IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWQC) — Former University of Iowa offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde will serve as honorary captain Saturday when Iowa hosts Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium to kick off the season.
Vandervelde, a native of Davenport (Central HS), lettered for the Hawkeyes from 2007-10. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He started 37 games in his career, including all 13 games as a senior. Iowa shared Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004 and appeared in four straight January bowl games, winning both the 2004 Outback Bowl and the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
Vandervelde will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday's pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.