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Iowa's Nate Stanley, Anthony Nelson earn preseason football honors

Notebook: Single-game tickets on sale today

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass during a game last season, is on the early watch list for the Maxwell Award. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass during a game last season, is on the early watch list for the Maxwell Award. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The preseason honors continued to roll in for members of the University of Iowa football team on Monday.

Junior quarterback Nate Stanley has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, given annually to the player of the year, and junior defensive end Anthony Nelson has been named to the Bednarik Award Trophy Watch, which honors the nation’s best defensive player.

The 6-foot-4, 242-pound Stanley led Iowa’s offense last season with 2,437 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. He became the only Iowa quarterback in program history to have two five-passing touchdown games in the same season, and his 26 touchdown passes ranked third in the Big Ten last season and tied for the second most in a single season at Iowa.

The Maxwell Award has been awarded to college football’s player of the year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert Maxwell for his contributions to the game as a player, sportswriter and official.

Two Hawkeyes — Nile Kinnick in 1939 and Chuck Long in 1985 — have won the award.

Nelson, 6-7 and 271-pounds, started all 13 games and recorded a team- and career-high 7.5 sacks, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors. He totaled 41 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, while also recording four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal.

Earlier this summer, Nelson was named one of 42 candidates for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, an award former linebacker Josey Jewell won in 2017.

The Hawkeyes open their season against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1.

Game tickets on sale

Individual game tickets for five Iowa home games go on sale to the general public today.

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Single game tickets for home games against Iowa State (Sept. 8) and Wisconsin (Sept. 22) become available July 23.

Single game tickets are available now by clicking here. Fans also can call the UI Athletics Ticket Office, 1 (800) 424-2957 to place their order between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fans should not submit multiple orders, which may result in termination of their purchase and denial of tickets.

The Hawkeyes open the season with four straight home games, beginning Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois. Iowa also hosts Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series (Sept. 8), and Northern Iowa (Sept. 15) before opening Big Ten Conference action Sept. 22 against Wisconsin, the defending West Division champions.

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