James Vandenberg
....A country kid from Iowa has made the small town of Keokuk a little more well known. The 6'3 "inch" rocket arm has been the talk of a few more slightly bigger towns. Perhaps Iowa City? 

He's the runner up behind  QB Ricky Stanzi for the University of Iowa.  

 Stanzi injured his ankle playing Northwestern in 2009. Vandenberg made his debut against OSU and since the moment he took the field he has awed watchers and fans. 

Reports such as Bleacherreport.com says, "Vandenberg has the potential and skills needed to lead this offense—he was the best high school quarterback in Iowa's history."  

Vandenberg holds Iowa high school records in 12 categories, among them 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).
As if Iowa records weren't enough, Vandenberg sits sixth all-time nationally in single-season completion percentage (70 percent) and tenth nationally for career completion percentage.

But, the best thing about this 212 lb kid is he is truly is one heck of a good human. He's never one to brag or talk about all his awards and accomplishments. You would never know how great he is at the game by talking to him. He's a family man, the oldest of five siblings: Olivia, Elliot, Gabe, and Isabel. They grew up on dirt roads, trees for miles, and a huge yard every fairytale childhood book writes about. 

His tiny town splashes "VANDENBERG COUNTRY" on every shiny glass window that lines the main street. He's a town celeb. And you would never know it. 

He's special. 

His career started in 2008 when he was a redshirt Freshman. 


According to Hawkeyesreport.com, "2009 - - 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 . . .." 

He's as nice as he talented... Can't wait to see what he does next.

All the potential needed

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