Posted by: marcmwm | July 11, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Wide receiver

Caption: Iowa's Ed Hinkel (11) pulls in his first quarter touchdown reception over Michigan's Jackson Marlin (3) during their game Saturday September 25, 2004 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Gazette/Brian Ray)

Caption: Iowa's Ed Hinkel (11) pulls in his first quarter touchdown reception over Michigan's Jackson Marlin (3) during their game Saturday September 25, 2004 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Gazette/Brian Ray)

 

When all is said and done, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos might very well be No. 1 on this list. With two years of eligibility remaining, he has 940 receiving yards and 82 career receptions. Tim Dwight holds the Iowa record for yards with 2,271 and Kevin Kasper is No. 1 in receptions with 157. It’s not inconceivable that DJK could leave Iowa with both records.

But for now, DJK will have to wait.

This came down to five — Kevin Kasper, Kahlil Hill, Clinton Solomon, Ed Hinkel and Mo Brown.

1) Ed Hinkel (2002-05)

I have two great Ed Hinkel moments. You remember the score, 6-4, at Penn State in 2004. You might remember the circumstances. Kirk Ferentz’s father, John, passed away the Sunday before the game after a lengthy illness. Yeah, 6-4, the wide receiver probably didn’t do a whole lot. But in the postgame, Hinkel showed me that he “got” what was going on around him.

Here’s a snippet from that day:

“The Iowa coach delivered the eulogy at his dad’s funeral Friday. Saturday, he coached the Hawkeyes to a tense, touchdown-less 6-4 victory at Beaver Stadium.

Son, brother, dad and coach — it was an emotional churn that ended with the coach holding the game ball in the Iowa locker room.

“What he did, how he handled (it), just showed that he doesn’t want us thinking about him. He wants this about the team,” wideout Ed Hinkel said. “That shows how strong he is. I’m so proud of him.

“Anyone would want to play for a coach like that.”

Then, later in ’04, Hinkel smashed the hell out of an arm early in a tense 23-21 victory at Purdue. He broke in the first half and was on the Iowa sidelines by the beginning of the fourth quarter. He was only a cheerleader, but he was into it. I remember having a quick word with him after the game. He was feeling no pain. The Hawkeyes won.

Hinkel probably has the least sexiest number of all 31 receivers on Iowa’s career list. His 11.8 yards per reception is the lowest. He sits at a modest No. 14 on the list with 135 receptions for 1,588 and 15 TDs.

Hinkel is No. 1 here because he is the prime example of a Ferentz-era Hawkeye. He was 6-1ish, 190-ish and had OK speed. He just seemed to get the everything possible out of his God-given abilities. The catch at Penn State in ’02. The catch at Michigan in ’04. He seemed to be able to reach back and find something that maybe he didn’t think was there.

Epitome of the era.

2) Clinton Solomon (2002, 04-05)

The backstory here is Solomon’s departure after the 2002 season due to academics and his subsequent return to become a top performer.

One of the last scenes of Solomon in 2002 was holding a rose between his teeth after the Hawkeyes finished off their 8-0 run in the Big Ten at the Metrodome. Then, he was gone. He flunked out and ended up at Iowa Central in Fort Dodge. He found his academic self there and made it back to Iowa City in 2004, just in time to catch 58 passes for 905 yards and six TDs. Solomon and Hinkel ended up with two Big Ten championship rings, by the way.

Solomon was a great story in that regard, but he also came through on the field. He sits at No. 7 on Iowa’s career receiving list, catching 118 passes for 1,864 yards and 14 TDs. Some fans still hope a bobble in 2005 against Michigan that totaled up in an overtime loss at Kinnick. But Solomon’s overall body of work is excellent.

3) Mo Brown (2000-03)

Brown missed most of 2001 after a couple of arrests and a lengthy suspension. He missed a huge chunk of 2003 after suffering a wicked ankle injury on a great catch in a victory at Iowa State, Iowa’s last victory at Jack Trice.

You have to keep those in mind when you look at Brown’s career numbers — 84 catches, 1,515  and 15 TDs. He’s 15th on Iowa’s career list. His 18.0 yards a catch is No. 3 on that list behind Bill Schultz (22.3) and Robert Smith (20.8). During Iowa’s 2002 co-championship run, Brown averaged 20.1 yards on 48 catches. Brown was money in ’02, leading Iowa in receptions (48), receiving yards (966), scoring receptions (11) and yards per catch (20.1).

He had the lost 2001 and missed five games in ’03. He also played his freshman year without recording a reception. Brown did his damage in a little more than a year and a half.

Impressive.

Honorable mention: Kevin Kasper and Kahlil Hill. Kasper set an Iowa record with 82 receptions during the 2000 season. He’s also one of just three Iowa receivers to log a 1,000-yard season in receptions (Keith Chappelle and Quinn Early are the others). He finished his career with an Iowa record 157 receptions. Hill is No. 2 on the all-time receptions list with 152. Kasper and Hill are the only Iowa receivers to reach 150 career receptions. They sit No. 4 and No. 6 on Iowa’s career receiving list.

Iowa freshman Ed Hinkel makes a diving touchdown catch behind Penn State's Bryan Scott in Saturday's game at State College, Pa. The TD was the first of Hinkel's collegiate career. (Gazette file)

Iowa freshman Ed Hinkel makes a diving touchdown catch behind Penn State's Bryan Scott in Saturday's game at State College, Pa. The TD was the first of Hinkel's collegiate career. (Gazette file)

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Responses

  1. Not that I didn’t love Eddie Hinkle, but personally I’d probably rank it:

    1) Solomon
    2) Kasper (seems like the guy with the most productive season in Iowa history should be on the list)
    3) Brown
    4) Hinkle
    5) Hill (he moves way up if you want to factor his special teams play in)

  2. ED epitomizes KF so I agree with him being #1 on that criteria alsone, and he as pretty damn good.

    I was at Happy Valley in ’04 and that is one of the best games I have ever attended home or away.

  3. Also, I loved both CS and Mo but Mo was without a doubt, in my opinion, the best skilled WR KF has had here.

    Marc, you also need to do a HOF for individual games, not individual performances, just great games.

    I’ll look for that by COB today(:, and will review after I am done with the 54 hole journey on which I am about to embark.

  4. marc, I will keep reading the rest of this entry, but only because Eddie is #1. If you had listed him anywhere else, I might have gone to BHGP to intentionally get dirty. 🙂 more later

  5. marc, change one word in your last full sentence: He seemed to be able to reach back and find something that maybe “WE” didn’t think was there.

    The other guys on your list, Mo and Clinton, also epitomize something of the Ferentz era: making good on a second (or third) chance. Regardless, you nailed it with Eddie Hinkel. Well chosen, well written.

  6. The Michigam catch was my favorite, but the PSU and ISU catches were also incredible, plus the 4 TD day vs Minny. But the seemingly uncountable 3rd down catches for first downs were #11’s hallmark. Brandon Meyers was Eddie-esque in 2009.

  7. Adam, in retrospect, receiver was the most difficult. I can’t argue with your list.

    54 holes? Excellent!

    Saw a 400-pound bear outside the cabin last night. About 25 feet away. He didn’t seem to mind.

  8. Hinkle is right because he was so reliable, and in clutch situations. For breakaway ability I still like Mo, but if you NEEDED a first down, Hinkle was the guy. The only other person I can think of on an Iowa team with that reliability was Bill Happell on Hayden’s teams or one of the great tight ends.

  9. I’d go at it this way.

    1) Ed Hinkel — the toughest wide receiver that Iowa will ever had. He and Drew Tate had some wonderful hook-ups in the swindle at the swamp Outback Bowl vs Florida.

    2) Kevin Kasper – Why was he ALWAYS open? Answer — he was very fast and 82 balls is pretty darn good. Made NFL teams, too.

    3) Mo Brown / Clint Solomon. Mo Brown, at his prime, was possibly Iowa’s most dangerous receiver of the Ferentz era. Unfortunately, injury and off filed boo boos hurt Mo Brown’s FB time

  10. Kasper is an excellent choice. He was such a huge element of Ferentz’s first two offenses.

  11. I know that this was your opinion but how do you leave the person off the list that holds all the school record in receiving,. Kevin Kasper You should of thought about that a little more.

  12. Yes, Deb, I don’t disagree with you. I did think about it, though, but Kasper has a strong case.

    I might’ve looked more closely as the team’s success rather than the individual player.

  13. Let’s see. Kasper has the most catches in a game, season, and career for Iowa yet these three guys are ahead of him? Kasper had 3 different subpar qb’s throwing to him his Sr year and he still amassed 82 catches. He never fumbled, had unbelievable hands and is the best blocking WR ever at Iowa. I guarantee you that Ferentz would rank him #1. That kid gave everything he had for some rebuilding Iowa teams that managed to knock off Penn St at Happy Valley and Northwestern who was set to go to the Rose Bowl. He was basically a one man receiving corps his Jr and Sr years as Kahlil Hill was usually suspended or moping. Your memory must be pretty short;-)


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