Iowa punter Ron Coluzzi has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. The biggest play of the game against Rutgers for the Hawkeyes was perhaps his 55 yard punt that flipped the field and changed the complexion of the game in the first half. The Scarlet Knights had the momentum, had put together some drives, and were set to have good field position once again before Coluzzi boomed a punt that pinned them back.
Iowa has struggled in many areas this year but punting is not one of them. They have flipped the field quite a bit just with their punting game and they haven't really had to cover any punts either.
Coluzzi punted seven times on Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey for an average of 42 yards per punt. Four of the seven punts were downed inside the 20 yard line. All three of his kickoffs also went for touchbacks. He's been a star for the Hawkeyes early on this season.
The last Iowa player to win the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor was Marshall Koehn a year ago for his game-winning 57 yard field goal at home against Pittsburgh.