Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley collects Big Ten honors after a 6-TD game
As Nate Stanley continues to charge up the Iowa all-time passing charts, he's collecting more outside accolades.
A day after being named Walter Camp National Player of the Week for his six-touchdown performance at Indiana, the Hawkeye quarterback was named co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten Conference.
Stanley last earned weekly recognition from the league in his second career start, against Iowa State in Week 2 of the 2017 season. This week, he shared the honors with Northwestern receiver Flynn Nagel, who had 12 catches for 220 yards in a 34-31 overtime win against Nebraska.
Against the Hoosiers, Stanley completed 21 of 33 passes for 320 yards and those six scores — three in each half — in a 42-16 win. With 41 career touchdown passes (in 19 starts), Stanley is now tied for fifth in school history with Matt Rodgers. He passed C.J. Beathard (40) and Chuck Hartlieb (37) on Saturday. Matt Sherman (43) holds the No. 4 spot.
The 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) next host Maryland (4-2, 2-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday. Iowa is listed as a 12½-point favorite. ESPN2 will air the game.
Niemann likely to return vs. Maryland
Iowa's depth chart for Saturday's game had some welcome news, with outside linebacker Nick Niemann listed for the first time since he suffered a leg injury in the final moments of the Sept. 22 loss to Wisconsin.
In his Sunday interview on the university's website, head coach Kirk Ferentz sounded less confident about the return of middle linebacker Jack Hockaday, who missed the Indiana game with a knee injury.
"The message I have given our team," Ferentz said, "is whenever we get everybody back healthy, the good news is, we should be a stronger team based on the experience some of these players are getting."
Niemann is listed as the backup to Barrington Wade, who played only one defensive snap against Indiana with Amani Hooker holding down the outside linebacker spot.
On offense, it looks good that running back Ivory Kelly-Martin (concussion protocol) will return this week. Fullback Brady Ross, however, was not listed on the depth chart. He left the Indiana game with what a left leg injury.
Afternoon kickoff in Happy Valley
Iowa's Oct. 27 game at Penn State will be a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff, with television coverage by ABC or ESPN.