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The 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hawkeyes, led by 19th-year head coach Kirk Ferentz, were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. They finished the season 8–5, 4–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They received an invite to the Pinstripe Bowl where they defeated Boston College.

2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Iowa Hawkeyes wordmark.svg
Pinstripe Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2017 record8–5 (4–5 Big Ten)
Head coachKirk Ferentz (19th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrian Ferentz (1st season as OC; 6th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Parker (6th season as DC; 19th overall season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,585)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The Iowa football program was awarded Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award for the Kinnick Wave, a new tradition that began during the season, where, at the end of the first quarter of every home game everyone in the stadium turned and waved to the young patients watching from the Stead Family Children's Hospital, which overlooks Kinnick Stadium.[1] This season marked the first time since 1980 that the Tigerhawk logo was displayed at midfield in Kinnick Stadium.[2][3]

Previous seasonEdit

The Hawkeyes finished the 2016 season 8–5, 6–3 in Big Ten play to finish in second place in the West Division. They received an invite to the Outback Bowl where they lost to Florida.

OffseasonEdit

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

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

2017 commitmentsEdit

The Hawkeyes signed a total of 22 recruits.

ScheduleEdit

Iowa announced its 2017 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2017 schedule consisted of seven home and five away games in the regular season. The Hawkeyes hosted Big Ten foes Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, and Purdue, and traveled to Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin.[4]

The team hosted two non–conference games against the Wyoming Cowboys from the Mountain West Conference and the North Texas Mean Green from Conference USA. Sandwiched between those matchups was a trip to Ames for the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game against the Iowa State Cyclones from the Big 12 Conference.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 211:00 a.m.Wyoming*BTNW 24–368,075
September 911:00 a.m.at Iowa State*ESPN2W 44–41 OT61,500
September 162:30 p.m.North Texas*
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2W 31–1465,668
September 236:30 p.m.No. 4 Penn State
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ABCL 19–2166,205
September 303:00 p.m.at Michigan StateFOXL 10–1773,331
October 711:00 a.m.Illinois 
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
BTNW 45–1669,894
October 2111:00 a.m.at NorthwesternESPN2L 10–17 OT40,036
October 285:30 p.m.Minnesota
FS1W 17–1066,292
November 42:30 p.m.No. 3 Ohio State
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPNW 55–2467,669
November 112:30 p.m.at No. 6 WisconsinNo. 25ABCL 14–3880,462
November 182:30 p.m.Purdue
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
BTNL 15–2460,554
November 243:00 p.m.at NebraskaFS1W 56–1490,046
December 274:15 p.m.vs. Boston CollegeESPNW 27–2037,667
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time

Source: [5][6]

RosterEdit

2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 11 Ryan Boyle So
QB 2 Peyton Mansell Fr
QB 15 Ryan Schmidt So
QB 4 Nate Stanley So
QB 8 Tyler Wiegers Jr
RB 22 Toks Akinribade So
RB 47 Lane Akre So
RB 16 Kyshaun Bryan Fr
RB 20 James Butler Sr
RB 21 Sam Cook   Fr
RB 26 Marcel Joly Jr
RB 33 Austin Kelly Jr
RB 21 Ivory Kelly-Martin Fr
RB 45 Drake Kulick Sr
RB 36 Brady Ross So
RB 25 Akrum Wadley Sr
RB 28 Toren Young   Fr
WR 2 Brandon Bishop Jr
WR 19 Max Cooper Fr
WR 23 Dominique Dafney So
WR 84 Nick Easley Jr
WR 82 Adrian Falconer Jr
WR 13 Henry Marchese Fr
WR 12 Brandon Smith Fr
WR 6 Ihmir Smith-Marsette Fr
WR 89 Matt VandeBerg Sr
WR 80 Devonte Young So
TE 42 Shaun Beyer   Fr
TE 18 Drew Cook So
TE 88 Jacob Coons Fr
TE 87 Noah Fant So
TE 38 T.J. Hockenson   Fr
TE 86 Peter Pekar Sr
TE 85 Nate Vejvoda So
TE 39 Nate Wieting So
TE 81 Jon Wisnieski Sr
OL 61 Cole Banwart   Fr
OL 75 Ike Boettger   Sr
OL 78 James Daniels Jr
OL 76 Dalton Ferguson Jr
OL 77 Alaric Jackson   Fr
OL 71 Mark Kallenberger Fr
OL 72 Coy Kirkpatrick Fr
OL 70 Lucas LeGrand Jr
OL 52 Boone Myers   Sr
OL 68 Landan Paulsen So
OL 66 Levi Paulsen So
OL 56 Burke Prins Fr
OL 69 Keegan Render Jr
OL 59 Ross Reynolds Jr
OL 79 Sean Welsh Sr
OL 63 Spencer Williams   Fr
OL 74 Tristan Wirfs Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 99 Nathan Bazata Sr
DL 90 Sam Brincks Jr
DL 67 Levi Duwa Fr
DL 94 A. J. Epenesa Fr
DL 77 Daniel Gaffney Sr
DL 60 Jacob Giese So
DL 57 Chauncey Golston   Fr
DL 40 Parker Hesse Jr
DL 88 Jake Hulett Sr
DL 66 Dallas Jacobus   Fr
DL 53 Garret Jansen So
DL 82 Jack Kallenberger Jr
DL 95 Cedrick Lattimore So
DL 97 Romeo McKnight   Fr
DL 98 Anthony Nelson So
DL 96 Matt Nelson Jr
DL 58 Jake Newborg Jr
DL 91 Brady Reiff So
DL 74 Austin Schulte   Fr
DL 93 Brandon Simon   Fr
LB 41 Bo Bower Sr
LB 48 Jack Hockaday Jr
LB 43 Josey Jewell Sr
LB 52 Amani Jones So
LB 31 Aaron Mends Jr
LB 44 Ben Niemann Sr
LB 49 Nick Niemann   Fr
LB 50 Jacob Sobotka Jr
LB 55 Kyle Taylor   Fr
LB 35 Barrington Wade   Fr
LB 26 Kevin Ward Sr
LB 34 Kristian Welch So
LB 29 Nate Wieland Fr
DB 20 Cedric Boswell   Fr
DB 33 Noah Clayberg Fr
DB 32 Djimon Colbert Fr
DB 3 Trey Creamer Fr
DB 1 Wes Dvorak So
DB 30 Jake Gervase Jr
DB 8 Matt Hankins Fr
DB 10 Camron Harrell Fr
DB 27 Amani Hooker So
DB 15 Joshua Jackson Jr
DB 18 John Milani So
DB 11 Michael Ojemudia So
DB 5 Manny Rugamba So
DB 37 Brandon Snyder   Jr
DB 9 Geno Stone Fr
DB 19 Miles Taylor Sr
DB 4 Josh Turner Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Keith Duncan   So
K 6 Josh Proehl Fr
K 91 Miguel Recinos Jr
K 94 Caleb Shudak   Fr
K 95 Lena Osman Jr
P 90 Ryan Gersonde Fr
P 7 Colten Rastetter So
LS 97 Tyler Kluver Sr
LS 84 Austin Spiewak   Fr
LS 50 Jackson Subbert So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brian FerentzOffensive Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Phil ParkerDefensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • LeVar WoodsSpecial Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • Chris DoyleStrength and Conditioning
  • Kelvin Bell – Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Line
  • Ken O'KeefeQuarterbacks
  • Kelton Copeland – Wide Receivers
  • Tim Polasek – Offensive Line
  • Reese Morgan – Defensive Line
  • Seth Wallace – Linebackers Coach
  • Raimond Braithwaite – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Nick DiMarco – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Justin Lima – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • Cody Meyers – Assistant, Strength and Conditioning
  • 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
  • Tyler Anderson – Graduate Assistant
  • Martin Hopkins – Graduate Assistant
  • Joe Pawlak – Graduate Assistant
  • Don Shumpert – Graduate Assistant
  • Austin Showalter – Football Analyst/Administrative Assistant
  • Bob Rahfeldt – Video Coordinator
  • Chris Ruth – Assistant Video Coordinator

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

Roster
Last update: 8/3/17

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV RV RV RV NR NR RV NR NR 25 RV NR NR NR RV 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV NR RV NR NR RV RV RV NR NR NR RV 
CFP Not released NR 20 NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

WyomingEdit

Wyoming at Iowa
1 234Total
Cowboys 0 300 3
Hawkeyes 0 1473 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1987 W 20–19

Iowa opened up the 2017 football season against the Wyoming Cowboys and highly rated Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. The Hawkeyes got off to a slow start, but after Wyoming punter Tim Zaleski missed the ball on the attempted punt, the Hawkeyes took a 14-3 lead at the half. Iowa built on the momentum with a 45-yard pass from first year starter Nate Stanley to wide receiver Nick Easley. Iowa wins the season opener 24-3. Iowa's defense impressed many, holding Josh Allen to only 174 yards and 17 incompletions, and a quarterback rating of 24.9. Iowa defense also picked off Allen twice.

This game marked the debut of the "Kinnick Wave", a new Iowa football tradition in which fans turn toward the children's hospital that overlooks the playing field at the end of the first quarter and wave to patients and their families watching the game from the hospital.

[7][8][9][10][11]

at Iowa StateEdit

Iowa at Iowa State
Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 234OTTotal
Hawkeyes 7 77176 44
Cyclones 7 314143 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
42–22 2016 W 42–3

Iowa's first rivalry game of the year was the Cy-Hawk series against Big 12 foe Iowa State. Iowa State comes in fresh off a 42-3 beatdown in Iowa City the past year. ISU's 2nd year coach Matt Campbell referred to Iowa as the "team out east" in pregame preparations. This game had a relatively slow beginning and Iowa appeared to be in control well into the third quarter. However, Iowa State's offense exploded and put up 28 points in the second half. The game ultimately went to OT and the "team out east" prevailed with a Nate Stanley touchdown pass.

[12][13]

North TexasEdit

North Texas at Iowa
1 234Total
Mean Green 7 700 14
Hawkeyes 7 3714 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 W 62–16

[14][15]

Penn StateEdit

No. 4 Penn State at Iowa
1 234Total
No. 4 Nittany Lions 3 2106 21
Hawkeyes 0 7012 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–14 2016 L 14–41

[16][17][18]

at Michigan StateEdit

Iowa at Michigan State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 703 10
Spartans 14 300 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–21–2 2015 L 13–16

[19]

IllinoisEdit

Illinois at Iowa
Homecoming
1 234Total
Fighting Illini 3 1030 16
Hawkeyes 7 10721 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–38–2 2016 W 28–0

Illinois played with Iowa well into the third quarter. The Hawkeyes appeared lethargic but a Brandon Snyder interception sparked an Iowa rally and they dominated the rest of the way.

[20]

at NorthwesternEdit

Iowa at Northwestern
1 234OTTotal
Hawkeyes 0 7030 10
Wildcats 0 0737 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–25–3 2016 L 31–38

[21]

MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota at Iowa
Floyd of Rosedale
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 0 0010 10
Hawkeyes 7 073 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–62–2 2016 W 14–7

[22]

Ohio StateEdit

No. 3 Ohio State at Iowa
1 234Total
No. 3 Buckeyes 10 707 24
Hawkeyes 10 21717 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–46–3 2013 L 24–34

Iowa was able to defeat Ohio State for the first time since 2004 in this blowout victory. The Buckeyes played with the Hawkeyes for most of the first half but from there the game belonged to Iowa. It was one of the most impressive wins of the Ferentz era and Nate Stanley's most distinguished to that point as well. Tight ends Noah Fant and T. J. Hockenson combined for 9 receptions, 125 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Defensive back and future NFL player Josh Jackson also had an outstanding game, tying an Iowa school record with three interceptions.

[23][24][25][26]

at WisconsinEdit

No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 Wisconsin
Heartland Trophy
1 234Total
No. 25 Hawkeyes 7 070 14
No. 6 Badgers 3 14714 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–45–2 2016 L 9–17

[27][28][29]

PurdueEdit

Purdue at Iowa
1 234Total
Boilermakers 7 0143 24
Hawkeyes 0 906 15
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–46–3 2016 W 49–35

[30][31]

at NebraskaEdit

Iowa at Nebraska
Heroes Trophy
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 72814 56
Cornhuskers 7 700 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–29–3 2016 W 40–10

Nebraska got out to a fast start and was up 14-7 in the second quarter with Iowa struggling to move the ball. The script completely flipped from that point though as the Hawkeyes scored 49 unanswered points and shutout the Cornhuskers in the second half.

[32][33]

vs. Boston College (Pinstripe Bowl)Edit

Iowa vs. Boston College
Pinstripe Bowl
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 3 7710 27
Eagles 7 1003 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Iowa was able to end their bowl drought in this contest with Boston College. The Hawkeyes had trouble containing the Eagles' offense but with second half adjustments held them to just a field goal which came with only a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. The victory was bowl win number seven for Kirk Ferentz and tied legendary coach Hayden Fry in career wins with 143.

[34][35]

Awards and honorsEdit

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Josey Jewell Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week September 4, 2017 [10]
Nate Stanley Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week September 11, 2017 [13]
Josey Jewell Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week September 25, 2017 [17]
Josh Jackson Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week November 6, 2017 [26]
Josh Jackson Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week November 13, 2017 [29]
Akrum Wadley Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week November 27, 2017 [33]

Postseason AwardsEdit

Players in the 2018 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club Ref
James Daniels C 2 39 Chicago Bears [39]
Josh Jackson CB 2 45 Green Bay Packers [39]
Josey Jewell LB 4 106 Denver Broncos [39]

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