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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Dec. 26.
And the winners are …
The Wake-Up Call asked for your help in naming the inaugural Iowa Athlete of the Year. The votes were cast and tallied. The award is designed to honor those who performed better and achieved more than anyone other across all varsity sports during 2016.
Without further ado, here are the winners.
Iowa Male Athlete of the Year: Football, cornerback, Desmond King
King was a runaway winner in the reader poll, and with good reason. He put together arguably the best season of any Hawkeyes on the football field this season.
He made 52 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups and 2 interceptions. King is an all-around cornerback, capable of helping out in run support and shutting down a receiver in the passing game.
He was also a special teams standout. King averaged 8.7 yards on 23 punt returns and 27.3 yards on 22 kickoff returns. He earned All-American honors from numerous outlets during the season.
Iowa Female Athlete of the Year: Women’s Basketball, guard, Ally Disterhoft
Ally Disterhoft won a close contest with Natalie Cafone, a field hockey All-American. Disterhoft will go down as one of the best players in Iowa women’s basketball history and what she did in 2016, both in the 2015-16 campaign and 2016-17 season, is a big reason why.
She stands out for her scoring ability. Disterhoft led Iowa with 17.1 points, scoring double digits in every contest while taking home All-Big Ten second-team honors.
She picked up this fall where he left off in the spring. She is the team leader with 17.8 points in 13 contests. Disterhoft is shooting 60.1 percent and 48.8 percent from the 3-point line. She is also averaging 5.0 rebounds per game.
The 9-4 Hawkeyes have a shot at returning to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in 10 seasons. If they do, Disterhoft will be a key reason why.
Former Hawkeyes in the NFL
Houston TE C.J. Fiedorowicz helped the Texans clinch the AFC South Division title by hauling in 4 receptions for 42 yards in a 12-10 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.
Green Bay moved one step closer to the NFC Central Division championship with a 38-25 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Green Bay DB Micah Hyde recorded 2 tackles and 2 assisted tackles while returning 4 punts for 10 yards. Also, Green Bay DL Mike Daniels had 2 tackles and 1 sack. Minnesota LB Chad Greenway made 1 tackle.
Cleveland LB Christian Kirksey led the Browns with 6 tackles and 3 assisted tackles in the team’s first win of the season. Cleveland beat San Diego 20-17 on Saturday.
Tampa Bay TE Brandon Myers had 2 receptions for 21 receiving yards in a 31-24 loss to New Orleans on Saturday.
Also, Atlanta DL Justin Babineaux recorded 1 assisted tackle in a 33-16 win over Carolina on Saturday. The victory locked up the NFC South Division title for the Falcons.
Denver TE Henry Krieger-Coble recorded his first career reception for 13 yards in a 33-10 loss to Kansas City on Sunday night. The defeat eliminated the Broncos from the playoff race.
Dallas and LB Anthony Hitchens already clinched home field throughout the NFC playoffs when Philadelphia beat the New York Giants 24-19 on Thursday. The Cowboys host Detroit tonight.
Play of the Year
LeShun Daniels rushed for 1,013 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season for the Hawkeyes. Of his 198 rushing attempts, one stands out as his biggest play of the season.
It’s his 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against Nebraska on Black Friday because his brother, center James Daniels, was vital to the score.
“It was pretty cool,” LeShun Daniels said. “It’s him leading out, on a pull, and I’m following right behind him, make a nice cut right into the end zone. That is my dad’s Facebook profile picture. I think that was a pretty cool moment between us, him leading and then me following him.”
Heading on hiatus
The Wake-Up Call is taking a few days of vacation before heading down to Florida for the Outback Bowl. So this will be the final Wake-Up Call for 2016 and it will return Jan. 2. See you in 2017.