Countdown to Kickoff: Andy Brodell

It's not how you start, but how you finish. If that adage is true, then Andy Brodell is big man on campus, as he had back to back 159 yard receiving games for Iowa to close out the 2006 season. Brodell is entering his junior year in Iowa City, and much will be expected of him in 2007.

CAREER REPORT CARD TO DATE: B-

-After leaving 2006 spring drills as a second teamer, Andy Brodell burst onto the scene late in the 2006 season with back to back 159 yard receiving games against Minnesota and Texas.  He showed his jets in Iowa's Alamo Bowl win when he broke free of a Texas All American cornerback and raced down the sidelines for a 63-yard score.  Those of us in the state of Iowa were not necessarily shocked by Brodell's speed, as he showed it as a running back and a track star while prepping at Ankeny, but he really took advantage of the opportunities late in the year.

 

Some might argue that Brodell was in danger of slipping down future depth charts, especially when you consider the type of season that Dominique Douglas was having, and with players with promise like James Cleveland, Trey Stross and Derell Johnson-Koulianos waiting in the wings.  Brodell was very inconsistent at the beginning of the 2006 season; he would make big plays, but then would drop or fumble a ball. 

 

Things got so dicey that Brodell was taken off of the punt return team.  Perhaps there was an unknown injury, or perhaps it was just a redshirt sophomore who was struggling to find consistency.  We should also remind everyone that Andy's 2006 Spring practices were cut short by a foot injury, crucial developmental time that was missed.

 

Still, Brodell ranked seventh in receiving yards per game (60.3) last year among his Big Ten brethren, a stat that might surprise some of you reading this.  Brodell's emergence last year was also needed, as Herb Grigsby didn't pan out for whatever reason.

 

We give Andy a B-, but it's a rising grade.  Midway through last year, he would have been in the C's at best.  But he found some late consistency, and for younger players, that can sometimes lead to immense strides forward. 

 

2007 EXPECTATIONS:  I expect Andy to be a starter in 2007, and to be a consistent football player.  There is a chance that he may just get to focus on being a wide receiver, as one of the newcomers, perhaps Cedric Everson, could gain the trust of the coaching staff and return punts.  Brodell is fast, but he was a little bit stiff in the punt return game this past year.  We know that he has the moves, as he was a former HS running back.  Perhaps the confidence and comfort level he gained at the end of last year could spill over into his special teams performances.  The Iowa coaches have shown that they will take good hands over carelessness.

 

Brodell had 724 receiving yards last season, which rates as the 21st best single season total is school history; 318 of those yards came in the last two games.  The total is impressive when you factor in Douglas' 654 yards.   Brodell and Doulgas could make a formidable tandem this year, especially if they get some help from a slot receiver, or the two dangerous tight ends in Tony Moeaki and Brandon Myers; everybody could get some this year.

 

Brodell, who will be a junior this year, is the ‘dean' of the Iowa receiving corps as the Hawkeyes will not have a senior at the position.

 

THIS AND THAT:

 

-"The end of the year, it came down to gaining confidence and I had a few good games before those last two.  I got into some chemistry with Drew.  Chemistry with a quarterback gets overlooked.  If you don't have it, it's hard.  I am not saying that Drew and I didn't have it all year, but it showed that we had a feel for each other at the end, and it's something I hope to carry on this year with Jake. " – Andy Brodell, 04/14/07

 

 

THE ANDY BRODELL FILE:

Hawk-Item - - Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in punt returns (10.6) and seventh in receiving yards per game (60.3) . . . 724 receiving yards in 2006 ranks as 21st-best total in school history . . . set Alamo Bowl record with 159 receiving yards vs. Texas . . . 63-yead touchdown set Iowa record for longest past reception in a bowl game . . . two receiving touchdowns in Alamo Bowl tied Iowa bowl record.

2006 - - Listed as second team wide receiver following spring practice . . . saw action in 41-7 win over Montana as offense gained 416 yards total offense . . . started at wide receiver in opening win over Montana, recording two catches for 56 yards, including a 44-yard reception to set up an Iowa score . . . also gained 33 yards on four punt returns, with a best of 15 yards . . . saw action in double overtime win at Syracuse . . . had one reception for 18 yards, that coming on Iowa's second period touchdown drive, and gained 27 yards on three punt returns . . . saw action in win over Iowa State . . . had two receptions for 36 yards and one score, along with 61 yards on three punt returns . . . scored on 11-yard reception just before halftime . . . 31-yard punt return in third period, the longest of his career, led to Iowa's go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth . . . scoring reception marked first touchdown of his career . . . did not see action in win at Illinois due to injury . . . returned to action in loss to top-ranked Ohio State . . . four receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown vs. Ohio State . . . scoring catch covered four yards . . . saw action in win over Purdue as offense reached season high marks in points (47) and rushing yards (286) . . . had two receptions for 71 yards vs. Purdue, including a long of 52 yards on opening series . . . also had 15 yards on two punt returns . . . started at wide receiver in loss at Indiana for second start of the season and third of career . . . had five receptions for 50 yards vs. Indiana, with a long of 15 yards . . . started at wide receiver in loss at Michigan, recording four receptions for 28 yards . . . started at wide receiver in win over Northern Illinois as offense gained 405 yards total offense . . . three receptions for 64 yards vs. Northern Illinois, including best of 35 yards in final touchdown drive . . . started at wide receiver in loss to Northwestern, gaining 14 yards on one reception . . . saw action in loss to Wisconsin, recording two receptions for 18 yards . . . saw action in loss at Minnesota as offense gained season-best 546 yards total offense . . . career-highs with seven receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown vs. Minnesota . . . scoring reception covered 50 yards for Iowa's first touchdown . . . started at wide receiver vs. Texas in Alamo Bowl . . . matched career high with 159 receiving yards on six receptions and scored two touchdowns vs. Texas . . . 63-yard scoring reception in first quarter gave Iowa a 14-0 advantage . . . 23-yard scoring reception late in the third period gave Iowa a 21-20 advantage.

2005 Honors - - Next Man In Award, special teams . . . 2005 - - Saw action in opening win over Ball State . . . had two receptions for 23 yards, with a long of 12 yards . . . saw action at Iowa State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in win over Northern Iowa as offense gained season-best 496 total yards, but had no statistics . . . saw action at Ohio State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in win over Illinois . . . had no offensive statistics, but recorded one assisted tackle on special teams . . . saw action in win at Purdue, but had no statistics . . . saw action in win over Indiana . . . partially blocked Indiana punt just before halftime, with his first career blocked kick leading to an Iowa field goal just before halftime . . . saw action vs. Michigan, recording a 12-yard punt return, the first return of his career . . . started at wide receiver at Northwestern . . . recorded four catches for 46 yards, including three receptions for 39 yards on Iowa's opening scoring drive . . . saw action in win at Wisconsin . . . had no receptions, but recorded one solo tackle on special teams . . . saw action in win over Minnesota as offense gained 613 yards total offense, but had no statistics . . . did not see action in Outback Bowl vs. Florida.

2004 - - Redshirted.

High school honors - - Named as Elite and Class 4A first team all-state selection by the Des Moines Register . . . also a first team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowapreps.com . . . first team all-conference selection as a junior and senior . . . Career - - helped lead his team to three consecutive state semi-final games (2001-03) . . . set school and conference records with 3,808 career rushing yards and 64 career touchdowns . . . set single-season school and conference records as a senior with 2,041 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns . . . four-time letterman in track . . . 100-meter dash champion at 2003 Drake Relays . . . set school records in the 100 (0:10.4) and 200 (21.4) meter dashes.

Personal - - Born 6/6/85 . . . open major . . . parents are Michael and Linda Brodell . . . attended same high school as DB Andy Becker, PK Kyle Schlicher and DE Grant McCracken . . . high school coach was Jerry Pezzetti.

Brodell's Collegiate Stats

Receiving

No.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Lng.

Freshman

6

69

11.5

0

15

Sophomore

39

724

17.1

5

63

Career

45

793

17.6

5

63

Punt Returns

No.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Lng.

Freshman

1

12

12.0

0

12

Sophomore

13

138

10.6

0

31

Career

14

150

10.7

0

31

 


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