UNI To Battle Youngstown State In UNI-Dome Saturday
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 11/04/2013

UNI vs. #8/9 Youngstown State
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: UNI-Dome
Date: Nov. 9, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.
Panther Sports Network (KCRG 9.2, CFU 15, WOI 5.2, KCAU 9.2)
Radio: 1540 KXEL
Live Stats: www.unipanthers.com

The Basics: The University of Northern Iowa football team will return home to the UNI-Dome after being on the road for two weekends in a row. On Saturday, Nov. 9 the Panthers will take on Youngstown State for Hall of Fame weekend. The game is set to kick off at 4 p.m.

The Series: UNI holds a 20-7-0 lead in the all-time series between the Panthers and the Penguins. The series began in 1978 with the Panthers holding a .740 winning percentage over its MVFC foe. UNI is 6-0 against Youngstown State in the UNI-Dome during the Mark Farley era.

About the Penguins: Youngstown State enters the game with an overall record of 8-1 and a 5-0 record in MVFC play. The Penguins are on a six-game winning streak, including a last minute, 38-34 victory over South Dakota on Nov. 2. Youngstown State’s only loss of the season came against Big 10 foe Michigan State on Sept. 14 where the Spartans defeated YSU, 55-17.

How to Watch the Game: The game will air live on Panther Sports Network (KCRG 9.2, CFU 15, WOI 5.2, KCAU 9.2) this weekend. Fans can also tune into The Panther Sports Network at 1540 KXEL with Gary Rima calling live play-by-play action or subscribe to Panther Inside Access on www.unipanthers.com and stream the game live for a fee.

About the Panthers: 16 appearances in FCS Playoffs :: 7 trips to FCS semifinals :: 2005 FCA National Championship game appearance :: 7 top-five rankings since 2001 :: 16 MVFC Championships :: 6 season of 10+ wins since 2001 :: 188-49-1 all-time in the UNI-Dome :: 70 wins over top-25 opponents :: tied the MVFC record for consecutive weeks ranked in the top-25 at 99 during the 2012 season :: has had 31 first-team all-MVFC selections since 2007, the most in the league.

Follow the Panthers Online: UNI fans can get all their Panther news and notes on UNIPanthers.com. Fans can also follow UNI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uniathletics, Twitter at @UNIAthletics and YouTube at www.youtube.com/uniathletics. The UNI Football program also has individual accounts on Facebook (UNI Football) and on Twitter (@UNIFootball/@CoachMarkFarley).

Weekly Press Conference: UNI will host a weekly press luncheon at Pepper’s in Cedar Falls on Mondays at noon. All of the in-season sports’ head coaches will address the media with a weekly recap/preview of their team and then will be open to questions. All media and fans are welcome to attend the weekly luncheon.

The Last Time Against Youngstown State: The last time the Panthers and the Penguins faced off was in Youngstown, Ohio during the 2012 season where Youngstown State defeated UNI 42-35. The Penguins were ranked No. 4 in the FCS at the time. David Johnson scored two touchdowns, coming away from the game with 84 yards on the ground and 76 through the air. Chad Owens had a career-high 137 yard receiving performance.

Penguins Against Farley: UNI is 11-1 against Youngstown State during the Mark Farley era with the Penguins only win coming during the 2012 season. Farley holds a .916 winning percentage over Youngstown State.

Stepping In and Stepping Up: After taking over for Jake Farley against North Dakota State on October 5, Max Busher has been shining in his starting role. The junior from Rosemount, Minn. has been averaging over five tackles in the last four games, including his game leading 15 tackles against Illinois State (11/2). The school record for tackles in a game is 25, set by Joe Anderson in 1981.

On the Scoreboard: Tyler Sievertsen is leading the Panthers this season in points with 78 points. He has scored at least a point in each game this season, and 33 consecutive games. The senior has scored in every game that he has appeared in since the 2011 season.

Making it Count: Redshirt freshman Brett McMakin made his first career start on the defensive line, notching a career-high five tackles.

Big Numbers: Three of the Panthers’ defensive starters notched big numbers against Illinois State on Nov. 2. Max Busher finished with a career-high and game-high 15 tackles, marking the most tackles a UNI defensive player has gotten in a game this season. Xavier Williams notched 12 for a career-high followed by Sam Tim with 11 tackles for a career-high as well.

Week 10 Awards: Xavier Williams was named to the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Lineman of the Week honorable mention list for his 12-tackle performance against Illinois State (11/2).

Mr. November: UNI head coach Mark Farley is known for his winning prowess in the month of November. Since taking over as head coach in 2001, Farley has posted a mark of 35-8 in the month of November. Heading into Saturday’s game vs. Youngstown State in the UNI-Dome, UNI has won 30 of its last 35 games in the month of November.

Through the Air: Evan Williams notched his first receiving touchdown as a Panther against SDSU (10/26). His 12-yard receiving touchdown put UNI within one point of the Jackrabbits with 9:22 left in the third quarter. It was his third touchdown in two games.

3-Points: Tyler Sievertsen notched a 40-yard and 41-yard field goal against SDSU, marking the first time this season he has attempted two or more field goals of 40 or more yards. Sievertsen tied his career-high in field goals made against SDSU (40, 41, 25, 23).

Tight End Plays: Braden Lehman scored his first career touchdown after Kollmorgen found him for a 38-yard reception.

Converting: Shawn Rush scored his first career points, scoring two points off a two-point conversion for a five-yard reception against SDSU (10/26).

Captain on the Field: Team captain Zach Cutkomp notched a career-high 11 tackles against South Dakota State (10/26). His previous career-high was nine tackles against Wisconsin during the 2012 season.

Outside the Dome: Tyler Sievertsen is 23-of-24 in FG attempts outdoors in his collegiate career after the game against Illinois State (11/2). In 2011, Sievertsen was 9-of-9. In 2012, he was 5-of-5. He is currently 9-10 during the 2013 season.

Week 9 Awards: David Johnson was named to the CFPA All-Purpose Performer of the Week honorable mention for his 113 all-purpose yard performance against SDSU (10/26). Tyler Sievertsen was named to the CFPA Placekicker of the Week honorable mention list after his four field goal performance against SDSU.

Fred Mitchell Award: October: Tyler Sievertsen was honored by the Fred Mitchell Award for his performance during the month of October. He scored 11 points including a season-long 50-yard FG in 24-23 loss to #1 North Dakota State (10/5) and scored 14 points, tying his career-high with four FGs against South Dakota State (10/26).

Pass 4 TDs: Sawyer Kollmorgen threw for a season-high 306 yards and three touchdowns against South Dakota State (10/26). He has thrown two-or-more TD passes four times this season (Iowa State, Drake, McNeese State, SDSU) and 11 times in his career.

Career Numbers: Sawyer Kollmorgen is now seventh all-time at UNI in career touchdown passes after his three against South Dakota State (10/26). Kollmorgen has played 18 games in his career as a Panther and has thrown 35 touchdown passes.

First TD: Evan Williams scored his first touchdowns in a Panther uniform against South Dakota (10/19). The junior from Minneapolis, Minn. redshirted during the 2012 season after transferring from Iowa Western.

Making Plays: D.J. Hebert notched his first career reception against South Dakota (10/19). He picked up an acrobatic 16 yards in the second quarter, putting UNI in USD territory.

Defense Counts: Makinton Dorleant notched his first career interception against South Dakota (10/19). He finished the game with five tackles, including two for a loss of 26 yards.

Through the Air: Chad Owens notched his second 100+ receiving game of his career against South Dakota (10/19). He finished with 107 yards and one touchdown against the Coyotes.

Family Affair: Junior wide receiver Chad Owens (Urbandale, Iowa/Waukee HS) scored his seventh career touchdown against South Dakota (10/19) and needs one more touchdown to equal his father’s total of eight touchdowns scored as a Panther. Scott Owens played at UNI from 1982-1985 and racked up 2,279 all-purpose yards as a wide receiver and returner. The elder Owens caught 54 passes for 1,055 yards and eight touchdowns. The younger Owens has caught 74 career passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns. Chad has also rushed for a touchdown.

Returns: Logan Cunningham notched a career-high 94 kickoff return yards against South Dakota State (10/26). His 47-yard return and 34-yard return in the third quarter are the longest of any UNI returns this season.

Week 8 Awards: David Johnson and Makinton Dorleant were named to the College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose Performer of the Week honorable mention list and Defensive Back Performer of the Week honorable mention list for their performances against South Dakota (10/19).

Hall of Excellence: On October 18, 2013, head coach Mark Farley was inducted into UNI’s HPELS Hall of Excellence as part of the 2004-2013 inductees.  During the “Walk of Excellence” President Ruud, Provost Gibson, Dean Watson, Dr. Corbett and Dr. Crawford congratulated Farley on his professional accomplishments.

Through the Posts: Senior placekicker Tyler Sievertsen etched his name in the UNI record book against Southern Illinois (10/12) after he was successful on two PATs. Sievertsen is now a perfect 107-for-107 in PAT tries during his Panther career and has set the new school record in consecutive PATs made. Brian Mitchell previously held the UNI school record with 101 consecutive PATs made.

Double Threat: David Johnson is just one of three UNI players to record at least 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing. Johnson currently has 2,806 rushing yards and 1,172 yards through the air from 100 receptions. He joins Corey Lewis (2005-2008; 4,003 rush-1,064 rec.) and Carl Boyd (1983-1987; 2,985 rush-1,707 rec.) on the distinguished list.

Homecoming Fans: UNI had 16,423 in attendance during the homecoming game against Southern Illinois (10/12), which ranks as the fifth-highest in UNI-Dome history.

Overtime in the Dome: UNI’s game against Southern Illinois marked the first overtime game inside the UNI-Dome in the Mark Farley era. The last overtime game that took place in the UNI-Dome prior to the game against Southern Illinois (10/12 was in 1997 when UNI defeated Indiana State, 29-21. UNI is now 1-2 in overtime games in UNI-Dome history.

Defensive Prowess: Deiondre’ Hall notched his first career touchdown against Southern Illinois (10/12) after his 29-yard interception return. He also finished with a career-high 10 tackles.

Week 7 Awards: Sophomore Deiondre’ Hall was named to the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Performer of the Week Honorable Mention list for his career-high performance against Southern Illinois (10/12).

Field Position: Sophomore punter Logan Bieghler had a successful outing against Southern Illinois (10/12) and was an integral part in putting SIU in dangerous field territory. He averaged 44.3 yards per punt. He was able to pin SIU inside its own 20-yard-line three times and notched one touchback.

Hard Hits: UNI forced a fumble on the opening kickoff two games in a row (McNeese State, 9/28; NDSU, 10/5). Linebacker Zach Cutkomp forced a fumble against NDSU returner Marcus Williams, with Blake White coming up with the recovery. Against McNeese State, White forced a fumble on the opening kickoff return and it was recovered by Jeremy Johnson.

Kicking for the Distance: Tyler Sievertsen scored a career-long 50-yard field goal in the first quarter to put UNI up 6-0 over NDSU (10/5). The last time a UNI kicker scored a 50+ yard field goal was in 2007 when Billy Hallgren knocked in a 53-yarder.

Running Down Hill: David Johnson scored a career-long 85-yard rushing touchdown against North Dakota State (10/5). The longest rushing TD in UNI history was 98 yards by Arnold Paulsen in 1951. Johnson is now 9th all-time at UNI in career rushing yards with 2,799.

Week 6 Awards: Tyler Sievertsen was named the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Placekicker of the Week for his performance against North Dakota State (10/5). David Johnson was named CFPA Running Back of the Week honorable mention honors for his performance against NDSU.

Stacked on Defense: UNI was the first team this season to hold McNeese State scoreless in the first half (9/28). The Cowboys six points is the lowest point total McNeese State has had this season with McNeese State coming into the game against UNI averaging 49.5 points per game.

Fumbles: UNI has either had a forced fumble or a fumble recovery in six out of the eight games this season.

Accuracy at its Best: Tyler Sievertsen scored a career-high four FGs (28, 25, 31, 27) against Northern Colorado (9/21) and South Dakota State (10/26) (40, 41, 30, 25, 23). The last time someone kicked four FGs for UNI was in 2010 when Billy Hallgren scored four against South Dakota. Sievertsen has made 34-of-36 career field goals of 40 yards or less.

Active Leaders: Tyler Sievertsen is fourth among active FCS career leaders in points per game with 7.3, followed by David Johnson at No. 5. Sievertsen is also ranked No. 1 in field goal percentage with a 0.833 rating. Sievertsen is also No. 3 among active FCS career leaders in field goals made per game with 1.36.

Two or More: David Johnson has scored two or more touchdowns twice this season (Iowa State, 4 TDs; McNeese State 2 TDs). He now has nine multi-touchdown performances in his career.

UNI vs. No. 1 Ranked Teams: UNI is 2-6 all-time vs. No. 1-ranked FCS opponents. UNI’s last win over the No. 1-ranked team in the nation came in the NCAA playoffs when the Panthers scored a 24-21 win at No. 1 New Hampshire on Dec. 3, 2005. The Panthers last win in the UNI-Dome over a No. 1-ranked team came Dec. 18, 1997, when UNI tallied a 35-32 win over Youngstown State.

Fred Mitchell Award: September: Tyler Sievertsen was honored by the Fred Mitchell Award for his performance during the month of September. He scored a career high four field goals against Northern Colorado (9/21), finishing the game with 14 total points and earning MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.

Moving Up: David Johnson is seventh all-time at UNI in career rushing touchdowns with 28. He is fifth in career total touchdowns with 40. Johnson is No. 9 in scoring all-time at UNI with 240 points.

On the Road Again: UNI won four consecutive road games for the first time since the 2008 season. The Panthers won their last two road games of the 2012 season (Western Illinois and South Dakota) and began the 2013 season with road victories (Iowa State and Northern Colorado). UNI’s school record for consecutive road wins is six in a row set in the 2007 season.

Consecutive Numbers: David Johnson had scored in 14 consecutive games prior to the game against Southern Illinois (10/12). The streak dates back to Sept. 15, 2012 against Iowa. Prior to the game against McNeese State (9/21) he had also scored a rushing touchdown in 12 consecutive games. He notched his 13th career 100+ rushing game against South Dakota (10/19) with his 181-yard rushing performance.

Non-Conference in the Dome: Since the UNI-Dome opened in 1976, the Panthers are 97-21 all-time against non-conference opponents (includes playoff games).

Numbers Speak: UNI is 77-6 in the Mark Farley era (2001-present) when holding the opposition to 20 points or less. The Panthers are 70-6 in the Farley years when scoring 30 or more points in a game. UNI had won 15 consecutive games when holding the opposition to 20 points or less prior to the game against Illinois State (11/2)

UNI when holding the opp. to 20 or less
2001: 7-0
2002: 2-0
2003: 6-1 (lost to Iowa St 17-10)
2004: 4-1 (lost to Western Kentucky 17-10)
2005: 6-0
2006: 5-0
2007: 10-0
2008: 10-0
2009: 6-1 (lost to Iowa 17-16)
2010: 6-1 (lost to Lehigh 14-7)
2011: 7-1 (lost to Iowa State 20-19)
2012: 4-0
2013: 4-1 (lost to Illinois State 13-3)
TOTAL - 77-6 (3 of the losses against FBS schools)

Week 5 Awards: Sawyer Kollmorgen and David Johnson were both honored by the CFPA for their performances against McNeese State (9/21). Kollmorgen was given Quarterback of the Week honorable mention recognition while Johnson was awarded Running Back of the Week honorable mention.

Week 4 Awards: Placekicker Tyler Sievertsen was named the MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Northern Colorado (9/21). Jake Farley was named the College Sports Madness MVFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Sievertsen (Placekicker), Logan Bieghler (Punter), David Johnson (All-Purpose), Farley (Linebacker) and Collin Albrecht (Defensive Line) were all honored as Performer of the Week honorable mention.

In the End Zone: Chad Owens scored his first touchdown of the season against Northern Colorado (9/21). He notched a seven-yard reception from Sawyer Kollmorgen in the first quarter to put UNI up 7-0.

Big Boot: Logan Bieghler set a new career high for his longest punt, punting a 66-yarder in the second quarter of the game against Northern Colorado (9/21).

Defensive Plays: Charles Brown notched his first career interception against Northern Colorado (9/21). He also grabbed the Panthers first interception of the season. Deiondre’ Hall also caught an interception against the Bears.

Week 2 Awards: Junior linebacker Jake Farley was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Drake (9/7). He was also named the College Sports Madness Missouri Valley Football Defensive Player of the Week.

Good Time for TDs: Jake Farley, Brion Carnes and Tyvis Smith all scored their first career touchdowns against Drake (9/7). Farley recovered a fumble and ran 20-yards into the end zone for his first score. Carnes rushed for a one-yard touchdown on his way to helping the Panthers to their 45-14 win. Smith scored the last touchdown of the game after breaking through the Drake defense for a 30-yard rushing TD.

He Has Dozens: Jake Farley’s lucky number appears to be 12. He notched 12 tackles in the season-opener against Iowa State (8/31) and repeated the number again against Drake (9/7). He also came away with his first career touchdown against the Bulldogs after recovering a fumble and returning it 20 yards into the end zone.

Sack Attack: UNI has already passed their number of sacks from the 2012 season with the 27 they have accumulated this season. The Panthers notched six against Iowa State and six against Drake. UNI finished the 2012 season with 11 sacks.

Iowa Domination: UNI was 4-0 for the first time since the 2007 season. In 2007, the Panthers opened with wins over Minnesota State-Mankato, Iowa State and South Dakota State. The Panthers went 12-1 that season.

Week One Awards: David Johnson was named the MVFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Iowa State (8/31). He also was honored nationally by the CFPA by being named the National Running Back Performer of the Week. Johnson received a third honor by being named the College Sports Madness MVFC Offensive Player of the Week. Senior Collin Albrecht was named to the honorable mention list for the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week.

Starting Right: The Panthers defeated the Iowa State Cyclones 28-20 in Ames, Iowa on Aug. 31 to open the 2013 season. Prior to the win, the last time UNI opened the season with a road win came in 2006, when the Panthers defeated Drake. The last time UNI opened the season with a road win over an FBS opponent came in 1998.

Panther State: Head coach Mark Farley is now 3-12 against FBS opponents. Two out of the three wins over FBS opponents has come against Iowa State. The game against Iowa State on Aug. 31 marked the Panthers’ first win over an FBS opponent since 2007 when UNI beat Iowa State.

Twice is Nice: David Johnson tied the UNI record for touchdowns in a game with his four against Iowa State (8/31). This marks the 11th time that a Panther has scored four touchdowns and the second time in his career that Johnson has achieved that number. He also scored four touchdowns against Youngstown State on Sept. 22, 2012.

Big Game is his Name: David Johnson has proved that he is one of the most talented running backs in the FCS, but he has also proved in his years at UNI that he is one of the most talented in NCAA Division I. In the three games against FBS opponents that Johnson has appeared in, he has now racked up 638 all-purpose yards. (Wisconsin 2012: 19 rush, 107 rec., 2 TDs; Iowa 2012: 77 rush, 77 rec., 1 TD; Iowa State 2013: 199 rush, 41 rec., 4 TDs).

UNI against the FBS: UNI has an all-time record of 21-66-5 vs. FBS opponents. Most of the success has come in the last 26 years, with a 10-23 mark against FBS teams since 1985. Farley is 3-12 against FBS opponents with wins over Ball State (42-39, Sept. 22, 2001) and Iowa State (24-13, Sept. 8, 2007; 28-20, Aug. 31, 2013).

Opening Day: UNI is 58-50-7 all-time in season openers and 15-9 in the last 22 years. UNI is 7-6 in season openers under head coach Mark Farley.

This is a Panther State: On the 2013 roster, the Panthers have 67 student-athletes from the state of Iowa compared with the 49 and 46 state of Iowa student-athletes on the University of Iowa and Iowa State’s football rosters. UNI will wear a decal on its helmets this year featuring the state of Iowa and a Panther logo.

Home Sweet Dome: UNI is 188-49-1 in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers have gone undefeated at home in a season eight times since 1990. The Panthers have posted four perfect seasons at home under head coach Mark Farley. The Panthers are 73-13 in home Missouri Valley Football Conference games.

New Faces, Same Dome: UNI fans will see some new faces this season as the Panthers welcome 35 newcomers. The Panthers have three new additions to the coaching staff with defensive line coach Bryce Paup, defensive backs coach Brandon Lynch and tight ends coach Ryan Mahaffey.

All in the Family: The Panther football team has two father-son duos on the squad with defensive line coach Bryce Paup’s son Alex Paup joining the team this fall. Alex transferred to UNI after playing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Last season, head coach Mark Farley’s son Jake Farley transferred in from the University of Kansas and led the team in tackles in his first year in purple and old gold.

100-Win Club: Head coach Mark Farley earned his 100th career win during the 2012 season against Central State during the 2012 season. He now has an all-time record of 108-51 in his 12 years at the helm. Stan Sheriff holds the UNI record with 129 wins when he was the head coach from 1960-82.

Starting with Experience: The Panthers returned seven offensive starters and six defensive starters to the team this season. UNI fans will get to see the dynamic duo of quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and running back/all-purpose performer David Johnson on the gridiron this fall along with experience at the defensive line position with Chris Jepsen, Xavier Williams and Mac O’Brien all making their return.

Finish at the Top: Senior placekicker Tyler Sievertsen had another successful year during the 2012 season. He begins the 2013 season as the active leader in career field goal percentage in the FCS (84.9). He also notched a career long field goal last year against Iowa when he kicked a 49-yarder.

Finishing Strong: UNI finished the 2012 season in the Top 50 in the FCS in 10 statistical categories. On the offensive side of the ball the Panthers finished ranked No. 36 in passing offense (234.91), No. 32 in scoring offense (30.27), No. 27 in passing efficiency (140.68) and No. 2 at kickoff returns (26.29). On defense, UNI was ranked No. 26 in sacks allowed (1.45) and No. 27 in scoring defense (21.36). UNI also had several players finish in the Top 25 in individual statistical categories including Sawyer Kollmorgen being ranked No. 25 in pass efficiency (141.88) and David Johnson finishing tied for fifth in the FCS in scoring (9.82 ppg).

Block that Kick: Junior defensive lineman Xavier Williams set a new school record last season in blocked kicks in a season. The Grandview, Mo., native notched five blocked kicks last season to set the new record. The 311-pound lineman blocked kicks against Wisconsin, North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, South Dakota and Missouri State.

Pride at Practice: In the game of football, the wide receivers and defensive backs have always had a fierce competition and it is no different at UNI. The Panther WRs have named themselves “The Bomb Squad” while the DBs are called “DB Nation” as they battle for pride and yardage at every practice and scrimmage. Wide receivers coach Todd Blythe says that it adds intensity anytime the two groups go up against each other in practice and pushes his players to be an explosive group that can make big plays when called upon.

Freshman No More: Sawyer Kollmorgen became the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in UNI history in 2012. Kollmorgen ended up earning College Football Performance Awards co-National Freshman of the Year, MVFC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year and finished second in voting for the Jerry Rice Award. The sophomore will come back to the field this season with 11 games under his belt after finishing the 2012 season second in the conference in total offense, averaging 228.4 yards per game and finishing second in passing average per game with 222.7.

2012 Players of the Week: The Panthers were honored several times last season for individual performances throughout the year. UNI came away with individuals winning MVFC Player of the Week honors, including Sawyer Kollmorgen winning twice. Garrett Scott, David Johnson and Dan Kruger all picked up one honor during the season. Kollmorgen was also honored nationally by the Sports Network and the College Sports Journal by being named National Freshman of the Week after his performance against Wisconsin.

Off the Field Accolades: UNI landed 29 student-athletes on the MVFC 2012-13 Honor Roll for their performances in the classroom during the 2012 season. Collin Albrecht, Kyle Bernard and John Hubbard all received the highest academic recognition by the MVFC by being named to the President’s Academic Award. Kirk Harris, Ryan Dixon, Casey DeHoedt, Max Busher, Jarod Syndergaard, Jack Rummells, Daniel Kruger, Tim Sauer, Albrecht, Bernard, Hubbard and Jacob Rathmacher all also received the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.

2013 Roster: The Panthers have 13 seniors, 25 juniors, 25 sophomores and 39 freshmen (18 true freshmen/21 redshirts) on the 2013 roster. UNI returns 23 players that started at least one game last season. Senior offensive lineman Dan Kruger leads the team with 27 career starts.

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