Breaking Down the Former Hawkeyes’ NFL Stats Through Week 2

In this weekly segment, we’ll take a look at which former Hawkeyes are performing well on Sunday’s for their respective NFL squads. Here’s a look at the former Hawkeye stat leaders through the first two weeks of the NFL season.

OFFENSE

Pat Angerer's 21 tackles is tied for the third-most in the NFL after two weeks of play (Photo from Coltzilla.com)

Receiving

1. Scott Chandler, TE Bills — 7 catches, 79 yards, 3 TDs

2. Dallas Clark, TE Colts — 8 catches, 71 yards, 1 TD

3. Brandon Myers, TE Raiders — 4 catches, 26 yards, 0 TDs

4. Shonn Greene, RB Jets — 3 catches, 13 yards, 0 TDs

Rushing

1. Shonn Greene, RB NY Jets — 26 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD

DEFENSE

Tackles

1. Pat Angerer, LB Colts — 21 tackles

2. Chad Greenway, LB Vikings — 13 tackles

3. Bob Sanders, S Chargers — 12 tackles

4. Bradley Fletcher, CB Rams — 10 tackles

T5. Charles Godfrey, CB Panthers — 9 tackles

T5. Amari Spievey, CB Lions — 9 tackles

Other former Hawkeyes with more than 1 tackle: Matt Roth (4), Karl Klug (4), Mitch King (3), Tyler Sash (2)

Sacks

Ryan Donahue's five punts inside the 20-yard-line ranks second in the league (Photo from mlive.com)

1. Matt Roth, DL Jaguars — 2 sacks

2. Karl Klug, DL Titans — 1 sack

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punting

1. Ryan Donahue, P Lions — 10 punts for 447 yards (44.7 avg), 5 punts Inside 20

2. Jason Baker, P Panthers — 9 punts for 364 yards (40.4 avg), 3 punts Inside 20

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Top NFL Hawkeye Poll — Round 3

We’ve reached the third round of the Top NFL Hawkeye poll. Thanks to all of the Iowa fans who have participated in the polling thus far.

We’re down to the Elite 8. Here are the match-ups:

#1 Dallas Clark vs. #8 Tony Moeaki

#4 Shonn Greene vs. #5 Chad Greenway

#2 Nate Kaeding vs. #10 Robert Gallery

#3 Bob Sanders vs. #6 Aaron Kampman

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Round 2: Top Current NFL Hawkeye

We’ve reached the second round of the Top NFL Hawkeye poll. Thanks to all of the Iowa fans who participated in the first round of polling. 223 votes were cast and now we’re down to the Sweet Sixteen.

Here are the matchups…

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# 1 Dallas Clark vs. # 17 Jason Baker

#8 Tony Moeaki vs. #9 Bryan Bulaga

#4 Shonn Greene vs. # 13 Jonathan Babineaux

#5 Chad Greenway vs. #12 Pat Angerer

#2 Nate Kaeding vs. #15 Matt Roth

#7 Casey Wiegmann vs. #10 Robert Gallery

#3 Bob Sanders vs. #14 Charles Godfrey

#6 Aaron Kampman vs. #11 Marshal Yanda


Who is the Best NFL Hawkeye?

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Hawkeye Locator has decided to put a Black and Gold twist on the NFL Network’s new show, “The Top 100.” For those who haven’t seen or heard of the show, the premise of the program is to count down the 100 best players in the NFL today, as voted on by the players themselves.

For our countdown we’re changing things a tiny bit. We’ve set up a bracket-style poll consisting of 24 former Hawkeyes currently playing in the NFL. The ultimate goal is to determine which player is the best Hawkeye currently playing in the NFL.

Each week, fans will have the opportunity to vote on who should advance to the next round. VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN. Make your opinions heard.

Check below for the match-ups and (CLICK HERE TO VOTE)

First Round Byes

# 1 Dallas Clark, TE, Colts

# 2 Nate Kaeding, K, Chargers

# 3 Bob Sanders, S, Chargers

# 4 Shonn Greene, RB, Jets

#5 Chad Greenway, LB, Vikings

#6  Aaron Kampman, DL, Jaguars

#7 Casey Wiegmann, C, Chiefs

#8 Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs

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First Round Match-ups

#16 Jason Baker, P, Panthers versus #17 Bradley Fletcher, CB, Rams (Winner faces Clark)

#9 Bryan Bulaga, OL, Packers versus #24 Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders (Winner faces Moeaki)

#13 Jonathan Babineaux, DL, Falcons versus #20 Amari Spievey, CB, Lions (Winner faces Greene)

#12 Pat Angerer, LB, Colts versus #21 Sean Considine, S, Jaguars (Winner faces Greenway)

#15 Matt Roth, LB, Browns versus #18 Eric Steinbach, OL, Browns (Winner faces Kaeding)

#10 Robert Gallery, OL, Free Agent versus #23 Jared DeVries, DL, Lions (Winner faces Wiegmann)

#14 Charles Godfrey, CB, Panthers versus #19 Colin Cole, DL, Seahawks (Winner faces Sanders)

#11 Marshal Yanda, OL, Ravens versus #22 Ladell Betts, RB, Saints (Winner faces Kampman)


The Fans Have Spoken: Hawkeye Mount Rushmore

After two weeks of voting, four Iowa legends have been forever immortalized on our Hawkeye Mount Rushmore.

Over 9,000 votes were cast, and we thank all of the Hawkeye fans who participated in the poll.

These are the four Hawkeyes who the fans thought were deserving of being enshrined on the historic monument…

HAWKEYE MOUNT RUSHMORE

Tim Dwight (WR & KR from 1994-1997): Dwight was a consensus All-American in 1997 and ranks second in Hawkeye history in career receiving yards (2,271)

Chuck Long (QB from 1981-1985): Long was runner-up to Bo Jackson in the 1985 Heisman Trophy award voting. He was a consensus first team All-American in 1985 — the year he led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl. His 10,461 passing yards is tops in Iowa program history.

Nile Kinnick: (HB, QB, P from 1937-1939): Kinnick needs no introduction. A member of t he 1939 “Iron Man” squad, Kinnick won about every award imaginable. In addition to being named AP Male Athlete of the Year, he won the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and is the only Iowa player to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

Dallas Clark (LB/TE from 2000-2002): Moving from linebacker is likely the best decision Dallas Clark ever made. He won the 2002 John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate tight end. His 43 catches for 742 yards were integral to the Hawkeyes successful 2002 campaign where they finished the regular season undefeated.

ROUND OF 16 POLL RESULTS

ELITE 8 POLL RESULTS


Top 10 Most Successful Hawkeye Draft Picks in the Last 30 Years

With the 2011 NFL Draft starting Thursday, Hawkeye Locator counts down the Top 10 most successful Hawkeye draft picks over the last 30 years. While these 10 former Hawkeyes may not have been the highest draft picks, they all had (or are still currently having) illustrious pro careers. Lets start the countdown…

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10. Tim Dwight: A fourth round selection by the Atlanta Falcons in 1998, Dwight spent 10 seasons in professional football. He helped the Falcons get to Super Bowl XXXIII and had a 94-yard kickoff return in the game. The former Hawkeye ranks among the Top 40 in NFL history in career kick  return yardage.

9.  Marv Cook: A third round pick by the New England Patriots in 1989, Cook caught 257 passes for 2,190 yards over  the course of a seven year NFL career. He was a two-time Pro Bowler

8. Aaron Kampman: Now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kampman started his pro career with the Green Bay Packers in 2002. A fifth round draft pick, Kampman went to back-t0-back Pro Bowls in 2006 & 2007 and his 58 career sacks is 18th-best among active NFL players.

7. Bob Sanders: Despite an injury plagued NFL career, Sanders has dominated on the field when he’s healthy. As a safety for the Indianapolis Colts, he was named to two Pro Bowl squads (2005 & 2007) and helped the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI. The former Hawkeye was named GMC and AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

6. John Alt: The former Hawkeye offensive lineman was the 21st overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs. Alt spent his entire 13-year career with the Chiefs and was selected to two Pro Bowls (1992 & 1993). He joined fellow former Hawkeye Ed Podolak in the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2002.

5. Nate Kaeding: In 2004, Kaeding became the first and only Hawkeye kicker ever selected in the NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers kicker is a two-time Pro Bowler and is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (86.5%).

4. Dallas Clark: The Indianapolis Colts made Clark the 24th overall pick in 2003 and he hasn’t disappointed. The former Hawkeye tight end went to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and helped the Colts become Super Bowl Champions in 2007. Clark’s 44 career touchdowns ranks third among NFL tight ends.

3. Merton Hanks: San Francisco drafted Hanks in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. The selection was a steal for the 49ers. Hanks would eventually appear in four Pro Bowls (1994-1997) and start at safety in Super Bowl XXIX. He led San Francisco with seven interceptions during the team’s Super Bowl Championship run in 1994.

2. Reggie Roby: Only one Iowa punter has ever been taken in the NFL Draft. That punter was Reggie Roby. Known for his high leg kick and long hangtimes, Roby was picked by the Miami Dolphins in  the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft. The punter went to three Pro Bowls and was a seven-time All-Pro selection. Roby ranks among the top 20 in NFL history in career punts (992) and punting yards (42,951).

1. Andre Tippett: One of only three Hawkeyes in the NFL Hall of Fame, Tippett spent his entire pro career with the New England Patriots. The linebacker was a five-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 1980’s All-Decade Team. Tippett’s 100 career sacks is 25th-best in NFL history.

Honorable Mentions: Chad Greenway, Marshal Yanda, Shonn Greene, Bryan Bulaga


Hawkeye Mount Rushmore: Round 2

We asked, and you answered in a big way.

Over 7,000 votes were cast in the first round of our Hawkeye Mount Rushmore poll.

The results are in and it’s time to start the second round. We’re down to the Elite Eight, which means the winners in this round will have their faces enshrined on the Hawkeye Mount Rushmore.

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Elite Eight

Nile Kinnick vs. BJ Armstrong

Dallas Clark vs. Andre Tippett

Chuck Long vs. Don Nelson

Ronnie Lester vs. Tim Dwight