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James Vandenberg, QB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Keokuk, IA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 226 lbs.
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LATEST NEWS
04/17/2013 - 2013 Iowa Pro Day: James Vandenberg, QB (6-2 7/8, 224) - Vandenberg had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-foot-7 broad jump and a 4.33-second short shuttle. He didn't have a very good season this year, but he throws hard and is accurate. He might end up being a bit of a surprise on draft day. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

11/20/2012 - 11/19/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 2. James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa...Vandenberg was considered the top Big Ten quarterback by some and given a draftable grade by many. But it's been a forgettable season for the senior as the Hawkeyes are in the midst of their first losing season since 2006. Vandenberg has at least 25 pass attempts in all 11 games (365 attempts on the season), but only seven passing touchdowns, which is an average of one passing score for every 52.1 pass attempts.

While his completion percentage is nearly the same as last year (58.1%), his production is way down. Some of that can be attributed to the play-calling and a new offensive coordinator, but it's important to note that Vandenberg has struggled without Marvin McNutt on the roster, who was a sixth round pick by the Eagles last April. He still has time to rebuild his draft stock during the pre-draft process and sneak into the later rounds, but right now, it's hard to see the Iowa quarterback being drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/25/2012 - Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg has had one of the most miserable senior seasons anyone could imagine. It's not going to cost him his job. Coach Kirk Ferentz reiterated Tuesday that Vandenberg is his starter for Saturday's game at Northwestern (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Many wondered if Iowa (4-3, 2-1) might go in another direction after Vandenberg and the Hawkeyes were dismantled by Penn State 38-14. But Ferentz was adamant - as he's been all season - that Vandenberg will be his quarterback until his eligibility is up. ''He's our starting quarterback,'' Ferentz said. ''We all believe in James. I think I speak for everybody involved in our program, team and coaches.'' By many measures, Vandenberg has been at the helm of one of the nation's worst passing attacks. Vandenberg, who threw 25 touchdown passes in 2011, has thrown just three in seven games this season. That's the lowest number for every BCS-affiliated conference team in the country. The Hawkeyes are averaging just 5.7 yards per attempt, a key tool for measuring the overall success of a passing attack. Only Washington, at 5.6 yards, is lower among major programs; Northwestern, it so happens, averages just 5.7 as well. Iowa is also 118th out of 124 teams in passer rating and 105th in yards per game. In essence, everything has gone wrong in the passing game - something Vandenberg is well aware of. ''It just all comes down to execution,'' he said. ''Blocking long enough. Running the right routes. Throwing the ball to them. Catching and getting yards after the catch. I think in every one of those phases, we can get better.'' - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - Iowa and Iowa State staged a defensive war for the Cy-Hawk Trophy Saturday. Iowa lost. "We didn't finish drives, and certainly the fact that we did not score a touchdown on that drive early in the fourth quarter was a big sequence," coach Kirk Ferentz said after the 9-6 loss to the Cyclones that evened Iowa's record at 1-1. "We're certainly disappointed with the loss. The credit goes to that Iowa State defense. We'll go back to work tomorrow." "Tomorrow" is preparation for Saturday's game against FCS Northern Iowa, the second of four straight home games on the Iowa schedule. By the way, Northern Iowa scared No. 12 Wisconsin in its opener, losing 26-21 before beating Central State 59-0 Saturday. The Hawkeyes had a Keenan Davis fourth-quarter touchdown overturned (correctly) upon review Saturday and failed to score a touchdown in the loss to Iowa State. Quarterback James Vandenberg completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but his 20-for-42 was misleading because of the number of drops by his receiver. He also threw a costly late pick. It all led to Iowa failing to score a touchdown and, in the first two games of the season, the Hawkeyes have one TD and six Mike Meyer field goals. "We're frustrated. I'm not going to deny that, said Davis. "We've got a lot of work to do." - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - STILL NEEDS WORK: The offense has to learn how to get the ball into the end zone. "Collectively as a unit, we need to do better, and that starts with me," said quarterback James Vandenberg. Everybody knows they can do their job a little better. It's going to take all 11 of us moving in the right direction to get the job done." QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to finish in the red zone. You have to get touchdowns." -- QB James Vandenberg, whose team has scored one touchdown in the first two games of the season. Vandenberg was just 20-for-42 for 236 yards and a costly interception in the 9-6 loss to Iowa State Saturday. There were several drops (one by Don Shumpert on a fourth-and-10 late), but Vandenberg, who threw 25 touchdown passes last season, hasn't thrown one in the first two 2012 games. "We haven't been able to bust one of those 50-, 60-yarders yet, and it's something that you've got to do," Vandenberg said. "It's a momentum-changer. It's hard to go 12, 13, 14 plays, 80 yards down the field consistently. And as a unit, we need to find ways to pop some of those big plays." - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Iowa vs Iowa State, Sept. 8 -- The Hawkeyes, 18-17 winners over Northern Illinois in Chicago in Week 1, open a four-game homestand with the annual Cy-Hawk Trophy game. Iowa is a 3-point favorite but anything is possible with a young football team, which should have some confidence after pulling the opener out away from home. KEYS TO THE GAME: The first thing the Hawkeyes have to do is find a way to keep quarterback James Vandenberg upright. He was sacked six times in the opening win; and this was against a team that allowed 40 points per game last year. The running game was the offensive spark in the opener, with Damon Bullock coming out of nowhere with a big game. Is he the real deal? PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB James Vandenberg -- He was 21-for-32 in the opener, but for just 129 yards, with nothing over 20 yards. He was sacked six times but led an offense that didn't turn the ball over. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - Nearly everyone assumed Iowa would lean on senior quarterback James Vandenberg until the rest of the offense found its footing under new coordinator Greg Davis. One week into the season and the Hawkeyes' stagnant passing game is a major concern with Iowa State (1-0) visiting Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. Iowa (1-0) survived a fierce test from Northern Illinois last weekend, beating the Huskies 18-17 on running back Damon Bullock's 23-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Bullock rushed for 150 yards, easing concerns about who would handle the bulk of the carries for the depth-challenged Hawkeyes. The passing attack that many thought would blossom under Davis' leadership simply wasn't there in the opener. Vandenberg threw for just 129 yards -- averaging less than 4 yards an attempt -- and was sacked six times. Though Vandenberg completed 21 of his 33 tries, none went for scores. "A lot of it is what they did. And what's good is the other half is stuff we can correct easily," Vandenberg said. "It's first week miscues all across the board, and we know we've got to get those fixed to put points on the board." Vandenberg, playing behind a line with three new starters, had Huskies in his face all afternoon. Though it is typically assumed that the Hawkeyes will always be solid up front, the opener showed that this year's version of the offensive line isn't there yet. "We gave up six sacks. That's what stands out to me. I mean, that just screams that we need to improve this week," Iowa center James Ferentz said. "We have a lot we need to work on as an offensive line with communication and fundamentals." Vandenberg completed balls to six different receivers on Saturday. None of them made much of an impression in the opener. - AP Sports

09/04/2012 - BIG TEN: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: James Vandenberg, Iowa: The senior quarterback threw for just 129 yards as the Hawkeyes narrowly escaped Chicago with an 18-17 victory. It's the lowest total he's thrown for in a game he's started and it's just the third time he's failed to throw a touchdown in the last 13 games. For a change, Iowa's running game led the team to victory instead of their solid passing game. Vandenberg threw for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. You can see him next: Iowa State at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network). - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

08/15/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: How quickly quarterback James Vandenberg clicks with the approach and style of new offensive coordinator Greg Davis will dictate how well the offense performs. Vandenberg threw 25 touchdowns against just seven interceptions last season and is capable of bettering those numbers even though all-everything receiver Marvin McNutt is now in the NFL. Iowa has top-notch defenders in middle linebacker James Morris and cornerback Micah Hyde and they will be counted on to provide leadership as the Hawkeyes transition without longtime defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who retired after last season. - The Sports Xchange

08/05/2012 - In his seven home games last fall Vandenberg was 127-of-207 (61.3 percent) for 1,798 yards (256.9 per game) and 17 touchdowns to three interceptions. In the five true road games, Vandenberg was 87-of-153 (56.8) for 1,008 yards (201.6) with six touchdowns and three interceptions. "The facts are it's harder to win on the road," Ferentz said. "Conversely, if you want to be a championship-contending team, you've got to find a way to win on the road. "Your quarterback has to play good, typically. But we didn't play extremely well on the road in general terms." Vandenberg carries his share of the burden from 2011. It is part of the reason he has immersed himself this offseason. The other part is getting a new offensive coordinator for his final season. Greg Davis replaces Ken O'Keefe and brings a new playbook, new terminology and new challenges for Vandenberg. "I continue to study the offense all the time," Vandenberg said. "He's done a good job of teaching me how he wants to run the offense." Much of film study for Vandenberg has involved watching spring practice tapes. He also has looked at the Texas offense during Davis' 13 seasons there. "I'm not going to even compare myself to Vince Young," Vandenberg said. "But Colt McCoy, Major Applewhite, ... watching those guys has definitely helped me." Ferentz is confident his senior quarterback is soaking it all in. "He'll continue to improve," Ferentz said. "He works so hard at it. As hard as anyone we've ever had. "In a new system, lots of new verbage, lot of newness to the whole thing, he's had a bigger load than anybody on the football team and he really welcomed that." - Ryan Suchomel, Hawkeye Central

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: James Vandenberg, Iowa...The best drop-back passer in the Big Ten, Vandenberg passed for 3,022 yards last season with 25 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

08/02/2012 - Top-five Iowa prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. QB James Vandenberg...A product of Keokuk, Iowa, Vandenberg rewrote the state passing records in high school and is one of the most decorated quarterbacks to ever step foot onto the Hawkeyes' campus. With Ricky Stanzi entrenched as the starter at quarterback, Vandenberg redshirted in 2008. However when Stanzi went down with an injury in 2009, he was thrown into action as a redshirt freshman and almost led an upset of top-10 ranked Ohio State in Columbus (Iowa lost by a field goal in overtime). After spending the 2010 season as Stanzi's back-up once again, Vandenberg finally became the full-time starter last season as a junior with mixed results. He finished with 3,022 passing yards, and a 25-to-7 TD-to-INT ratio, but struggled to come through in some clutch situations and had only one 300+ passing yard performance. Vandenberg returns for his senior season in 2012 and while he's far from flashy, he might be the most consistent Big Ten signal-caller. But Iowa coaches (and scouts) are hoping for more of a killer instinct out of Vandenberg this season as too often he appeared to be thinking too much, leading to his middling 56.9% career completion percentage. Although he doesn't stand out as "elite" in any one category, he does have the size and arm talent to at least warrant consideration as a draft pick next April, but will need a productive senior year to boost his late round draft stock. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: James Vanderberg, Iowa, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Vandenberg, a native of Keokuk, Iowa, started all 13 games under center for the Hawkeyes last year. He completed 237-of-404 pass attempts for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns. Only 17 returning players in the FBS threw for more yards than Vandenberg. He ranked third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (232.5), fourth in total offense (237.2) and fifth in pass efficiency (138.5). Vandenberg (6-foot-3, 212) was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA District Six Academic All-America team and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. - Iowa football

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: James Vandenberg, Iowa, QB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Vandenberg, a native of Keokuk, Iowa, started all 13 games under center for the Hawkeyes last year. He completed 237-of-404 pass attempts for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns. He ranked third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (232.5), fourth in total offense (237.2) and fifth in pass efficiency (138.5). Vandenberg (6-foot-3, 212) was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA District Six Academic All-America team and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. - Iowa football

 
LATEST NEWS
04/17/2013 - 2013 Iowa Pro Day: James Vandenberg, QB (6-2 7/8, 224) - Vandenberg had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-foot-7 broad jump and a 4.33-second short shuttle. He didn't have a very good season this year, but he throws hard and is accurate. He might end up being a bit of a surprise on draft day. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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