New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
– Former Iowa tight end Scott Chandler continued his success with the Buffalo Bills, catching two passes for 10 yards and a touchdown. Buffalo defeated the Patriots, 34-31, snapping a 15-game losing streak against New England.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
– Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway recorded eight tackles, including one tackle for loss.
– Former Hawkeye punter Ryan Donahue had a strong day booting the football for the Lions. Donahue punted seven times, averaging 46.4 yards per punt. He also placed one kick inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line.
– Lions cornerback Amari Spievey played a big role in the Lions victory over the Vikings, recording a sack and four solo tackles.
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
– Tyler Sash recorded one solo tackle for the Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers
– Former Iowa punter Jason Baker booted eight punts for the Panthers, averaging 38.4 yards and placing two inside the 20-yard-line.
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.
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
1. Shonn Greene, RB NY Jets — 26 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD
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
1. Matt Roth, DL Jaguars — 2 sacks
2. Karl Klug, DL Titans — 1 sack
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
For the second consecutive year, six Iowa Hawkeye football players were selected in the NFL Draft.
Twelve players drafted in the last two years ranks third-best among college football programs. Only USC (16) and Florida (13) have had more players taken in that span.
Here’s a breakdown of who was selected:
– All-American defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn was the first Hawkeye picked — going 20th overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Clayborn is the fifth Iowa player in the Kirk Ferentz era to be taken in the first round.
– Fellow defensive linemen Christian Ballard was taken in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings. Projected to be possibly a second or third round selection, Ballard’s draft stock may have dropped slightly after it was discovered he tested positive for marijuana at the combine in February.
– Quarterback Ricky Stanzi was the third Hawkeye taken, going in the fifth round to the Kansas City Chiefs. His teammates include fellow former Hawkeyes Tony Moeaki and Casey Wiegmann. Stanzi is the first Iowa quarterback to be drafted since Matt Rodgers went in the 12th round to Buffalo in the 1992 draft.
– Defensive lineman Karl Klug and offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde were also picked in the fifth round. Klug, a second-team All-Big Ten player, was selected by the Tennessee Titans, while Vandervelde went to the Philadelphia Eagles.
– The last Hawkeye to go off the board was safety Tyler Sash. He was taken in the sixth round by the New York Giants.
Punter Ryan Donahue, wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, tight end Allen Reisner, safety Brett Greenwood and linebackers Jeremiha Hunter and Jeff Tarpinian went undrafted. With the NFL Lockout still in place, they are unable to sign with NFL teams until an agreement is reached.
It will be interesting to see if any elect to play in the United Football League. The UFL Draft is May 2.
Here’s a few Hawkeye news and notes to read about…
– Bob Sanders is no longer a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and the organization didn’t waste any time getting his banner off of Lucas Oil Stadium. What image is in place of the former Iowa ballhawk? Find out at ProFootballTalk.com
– Former Iowa safety Tyler Sash is teaming up with ex-Iowa State QB Austen Arnaud to raise money for a cancer patient, writes Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register
– On a sad note, Bub Krieger, the grandfather of former basketball star Jess Settles and current Hawkeye football player Henry Krieger-Coble, passed away last Saturday at age 91. Susan Harman of the Iowa City Press-Citizen writes about how the Krieger family exemplifies Iowa’s athletic values.