First native Iowan to start opening game at quarterback since 2001 (Kyle McCann) ... 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) in 2011 ... 13 of 25 scoring passes covered over 20 yards ... tied for third in single-season touchdown passes (25) and ranks fourth in season passing yards (3,022) and ninth in career passing yards (3,537) ... 399 passing yards vs. Pittsburgh tied as seventh best single-game total in school history, while 31 completions ranks fourth best and 48 attempts ties as seventh best ... had career-best four touchdown passes in win over Indiana ... three scoring passes vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Pittsburgh and Purdue ... one of five juniors named to 2011 Leadership Group ... one of two sophomores named to 2010 Leadership Group ... of two redshirt freshmen named to 2009 Leadership Group.
Vandenberg started every game over the past two seasons and was named a permanent team captain in 2012. The Keokuk, Iowa, native ranks among Iowa's top-seven quarterbacks in career completions (507), attempts (888), passing yards (5,786), passing touchdowns (35) and total offense (5,853). He was named to the Capital One District VI Academic All-America team for the second straight year in 2012 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors four straight years.
Started all 13 games, completing 237-404 pass attempts for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns, with seven interceptions . . . also rushed for 61 yards on 78 attempts and scored three touchdowns . . . started at quarterback in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech . . . completed 13-21 attempts for 219 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions . . . scoring strikes covered 88 and 19 yards . . . also rushed four times for 13 yards, including a one-yard touchdown for first career score . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State . . . completed 16-28 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns at ISU . . . had six-yard touchdown pass in first quarter and 23-yard scoring strike in second overtime . . . also rushed seven times for 19 yards . . . started at quarterback in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh as offense gained 475 yards total offense . . . completed 31-48 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns in win over Pittsburgh . . . scored on one-yard run for second touchdown of the season . . . led second half rally with touchdown passes of 14, 25 and 22 yards, all in the fourth quarter . . . completed 10 straight passes in the second half and 17 of last 20 passes overall . . . started at quarterback in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe as offense gained 453 yards total offense.
Completed 21-32 attempts for 270 yards and three touchdowns vs. ULM, while also scoring on one-yard run . . . scoring strikes covered 13, 17 and 23 yards to increase season totals to 10 touchdowns and just one interception . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 13-3 loss at Penn State . . . completed 17-34 passes for 169 yards, with two interceptions . . . also had career-high 12 rushing attempts for 10 yards . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 41-31 win over Northwestern as offense gained 379 yards . . . completed 14-22 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception . . . scoring passes covered 47 yards in the second quarter and 35-yards in the fourth quarter . . . had 14-yard run on fourth down to set up final touchdown . . . started at quarterback in 45-24 win over Indiana as offense gained 456 yards total offense . . . completed 12-16 passes for 253 yards and career-best four touchdowns, with no interceptions . . . scoring strikes covered 80, 24, 29 and one yard . . . also rushed for 11 yards, with a long of 24 yards . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 22-21 loss at Minnesota as offense gained 446 yards total offense . . . completed 16-24 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions vs. Minnesota . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan . . . completed 14-21 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions.
Completed one-yard scoring pass in second quarter while directing offense that had no turnovers . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 37-21 loss to Michigan State . . . completed 22-47 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns vs. MSU, with one interception . . . scoring strikes covered eight and three yards . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 31-21 win at Purdue as offense gained 408 yards total offense . . . completed 22-32 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns . . . scoring strikes covered 26, 5 and 51 yards . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 20-7 loss at Nebraska . . . completed 16-35 attempts for 182 yards, with one interception, and had four rushing yards on four attempts . . . started at quarterback in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma . . . completed 23-44 attempts for 216 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception . . . tossed scoring strikes of five and nine yards to lead Iowa to within 21-14 deficit in fourth quarter.
Saw action in three games, completing 5-8 passes for 45 yards and one touchdown . . . saw action in 37-7 opening win over Eastern Illinois . . . completed all three pass attempts for 27 yards and gained 11 yards on two rushing attempts . . . saw action in 35-7 win over Iowa State as offense gained 479 yards total offense . . . gained 18 yards on three rushing attempts vs. Iowa State and had one incomplete pass . . . did not see action in 34-27 loss at Arizona . . . saw action in 45-0 win over Ball State as offense gained 562 yards total offense . . . completed 2-4 passes for 18 yards, including a six-yard scoring strike . . . also gained three yards on only rushing attempt . . . did not see action in 24-3 win over Penn State . . . did not see action in 38-28 win at Michigan . . . did not see action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin . . . did not see action in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State . . . did not see action in 18-13 win at Indiana . . . did not see action in 21-17 loss at Northwestern . . . did not see action in 20-17 loss to Ohio State . . . did not see action in 27-24 loss at Minnesota . . . did not see action in 27-24 Insight Bowl win over 12th-ranked Missouri.
Saw action in four games, completing 42-87 attempts for 470 yards, with two touchdowns and five interceptions . . . saw first career action in 35-3 win at Iowa State as offense gained 426 yards total offense . . . completed 2-3 passes for 38 yards at ISU . . . saw action in 17-10 loss to Northwestern . . . completed 9-27 passes for 82 yards, with one interception, and also had two rushing yards . . . started at quarterback in 27-24 overtime loss at Ohio State . . . completed 20-33 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns at OSU, with three interceptions . . . had nine-yard scoring pass to tie game in third period and 10-yard scoring strike to tie the game with 2:42 remaining . . . completed first seven pass attempts of the game in leading Iowa to 3-0 first period advantage . . . started at quarterback and played every offensive down in 12-0 win over Minnesota . . . completed 11-24 passes for 117 yards, with one interception.
EA Sports third team all-American... Iowa class 3A Player of the Year as a senior... prepnation.com Most Outstanding Player in Iowa... Iowa High School Offensive Player of the Year as a senior... captain of the 3A all-state team as a senior... first team all-state as a junior and senior... elite all-state selection as a senior... first team all-district as a junior and senior... KHQA News tri-state (Iowa, Illinois and Missouri) Player of the Year as a senior... Career - - Most prolific passer in Iowa high school history... holds 12 different Iowa high school passing records, including career passing yards (7,709), touchdown passes (93), single season passing yards (3,729 as a senior) and single season touchdown passes (49 as a senior)... ranks sixth all-time nationally in single-season completion percentage (70%) and 10th nationally in career completion percentage (64.6%)... passed for 1,325 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore... threw for 2,655 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior... intercepted only seven times in 372 attempts as a senior... team captain... compiled 11 varsity letters... lettered three times in basketball and tennis and once in both baseball and golf... two time tennis conference champion... academic all-state selection... National Honor Society member... named to the Principal's Honor Roll 16 times... Citizenship Award Winner... participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Born 11/24/89. . . Health and Sport Studies major . . . parents are Ann and Toby Vandenberg. . . high school coach: Jayson Campbell.