By Brendan Stiles
Three former Iowa football players — cornerback Micah Hyde, center James Ferentz and wide receiver Keenan Davis — will participate in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game scheduled to take place Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hyde is coming off a senior season where he recorded 78 tackles and led the Hawkeyes with 14 pass break ups and three fumble recoveries. He had one interception that came in Iowa’s 42-17 loss to Michigan on Nov. 17. Hyde was the lone Hawkeye player in 2012 to be named first-team all-Big Ten and was the winner of the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award.
Ferentz receives an invite to this game after starting all 38 of Iowa’s games over the past three seasons at center. Like Hyde, Ferentz was a team captain in 2012 and was recently named the Hawkeyes’ offensive MVP at their awards banquet last month.
Davis was second on the Hawkeyes in receptions last season with 47 of them. He tied sophomore Kevonte Martin-Manley for a team-high 571 yards receiving in 12 games. Davis’ lone touchdown catch of 2012 came in the Hawkeyes’ 38-14 loss to Penn State on Oct. 20.
The East-West Shrine Game is slated for a 3 p.m. Central kickoff and it will be televised nationally by the NFL Network.