Could Iowa's 30-Year-Old Single-Season Receiving Record Fall in 2010?

B.Senior Analyst IMay 24, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  Derrell Johnson-Koulianos #15 of the Iowa Hawkeyes makes a reception against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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In 1980, wide receiver Keith Chappelle set Iowa's single-season receiving yards record with 1,037 yards on the year.

Chappelle's record has stood strong for the past 30 years, with only a handful of Hawkeyes coming close since.  

Receiver Quinn Early gave it his best shot in 1987, when he recorded 1,004 receiving yards. In 2000, Kevin Kasper topped Early's best effort with 1,010 receiving yards, becoming only the third player in school history to pass the 1,000 yard mark.

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos might make a run at Chappelle's record in 2010.

Heading into his senior season, Johnson-Koulianos is just the third player in Iowa history to lead the team in receiving for three straight seasons.  Should the streak continue this season, he could become the only receiver in school history to lead the team for four years straight. 

Johnson-Koulianos ranks seventh all-time at Iowa in career receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,871).  He needs only 31 receptions and 401 receiving yards to break Kasper's school record for total career receptions (157) and Tim Dwight's record for total career receiving yards (2,271).  

Why not add a 30-year-old record to that list as well?

Junior receiver Marvin McNutt could also take aim at the record.

McNutt should be one of the top receivers in the Big Ten in 2010. He caught 34 passes for 674 yards in his first full year as a receiver, something he could easily surpass with another year of instruction under wide receivers coach Erik Campbell.

Pondering the possibilities this long before the season begins is easy. In reality, several key factors have to fall in-line for McNutt or Johnson-Koulianos to have a chance at breaking the single-season record.

The biggest hurdle could be Iowa's offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe.

O'Keefe's offensive scheme isn't exactly known for it's passing attack. With three talented running backs in the mix, combined with a slightly inexperienced offensive line, O'Keefe is likely to favor the run in the upcoming season.

An offense favoring the run didn't stop Chappelle.  

Chappelle broke the single-season receiving yards record on a 1980 Iowa team with a losing record that leaned heavily on its running backs. He also broke it with an unmemorable Phil Suess as his quarterback.

McNutt and Johnson-Koulianos at least have the benefit of having a veteran, USA-loving Ricky Stanzi as their quarterback.  Stanzi threw for over 2,400 yards in 2009, despite missing two games.

If Stanzi continues to improve his passing this upcoming season, Chappelle's record could finally be in jeopardy.