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1939-1940 Iowa Football Year in Review

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Summary: Iowa was picked at the bottom of the Big Ten. Before the season, Iowa's best player appeared to be Nile Kinnick. Kinnick was an all-Big Ten selection as a sophomore, when he led the nation in punting average, but he struggled through an injury-riddled junior season. As a result, end Erwin Prasse, an all-Big Ten selection in 1938, was elected as the team captain of the 1939 Hawkeyes. However, Kinnick had recovered from his injuries and was ready for a standout senior season.

The "Ironmen" went 6-1-1 and finished with a No. 9 national ranking. Victories included an upsets of #3 Minnesota and #3 Notre Dame in back-to-back games. Kinnick was injured in the final game against Northwestern (7-7 tie), keeping the Hawks from tying with Ohio State at the top of the Big Ten.

What really resonated with an adoring fan base was the grit and work ethic of the team. During the course of the 1939 season, there were 39 instances in which an Iowa player played the full 60 minutes in a game. Even in that era of one-platoon football, it was a highly unusual occurrence, thus the "Ironmen" nickname.

Kinnick received the Heisman Trophy as the best player in college football.

Conference: Big Ten

Head Coach: Eddie Anderson

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Opponent / Score


Full Game

South Dakota

Iowa  vs  South Dakota  

W     41 - 0


Iowa  vs  Indiana  

W     32 - 29


Iowa  @  Michigan  

L     7 - 27 


Iowa  @  Wisconsin  

W     19 - 13 


Iowa  @  Purdue  

W     4 - 0

Notre Dame

Iowa  vs  #3 Notre Dame  

W     7 - 6 


#15 Iowa  vs  #20 Minnesota  

W     13 - 9 


#15 Iowa  @  #20 Northwestern  

T     7 - 7 

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Al Couppee

Al Couppee (QB)

Council Bluffs, Iowa [???]

Ben Trickey

Ben Trickey

Marshalltown, Iowa [High]

Bill Diehl

Bill Diehl

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [High]

Bill Gallagher

Bill Gallagher (RB)

Oskaloosa, Iowa [High]

Bill Green

Bill Green (RB)

Newton, Iowa [High]

Bill Parker

Bill Parker

Des Moines, Iowa [North]

Burdell Gilleard

Burdell Gilleard

New London, Iowa [High]

Carl Conrad

Carl Conrad

Fonda, Iowa [High]

Dick Evans

Dick Evans

Chicago, Illinois [High]

Erwin Prasse

Erwin Prasse

Chicago, Illinois [Carl Schurz]

Floyd Dean

Floyd Dean

Atlantic, Iowa [High]

George Frye

George Frye

Albia, Iowa [High]

Henry Luebcke

Henry Luebcke

Chicago, Illinois [Schurz]

Herman Snider

Herman Snider

Iowa City, Iowa [High]

James (Ray) Murphy Jr

James (Ray) Murphy Jr (RB)

Great Neck, New York [High]

James J. Walker

James J. Walker (OL)

South Bend, Indiana [High]

Jens Norgaard

Jens Norgaard

Iowa City, Iowa [High]

Jim Youel

Jim Youel

Fort Madison, Iowa [High]

Joseph Moore

Joseph Moore

Ida Grove, Iowa [High]

Matt Miletich

Matt Miletich

Clariton, Iowa [High]

Max Hawkins

Max Hawkins

Philadelphia, Mississippi [High]

Mike Enich

Mike Enich (RB, OL)

Boone, Iowa [High]

Nile Kinnick

Nile Kinnick (QB, RB, K)

Omaha, Nebraska [Benson]

Robert Otto

Robert Otto

Fort Dodge, Iowa [High]

Russell Busk

Russell Busk

Clinton, Iowa [High]

Wilford 'Bill' Burkett

Wilford 'Bill' Burkett (WR)

Independence, Iowa [High]


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