Iowa Hawkeyes Welcome Back Heisman Runner-Up QB Brad Banks

Former University of Iowa All-America quarterback Brad Banks led the 2002 Hawkeyes to a Big Ten co-championship; a perfect 8-0 league mark and an 11-2 overall record. That team made their first ever BcS appearance vs. USC in the Orange Bowl.

Banks was runner-up to USC’s Carson Palmer (you might have heard of him, he made a lot of news with the Cincinnati Bengals lately) in the 2002 Heisman Trophy race. So Palmer essentially beat him twice- for the Heisman, and in the bowl game. But Banks won the AP college football player of the year award, Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top collegiate quarterback. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player.

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#36 Iowa Hawkeyes: College Football 77 in 77

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What’s the key to the Iowa Hawkeyes having a much better 2011 than 2010?

“Got to make sure we’re practicing well, and we go eliminate off-the-field distractions, and making sure we’re finishing games,” wide receiver Marvin McNutt told me at Big Ten  media day.

So all those off-the-field distractions were they a big reason the team went downhill fast toward the end of last season?

“Personally I think it did, but it also comes down to execution in the 4th quarter that was a huge part of it,” McNutt answered.

There were marijuana offenses among the skill position players, controversy stemming from the multiple player hospitalization following a conditioning session and the Iowa Hawkeyes took home a #2 ranking in a dubious category. Among the national preseason top 25, only the Pittsburgh Panthers had more players get arrested.
But 2011 is a new day………….. [Read more…]