Phil Steele released his preseason All Big Ten selections and 8 Hawkeyes made it onto one of the teams.
Steele had 4 teams for offense, defense and special teams. Two Hawkeyes made it onto his first teams which was wide receiver Keenan Davis and safety Micah Hyde.
The Hawkeyes that made it onto his teams come as no surprise because they are expected to be major contributors for Iowa this season. Here is the list of all the Hawkeyes that were one of Steele’s preseason All-Big Ten selections.
WR Keenan Davis
CB Micah Hyde
LB James Morris
TE CJ Fiedorowicz
C James Ferentz
OT Brandon Scherff
LB Christian Kirksey
S Tanner Miller
When you look at that list, one player that did not make it onto any team was QB James Vandenberg. The 4 quarterbacks that he had higher than Vandenberg were Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Nathan Scheelhaase. When I saw this, I couldn’t believe that Steele thought Vandenberg was not one of the top 4 quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Out of all those quarterbacks ahead of him, Vandenberg threw the most touchdown passes (25) last season and is the only one that averaged over 200 passing yards per game (232.5). Why he did not make it onto any of these teams is beyond me and I would say heading into 2012, James Vandenberg is the best passing quarterback in the Big 10.
These preseason lists really don’t mean much but they give us something to talk about in what is generally a slow time in college football.
* – Keenan Davis photo credit: via Big 12 Sports