latter category. The Hawkeyes featured two standout tight ends, with Noah Fant and T. J. Hockenson both earning first-team all-conference honors. Hockenson was awarded the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. Iowa became the first school to have two tight ends chosen in the first round of an NFL Draft when Hockenson and Fant both were both selected in the first 20 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft.[1] Defensive end A. J. Epenesa led the Big Ten in both sacks and forced fumbles.[2] He was joined on the all-conference first-team by safety Amani Hooker, who was named the Big Ten's Defensive Back of the Year.

Previous season[edit]

The Hawkeyes finished the 2017 season 8–5, 4–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They received an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl where they defeated Boston College.

Offseason[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

2018 commitments[edit]

The Hawkeyes signed a total of 23 recruits.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[3] Anthony Nelson DE JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[4] Anthony Nelson DE JR
Rimington Trophy[5] Keegan Render C SR
Maxwell Award[6] Nate Stanley QB JR
John Mackey Award[7] Noah Fant TE JR
T. J. Hockenson TE SO
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[8] Anthony Nelson DE JR
Walter Camp Award[9] Noah Fant TE JR
Ted Hendricks Award[10] Anthony Nelson DE JR
Manning Award[11] Nate Stanley QB JR

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 p.m.Northern Illinois*BTNW 33–767,510
September 84:00 p.m.Iowa State*
FOXW 13–369,250
September 156:30 p.m.Northern Iowa*
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
BTNW 38–1469,250
September 227:30 p.m.No. 18 Wisconsin
FOXL 17–2869,250
October 62:30 p.m.at MinnesotaBTNW 48–3148,199
October 1311:00 a.m.at IndianaESPN2W 42–1640,512
October 2011:00 a.m.MarylanddaggerNo. 19
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2W 23–069,250
October 272:30 p.m.at No. 17 Penn StateNo. 18ESPNL 24–30105,244
November 32:30 p.m.at PurdueNo. 19ESPN2L 36–3860,716
November 102:30 p.m.Northwestern
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
FOXL 10–1466,493
November 172:30 p.m.at IllinoisBTNW 63–033,313
November 2311:00 a.m.Nebraska
FOXW 31–2865,299
January 111:00 a.m.vs. No. 18 Mississippi StateESPN2W 27–2240,518
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Source[12][13]

Roster[edit]

2018 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Peyton Mansell Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 7 Spencer Petras Fr
QB 11 Connor Kapisak Fr
QB 17 Ryan Schmidt Jr
QB 4 Nate Stanley Jr
RB 16 Kyshaun Bryan Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 30 Henry Geil Fr
RB 21 Ivory Kelly-Martin So
RB 10 Mekhi Sargent So
RB 8 Kordell Stillmunkes Fr
RB 28 Toren Young So
FB 46 Austin Kelly Sr
FB 45 Joe Ludwig Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 40 Turner Pallissard Fr
FB 36 Brady Ross Jr
WR 83 Blair Brooks Fr
WR 19 Max Cooper So
WR 23 Dominique Dafney Jr
WR 84 Nick Easley Sr
WR 22 Samson Evans Fr
WR 14 Kyle Groeneweg Sr
WR 82 Calvin Lockett Fr
WR 13 Henry Marchese Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 89 Nico Ragaini Fr
WR 12 Brandon Smith So
WR 6 Ihmir Smith-Marsette So
WR 41 Drew Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 3 Tyrone Tracy Fr
TE 42 Shaun Beyer So
TE 18 Drew Cook Jr
TE 87 Noah Fant Jr
TE 86 Noah Feldman Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 38 T. J. Hockenson So
TE 46 Tommy Kujawa Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 48 Bryce Schulte Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 81 Ben Subbert Fr
TE 85 Nate Vejvoda Jr
TE 39 Nate Wieting Jr
OL 61 Cole Banwart So
OL 67 Levi Duwa Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 55 Luke Empen Fr
OL 54 Matt Fagan Fr
OL 76 Dalton Ferguson Sr
OL 73 Cody Ince Fr
OL 77 Alaric Jackson Redshirt.svg So
OL 75 Jeff Jenkins Fr
OL 71 Mark Kallenberger Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Coy Kirkpatrick Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 58 Jake Newborg Jr
OL 68 Landan Paulsen Jr
OL 66 Levi Paulsen Jr
OL 79 Jack Plumb Fr
OL 69 Keegan Render Sr
OL 59 Ross Reynolds Sr
OL 56 Brian Sadler Fr
OL 64 Kyler Schott Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Kyle Sorensen Fr
OL 78 Trey Winters Fr
OL 74 Tristan Wirfs So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 90 Sam Brincks Sr
DL 94 A. J. Epenesa So
DL 77 Daniel Gaffney Sr
DL 57 Chauncey Golston So
DL 40 Parker Hesse Sr
DL 66 Dalles Jacobus So
DL 53 Garret Jansen Jr
DL 97 Jack Kallenberger Jr
DL 95 Cedrick Lattimore Jr
DL 65 Tyler Linderbaum Fr
DL 60 Jake Morrison Fr
DL 98 Anthony Nelson Jr
DL 96 Matt Nelson Sr
DL 59 Nathan Nelson Fr
DL 54 Daviyon Nixon So
DL 91 Brady Reiff Jr
DL 74 Austin Schulte So
DL 99 Noah Shannon Fr
DL 93 Brandon Simon So
DL 92 John Waggoner Fr
LB 47 Nick Anderson Jr
LB 44 Seth Benson Fr
LB 45 Ben Campos Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 39 John Carlson Fr
LB 32 Djimon Colbert Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 43 Dillon Doyle Fr
LB 13 Joe Evans Fr
LB 48 Jack Hockaday Sr
LB 52 Amani Jones Jr
LB 46 Logan Klemp Fr
LB 25 Jayden McDonald Fr
LB 31 Aaron Mends Sr
LB 49 Nick Niemann So
LB 38 Monte Pottebaum Fr
LB 36 Mitch Riggs Fr
LB 19 Mike Timm Fr
LB 35 Barrington Wade So
LB 34 Kristian Welch Jr
DB 20 Julius Brents Fr
DB 33 Riley Moss Fr
DB 1 Wes Dvorak Jr
DB 30 Jake Gervase Sr
DB 8 Matt Hankins So
DB 15 Dallas Craddieth Fr
DB 3 Trey Creamer Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 41 Colton Dinsdale Jr
DB 27 Amani Hooker Jr
DB 28 Jack Koerner Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 16 Terry Roberts Fr
DB 26 Kaevon Merriweather Fr
DB 18 John Milani Jr
DB 11 Michael Ojemudia Jr
DB 12 D. J. Johnson Fr
DB 9 Geno Stone So
DB 4 Josh Turner Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 17 Devonte Young Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 1 Keith Duncan So
K 91 Miguel Recinos Sr
K 94 Caleb Shudak So
P 2 Ryan Gersonde So
P 7 Colten Rastetter Jr
LS 84 Austin Spiewak So
LS 50 Jackson Subbert Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brian FerentzOffensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • Phil ParkerDefensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • LeVar WoodsSpecial Teams Coordinator
  • Ken O'KeefeQuarterbacks
  • Derrick Foster – Running Backs
  • Kelton Copeland – Wide Receivers
  • Tim PolasekOffensive Line
  • Reese Morgan – Defensive Line
  • Seth Wallace – Linebackers
  • Chris DoyleStrength and Conditioning
  • Raimond Braithwaite – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Cody Myers – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Peter Remmes – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Mark Weisman – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Kelvin Bell – Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Line
  • Paul Federici – Director of Football Operations
  • Ben Hansen – Assistant Director of Football Operations
  • Broderick Binns – Director, Player Development
  • Scott Southmayd – Director, Player Personnel
  • Max Allen – Director, Football New Media
  • Tyler Barnes – Director, Recruiting
  • Martin Hopkins – Graduate Assistant
  • Joe Pawlak – Graduate Assistant
  • Josh Sinagoga – Graduate Assistant
  • Shane Viilo – Graduate Assistant
  • Tyler Parker – Football Analyst
  • Austin Showalter – Football Analyst/Administrative Assistant
  • Kevin Spencer – Football Analyst
  • Bob Rahfeldt – Video Coordinator

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 8/25/18

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
APRVRVRVRVRVRVRV191819RVRVRVRVRV25
CoachesRVRVRVRVRVRVRV221818RVRVRVRVRV
CFPNot released1621Not released

Game summaries[edit]

Northern Illinois[edit]

Northern Illinois at Iowa
1 234Total
Huskies 0 007 7
Hawkeyes 0 31416 33
    

After a slow start, the Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on three straight possessions en route to a 30-point second half. The win was the 144th for head coach Kirk Ferentz, making him the all-time winningest coach in Iowa football history. After an opening drive 3 and out for the Hawkeyes, NIU blocked the punt and had the ball at the Iowa 20. However, a missed field goal swung momentum back to the home team. The only first half points came on a 33-yard field goal from Hawkeye kicker Miguel Recinos. After a slow 3rd quarter, Heisman hopeful Nate Stanley threw his first touchdown of the year, a 1-yard pitch-and-catch to tight end Noah Fant. On the ensuing drive, running back Ivory Kelly-Martin barreled in on a 3rd and goal play to make it 17–0 going into the 4th quarter. After another short field, Toren Young found pay dirt on a 6-yard effort, and it was 24–0 Iowa. After a great punt by Colton Rastetter, NIU got the ball inside their own 1 yard line. on 2nd down, the Hawkeyes forced a safety, and after getting the ball back off the safety punt, backup quarterback Peyton Mansell got his first career touchdown on a quarterback sneak. After Iowa put their 2nd team defense in, the Huskies marched down the field in an impressive 11 play, 75 yard drive to put some late points on the scoreboard. Iowa shook off the slow 1st half and routed NIU 33–7 inside of Kinnick Stadium during the annual Gold Game.

[14] [15] [16]

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Iowa
Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 234Total
Cyclones 3 000 3
Hawkeyes 0 337 13

Neither offense could get going in this in-state rivalry contest. Iowa was the only team to find the endzone and with only a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. An A. J. Epenesa strip-sack sealed this low-scoring affair to keep the Cy-Hawk trophy in Iowa City for a fourth straight year.

[17] [18]

Northern Iowa[edit]

Northern Iowa at Iowa
1 234Total
No. 21 (FCS) Panthers 0 0014 14
Hawkeyes 7 14170 38
  • Date: September 15
  • Location:
    Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:06
  • Game attendance: 69,250
  • Game weather: 84° F, Partly cloudy, Wind E 2 MPH
  • Referee: Mark Kluczynski
  • TV announcers (BTN): Chris Vosters, Chuck Long
    

The Panthers were able to play with the Hawkeyes for a while but Iowa's depth proved to be ultimately overwhelming for FCS opponent Northern Iowa. Iowa ended the game with nearly 550 yards of total offense and the final score wasn't indicative of how one-sided this match-up was as the Hawkeyes played their second string for most of the fourth quarter. Iowa's defense had a relentless effort holding Northern Iowa to minus-2 rushing yards in the first half.

[19] [20]

Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin at Iowa
Heartland Trophy
1 234Total
No. 18 Badgers 0 7714 28
Hawkeyes 0 7100 17
    

[21] [22]

at Minnesota[edit]

Iowa at Minnesota
Floyd of Rosedale
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 14 141010 48
Golden Gophers 7 1077 31
         

The Hawkeyes spoiled the Gophers' homecoming in this high-scoring rivalry game. A signature play of the game came on a fake field goal trick play in which T. J. Hockenson took a lateral pass in for a touchdown which helped Iowa secure a lead going into halftime. The play is called "Herky" and was a New Kirk era technique that had yet to been implemented. The Hawks prevailed to keep Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City for a fourth year in a row.

[23] [24]

at Indiana[edit]

Iowa at Indiana
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 14 7147 42
Hoosiers 3 760 16
     

Nate Stanley became the third Iowa quarterback to throw six touchdown passes in a single game. Tight ends T. J. Hockenson and Noah Fant each had over 100 yards receiving, totaling eight receptions for 208 yards and three TD.

[25] [26] [27]

Maryland[edit]

Maryland at Iowa
Homecoming
1 234Total
Terrapins 0 000 0
No. 19 Hawkeyes 3 10100 23
  

Iowa held visitor Maryland to just 115 yards of total offense in this shutout homecoming victory. Iowa did struggle to find the end zone but three Miguel Recinos field goals kept Iowa in the driver's seat for most of the way.

[28] [29]

at Penn State[edit]

Iowa at Penn State
1 234Total
No. 18 Hawkeyes 12 507 24
No. 17 Nittany Lions 7 10103 30
        

[30] [31]

at Purdue[edit]

Iowa at Purdue
1 234Total
No. 19 Hawkeyes 7 10613 36
Boilermakers 14 7143 38
        

[32] [33]

Northwestern[edit]

Northwestern at Iowa
1 234Total
Wildcats 0 077 14
Hawkeyes 0 370 10
 

[34] [35]

at Illinois[edit]

Iowa at Illinois
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 281414 63
Fighting Illini 0 000 0
     

Kirk Ferentz recorded his 150th win at Iowa, the 5th head coach in Big Ten history to reach the mark, in this blowout victory over Illinois. After a sluggish start in the first quarter, Iowa dominated in every phase of the game the rest of the way. Not only scoring on offense but on defense and special teams as well.

[36] [37] [38]

Nebraska[edit]

Nebraska at Iowa
Heroes Trophy
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 7 6015 28
Hawkeyes 7 1473 31
      

Iowa led the whole way until the final minutes of this nail-biting victory. Nebraska never backed down and tied the game up with 3:22 to play. Miguel Recinos kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to keep the Heroes Trophy in Iowa City for the fourth year in a row.

[39] [40] [41]

vs. Mississippi State (Outback Bowl)[edit]

Mississippi State vs. Iowa
Outback Bowl
1 234Total
No. 18 Bulldogs 6 0133 22
Hawkeyes 0 1773 27
      


In a back-and-forth game, Iowa held on to defeat SEC opponent Mississippi State. Senior Jake Gervase made a critical interception in the end zone, and batted down a fourth down pass to end the Bulldogs' hopes. The victory was Ferentz's fifth January bowl win and eighth overall bowl victory.

[42] [43] [44] [45] [46]

Awards and honors[edit]

Individual Awards
Player Award Ref.
T. J. Hockenson John Mackey Award
Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year
[47]
[48]
Amani Hooker Tatum–Woodson Defensive Back of the Year [48]
Ihmir Smith-Marsette Rodgers–Dwight Return Specialist of the Year [48]
All-Big Ten
Player Position Coaches Media
Amani Hooker DB 1 1
Noah Fant TE 1 2
T. J. Hockenson TE 2 1
A. J. Epenesa DL 2 1
Ihmir Smith-Marsette KR 2 1
Alaric Jackson OT 2 2
Ross Reynolds OG 2 3
Anthony Nelson DL 3 2
Keegan Render C HM 3
Tristan Wirfs OT HM HM
Jake Gervase DB HM HM
Matt Nelson DL HM HM
Miguel Recinos K HM HM
Ihmir Smith-Marsette WR HM
Parker Hesse DL HM
Geno Stone DB HM
HM = Honorable mention. Reference:[48]

Players in the 2019 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club Ref
T. J. Hockenson TE 1 8 Detroit Lions [49]
Noah Fant TE 1 20 Denver Broncos [49]
Anthony Nelson DE 4 107 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [49]
Amani Hooker S 4 116 Tennessee Titans [49]

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