Tag:Brett Greenwood
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 4:49 pm

Former Iowa S Brett Greenwood out of coma

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the scariest stories in the Big Ten this season is undoubtedly the ordeal of Brett Greenwood, a free safety who graduated from Iowa after the 2010 season. Greenwood, a former walk-on from Bettendorf, IA, was back home working out with his old high school team this summer after being cut by the Steelers during practice camp, when his heart stopped suddenly and he collapsed. He has been in a medically induced coma ever since, and for a while it was unclear whether Greenwood would survive the apparent heart attack -- or even if he did, what long-lasting effects his collapse might have on his life.

Fast forward to Thursday, when KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa reported that Greenwood has awoken from his coma, and he's doing well:

Former Iowa Hawkeye Football player Brett Greenwood is awake, standing, and talking after falling into a coma lasting more than a month, according to KWWL affiliate KWQC in the Quad Cities.

Greenwood's high school football coach at Pleasant Valley received an email originating from Greenwood's mother, saying Brett was awake asking nurses about the Pittsburgh Steelers game.

Greenwood was treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before being transferred to a special facility in Ankeny. 

Greenwood's medical care continues today, as he'll be spending time between Iowa City and Ankeny working through medical procedures and various rehabilitation programs. So he's not 100% out of the woods at this point, and we're still not positive what the endgame of his recovery will look like. We'll know that better when it's time for Greenwood to go home.

At the same point, this is still an outright miracle, as Greenwood had practically died on that football field on that early September afternoon. The fact that he's awake, upright, and asking nurses questions about aspects of his life means that his body has responded extremely well to treatment, and that only portends well for his quality of life going forward.

Posted on: October 3, 2010 1:14 am

Iowa's defense excels in 24-3 win over Penn State

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Iowa 6, Penn State 3. That's the score if Iowa's offense or special teams didn't contribute a single point today, and the defense was left to score for itself. Score it did, as an interception returned for a touchdown by cornerback Shaun Prater late in the fourth quarter perfectly punctuated a 24-3 victory for the Hawkeyes.

When asked if it was the defense's best performance of the season, senior safety Brett Greenwood seemed to think so. "Emotionally, we feel like it was. I know we gave up a few throws there that we need to correct, but right now, it might be."

The defense was led by Adrian Clayborn , who broke out of a slump -- or at least what would qualify as one for the All-American defensive end, anyway -- with 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. Clayborn was at his most dominant in the fourth quarter, registering 2.5 TFLs and the sack on a forced intentional grounding by quarterback Rob Bolden .

"I had to get back to the basics. That's how [defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski ] told us to be, just play [ticked] off," Clayborn said. "You have to get after it; you can't be a nice guy on the field, and I think that's how we played as a defensive line."

That line made Bolden's evening the worst, though, on a 4th and goal from Iowa's 1-yard line. Bolden lined up in the shotgun and scrambled for the goal line, a run that was stretched out by end Broderick Binns and then snuffed out by tackle Christian Ballard inches from the goal line.

"I saw a little bit of green left, and I knew I had to make a play," Ballard said of his touchdown-saving tackle.

Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was a rock for his offense, completing 16 of 22 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. Stanzi also scored on a sneak from a yard out to give Iowa a 17-point lead late in the first half. Stanzi attributed his efficient game to the game plan put in by offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe .

"They're short passes, they're dump-downs, the checks are built in, and we're able to get the ball downfield if we want to," said Stanzi.

For the Hawkeyes, the win's nice, but so is what comes next: a bye week. Head coach Kirk Ferentz said he ran running back Adam Robinson 28 times and said "he could have gone 50" because of the bye week, and Robinson, who gained 95 yards on the ground Saturday, said he's never been sorer after a game.

The bye week will also help the Hawkeyes get their linebacker corps healthy; middle linebacker Jeff Tarpinian ceded his starting role to Troy Johnson , and both players left the game with minor injuries. From there, the Hawkeyes depended on true freshman James Morris , and Morris was tied for third on the team with seven tackles on the day.

"He was ready to go when called upon," Ferentz said of Morris. "First thing you hope he doesn't do is blow something, leave something just wide open, give them an easy big gain. It didn't seem like he did that, and that's a real credit to him."

What's more, the bye week gives Iowa an extra week for arguably their defense's biggest task of the season: find a way to shut down Michigan and Denard Robinson .

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