Iowa Hawkeyes’ Lukas Van Ness named B1G Special Teams Player of the Week

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The Iowa Hawkeyes find themselves with the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week today after the effort from their defensive lineman, Lukas Van Ness, on Saturday against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Van Ness made huge momentum-changing plays in the punt game as he got his hands on two separate Cyclones’ punts causing them to be blocked. The effort was good enough to tie the Hawkeyes’ individual record for most punts blocked in a single game.

Each of the blocks by Van Ness gift wrapped the ball to the Hawkeyes’ offense deep in Iowa State territory. The first block set the Hawkeyes up for their sole touchdown of the day.

This recognition comes on the heels of Iowa punter Tory Taylor being named the same award winner after his performance punting the ball against South Dakota State.

Iowa special teams coach Levar Woods is helping the Hawkeyes dominate the third phase of the game and doing everything in their power to completely shift the field position battle. Whether it is Taylor pinning opponents deep in their own territory with his punting or Van Ness doing his best to give the offense a short field, Woods has been able to dial up the special teams unit to look like one of the best in the entire nation.

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