Iowa linebacker James Morris earned his second Big Ten defensive player of the week honor, the league announced Monday.
Morris, a senior from Solon, made eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and two sacks, and recovered a fumble in Iowa’s 17-10 overtime victory over Northwestern. The fumble recovery late in the second quarter stopped a thriving NU drive and preserved Iowa’s 10-point lead.
Morris also became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to record three interceptions, three sacks and 50 tackles this season.
This was Morris’ second B1G defensive POW. He also earned the award after Iowa’s Sept. 28 victory at Minnesota.
Iowa doesn’t do the spy thing on defense very often, but all three linebackers had a shift, mostly on passing downs, where they kept an eye on speedy, elusive NU quarterback Kain Colter.
– I’m going to run with two deeps from last week. I’ve got to be in Iowa City about the time the e-mail arrives (noon or so). Speaking at the IC Quarterback Club today. I’ll try not to cuss, maybe work in a few “meows.”
– I saw DE Dominic Alvis on the sideline after the game. He celebrated pretty hard with DT Louis Trinca-Pasat after he staked the Cats with his tackle on Colter on fourth-and-8 in OT.
I’m not even going to try to gauge it, so I’m going to assume Alvis sits a second week. Wisconsin runs a lot of jet sweep with Melvin Gordon being one of the cogs there. Contain is going to be a big deal again this week. Iowa also will have to be more conscious of alignment. Linebackers got caught too wide against NU and Cats runners had a field day up the middle. I think it was 20 carries 130-something yards just up the middle. That’s too easy.
Unless a corner is turned, let’s consider Alvis out for the second consecutive week.
Junior Mike Hardy held on to leverage more often than not in his first start. I’m guessing he at least graded out neutral in video sessions yesterday. Probably a positive for DE Drew Ott.
(OK, the game notes are out and Alvis is not on the two. That’s the only tooth missing at this point.)
– QB Jake Rudock didn’t miss a snap after his awkward slide in the second. He didn’t use his legs as much, but he won the game on a brilliant pass. Expect to see him, expect that he’s fine.
– CB Jordan Lomax was listed on participation, so he played some special teams. Freshman Desmond King has bitten into that corner position and doesn’t seem to want to let go.
– Announcers for the Badgers game (11 a.m. Saturday on ABC/ESPN2 — the reverse mirror thingie, you’ll get it on one of those channels) are Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman.
– This just in: Also, Iowa’s football game at Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 9 will start at 11 a.m. CT and will be televised by BTN. That leaves Michigan at Kinnick on 11/23 as the last game we don’t know about.
Here’s Iowa’s release on Morris:
MORRIS EARNS 2ND BIG TEN HONOR
IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior linebacker James Morris was named Big Ten Conference defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 17-10 overtime win over Northwestern. The honor is the second of the season for Morris, who earned the same recognition for his play in Iowa’s 23-7 win at Minnesota. He was also named by College Sports Madness as the Big Ten defensive Player of the Week.
The Iowa defense did not allow Northwestern to score in the opening half and allowed just one touchdown, holding the Wildcats to their lowest point total in the series since 2002. After Iowa scored a touchdown to open the overtime period, the Hawkeye defense held Northwestern without a first down to secure the win.
Morris, a Solon native, was credited with eight tackles against the Wildcats, including four solo tackles. He recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including two of Iowa’s six QB sacks. Morris also collected his first fumble recovery of the season. Senior linebacker Christian Kirksey led Iowa with 12 tackles, while fellow senior linebacker Anthony Hitchens added nine tackles, including two tackles for loss.
Morris has been in Iowa’s starting line-up since early in his freshman season. He has totaled 357 career tackles to rank eighth on the career chart. He was recently named one of 20 quarterfinal candidates for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and is also on watch lists for the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Award. He has twice earned academic all-Big Ten honors.
The Big Ten honor is the second for Morris and the third for an Iowa defensive player this season (DB B.J. Lowery vs. Western Michigan). In addition, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley was named Big Ten special teams Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan.
Morris becomes the first Iowa defensive player to earn the Big Ten honor twice in one season since 2004, when DL Jonathan Babineaux was recognized for his play in wins over Wisconsin and Purdue. Former Hawkeye DL Adrian Clayborn was honored twice in 2009, but that included his special teams play in a win at Penn State.
SE — 4 Tevaun Smith ^ 6-2 200 So.
8 ** Don Shumpert ^ 6-3 200 Sr.
LT — 68 ** Brandon Scherff 6-5 315 Jr.
76 ** Nolan MacMillan 6-6 294 Sr.
LG — 59 * Conor Boffeli 6-5 295 Sr.
58 Eric Simmons 6-2 295 So.
C — 63 * Austin Blythe 6-3 300 So.
57 Tommy Gaul 6-3 277 Jr.
RG — 65 Jordan Walsh 6-4 290 So.
78 * Andrew Donnal 6-7 305 Jr.
RT — 70 *** Brett Van Sloten 6-7 300 Sr.
73 Ryan Ward 6-5 290 #Fr.
TE — 86 *** C.J. Fiedorowicz ^ 6-7 265 Sr.
82 ** Ray Hamilton ^ 6-5 252 Jr. OR 87 * Jake Duzey 6-4 245 So.
QB — 15 Jake Rudock 6-3 205 So.
16 C.J. Beathard 6-2 195 #Fr.
WR — 11 ** Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 Jr.
17 * Jacob Hillyer 6-4 205 So. OR 23 * Jordan Cotton 6-1 192 Sr.
RB — 45 * Mark Weisman 6-0 236 Jr. OR 5 ** Damon Bullock 6-0 200 Jr.
33 * Jordan Canzeri 5-9 187 So.
FB — 38 Adam Cox 5-11 215 So.
42 Macon Plewa 6-2 234 So.
PK — 96 *** Mike Meyer ^ 6-2 190 Sr.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.
LE — 95 Drew Ott ^ 6-4 265 So.
34 Nate Meier 6-2 235 So.
LT — 71 * Carl Davis 6-5 315 Jr.
67 Jaleel Johnson 6-4 307 #Fr.
RT — 90 * Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 290 Jr.
97 * Darian Cooper 6-2 280 So.
RE — 98 * Mike Hardy 6-5 275 Jr.
34 Nate Meier 6-2 235 So.
OLB — 20 *** Christian Kirksey ^ 6-2 235 Sr.
39 * Travis Perry 6-3 232 So.
MLB — 44 *** James Morris ^ 6-2 240 Sr.
52 ** Quinton Alston ^ 6-1 232 Jr.
WLB — 31 *** Anthony Hitchens ^ 6-1 233 Sr.
55 ** Marcus Collins 6-0 222 Jr.
LC — 19 *** B.J. Lowery ^ 5-11 193 Sr.
27 * Jordan Lomax 5-10 195 So.
SS — 37 ** John Lowdermilk ^ 6-2 207 Jr.
21 ** Nico Law ^ 6-1 200 Jr.
FS — 5 *** Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 207 Sr.
12 Anthony Gair 6-2 200 #Fr.
RC — 14 Desmond King 5-11 185 Fr.
7 * Sean Draper 6-0 180 So.
PT — 98 Connor Kornbrath 6-6 215 So.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.
Punt returns: 11 Kevonte Martin-Manley
Kickoff returns: 33 Jordan Canzeri; 23 Jordan Cotton
Deep Snaps: 61 * Casey Kreiter 6-3 250 Sr.
Holder: 98 Connor Kornbrath
* – – Letters won
^ – – Redshirt year still available
# – – Indicates redshirt freshman
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