Those are just three of the prestigious awards won by Iowa and announced by the Big Ten Conference today. The Hawkeyes finished the Big Ten 8-0 and 11-1 overall and are currently ranked fourth nationally in the ESPN/USA TODAY poll.
Ferentz just completed a turn-around campaign that's been remarkable, to say the least. His first Iowa team (1999) was 0-8 in the Big Ten and 1-10 overall. Kirk is also considered a leading candidate for national Coach of the Year honors.
Banks is a leading contender for this year's Heisman Trophy, emblematic of college football's best player.
Steinbach, along with Banks, is expected to be named to all-America teams within the next few weeks.
IOWA LANDS A RECORD 11 ON FIRST ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa football team has landed a record breaking 11 players on this year's coach's and media all-Big Ten teams. The Big Ten Conference announced the all-star teams today.
Making the first all-Big Ten team, as named by the coaches, are quarterback Brad Banks, running back Fred Russell, offensive linemen Bruce Nelson, Eric Steinbach and Robert Gallery, tight end Dallas Clark, tackle Colin Cole, linebacker Fred Barr, defensive back Bob Sanders and placekicker Nate Kaeding. Defensive end Howard Hodges made the first all-Big Ten team named by the media.
Iowa had eight first team all-Big Ten players in 1985 and 1991, but never more.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Check today's Big Ten release for a complete list of all-Big Ten teams.