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BY DI STAFF | JULY 08, 2014 5:00 AM

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Iowa football players named to watch lists

Iowa football players Carl Davis and Kevonte Martin-Manley have been named to the Bednarik Award Watch List and Paul Hornung Watch List, respectively.

The former is presented to the top defensive player in college football, and the latter is presented to “versatile, high-level performers in major college football.”

As a junior, Davis was named to the second-team All-Big Ten squad after tallying 42 tackles. Athlon Sports and Phil Stelle have also honored Davis this summer.

Martin-Manley led Iowa in receiving with 388 yards and 40 receptions and also racked up 314 yards on 20 attempts. The senior scored 7 combined touchdowns for Iowa.

Phil Steele, Athlon Sports, and the Sporting News have all honored Martin-Manley this summer.

Senior running back Mark Weisman was also named to the preseason watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Running Back Trophy.

Weisman picked up 975 yards on the ground last season, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. The Buffalo Grove, Illinois, native scored 8 touchdowns in his junior campaign.

— by Danny Payne

St. John named to N. Dakota State staff

Former Iowa wrestler Derek St. John has been named an assistant coach at North Dakota State. The 2013 157-pound NCAA champion tallied a 106-17 career record in the Hawkeye singlet.

St. John was a four-time All-American and appeared in the NCAA championship twice.

“We are thrilled to be able to add a guy of Derek’s caliber and experience to our program at North Dakota State,” North Dakota State head coach Roger Kish said in a release. “His values, philosophy, and vision are right in line with what we expect.”

— by Danny Payne

Knoll qualifies for John Deere Classic

Iowa golfer Raymond Knoll has qualified for the John Deere Classic after tying for first place at the John Deere Classic Open Qualifier on Monday in Milan, Illinois.

The Naperville, Illinois, native shot 7 under to earn one of four qualifying spots. In his freshman campaign, Knoll was named to the PING All-Region team. He finished 12th at the Big Ten championships in French Lick, Indiana.

Knoll will join recently graduated Steven Ihm and former Hawkeye Aaron Krueger in the tournament, which will begin Thursday.

— by Danny Payne

Incoming Hawkeye Ripslinger an All-American

Iowa incoming freshman soccer player Rose Ripslinger was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Girls-All American team. The Davenport Assumption product was a four-time all-state selection, leading her team to four Class 1A girls state championships.

Ripslinger was named to the all-tournament team four times and was named captain three times.

She tallied 118 goals in her prep career and was a Gatorade Player of the Year four times.

— by Danny Payne

Brown named alternate for World Juniors

After one of the best freshman seasons in Iowa track and field history, Brittany Brown has been named an alternate for the 400-meter-relay team at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

After qualifying for the USA Junior Championships, the California native finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 23.10. Brown’s school record of 22.95, which she broke at the NCAA West Preliminary on May 31, is the No. 3 junior time in the world.

The event is scheduled for July 22-27, and the 400-meter preliminaries are scheduled for July 25, with the finals scheduled for the following day.

— by Danny Payne

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