June 4, 2011
MIH: #2 Marvin McNutt
Perhaps the most important news that the Iowa Football program received in the off season from an on the field perspective was that Marvin McNutt would bypass the NFL Draft and return for his senior season. The Hawkeyes were a bit thin at receiver and having McNutt return gave the Iowa offense a huge boost. The St. Louis native comes in at the #2 spot in our list of Most Indispensable Hawkeyes.
MEASUREMENTS: 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds
THE NUMBERS: 53 receptions for 861 yards and eight touchdowns.
WHY McNUTT MADE THE LIST
Perhaps the best news of the off season for the Iowa Football team was that Marvin McNutt would return for his senior season. McNutt took a look at his NFL options after the 2010 season ended and decided he wanted one more year of college. Given what Iowa was already losing at the receiver position, if McNutt was gone too, the Hawkeyes would be in lacking experience in a big way.
If we go back and look at the Iowa career of McNutt, you will recall that he came to Iowa as a quarterback and eventually moved to receiver, where he continues to improve each and every year and the numbers back it up. Freshman year after he moves to receiver during the season, one catch. Sophomore year, 34 receptions, including 8 touchdowns. Last year, he leads the team with 53 catches for 861 yards and again, 8 touchdown receptions. Last season, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos re-wrote the record book at receiver and McNutt might just do the same this year. He is currently 16th all time at Iowa in terms of receptions and probably won't threaten DJK's career mark of 168 catches (McNutt has 88), or his yardage mark of 2,544 (McNutt has 1,546). To break those marks he would have to have a senior season of 80 catches, which has only been done once in Iowa Football history, and 998 yards. Incidentally, there have only been three 1,000 yard receiving seasons in Iowa Football history. But, McNutt could easily set the all time touchdown reception mark, which currently stands at 21. He has 16 heading into this season and has eight touchdown catches in each of the last two seasons.
The big role for McNutt this year will be to help bring along some of these young receivers. Keenan Davis looks like he is ready to emerge as a full time threat, but several young players are going to have to step up and McNutt will be needed to help them get there.
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