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Iowa senior DT Jaleel Johnson, along with freshmen Keith Duncan (PK) and Manny Rugamba (DB) have been recognized as Big Ten Conference Players of the Week for their performances in Iowa’s 14-13 win over second-ranked Michigan.


Johnson earned the honor for his play on defense, Duncan was named Special Teams Player of the Week, and Rugamba shared the honor as Freshman of the Week. All three Hawkeyes are being recognized by the conference for the first time in their careers.

 Johnson, a native of Lombard, Illinois, recorded a career-best nine tackles, including six solo tackles and three assists.  His totals included two tackles for loss and a sack.  Johnson recorded Iowa’s first points of the game, collecting a safety when he dropped Michigan’s De’Veon Smith in the end zone for a safety to cut Iowa’s deficit to 10-2 in the second quarter.

 Rugamba (5-11, 185), is a true freshman from Naperville, Illinois, who started for the first time in place of senior Greg Mabin, who missed the game due to injury.  Rugamba recorded two solo stops and two assists against the Wolverines.  

Rugamba also had his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter, and had three pass break-ups as Michigan gained just 103 passing yards.  Along with the Big Ten recognition, he was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

 Duncan (5-11, 165), is a walk-on from Weddington, North Carolina, and also a true freshman.  He provided the winning margin against Michigan with a 33-yard field goal as time expired.  Duncan had given the Hawkeyes an 11-10 advantage with a 25-yard field goal in the third period.


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