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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


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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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Wilford 'Bill' Burkett

Wilford 'Bill' Burkett (WR)

Independence, Iowa [High]

Russell Busk

Russell Busk

Clinton, Iowa [High]

Carl Conrad

Carl Conrad

Fonda, Iowa [High]

Al Couppee

Al Couppee (QB)

Council Bluffs, Iowa [???]

Floyd Dean

Floyd Dean

Atlantic, Iowa [High]

Bill Diehl

Bill Diehl

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [High]

Mike Enich

Mike Enich (RB, OL)

Boone, Iowa [High]

George Frye

George Frye

Albia, Iowa [High]

Bill Gallagher

Bill Gallagher (RB)

Oskaloosa, Iowa [High]

Burdell Gilleard

Burdell Gilleard

New London, Iowa [High]

Bill Green

Bill Green (RB)

Newton, Iowa [High]

Max Hawkins

Max Hawkins (OL)

Philadelphia, Mississippi [High]

Nile Kinnick

Nile Kinnick (QB, RB, K)

Omaha, Nebraska [Benson]

Henry Luebcke

Henry Luebcke

Chicago, Illinois [Schurz]

Matt Miletich

Matt Miletich

Clariton, Iowa [High]

Joseph Moore

Joseph Moore

Ida Grove, Iowa [High]

Jens Norgaard

Jens Norgaard

Iowa City, Iowa [High]

Robert Otto

Robert Otto

Fort Dodge, Iowa [High]

Bill Parker

Bill Parker

Des Moines, Iowa [North]

Erwin Prasse

Erwin Prasse

Chicago, Illinois [Carl Schurz]

Herman Snider

Herman Snider

Iowa City, Iowa [High]

Ben Trickey

Ben Trickey (F)

Marshalltown, Iowa [High]

James J. 'Jim' Walker

James J. 'Jim' Walker (OL)

South Bend, Indiana [Washington]

James 'Jim' Youel

James 'Jim' Youel (QB, P)

Fort Madison, Iowa [High]


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