Iowa Football: 10 Startling Statistics from the Season so Far
Five weeks into the college football season and we are already seeing some interesting statistics.
There was the 70-63 offense blowout by West Virginia over Baylor, Washington upset Stanford 17-13 and then there was the 9-6 defensive struggle by Iowa State over Iowa.
So what sort interesting stats have the Hawkeyes produced?
Lets take a look.
10. 5 of 7 of former backup quarterback John Wienke's punts have been pinned inside the 20.
After not finding a starting spot at the quarterback position, John Wienke has found a place where he can get in the game. Although freshman Connor Kornbrath is the starting punter, Wienke has been the guy who is called upon in situations where the team needs to pin the opponent deep.
It's nice to see the recruit—who never got a real chance to prove himself—get on the field in some fashion. It's startling because as we all know nobody knows the punter until he screws up, but Wienke deserves recognition for pinning five of his seven total punts inside the opponents 20-yard-line and putting Iowa in great defensive position.
9. 99 victories for Kirk Ferentz
The next victory for the Iowa Hawkeyes will be victory No. 100 for Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz is in his 14th season as the head coach which makes him the fourth longest tenured coach in FBS. His 100th win puts him to perhaps be on pace with Iowa coaching legend Hayden Fry, who at the end of 14 seasons had 105 total wins.
Kirk will no-doubt achieve 100, but to achieve 105 Iowa would have to achieve a huge turn-around. 100 is no doubt a strong statistic and Kirk has continued the success at Iowa.
8. 0 touchdowns for C.J. Fiedorowicz
The tight-end that has Rob Gronkowski-like stature has been a relative non-factor so far, with only 15 catches and less than 200 yards. It's been disappointing to say the least. Most looked for quarterback James Vandenberg and the tight end to hook up regularly in the end zone this season. So far through five games, Vandenberg has two touchdowns and zero of those belong to Fiedorowicz.
The power of the tight end is something that the Hawkeyes have utilized in the past, especially with the recent line of NFL tight ends—a few that were utilized heavily by the Hawkeyes: Dallas Clark, Tony Moeaki and Scott Chandler.
If Fiedorowicz wants to make the leap to NFL-talent, he'll have to find a way to get some chemistry with the quarterback and find himself open.
How many touchdowns will Vandenberg finish the season with?
7. 2 touchdowns for James Vandenberg
At the beginning of the season, many predicted that Vandenberg would at the least be edging, if not already in double-digit touchdown numbers by now. He was a Davey O'Brien award watch-list member at the beginning of the season and now stands with only two touchdown passes.
He's starting to warm up, but his production has to heat up if he wants the team to succeed.
6. 10/11 field goals made
A pleasant surprise this season, Mike Meyer has been one of the strong points and has made almost all of his field goals with a miss between 40-49 yards, no easy field goal gaffes so far this season.
He's made every extra point, including the go-ahead extra point against Northern Illinois.
5. 1 Flea Flicker
The Jordan Cotton touchdown against Minnesota was a beautiful play, a 47-yard bomb from James Vandenberg. It was nice to see the new offensive coordinator throw in his two cents into one of the most conservative offenses in the nation.
Kirk Ferentz generally doesn't pull the trick he's hiding out unless completely necessary, but Davis persuaded Ferentz to let it fly and it resulted in an Iowa touchdown.
4. +7 turnover margin
According to the weekly notes posted by the sports information department, Iowa is 14th in the country in turnover margin and helped them to a victory against Minnesota and a close battle with Iowa State. The Iowa State game was kept winnable due to turnovers forced by the defense.
The defense has been stellar thus far, and with the offense gaining steam it could be a much improved Hawkeye team than what we saw Week 4 against Central Michigan.
3. 106.6 total yards per game less
In Greg Davis' first season at Texas he averaged 106.6 more yards per game of total offense behind running back Ricky Williams. Although Williams adds a lot more talent than Iowa has this season, it'll be interesting to see if Davis can manage those kind of numbers by the end of the season.
2. 7 Mark Weisman Touchdowns
The walk-on transfer from Air Force has been the savior and the true meaning of next man in. Behind the offensive line, Mark Weisman has been the propellant for the team. In his three starts he's rushed for over 100 yards every time. His big test comes next week against Michigan State.
1. 1 conference win
At the end of the day, Hawkeye fans can breathe a big sigh of relief after the impressive start against an undefeated Minnesota Gophers. After the loss against Central Michigan, it was honestly uncertain whether Iowa would look like that the whole season.
They came out on the offensive, showing that the Hawkeyes aren't going to dwell the cellar yet. The one conference win is a perfect start for the Hawks.
Nicholas Moffitt is a Fantasy Football and Iowa Football contributor.. Follow him on twitter (@nickmoff) for quick updates on all of his articles.
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