Iowa football: 30 greatest players in Hawkeyes history

Ricky Stanzi, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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Marvin McNutt, Iowa Hawkeyes
Marvin McNutt, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /

Marvin McNutt may not stake claim to as many national awards as many of the guys on this list, but he was one of the best wide receivers to ever play for the Iowa football team and certainly the best to ever play for the legendary Kirk Ferentz.

McNutt joined the Hawkeyes as a quarterback, but after redshirting a year and then spending time as a backup for part of his redshirt freshman season, he transitioned over to wide receiver and never looked back.

Over the course his Iowa football career, he amassed 170 catches, 2,861 yards and 28 touchdowns. The yards and touchdowns rank first in program history, while the catches rank second.

In his senior year alone, he caught 82 balls for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns, all single-season records for the Hawks.

As a result of putting up impressive statistics in a relatively conservative Iowa offense, McNutt took home Second-Team All-Big Ten Honors his junior year and First-Team All-Big Ten honors his senior year. He was also named an All-American by several outlets and took home the Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year Award for the Big Ten.