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Draft Scout James Vandenberg News
04/17/13 - 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 didnít 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
11/20/12 - 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
10/25/12 - 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
09/11/12 - 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
09/11/12 - 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