The Iowa Hawkeyes may not have ended their season exactly how they had hoped they would, but 2013 did turn out to be a successful season for the Hawkeyes in many people’s eyes. A loss to the LSU Tigers was not the way head coach Kirk Ferentz would have liked to see his team’s season end, but the competitive spirit his team displayed in their final contest was very admirable and possibly surprising to some who believe that the SEC still has a strangle hold on college football dominance. The Hawkeyes may be a dark horse in the Big Ten in the 2014 football season.
The Hawkeyes achieved great success because of the individuals on their roster and some of those individuals were fortunate enough to be honored at the team’s award ceremony culminating the end of another year of Hawkeye football.
The Roy J. Carver most valuable player award was presented to two outstanding individuals this season. Senior Linebacker Anthony Hitchens was definitely a deserving honoree as he helped lead the Hawkeye defense all season. The second individual to receive the award is junior offensive linemen Brandon Scherff, who was responsible for anchoring the Hawkeye offensive line that paved the way for three effective running backs in 2013.
Hitchens led the hawks in tackles for the second consecutive season racking up 102 tackles in 2013. He was also a second team all-Big Ten linebacker which is saying something coming from the class of Big Ten linebackers this season. The linebackers in the Big Ten included Wisconsin Badgers Chris Borrland, Ohio State Buckeyes Ryan Shazier and Michigan State Spartans Max Bullough.
Scherff, an instate prospect from Denison Iowa, started all 12 games for the Hawks in 2013. The offensive line for the Hawkeyes were able to clear the road for a rushing attack that averaged 188 yards per game and allowed opponents to only 12 sacks.
The Hayden Fry Extra Heartbeat Award was given to five players this season. In 2013, Hitchens, Christian Kirksey, James Morris, Casey Kreiter and Brett Van Sloten were recipients. They were honored with the award for their willingness to give the necessary extra effort both on and off the field.
Morris was also the recipient of the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award. Morris was often recognized by on air commentators for both his play at linebacker where he was the team’s second leading tackler with 99 tackles, but also for his excellence in the classroom. Morris is a political science major who finished his academic career with a 3.84 GPA. His achievements earned him the honor of being called a first team academic all-American.
Long Snapper Casey Krieter, who is a team favorite, received one of the most dignified awards as his hard work and perseverance earned him the Brett Greenwood award given to the walk on player of the year.
There were many other outstanding Hawkeyes given awards for their performances both on and off the football field this season and many more seniors who will be departing the program that were not mentioned. The Hawks perennially have outstanding leadership and their awards next season will once again be given to deserving individuals.