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Readers tracked and cornered me on a few of these.
Here are some names that spurred debate:
WR Kevin Kasper — Yeah, all he did was become one of the Hawkeyes’ top statistical receivers in his two seasons playing in Ken O’Keefe’s offense. I admit, it was a tough one. I think I wrote about Ed Hinkel, picking him No. 1 because he got the most out of his 6-foot self. Clinton Solomon, I went with him because of big plays during a Big Ten co-championship season. And I went with Mo Brown at No. 3 because he was such an explosive playmaker for the 2002 team. Folks can certainly argue that maybe I weighed team success too much over individual. One e-mailer pointed out that Kasper has a Super Bowl ring with the Pats. I’m not saying I’m wrong, I simply went with the three I liked. So, yeah, definitely make a case for Kevin Kasper, a pretty damn good and tough self-made kind of player.
LBs Fred Barr, Mike Humpal and Mike Klinkenborg — I skipped Fred Barr. I forgot. Then, a reader commented and my heart sank. Barr was a hugely important recruit, opening up Florida and then setting the stage for a player like Bob Sanders. Barr brought lots and lots of ‘tude and his play reflected it. He was the exact kind of guy Iowa’s D needed in 2000-01, someone to set a tough tone, walk the walk and talk the talk. Humpal was an amazing athlete who overcame a devastating knee injury to earn himself a spot in the NFL draft. One of the most humble people I’ve met on this beat, too. Klinkenborg was one of the toughest Hawkeyes ever, mentally and physically. You all know the story about his dad passing away suddenly. But one story I’ll share is Klink’s reaction after the Hawkeyes failed to show up at Purdue in ’07. I think they were 2-5 or something at that time. Klink had those tinted contact lenses in because of concussion complications. He vowed Iowa would make a bowl game. At the time, I thought it was false bravado. Well, they were the Western Michigan loss away from making that happen.
LB LeVar Woods — Copy editor Sam brought his name up. I can’t argue. The guy was maybe the best or second best (Sean Considine) special teamer in Ferentz era. Made it as a special teamer in the NFL and is now back with the staff, feeling out the world of college football coaching. I think he’d be a good one. He’s got an excellent resume as a player.
WR C.J. Jones — Copy editor Sam strikes again. He had 72 catches and 10 TDs in his two seasons. And of course you remember his 100-yard kick return for a TD in the 2003 Orange Bowl. By the way, that’s Iowa’s last kick return for a TD. I keep mentioning that stat and people don’t believe me. It’s true.
Here are some others copy editor Sam threw at me during work on Tuesday:
RB Jermelle Lewis — Two ACLs ended what was at times an electrifying career. Lewis had the whole set — size, strength, speed, moves, toughness. But he tore an ACL in spring of 2003 and missed a bunch of time and then he tore it again in ’04, effectively ending his career. He had 709 rushing yards and eight TDs in 2002.
DT Tyler Luebke — I first met Tyler Luebke when he was a pretty darn good swimmer for Iowa City West. I said goodbye to him as a burly 6-1, 280-pound defensive tackle for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Well, say hello to Tyler Luebke the realtor. At least, I think that’s him. He looks as though he weighs less than I do. He was a very sturdy, tough player. If he were 6-3 and had the frame for 300 pounds, he’d be playing in the NFL right now. He had a knack for plays, no matter how big the dude across the line of scrimmage was. He was sort of Mitch King before Mitch King.
CB Antwan Allen — Only Iowa player to ever start for four straight January bowl games. He made 235 career tackles and had eight career picks. He has a better resume than Bradley Fletcher, my honorable mention pick. I think this was a legitimate blown call. Thanks, Sam.
QB Nathan Chandler — I feel good about my trio of Brad Banks, Drew Tate and Kyle McCann. But Chandler never blinked during a sometimes shaky 2003, his only season as starter. He capped it with a brilliant performance in Iowa’s Outback Bowl rout of Florida, a TD pass, a TD run and no picks. He threw 18 TD passes to 10 picks.
I’d love to hear your names of the ones I might’ve forgot.
Sam suggested “Hall of Ferentz — The Forgotten.” I thought that was a little heavy handed, but let’s go with it.