The preseason honors for Iowa football continue as Kirk Ferentz was named to the Bobby Dodd Trophy watch list, an award handed out annually to college football's best coach. Ferentz is one of 24 coaches to be included in the recognition.
The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity -- the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.
The selection process takes into consideration each program's graduation rate, commitment to service and charity in the community, projected success for the 2016 season and Academic Progress Rate. It honors the head football coach whose program embodies the award's three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field throughout the season.
Kirk Ferentz was the recipient of the award for the 2015 season after leading the Hawkeyes to a 12-0 regular season, a Big Ten West title, a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game and an appearance in the Rose Bowl Game.