Iowa’s record 11-1 regular season led to a Big Ten Championship and a slewof individual awards for the team. That includes junior Nate Kaeding whowon the Lou Groza award as the nation’s best kicker. Going to theannouncement ceremony required Kaeding to wear a new uniform. He says it’sthe most he’s ever wore a suit in his life. Kaeding says when he was growingup, people told him he couldn’t do it he didn’t listen to them them, so whenpeople praise him now, he doesn’t listen to ’em now, Kaeding is used tokicking in Iowa’s uncertain weather, and looks forward to teeing it up inwhat could be the best outdoor conditions he’s seen. It’ll be a great venue,according to Kaeding, and he says the players are all looking forward to thechallenge. Kaeding kicked the game-winning field goal in Iowa’s Alamo Bowllast year. He says that kick gave him momentum heading into this year. Hesays you always want to finish the season out strong to get some momentumgoing into next year. Kaeding set a record this season with 22 consecutivefield goals.
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