While I was gone: Dwight on HOF ballot, Morris scholarship

QB Sokol has left the team

Published: March 10 2014 | 9:42 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:22 am in

I was on vacation last week. Here's is some catch up from my view.

-- Confirmed HawkeyeReport report that quarterback Cody Sokol will transfer. You can kind of tell also from his Twitter account. After 724 days without a tweet, it's twittering away. (That wasn't my confirm, but nonetheless, you know about Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's Twitter rule. It's prohibited.)

When Sokol signed with Iowa in 2012, he had seven offers, including Arizona and Maryland. He threw for 3,807 yards, 43 TDs and 10 interceptions for the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes. He earned first team all-region, first team all-conference and second team all-America.

Sokol came to Iowa with three years to play two. He redshirted in '12 and saw some mop-up duty as the No. 3 last season, behind Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard. He didn't have a pass attempt.

Sokol bridged the gap between classes when he arrived. At the time, Iowa had seniors James Vandenberg and John Wienke and Rudock, who then was a redshirt freshman.

According to HawkeyeReport, Louisiana Tech and Ball State were possible transfer destinations.

-- Whenever you can run a Tim Dwight picture on your blog, you do it.

This was released last week by UI sports information:

Tim Dwight Listed on Hall of Fame Ballot

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former University of Iowa All-American Tim Dwight is listed on the 2014 Football Bowl Subdivision ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday by the National Football Foundation.

Dwight, one of 75 former players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision on the ballot, finished seventh on the Heisman Trophy ballot and earned consensus first-team All-America honors by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, Football Writers Association and Football Coaches Association in 1997.  He was also a first-team All-America honoree by the Football Writers Association in 1996.

More than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers will take part in the voting process.  The NFF Honors Court, chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC Commissioner and NCAA president, makes the final selections.  The 2014 class will be announced in May, and the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will be held Dec. 9 in New York City.

Dwight lettered for the Hawkeyes from 1994-97, playing for legendary UI head coach Hayden Fry.  The kick returner/wide receiver played in three bowl games, leading Iowa to wins in the 1995 Sun Bowl and the 1996 Alamo Bowl.  The Hawkeyes also played in the 1997 Sun Bowl.

Dwight holds the Iowa records for punt return yards (1,102), punt return touchdowns (five), and single-season punt return touchdowns (three).  The touchdown totals rank second all-time in the Big Ten Conference, while the punt return yardage ranks fourth.

Dwight is also tied for second in career receiving touchdowns (21), third in receiving yards (2,271) and all-purpose yards (4,890), tied for fourth in touchdowns (32), and 10th in scoring (192).

The Iowa City, Iowa, native was drafted in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.  In Super Bowl XXXIII, Dwight returned five kickoffs, including one for 94 yards and a touchdown.  His 42.0 yard return average was a Super Bowl record.  Dwight played 10 seasons in the NFL for Atlanta, San Diego, New England, New York Jets and Oakland.

Dwight was inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

Linebacker Larry Station, inducted in 2009, is the most recent Hawkeye inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Former UI All-American Andre Tippett was included on the ballot for a first time in 2013.

-- Another scholarship for former Iowa LB James Morris.

This was released last week by UI sports information:

MORRIS EARNS NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa football senior linebacker James Morris has been awarded a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  The announcement was made Friday by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

Morris, a native of Solon, Iowa, will earn his degree in May.  He carries a 3.87 grade point average and is majoring in political science.  Morris previously was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team and was named a National Football Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation.  He has earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition three consecutive years.  He was presented the Third House Scholar Award last spring by the University of Iowa political science department.

Morris earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship by being named a National Football Scholar-Athlete.  In addition, the Lott Trophy Committee contributed $5,000 to the UI general scholarship fund as a result of naming Morris one of four finalists for Lott Trophy.  He was also one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy.

Morris recently completed his playing career as the Hawkeyes concluded the 2013 season with an 8-5 overall record following their appearance in the 2014 Outback Bowl.  He moved into Iowa’s starting lineup early in his freshman season and started 42 career games.  Morris totaled 400 career tackles, ranking sixth on Iowa’s career chart.

Morris ranked second on the team with 107 tackles in 2013.  He earned second team All-Big Ten honors and was the Iowa recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.  Morris led the Hawkeyes in sacks (8), tackles for loss (18) and interceptions (4), becoming the first linebacker to lead Iowa in interceptions since the stat was first kept in 1986.

He was named Big Ten defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s win at Minnesota (Sept. 28) and the overtime win against Northwestern in Kinnick Stadium (Oct. 26).

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