LB Mike Klinkenborg
Coach: Kirk Ferentz
55-43, 8 years
2006 Record: 6-7
at Syracuse WON 20-13 (2OT)
at Illinois WON 24-7
at Indiana LOST 28-31
at Michigan LOST 6-20
at Minnesota LOST 24-34
Texas LOST 24-26

2006 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2007 Outlook

In going 6-7 last year, the Hawkeyes suffered their first losing season since head coach Kirk Ferentz’s second campaign began. What was worse was how they started off 5-1 and then collapsed and went 1-6 the rest of the way – morale needs some help. Now-departed QB Drew Tate failed to deliver on expectations as a well-prepared senior, so new field general Jake Christiansen wipes the slate clean as he makes this his team. Expect early efforts to predictably focus on reestablishing the running game. Backs Sims and Young can be assured that what seems like a young line lacking much real-game cohesion will quickly gel to supply ample holes for ground improvements to occur. Defensively, it is just the opposite – the run defense looks great while the safeties will need development time. There may be a lot of ‘if’s’ heading into 2007, but one thing Iowa has working in their favor is that they will not have to play either Michigan or Ohio State. There is nothing easy about going to Ames, Madison (Wisc.) and Happy Valley (Penn State) within a four week span, but the second half of the slate looks like it could see Iowa climbing the rankings. Just remember how well Ferentz did (went 10-2) with a young Tate in 2004 when expectations were also lowered just like they are for the 2007 Hawkeyes. We know never to underestimate what Ferentz can do in motivating seemingly unknown, inexperienced young men, so we see Iowa’s glass as half full and likely growing fuller with their new look and attitude.

Projected 2007 record: 8-4
QB - 3.5 DL - 4
RB - 4 LB - 3.5
WR - 4 DB - 3
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Jake Christensen, 23-35-2, 285 yds., 2 TD

Rushing: Albert Young, 178 att., 779 yds., 7 TD

Receiving: Dominique Douglas, 49 rec., 654 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Albert Young, 8 TD, 48 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: Austin Signor, 2-2 FG, 5-5 PAT, 11 pts.

Tackles: Mike Klinkenborg, 129 tot., 61 solo

Sacks: Bryan Mattison, 6.5 sacks

Interceptions: Mike Humpal, 3 for 0 yds.; Adam Shada, 3 for 113 yds., 1 TD

Kickoff Returns: Damian Sims, 10 ret., 18.4 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Dominique Douglas, 14 ret., 10.2 avg., 0 TD


CB Adam Shada
OFFENSE: Drew Tate-QB, Scott Chandler-TE, Mike Jones-OG, Mike Elgin-OG, Marshal Yanda-OT, Calvin Davis-WR, Herb Grigsby-WR, Kyle Schlicher-K
DEFENSE: Edmond Miles-WLB, Miguel Merrick-SS, Marcus Paschal-FS, Andy Fenstermaker-P

Three solid years of Drew Tate now yield to the trials of sophomore Jake Christiansen. The kid stands in the pocket and throws a rope, but he offers less mobility than did Tate. Still, with the mediocrity Tate displayed as a senior, the Hawkeyes are likely to be better under Christiansen once he settles in. How long that takes will be the difference between a ho-hum year and a special one in Iowa City. One thing the new QB has to help ease him in is a quality set of senior backs. Albert Young and Damian Sims form a thunder-and-lightning combo that runs effectively behind lead blocking former-LB Tom Busch. Iowa has to control the clock more with these capable backs – more time of possession will equal more victories. The big factor in all of this will be the line. Only sophomore center Rafael Eubanks and juniors Dace Richardson and Seth Olsen have any starting experience. Line coach Reese Morgan has done more with less, so expect guys like Dan Doering and Brian Bulaga (true frosh) to help effectively establish viable holes for the backs to get through. What will take more time is coming together as a cohesive pass blocking unit for a less mobile QB. Roles have already been sorted out amongst the receivers. Dominique Douglas was the team’s leading snarler as a freshman, ostensibly the “go to” type. Lanky junior Andy Brodell is the deep guy ready to burn DBs for more YAC. Christiansen even has TE Tony Moeaki, a sure-handed pancake blocker who can stay home as well as he goes deep over the middle. This offense may sputter a bit early, but by mid-season they should be capable of winning close ones and will be the reason Iowa gets back into the top 25, if they do.


RB Albert Young


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Jake Christensen-So (6-1, 205) Arvell Nelson-Fr (6-4, 175)
FB Tom Busch-Sr (5-11, 231) Jordan McLaughlin-Jr (6-0, 227)
RB Albert Young-Sr (5-10, 209) Damian Sims-Sr (5-9, 185)
Shonn Greene-Jr (5-11, 225)
WR Dominique Douglas-So (6-1, 186) Trey Stross-So (6-3, 190)
WR Andy Brodell-Jr (6-3, 193) James Cleveland-Fr (6-1, 185)
TE Tony Moeaki-Jr (6-4, 250) Brandon Myers-Jr (6-4, 242)
OT Dace Richardson-Jr (6-6, 306) Kyle Calloway-So (6-7, 295)
OG Andy Kuempel-So (6-7, 295) Dan Doering-So (6-7, 290)
C Rafael Eubanks-So (6-3, 288) Rob Bruggeman-Jr (6-3, 280)
Alex Kanellis-Jr (6-4, 281)
OG Wes Aeschliman-Jr (6-8, 315) Travis Meade-So (6-0, 280)
OT Seth Olsen-Jr (6-5, 301) Tyler Blum-So (6-6, 260)
K Ryan Donahue-Fr (6-3, 180) Austin Signor-So (6-4, 230)



With the same starting front four all back, the Hawkeye’s pedestrian run stopping efforts should improve. Led by senior all-Big Ten end Bryan Matterson (6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles both team highs), Iowa has four rather interchangeable parts. Tackle Mitch King (12.5 TFLs team high) can bring the speed and heat inside, so it is tough for foes to find schemes to effectively block them all. Senior all-conference MLB Mike Klinkenborg is not a stat-heavy player; he is just there to make the stop seemingly every down. He and classmate Mike Humpal will join coordinator Norm Parker (also LB coach) to orientate a new batch of wanna-be’s at a school that has produced some of the best corps in the last decade. The experience up front should keep the front seven’s impact consistent. Senior corners Adam Shada and Charles Godfrey are possibly the best pair in the league. Both are 6’1”, though Godfrey is over 200 lbs. and can make any tackle. With heir-apparent Bradley Fletcher a solid nickel guy, this is definitely the strength of the secondary. Sophomore Marcus Wilson is the lone safety with quality playing time under his belt. The LBs may only need help with backups, but the safeties are in dire need almost across the entire two-/three-deep. This year’s recruits offer several four-star finds (Bernstine and Morrow) who could easily see real game reps come fall. Essential will be the front four getting into opposing QB’s faces fast so the nubile safeties won’t be nearly as exploited during the early going. Foes will be picking on the deep middle until Iowa proves they can handle such, for if the LBs and/or nickel/dime packages are leaned upon too much for help, it will be another long campaign in 2007.


DE Bryan Mattison


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Kenny Iwebema-Sr (6-4, 270) Adrian Clayborn-Fr (6-3, 250)
DT Matt Kroul-Jr (6-3, 271) Rashad Dunn-Jr (6-3, 290)
DT Mitch King-Jr (6-3, 264) Ryan Bain-Jr (6-2, 282)
DE Bryan Mattison-Sr (6-3, 272) Chad Geary-So (6-3, 220)
WLB A.J. Edds-So (6-4, 224) Jeremiha Hunter-Fr (6-2, 217)
MLB Mike Klinkenborg-Sr (6-2, 240) Bryon Gattas-Sr (6-1, 233)
OLB Mike Humpal-Sr (6-2, 232) Pat Angerer-So (6-1, 222)
CB Charles Godfrey-Sr (6-1, 208) Bradley Fletcher-Jr (6-2, 195(
CB Adam Shada-Sr (6-1, 185) Amari Spievey-Fr (6-0, 175)
SS Harold Dalton-Jr (6-1, 192) Lance Tillison-Fr (6-2, 205)
FS Brett Greenwood-Fr (6-0, 185) Marcus Wilson-So (6-3, 198)
P Ryan Donahue-Fr (6-3, 180) ..




It appears the punting job is Ryan Donahue’s to lose (42 ypp prep average). A former first-team USA Today All-American, Donahue can also sub for first-time starting PK Austin Signor ‘just in case’ (Signor went 2-for-2 and proved worthy on kickoffs). The return game needs some help on kicks, though Douglas and Brodell seem to share the PR duties with competitive effectiveness.