Just a few years ago, it looked as if Kirk Ferentz and Iowa were going to run off the tracks. Now, the Hawkeyes are a dark horse to contend for the national title. Tom Dienhart has more on Iowa, which is No. 8 in our preseason countdown of all 120 FBS teams.
2008 (Freshman): Made 13-15 field goals and 31-33 PATs to rank second on the team in scoring with 70 points . . . led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.867) and ranked seventh in field goals per game (1.1) and kick scoring per game (5.8) . . . saw action in 46-3 opening win over Maine . . . made all four of his attempts in first career game, hitting two PATs and field goals from 35 and 33 yards . . . saw action in 42-0 win over Florida International . . . made all three PAT attempts vs. FIU, while only field goal attempt from 32 yards was blocked . . . saw action in 17-5 win over Iowa State . . . connected on only field goal attempt of the day from 26 yards on Iowa's first possession of the game . . . did not have any PAT attempts vs. ISU . . . saw action in 21-20 loss at Pittsburgh . . . made both two field goal attempts (26 and career-long 39 yards) at Pitt, along with only PAT attempt . . . saw action in 22-17 loss to Northwestern . . . made only field goal attempt of the day, a 30-yard kick to give Iowa an early 3-0 advantage . . . was also 2-2 on PAT attemepts . . . handled all field goal and PAT attempts in 16-13 loss at Michigan State . . . connected on field goals of 25 and 33 yards on only two attempts, making two field goals in a game for the third time in six games . . . made only PAT attempt against MSU as well . . . handled all field goal and PAT attempts in 45-9 win at Indiana . . . connected on 26-yard field goal in the first period to give Iowa a 3-0 advantage and added 6-6 PAT attempts . . . handled all field goal and PAT attempts in 38-16 win over Wisconsin . . . connected on 35-yard field goal in the fourth period, his only field goal attempt, and added 5-5 PATs . . . handled all field goal and PAT attempts in 27-24 loss at Illlinois . . . had career-best of three made field goals and four attempts at Illinois, connecting from 26, 19 and 27 yards for Iowa's first nine points, while missing from 30 yards . . . also made only PAT attempt at Illinois . . . saw action in 24-23 win over third-ranked Penn State . . . made all three PAT attempts vs. Penn State and had no field goal attempts . . . saw action in 22-17 win over Purdue . . . was unsuccessful on two PAT attempts and had no field goal attempts . . . saw action in 55-0 win at Minnesota, converting a season-best 7-7 PAT attempts . . . had no field goal attempts at Minnesota . . . did not see action in 31-10 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina.
Personal: Born 6/9/89. . . open major . . . parents are Terri and Mike Mossbrucker. . . high school coach: Mark Bless.
High school honors: First team all-state, all-metro and all-conference as a sophomore, junior and senior...Indiana Mr. Football Position Award Winner for kicker... Indianapolis Star Super Team selection as a senior... Indiana Football Coaches Association Region 6 all-star... Career - - Converted 27 of 38 field goals ... holds school kicking records for field goals attempted in career (38) and single-season (13) and longest field goal (49)... converted 101 PAT's... recorded 87 touchbacks on 166 career kickoffs... also played quarterback and holds school records for career completions (525) and career passing yards (4,208)... responsible for 39 passing touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns in three years... team captain... also lettered four times in basketball... high school senior class president... member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Student Advisory Committee and Indiana High School Athletic Association Role Model Program.