The honorary captain for this weekend’s Hawkeye game against Northwestern will be Tennessee Titan lineman Karl Klug.
The Titans have an open date this weekend, which will allow the former Hawkeye to talk to the team Friday, be on the sidelines for the 11 a.m. game Saturday and be introduced before kickoff.
Klug, a Caledonia, Minn., native, was a three-year letterman as a defensive tackle from 2008-10. He started all 26 games over his final two seasons and helped Iowa post a 28-11 record over three years. That run included three bowl wins – a 2008 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina, a 2009 Orange Bowl win over ninth-ranked Georgia Tech and a 2010 Insight Bowl victory over 12th ranked Missouri.
Klug was one of six Hawkeyes taken in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Titans took him in the fifth round. He scored his first NFL TD two weeks ago when he recorded a forced fumble and sack of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith at the goal line and recovered the ball in the end zone. He has 10.5 sacks over his first two seasons in Tennessee.
At Iowa, Klug totaled 57 tackles as a senior, leading the Hawkeyes in both tackles for loss (13-67) and QB sacks (5.5-47. He amassed 140 career tackles, including 31 tackles for loss (126 yards) and 9.5 QB sacks (76 yards).