Hawkeye Football hands out team awards

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior center Tyler Linderbaum and junior linebacker Jack Campbell, as Roy J. Carver, were named Most Valuable Players as the Iowa football program announced its 2021 team awards.

Linderbaum (Solon, Iowa) has started all 35 games for the past three seasons as the Hawkeyes have posted a 26-9 record. He became the 12th player in Iowa history to unanimously receive all American honors and is Iowa’s first Rimington Trophy winner. He was also named the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Campbell (Cedar Falls, Iowa) started all 14 games as a middle linebacker. He led Iowa with 143 tackles, the most by a Hawkeye, as Pat Angerer totaled 145 stops in 2009 and the fifth-highest single-season total in program history. He received second-team All-America honors from two outlets and was a first-team All-Big Ten, according to league media.

Five team captains were named, including Linderbaum on offense, Campbell and senior defensemen Matt Hankins and Jack Koerner on defense, and senior kicker Caleb Shudak on the special teams. Linderbaum was also awarded the Iron Hawk Award.

Hankins was named a second-team All-America by Walter Camp and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) despite missing the final four games of the season through injury. He was named National Defenseman of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 23-20 win over Penn State.

Koerner earned 31 career free safety starts and an All-Big Ten honorable mention. He ranked third on the team with 89 total tackles and led the defense with 62 solo tackles. Shudak set the Iowa career record for field goal accuracy (85.7%, 24-29). His 108 points in 2021 is the fifth-highest in a season in Iowa.

The Hayden Fry award was shared by Linderbaum on offense, Campbell, Hankins, Koerner and senior end Zach VanValkenburg on defense and senior defenseman Henry Marchese on special teams. The Hayden Fry Award is presented to team members who demonstrate exemplary leadership and dedication throughout the year.

VanValkenburg led Iowa with 15 tackles for loss on his 58 tackles, and he added 5.5 sacks and eight pressures. He was named a second-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media. Marchese made a name for himself on special teams throughout his career. His blocked punt in Nebraska was a key play as the Hawkeyes rallied for a 28-21 win.

The Brett Greenwood award was shared by Koerner, Shudak, senior offensive lineman Kyler Schott, and senior wide receiver and return specialist Charlie Jones. Schott received All-Big Ten honors despite missing several preseason games through injury.

Jones was named Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year by the Big Ten and received first-team honors from both coaches and the media. He averaged 25.4 yards on 25 kickoffs and 7.7 yards on 37 punt returns. He recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to set off Iowa’s 33-23 win over Illinois.

Established in 2011, the Greenwood Award also honors former Hawkeyes, year in and year out, for each season Kirk Ferentz has coached the Hawkeyes. Former defenseman Travis Meade and former defenseman Joe Conklin, seniors in 2009, were recognized as former players.

Shudak also received the Forest Evashevski Academic Achievement Award. Shudak has received Academic All-Big Ten honors in each of the last five seasons for the past five seasons and has been honored with President’s List and Dean’s List on multiple occasions throughout his career.

The Reggie Roby Special Teams Award was shared by Shudak and Jonesas specialists, while Marchese was recognized for his overall play.

Six Hawkeyes received the Next Man In award; Redshirt freshman running back Gavin Williams and sophomore quarterback Alex Padilla on offense, sophomore cornerback Jermari Harris and sophomore linebacker Jestin Jacobs on defense, and freshman long snapper Luke Elkin and freshmen defensive back Cooper DeJean on special teams.

Coaches Appreciation Award recipients were junior quarterback Spencer Petras, freshman lineman Connor Colby, redshirt freshman lineman Mason Richman and redshirt freshman tight end Luke Lachey on offense, junior safety/linebacker Dane Belton, junior safety Kaevon Merriweather and junior ends Joe Evans and John Wagoner on defense, and junior linebackers Seth Benson and Jack Campbell, junior fullback Monte Pottebaum, senior punter / Owner Ryan Gersonde and junior punter Tory Taylor.

Team Hustle Awards went to Pottebaum, junior tight end Sam LaPorta, junior receiver Nico Ragaini and freshmen receiver Arland Bruce, IV and Keagan Johnson on offense, Benson, senior cornerback Riley Moss, and sophomore tackle Logan Lee and junior tackle Noah Shannon on defense, and student linebacker Kyler Fisher, junior defensive back Terry Roberts, and junior linebacker Mike Timm on special teams.

The Team Leader Awards went to freshman quarterback Joe Labas and senior lineman Luke Empen on offense, Marchese, freshman linebacker Jaden Harrell and freshman lineman Max Llewellyn on defense, redshirt freshman receiver Jamison Heinz and presented to freshman linebackers Zach Twedt and Eli Miller in special teams. The Team Leader Award recognizes players for their weekly Scout Team contributions.

The Bump Elliott Appreciation Award was presented to contributor Krisanne Ryther and Heartland Express. Ryther has served as a recruitment operations and special events coordinator within the football program for the past five years. Heartland Express provided transportation for all football equipment throughout the season, including the Vrbo Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

Andy Piro was presented with the Distinguished Service Award 2021. A native of Iowa City, Piro began his career in 1989 in Iowa at the UI Foundation. He has held administrative positions at UI Athletics since 2011.

The Player Appreciation Award was presented by Align Group to Joe Urcavich and Hawkeye football writers Aaron Kampman and Lon Olejniczak in recognition of their work with the football team.

Iowa posted a 10-4 overall record in 2021 and won the Big Ten Conference West Division (7-2). The Hawkeyes received an invite to the 2022 Vrbo Citrus Bowl and finished the season 23rd in the final national rankings (Associated Press and Coaches Poll). Ferentz led Iowa to as many as 10 wins for the seventh time in his 23 seasons.

Here are the award winners:

Forest Evashevski Academic Achievement: Caleb Shudak

Iron Hawk Price: Tyler Linderbaum

Roy Carver Most Valuable Players: Tyler Linderbaum, offense

Jack Campbell, defense

Permanent team captains: Tyler Linderbaum, offense

Jack Campbell, defense

Jack Korner, defense

Matt Hankins, defense

Caleb Shudak, special teams

Hayden Fry Prize: Tyler Linderbaum, offense

Jack Campbell, defense

Jack Korner, defense

Matt Hankins, defense

Zach VanValkenburg, defense

Henry Marchese, Special Teams

Reggie Roby Special Team Awards: Caleb Shudak, specialist

Charlie Jones, specialist

Henry Marchese, overall

Team Leader Award: Joe Labas, offense

Luke Empen, insult

Henry Marchese, Defense

Jaden Harrell, defense

Max Llewellyn, defense

Jamison Heinz, special teams

Zach Twedt, special teams

Eli Miller, Special Teams

Brett Greenwood Prize: Jack Korner

Charlie Jones

Caleb Shudak

Kyler Schott

Former player: Travis Meade (2007, 2009)

Joe Conklin (2009)

Coach Appreciation Award: Spencer Petras, insult

Connor Colby, insult

Mason Richman, offense

Luke Lachey, insult

Dane Belton, defense

Kaevon Merriweather, defense

John Waggoner, defense

Joe Evans, defense

Seth Benson, special teams

Jack Campbell, special teams

Monte Pottebaum, special teams

Ryan Gersonde, Special Teams

Tory Taylor, Special Teams

Team Hustle Award: Monte Pottebaum, offense

Sam LaPorta, offense

Nico Ragaini, attack

Arland Bruce, IV, offense

Keagan Johnson, offense

Logan Lee, defense

Noah Shannon, defense

Riley Moss, defense

Seth Benson, defense

Kyler Fisher, special teams

Terry Roberts, Special Teams

Mike Timm, Special Teams

Next Man-In Award: Gavin Williams, insult

Alex Padilla, offense

Jermari Harris, defense

Jestin Jacobs, defense

Luke Elkin, special teams

Cooper DeJean, special teams

Player Recognition Award: Aaron Kamman

Joe Urcavich

Lon Olejniczak

Bump Elliott Price: Krisanne Ryther

Heartland Express

Merit Award: Andy Piro

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