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All-Ferentz Team: Running Back and Fullback

July 11, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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OFFENSIVE LINE, KICKER & PUNTER, LINEBACKER, RECEIVER, TIGHT END, DEFENSIVE LINE

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa is at its best when it’s pounding the ball on the ground and wearing down defenses. From there, the Hawkeyes strike with the play-action pass.

As a result, the program has produced some memorable players at the position. Five of the top seven on the school’s all-time rushing list toted the pigskin for coach Kirk Ferentz.

It’s time to unveil the voting at a talent-rich position along with the fullbacks who opened up holes for them as we continue on with our all-Ferentz teams.

You can read about the voters and methodology of the project HERE.

RUNNING BACK

First Team

Shonn Greene

Skinny: Greene produced pedestrian statistics during his first two years at Iowa. The coaches even tried him at defensive back. Then he missed a season while at JUCO working on grades. That made his Doak Walker-winning season of ’08 even more incredible. His 1,850 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns that year represent program records.

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Second Team

Ladell Betts

Skinny: A Hayden Fry recruit, Ferentz and staff leaned heavily on Betts early in their tenure on an offense lacking firepower. He would have been a star in any era with his ability to run and catch at a high level. That he rushed for 3,686 yards, the second most in school history, behind mostly patchwork offensive lines speaks to his talent.

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VOTING

FULLBACK

First Team

Jeremy Allen

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Skinny: Allen is being inducted into the Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. It’s a well-deserved honor for someone who stood out on the gridiron and as a thrower in track. He did more than move linebackers. As a senior in ’01, he rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns. He caught 20 passes for 264 yards and four more scores.

Second Team

Edgar Cervantes

Skinny: The California native’s contributions sometimes are overlooked because of Iowa’s memorable offensive line when he played. His ability to open up holes for running back Fred Russell, who delivered back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons, should not be minimized.

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