All-Century football team: Banks, Dwight, Kinnick form dream backfield
Color the All-Century team black and old gold.
Readers were invited to cast votes for their choices for the Des Moines Sunday Register's All-Century all-state football team. More than 600 individuals participated in the voting.
Of the 24 players to win top honors based on current all-state positions, 18 have worn University of Iowa jerseys.
That includes one current Hawkeye, linebacker James Morris, a Solon graduate.
Iowa players swept the two offensive end positions (Marv Cook of West Branch and Dallas Clark of Twin River Valley of Bode), the three running back spots (Tim Dwight of Iowa City High, Tavian Banks of Bettendorf and Nile Kinnick of Adel), both the kicker (Nate Kaeding of Iowa City West) and punter (Reggie Roby of Waterloo East) and the three defensive backs (Tyler Sash of Oskaloosa, Bill Reichardt of Iowa City High and Jordan Bernstine of Des Moines Lincoln).
Other Hawkeyes earning spots: offensive linemen Casey Wiegmann of Parkersburg, Robert Gallery of East Buchanan of Winthrop; defensive linemen Jared DeVries of Aplington-Parkersburg, John Harty of Sioux City Heelan, Dave Haight of Beckman of Dyersville; linebackers Aaron Kampman of Aplington-Parkersburg and Pat Angerer of Bettendorf.
Northern Iowa graduates Kurt Warner (Cedar Rapids Regis) and Brad Meester (Aplington-Parkersburg) were selected by readers. So were Nebraska players Kyle Vanden Bosch of West Lyon of Inwood and Trev Alberts of Cedar Falls Northern University.
The two others named were Jerry Groom of Des Moines Dowling, who went to Notre Dame, and Chad Hennings of Benton of Van Horne, who played at Air Force.
The closest race for the top vote-getter at one position: Wiegmann by one vote over Gallery, 546-545.
Roby had the biggest margin, pulling in more than 500 votes over runner-up Daniel Murray of Iowa City Regina.