Iowa punter shares Big Ten award

Tory Taylor

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa sophomore punter Tory Taylor has been named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week following No. 10 Iowa’s 27-17 win at No. 9 Iowa State on Saturday in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The announcement was made Monday by the Big Ten Conference office.

Taylor earned the Big Ten honor after playing a key role in Iowa’s 27-17 win at Iowa State. He averaged 51.1 yards on eight punts, with a long of 69 yards. Five of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard-line, while Iowa State had just one punt return.

Taylor (6-foot-4, 231 pounds) earns his first Big Ten Player of the Week Honor. He was named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list in July after being named a semifinalist for the award in 2020.

Taylor was the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Conference Punter of the Year in 2020 while earning first-team all-Big Ten honors. He was named first-team Freshman All-America by the FWAA and second-team All-America by The Athletic.

Taylor is the second Hawkeye player to earn conference accolades this season. Defensive back Riley Moss was named Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 34-6 season-opening win over No. 17 Indiana.

Iowa plays at home Saturday for the first of two consecutive home games. The Hawkeyes host Kent State at 2:30 p.m. this weekend, and Colorado State on Sept. 25.


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