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2008 Iowa Hawkeyes Season
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Posted Feb 4, 2009


2008 Iowa Hawkeyes Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Iowa Hawkeyes

Jan. 1
2009 Outback Bowl
Iowa 31 … South Carolina 10

Iowa’s defense forced five turnovers and Shonn Greene ran for three scores in a surprising rout. The Hawkeyes came out with a 13-play drive that ate up the first 7:21 on the clock finishing with a Trey Stross touchdown catch from six yards out, and then Greene went work with two one-yard scoring runs and an 11-yard dash, to go along with an 18-yard Daniel Murray field goal, on the way to a 31-0 lead after three quarters. South Carolina got a few late scores highlighted by a 10-yard touchdown catch from Jared Cook, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Player of the Game: Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 29 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: South Carolina - Passing: Chris Smelley, 16-31, 179 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Stephen Garcia, 5-25. Receiving: Kenny McKinley, 6-86
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 13-19, 147 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 29-121, 3 TD. Receiving: Brandon Myers, 4-49
Inside The Box Score ... 5 Thoughts on the Outback Bowl …South Carolina starting QB Stehen Garcia completed 9-of-18 passes for 79 yards and three interceptions ... USC LB Jasper Brinkley came up with 11 tackles and an interception … Iowa’s Tyler Sach made two interceptions … Rushing yards: Iowa 181 – USC 43 … Penalties: South Carolina 10-100 – Iowa 6-50 … Time of possession: Iowa 35:54 (11:09 in the first quarter) – South Carolina 24:06

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2007 Iowa Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
7-5
2008 Record: 9-
4

Aug. 30 Maine W 46-3
Sept. 6 FIU W 42-0
Sept. 13 Iowa State W 17-5
Sept. 20 at Pitt L 21-20
Sept. 27 Northwestern L 22-17
Oct. 4 at Michigan State L 16-13
Oct. 11 at Indiana W 45-9
Oct. 18 Wisconsin W 38-16
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at Illinois L 27-24
Nov. 8 Penn State W 24-23
Nov. 15 Purdue W 22-17
Nov. 22 at Minnesota W 55-0
Outback Bowl
Jan. 1 South Carolina W 31-10

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
9-3
2007 Record:
6-6

Sept. 1 NIU (in Chic.) W 16-3
Sept. 8
Syracuse W 35-0
Sept. 15 at Iowa State L 15-13
Sept. 22 at Wisconsin L 17-13
Sept. 29
Indiana L 38-20
Oct. 6 at Penn State L 27-7
Oct. 13
Illinois W 10-6
Oct. 20 at Purdue L 31-6
Oct. 27 Mich St W 34-27 2OT
Nov. 3
at Nwestern W 28-17
Nov. 10 Minnesota W 21-16
Nov. 17 Western Mich L 28-19

Nov. 22
Iowa 55 … Minnesota 0
In one of the worst losses in Minnesota history, Iowa scored at will while the defense held the Gophers to just six first downs and 134 yards of offense. Shonn Greene ran for scores from nine and 15 yards out, and Ricky Stanzi connected with Brandon Myers for a three-yard score, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos on a 29-yard touchdown, and Tony Moeaki on a 13-yard score. Amari Spievey picked off an Adam Weber pass and took it 57 yards for a score in the final moments of the first half.
Player of the game: Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 22 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Minnesota - Passing: Adam Weber, 14-28, 127 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Mike Maciejowski, 2-13. Receiving: Jack Simmons, 4-26
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 15-28, 255 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 22-144, 2 TD. Receiving: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 7-181, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Talk about closing out hot, Iowa won five of its final six games and finished up with the type of rivalry win over Minnesota that will be part of the lore as long as the series is running. Shonn Greene closed out his season with yet another strong day, but it was the play of Ricky Stanzi that was an even bigger plus. He made plays on the move, didn’t get rattled, and he helped make an easy win an epic blowout. He has grown into the type of quarterback the team can work around, but he’ll had to show he can do it without Greene, who’s all be certain to be gone off to the NFL early.

Nov. 15
Iowa 22 … Purdue 17
Iowa seemed like it had things well in hand after Shonn Greene ran for a 14-yard score early in the fourth quarter for a 22-10 lead, but Curtis Painter caught fire and made things interesting. Painter hit Greg Orton for an eight-yard touchdown with 3:40 to play to pull within five, and he had one last shot. Painter got the offense down to the Iowa 27, but his final throw in the end zone to Desmond Tardy sailed high and Iowa survived. On the day, Tardy caught 13 passes for 131 yards with a 12-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Green, who ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as part of a 211-yard day.
Player of the game: Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 30 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 24-30, 190 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 16-53. Receiving: Desmond Tardy, 13-131, 1 TD
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 8-15, 72 yds
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 30-211, 2 TD. Receiving: Andy Brodell, 4-42
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Outside of Texas QB Colt McCoy, there isn’t a more valuable player in college football this year than Iowa’s Shonn Greene. He has done it all as the steadying force for the offense to work around. Even when he was bottled up by Purdue, he made something happen showing off a tremendous blend of toughness and quickness. The passing game didn’t even try to get on track as Ricky Stanzi didn’t get anything going, but he’ll have to at least push the ball down the field a little bit to get by Minnesota next week. Purdue doesn’t have a great running game, but Iowa was able to keep it from doing much of anything. However, the secondary got picked apart by a hot Curtis Painter. Minnesota will almost certainly go to the short to midrange passing game next week.


Nov. 8

Iowa 24 … Penn State 23
Penn State’s Darryl Clark threw a late interception, and Iowa took advantage going 57 yards in 3:46 leading to a 31-yard Daniel Murray field goal with one second to play. The Nittany Lions took a 23-14 lead on a nine-yard run from Derrick Williams, who lined up at times at quarterback, and Kevin Kelly hit three field goals. But Iowa hung around on a 27-yard Derrell Johnson-Koulianos touchdown catch late in the third quarter and pulled within two late in the fourth on a six-yard Shonn Greene touchdown, his second score of the game. Penn State held on to the ball for 35:52.
Player of the game: Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 28 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Penn State - Passing: Daryll Clark, 9-23, 86 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Evan Royster, 26-90, 1 TD. Receiving: Derrick Williams, 4-43
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 15-25, 171 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 28-117, 2 TD. Receiving: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 7-89, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Is the win over Penn State the type of performance that could turn around the entire program? Now Iowa is bowl eligible with winnable games against Purdue and Minnesota to close things out, but more importantly, the team showed it could play with the best teams in America. The defense came up clutch when it had to, shutting down the Penn State passing game, while Ricky Stanzi grew up with one tremendous final drive to pull off the shocker. Over the final two games, and the bowl, the team needs to start relying more and more on Stanzi to get him ready for next year, considering Shonn Greene is almost certainly off to the NFL early.

Nov. 1
Illinois 27 … Iowa 24
Illinois rallied with Matt Eller hitting a 46-yard field goal with 24 seconds to play after almost blowing a 24-9 lead. Iowa came up with 13 straight points in the fourth quarter with Andy Brodell catching a 29-yard touchdown pass, followed up by a two-point conversion, and Shonn Greene added a five-yard touchdown dash on the way to a 24-24 tie before Juice Williams led the Illini on the game-winning drive. Trent Mossbrucker his three field goals for the Hawkeyes, but the Illini took the early lead on a one-yard Jason Ford run and a 50-yard Fred Sykes touchdown catch.
Player of the game: Illinois QB Juice Williams completed 22-of-37 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and hr ran 12 times for 30 yards.
Stat Leaders: Illinois - Passing: Juice Williams, 22-37, 272 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Juice Williams 12-30. Receiving: Arrelious Benn, 7-96
Iowa - Passing: Richard Stanzi, 11-29, 191 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 21-103, 1 TD. Receiving: Andy Brodell, 3-81, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Iowa’s offense struggled to move against Illinois on third downs and didn’t get into the end zone until late. There were deep drives into Illini territory that led to three short Trent Mossbrucker field goals when there should’ve been touchdowns. Shonn Greene continues to be a tremendous playmaker who can’t be stopped, but to beat Penn State next week, Ricky Stanzi has to do a far better job throwing the ball. He can’t go 11-of-29 like he did against the Illini. Getting the ball to Andy Brodell on a more regular basis would be a plus. Three catches are too few.


Oct. 18
Iowa 38 … Wisconsin 16
Iowa got up 14-0 on two Shonn Greene touchdown runs, and after Wisconsin chipped away with three Philip Welch field goals to pull within five late in the third quarter, Greene ended the fun with a 52-yard touchdown dash to open the floodgates. Iowa went on a 24 point run with Greene adding a 34-yard run and Allen Reisner catching a 16-yard touchdown pass. Zach Brown ran for a 21-yard score to make the final score look better than the game was.
Player of the game: Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 25 times for 217 yards and four touchdowns, and LB Pat Angerer made 16 tackles with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Wisconsin - Passing: Dustin Sherer, 17-34, 161 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: John Clay, 16-89. Receiving: Garrett Graham, 6-74
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 11-18, 114 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 25-217, 4 TD. Receiving: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 3-30

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Much will be made of yet another fantastic game from RB Shonn Greene, and the defense dominated Wisconsin throughout, but the real story might be the play of Ricky Stanzi. He wasn’t out-of-this-world and he only threw one touchdown pass, but he was sharp early on and he finished completing 11-of-18 passes for 114 yards. He forced the Badgers to think about the pass just enough to take their eyes off Greene. Now the Hawkeyes can really start to think about big things ahead with Illinois and Penn State coming. A New Year’s Day bowl is a realistic goal.

Oct. 11
Iowa 45 … Indiana 9
Iowa dominated on both sides of the ball as the offense controlled the clock for close to 40 minutes and the defense only allowed a 17-yard Ray Fisher touchdown catch and a 46-yard Austin Starr field goal. Jewel Hampton ran for three short scores and Shonne Greene added a 12-yard touchdown dash as part of a 227-yard rushing day from the Hawkeyes. Indiana was shut out in the second half as Iowa scored 28 unanswered points.
Player of the game: Iowa RBs Shonn Greene and Jewel Hampton combined for 235 yards and four touchdowns on 45 carries
Stat Leaders: Indiana - Passing: Kellen Lewis, 13-18, 108 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ben Chappell, 8-42. Receiving: Ray Fisher, 5-68, 1 TD
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 12-20, 184 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 23-115, 1 TD. Receiving: Andy Brodell, 4-95, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... After a tough three-game losing streak, Iowa needed a breather and to get it on the road makes the blowout over Indiana that much better. This might not have been the type of win that’ll propel the way to a huge second half, but it solidified Ricky Stanzi as the starting quarterback after another strong day and the ground game dominated. This was a game for the lines. Mitch King and the Iowa defensive tackles didn’t allow a thing up the middle.

Oct. 4
Michigan State 16 ... Iowa 13
Deep in Michigan State territory, Iowa could've kicked a field goal for the tie but chose to go for it on fourth and one. On the MSU 21, Shonn Greene was stuffed and the Spartans were able to stop the comeback. MSU scored the first 13 points on two of Brett Swenson's three field goals, and Charlie Gantt caught a four-yard touchdown pass, but Javon Ringer was held in check and Iowa's offense started to move in the second half. Tony Mossbrucker hit two field goals and Andy Brodell caught a 31-yard touchdown pass, but the Hawkeyes couldn't get te one yard it absolutely needed.
Player of the game: Michigan State LB Adam Decker made eight tackles and a tackle for loss, and made the fourth down stop to seal the win
Stat Leaders: Michigan State
- Passing: Brian Hoyer, 13-24, 184 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 25-91. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 4-76
Iowa
- Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 15-22, 158 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 30-157. Receiving: Any Brodell, 5-79, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Iowa had all the momentum, the defense was playing extremely well, and Michigan State couldn't stop Shonn Greene. So why go for it on fourth down rather than kick the field goal and go to overtime? Greene was stuffed on 4th-and-1 on the MSU 21 with just over two minutes to play in a moment that could define the season. It's not like Tony Mossbrucker was off; he hit field goals from 25 and 33 yards out. Now it's on to a road date at Indiana with Wisconsin and at Illinois to follow. Things could get far worse before they get better.

Sept. 27
Northwestern 22 … Iowa 17
Northwestern is off to its best start since 1962 by scoring the final 19 points of the game and holding on a late Hawkeye drive. C.J. Bacher threw three touchdown passes, including two to Eric Peterman in the second half. The defense shut out the Hawkeyes over the final 32 minutes while holding on as Iowa got down to the Wildcat eight in the final few minutes before stalling. Iowa turned the ball over five times, but got out to a bit early lead on an 18-yard Shonn Greene touchdown run and a 45-yard Andy Brodell touchdown catch. But Northwestern was too sharp on both sides of the ball the rest of the way.
Player of the game: Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher went 28-of-45 for 284 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception, while running three times for 15 yards.
Stat Leaders: Northwestern - Passing: C.J. Bacher, 28-45, 284 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing:
Tyrell Sutton, 24-77. Receiving: Rasheed Ward, 10-94, 1 TD
Iowa
- Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 21-30, 238 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Shonn Greene, 21-159, 1 TD. Receiving: Andy Brodell, 8-126, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Iowa made way too many mistakes and didn’t do nearly enough defensively to get into the Northwestern backfield once things started to go south. Shonn Greene ran well, and Ricky Stanzi did enough to show that he should remain the starting quarterback, but five turnovers, with four fumbles, and struggles on third downs turned out to be a killer. The team can’t afford to blow home games, and now the schedule gets nastier with tougher home dates and interesting road games. The team is good enough to win, but it can’t keep making mistakes.

Sept. 20
Pitt 21 ... Iowa 20
Pitt got first half touchdown run from Greg Cross and QB Bill Stull, and a 27-yard third quarter scoring dash from Lean McCoy, but it was the defense that came through late not letting Iowa get close to scoring range late. The Hawkeyes pulled within one on a 39-yard Trent Mossbrucker field goal in the fourth quarter, but was stuck with bad field position for the final drives. Iowa's touchdowns came on short runs from Shonn Greene and Jake Christensen to get up 17-14 going into the fourth quarter, but McCoy's touchdown turned into the game-winner. Pitt was outgained 361 yards to 259.
Player of the game: Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, catching a pair of passes for 33 yards.
Stat Leaders: Iowa
- Passing: Jake Christensen, 12-24, 124 yds
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 23-147, 1 TD. Receiving: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 6-75
Pittsburgh
- Passing: Bill Stull, 11-25, 129 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: LeSean McCoy, 18-78, 1 TD. Receiving: LeSean McCoy, 2-33
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Iowa had its chances against Pitt, but couldn't take advantage. The running game was solid, Shonn Greene had a great game, and Jake Christensen was fine, but there weren't enough big plays and the offense stalled in the fourth quarter. Christensen has to start providing more of a spark. He failed to connect on enough third down chances and the O line struggled against the Pitt pass rush. The formula is simple at the moment for the Hawkeyes: win the turnover battle, keep the chains moving, and get one big play from the defense or special teams. If those three things aren't happening, Iowa will be in trouble against Northwestern and Michigan State over the next two weeks.

Sept. 13
Iowa 17 …Iowa State 5
Shonn Greene ran for a five-yard score and Andy Brodell took a punt 81 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa 14 fourth quarter points in the defensive slugfest. Iowa State only managed a 43-yard field goal and got two points when Iowa took a safety on a punt with 26 seconds to play. The Cyclones outgained Iowa 325 yards to 244, but turned it over three times.
Player of the game:
Iowa S Tyler Sash had 12 tackles, a sack, and an interception.
Stat Leaders: Iowa State
- Passing: Austen Arnaud, 21-34, 224 yds, 2 INTs
Rushing: Alexander Robinson, 19-61. Receiving: Marquis Hamilton, 7-49
Iowa
- Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 5-14, 95 yds, 2 INTs
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 20-120, 1 TD. Receiving: Allen Reisner, 3-65
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Ricky Stanzi got the keys to the offense and … pffffffft. The Hawkeyes didn’t go anywhere against Iowa State with little passing game and RB Shonn Greene the only consistent producer. The defense was swarming as it kept the Cyclone running game in check, and it bent, but didn’t break. This was a tough rivalry game, and while it was ugly, Iowa will take the big win and move on.

Sept. 6
Iowa 42 ... FIU 0
Iowa cranked out 35 first half points highlighted by a 59-yard touchdown catch from Derrell Johnson-Koulianos on one of three scoring passes thrown by Ricky Stanzi. Colin Sandeman caught touchdown passes from eight and 23 yards out for the final two Hawkeye scores. FIU managed just 218 yards of total offense and was outgained 241 yards to 56 on the ground.
Player of the game:
Iowa DE Karl Klug made nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble
Stat Leaders: FIU - Passing: Wayne Younger, 11-20, 107 yds
Rushing: Julian Reams, 5-24. Receiving: Marquis Rolle, 5-39
Iowa - Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 8-10, 162 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Shonne Green, 13-130, 1 TD. Receiving: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 3-90, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Ricky Stanzi was excellent against FIU. The quarterback debate continues as Stanzi was razor sharp, while Jake Christensen was great when he came in.
The Hawkeyes have two decent options and they've both been solid. Getting consistent running from Shonne Greene certainly helps as the Hawkeyes finally have a ground game again after the nightmare of last year, while defensively, the pass rush was tremendous. Now the momentum has to carry over to the Iowa State showdown next week, and the quarterback situation needs to be a bit more settled.

Aug. 30
Iowa 46 ... Maine 3
Iowa did whatever it wanted to getting up 22-0 helped by a one-yard Shonne Green touchdown run and a four-yard Brandon Myers scoring grab, and pulled away in the second half with two Jewel Hampton scoring runs and a one-yard Paki O'Meara touchdown. Maine managed just 220 yards of offense and came up with a 40-yard field goal for the only points. Iowa LB A.J. Edds came up with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
Player of the game:
Iowa RB Shonn Greene ran 22 times for 109 yards and one touchdown
Stat Leaders: Maine - Passing: Adam Farkes, 9-22, 83 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen, 21-104. Receiving: Jhamal Fluellen, 3-10
Iowa - Passing: Jake Christensen, 9-15, 122 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Shonne Green, 22-109, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Myers, 4-43, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
The offense wasn't razor sharp against Maine, but it didn't necessarily have to be. The big key was getting all the parts back and showing balance while dominating with the running game. Jake Christensen was fine, but nothing special under center, and he'll need to be better on third downs and do more to keep drives going against FIU next week before getting into the meat of the schedule. The defense didn't do much to get to the quarterback, but it was swarming against the run.

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: The schedule is a joke. There's no Ohio State or Michigan, and Wisconsin and Penn State have to come to Iowa City. The road games are against Pitt, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota; that's not that bad. Outside of the running back situation, everyone returns on offense. Everyone. The defensive line should be among the best in the Big Ten if Adrian Clayborn and Christian Ballard step up at end.
Why to be grouchy: Can the offense really be night-and-day better? With the indignity of finishing 11th in the Big Ten, the Iowa attack needs a jump-start from somewhere while hoping for overall experience to turn into production. The loss of Albert Young and Damian Sims from the running game means that Jevon Pugh is the only scholarship back on the roster, and he was thinking of transferring.
The number one thing to work on is: Getting more offensive pop, and it starts with the line. All five starters are back including all the backups, but the pass protection has to be much, much better after almost getting Jake Christensen killed. Head coach Kirk Ferentz has always put together good front fives, and now he has to mold this group into a strength for the Hawkeyes to be in the Big Ten hunt.
Biggest offensive loss: RB Albert Young
Biggest defensive loss:
LBs Mike Humpal and Mike Klinkenborg
Best returning offensive player: C Rafael Eubanks
Best returning defensive player:
DT Mitch King

2007 Recap
2007 Recap: After three straight ten-win seasons, the Hawkeyes have lost at least five games in three consecutive years, including 2007’s disappointing, bowl-less 6-6 campaign.  As stout as the defense was all season, it wasn’t enough to compensate for an anemic offense that was breaking in new starting QB Jake Christensen, and had a severe shortage of capable receivers.  Iowa was forced to remove the redshirts on 11 true freshmen, easily a record in the Kirk Ferentz era, and an indicator of how stretched the program was for depth in 2007.   

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Albert Young

Defensive Player of the Year: DT Mitch King

Biggest Surprise: Knocking off No. 18 Illinois on Oct. 13.  While hardly a thing of beauty, the 10-6 upset did end a nasty eight-game losing streak in Big Ten play, stalling the momentum of an Illini team that had beaten Penn State and Wisconsin in the previous two weeks.  Hawkeye S Brett Greenwood sealed the win on an interception at the goal line with 1:12 left in the game. 

Biggest Disappointment: Losing badly on Senior Night to 3-7 Western Michigan with a bowl berth hanging in the balance.  The Hawkeyes got shoved around, and never led, squandering a chance to cap an otherwise dismal season with a feel-good bonus game and 15 more practices in December.  

Looking Ahead: Is Iowa in a full-blown rebuilding mode for the first time since the beginning of the decade?  Maybe not.  The 2008 schedule is manageable, and the healthy returns of WR Andy Brodell and TE Andy Moeaki should help Christensen’s development in his second season as the starter.   

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

John Wienke QB 6-4 196 Tuscola, IL
Prepstar.com Top 300 all-American team selection... Football Coaches Association first team all-state quarterback as a junior and senior... first team all conference quarterback as a junior and senior... Chicago Sun-Times first team all-state punter as a senior... first team all-conference punter as a junior and senior ... first team all-conference defensive end as a sophomore and junior... Owns conference record for single season touchdown passes (34 as a junior and senior)... finished career with 6,070 passing yards and 68 touchdowns... threw just nine interceptions in 620 attempts... also had 102 rushes for 441 yards and four touchdowns... collected 113 tackles, six sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles as a defensive end... punted 36 times for a 39.1 average as a junior and 14 times for a 41.1 average as a senior... team captain... awarded 14 varsity letters... lettered four times in baseball and three times in both basketball and track


Potential Instant Impact Players

David Blackwell ATH 6-2 207 Fort Lauderdale, FL

Third team all-state as a junior... second team all-county as a sophomore and junior... honorable mention all-county as a freshman... Forced to sit out senior season with injury... collected 63 receptions for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns... played both quarterback and wide receiver junior season... finished 87-149 with 1,108 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns... also rushed 94 times for 861 yards, including 726 yards as a junior... finished with seven rushing touchdowns... team captain... also lettered in basketball.

Nate Guillory RB 5-10 180 Coffeyville, KS

Prepstar.com JUCO all-American... honorable mention all-American as a freshman and sophomore... first team all-conference as a freshman... second team all-conference as a sophomore... Recorded 325 carries for 2,644 yards and 28 touchdowns in two-year career at Coffeyville Community College... junior college coach: Jeff Leiker.

Rest of the Class

Steve Bigach LB 6-3 220 Cleveland, OH
Jeff Brinson RB 5-11 203 Saint Petersburg, FL
Greg Castillo ATH 5-10 158 Mt. Laurel, NJ
David Cato DB 5-10 190 Mansfield, TX
James Ferentz OL 6-2 250 Iowa City, IA
Joe Gaglione DE 6-3 212 Mentor, OH
Jonathan Gimm TE 6-3 235 Spring, TX
J.D. Griggs DE 6-4 220 Piscataway, NJ
Jewel Hampton RB 5-9 195 Indianapolis, IN
Brad Herman TE 6-5 220 Metamora, IL
William Lowe RB 5-9 165 Cleveland, OH
Casey McMillan OL 6-4 285 Billings, MT
Trent Mossbrucker K 5-11 195 Mooresville, IN
DeMarco Paine ATH 5-10 175 St. Louis, MO
Shane Prater WR 6-0 158 Omaha, NE
Shaun Prater DB 5-10 159 Omaha, NE
Riley Reiff DE 6-6 250 Parkston, SD
Jason Semmes DE 6-3 218 Orchard Lake, MI
Khalif Staten WR 6-3 219 Brooklyn, NY
Jack Swanson DB 5-11 173 Naples, FL
James Vandenberg QB 6-2 176 Keokuk, IA

 

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