Howe: Setting Stage for the All-Kirk Ferentz Teams

July 4, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – As we inch closer to Iowa’s 2019 season, hunger for Hawkeye football increases. We are approaching starvation at this point with limited morsels for consumption since spring practice ended in April.

In hopes of satisfying your need during these dog days of summer, undertook a project we think you’ll enjoy. Beginning on Friday, we will kick it off for your viewing pleasure.

For the next nine days, we’ll unveil our All-Kirk Ferentz teams. The dean of college coaches will be beginning his third decade leading the Iowa program this fall, so this exercise gives us a clean 20 years of data from which to select.

We looked at a few different ways to attack the assignment. We considered polling fans. The problem with that was a sizable section of the base wasn’t born yet or was too young to have watched all of the Ferentz Era.

We decided the best approach would be a media survey. From there, we wanted members who’d covered most of Ferentz’s tenure. Perhaps that was too rigid, but we felt it important.

That left out some journalists I really respect. The list included Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert of Hawk Central, the Athletic’s Scott Dochterman, former longtime Burlington Hawkeye sports editor John Bohnenkamp and others reporters.

I recommend them all. Follow them. Read them. Listen to them.

We ended up with 11 of us voting. They were:

Todd Brommelkamp from KGYM, Mike Hlas and Marc Morehouse from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Tom Kakert from Hawkeye Report, KCRG’s Scott Saville, Keith Murphy from WHO-TV & KXNO, KWWL’s Rick Coleman, Jon Miller and Rob Howe from HN, Pat Harty from All Hawkeyes and Steve Batterson from the Quad-City Times.

To put the voter demographic in perspective, Miller and Brommelkamp are the only ones under 50 with the latter the lone one not yet 40.

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The survey had participants rank players at each position. The results were tabulated together and rendered the All-Ferentz teams.

We thank all of the voters for their time and expertise.

The daily installments show how voting shook out at each position. Please share with us how you would have voted on our social media feeds and message boards. As you’ll see, some of the choices are very hard.

Here’s how they’ll be rolled out:

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July 5 – Offensive Line

July 6 – Kicker & Punter

July 7 – Linebacker

July 8 – Receiver

July 9 – Tight End

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July 10 – Defensive Line

July 11 – Running Back & Fullback

July 12 – Defensive Back

July 13 – Quarterback

There will be a first and second teams along with honorable mentions.


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