(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer There were few bright spots for Iowa last season as the Hawkeyes stumbled to their worst record in more than a decade.
The struggles didn't include the play of cornerback Micah Hyde.
Hyde closed out a stellar career by being named the Big Ten's defensive back of the year for 2012. He was also the only Iowa player to be named a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the league's coaches and media members.
''It was good that some people recognized me, and it was an honor to get that award. Obviously they respect my game,'' Hyde said.
Hyde hopes the NFL comes to feel the same way. The three-year starter at cornerback is perhaps Iowa's most promising NFL prospect this spring.
Hyde won the Big Ten honor despite intercepting just one pass this season as teams often thought better of attacking his side of the field. He did have a team-high 14 pass breakups to go with three fumble recoveries and a...