Ladell Betts

Decisive runner who makes quick cuts running through the holes…Patient waiting for his blocks to, creating space with his lateral agility…Has the strength to drag the pile running up the middle and his ability to run at a low pad level prevents defenders from tackling him in isolated coverage…Has cutback ability to run to the outside when rushing lanes are clogged…Lowers his head and keeps his legs moving to break arm tackles…Natural hands catcher who is very comfortable lining up in the slot…



University of Iowa Hawkeyes


Blue Springs, Missouri


Has a knack for coming back for the poorly thrown pass, extending his arms properly to get the ball in traffic…Shows good torque as he uses his hip swerve to elude defenders...Holds the ball tight to his body to prevent the fumble…Impact runner who despite playing behind mediocre offensive lines during his career, still managed to gain 3686 yards on 831 carries (4.4 avg), topped only by Sedrick Shaw (837 attempts for 4156 yards, 1993-96) on the school's all-time record list…His 25 touchdowns rushing are surpassed only by Shaw (33) and Tavian Banks (33, 1994-97) in Iowa annals… Ranks tenth on the school's career-record scoring chart with 162 points…Joined Shaw as the only players in school history to rush for over 1000 yards in a season twice in a career (Shaw accomplished that feat in 1994, '95 & '96)….Became the first player in Hawkeye history to lead the team in rushing four straight years…Started 43 of 46 games during his career.



All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection by the league's coaches…Started every game, extending his consecutive string to 42 contests…One of five seniors selected to team Leadership Group for the 2001 season…Carried 222 times for 1060 yards (4.8 avg) with 10 touchdowns…His 1060 yards rank eighth on the school's season-record list… Added 15 receptions for 137 yards (9.1 avg) and a score and 9 yards on a kickoff return… Gained over 100 yards rushing in four contests.

Kent State…Rushed for 99 yards on 15 attempts and also had a 35-yard catch.

Penn State…Gained 95 yards and 2 touchdowns on 33 carries.

Michigan State…Rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries with a 1-yard touchdown and caught two passes for 30 yards.

Indiana…Gained a season-high 172 yards on 22 carries, including a 5-yard score and caught 2 passes for 14 yards.

Michigan…Scored on an 8-yard run.

Wisconsin…Rushed 15 times for 121 yards and a 38-yard touchdown.

Northwestern…Gained 86 yards on 22 carries with scores of 4 & 9 yards.

Minnesota…Ran for 171 yards on 28 rushes with a 5-yard touchdown.

Iowa State…Rushed for 150 yards on 25 attempts with a 42-yard touchdown and caught 3 passes for 22 yards, including a 14-yard score.

Texas Tech (Alamo Bowl)…Had a 10-yard reception and two carries for 4 yards.



All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Recipient of the team's Coaches Appreciation Award…Started every game, rushing for a career-high 1090 yards (seventh-best season total in school history) on 232 carries (4.7 avg) with five touchdowns…Tied Sedrick Shaw (1994-96), Jon Lazar (1976-78) and Silas McKinnie (1965-67) for the school record as he led the team in rushing for the third-straight year…Caught 17 passes for 111 yards (6.5 avg).

Kansas State…Named Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week as he rushed for 50 yards and Iowa's only score, adding 30 yards on two receptions.

Iowa State…Gained 99 yards on 15 carries.

Nebraska…Rushed 20 times for 75 yards and caught 2 passes for 29 yards.

Indiana…Set up a score with a 41-yard run, finishing the day with 118 yards on 17 carries.

Michigan State…Gained 88 yards and a 4-yard touchdown on 24 rushes.

Illinois…Rushed 23 times for 115 yards.

Ohio State…Gained 72 yards on 21 carries.

Wisconsin…Set up the team's only score with a 51-yard run, gaining 88 yards on 16 carries.

Northwestern…Rushed 24 times for 79 yards.

Minnesota…Gained a season-high 154 yards on 18 carries and had touchdowns of 65 & 5 yards…Scored two touchdowns in a game for the third time in his career.

Penn State…Amassed 101 yards on 25 rushes.



Second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection and team co-Most Valuable Player…Started all year, carrying the ball 189 times for 857 yards (4.5 avg) and five touchdowns…Became the 15th player in school history to lead the team in rushing in consecutive seasons… Caught 20 passes for 195 yards (9.8 avg) and a score.

Nebraska…Rushed 15 times for 73 yards and caught a pass for 4 yards.

Iowa State…Rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries and had a 9-yard reception.

Northern Illinois…Gained a career-high 174 yards on 33 rushes, including a 10-yard touchdown and had 2 catches for 18 yards…His 174 yards were the most by a Hawkeye running back since Tavian Banks totaled 204 yards vs. Northern Iowa in 1997.

Northwestern…Caught 3 passes for 44 yards and rushed for 103 yards on 16 carries with a career-long 74-yard touchdown.

Indiana…Rushed 19 times for 67 yards with touchdowns of 29 & 3 yards, adding 45 yards on 3 receptions.

Illinois…Gained 140 yards and a 47-yard touchdown on 16 carries.

Wisconsin…Rushed for 73 yards on 16 carries and also had a 16-yard reception.

Minnesota…Had 19 carries for 77 yards and 2 catches for 15 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown.



Played in every game as a redshirt freshman, starting vs. Iowa State, Arizona and the final six contests…Led the team with 188 carries for 679 yards (3.6 avg) and five touchdowns… Third on the squad with 20 receptions for 259 yards (12.9 avg) and also completed a pass for a 23-yard gain.

Central Michigan…Gained 64 yards on 9 rushes, including touchdowns of 23 & 40 yards.

Iowa State…Scored the team's only touchdown on a 4-yard run in his first collegiate start.

Arizona…Gained 56 yards on 17 carries.

Illinois…Ran for a 4-yard touchdown, finishing with 56 yards on 13 rushes.

Michigan…Rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries.

Northwestern…Had his first 100-yard performance, rushing for 112 yards on 30 carries, including a 2-yard score and caught 9 passes for 96 yards, finishing the day with 208 all-purpose yards.

Indiana…Amassed 151 yards on 31 carries.

Ohio State…Completed a pass for a 23-yard gain and rushed 18 times for 44 yards.



4.62 in the 40-yard dash…38-inch vertical jump…Bench presses 225 pounds 23 times…345-pound bench press…511-pound squat…30 ½-inch arm length…9-inch hands.



USA Today Missouri Player of the Year after earning first team All-State and All-Metro honors at Blue Springs (Mo.) High…Parade and SuperPrep All-American choice and selected to Blue Chip Illustrated's Dream Team…Prep Football Report All-American and PrepStar All-Big Twelve  Region pick…Named the third-best recruit in the Midlands region and 57th best recruit in the nation by Prep Football Report…Rated the sixth-best tailback prospect in the nation by SuperPrep and was named SuperPrep's Midlands Offensive Player of the Year…Earned All-Midland honors and was Midland Player of the Year as a senior, adding the Thomas Simone Award, which goes to the best high school player in the Kansas City area…Carried 238 times for 2183 yards (9.2 avg) and 32 touchdowns as a senior, helping the team post a 10-1 record, despite playing the majority of the season with a broken right hand…Also averaged 40.3 yards on 11 kickoff returns…Gained 1813 yards with 34 touchdowns rushing as a junior…Also excelled in track, competing as a sprinter.



Recreation major…Parents are Kim and Steve Smith…Father is Matthew Betts…Born 8/27/79…Resides in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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