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Bulaga named honorary captain for Hawkeye homecoming game


This news story was published on September 30, 2016.
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The Green Bay Packers' Bryan Bulaga blocks the Jacksonville Jaguars' Tyson Alualu during the third quarter at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sunday, October 28, 2012. The Packers beat the Jaguars, 25-15.

The Green Bay Packers’ Bryan Bulaga blocks the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Tyson Alualu during the third quarter at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sunday, October 28, 2012. The Packers beat the Jaguars, 25-15.

IOWA CITY – Former University of Iowa offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga will serve as honorary captain Saturday when Iowa hosts Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium (11:01 a.m., ESPNU) in its annual Homecoming game Saturday.

Bulaga is a native of Crystal Lake, Illinois, who lettered for the Hawkeyes in from 2007-09. He played three seasons at Iowa and was the 23rd selection in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, when he was picked by the Green Bay Packers.

Bulaga earned 12 starts and played in 16 games in his rookie season with Green Bay, including the 2011 Super Bowl, and was named to the 2010 All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly. Bulaga, at the time, became the youngest player to ever start in the Super Bowl. He has started all 51 games he has played in since the beginning of the 2011 season, missing significant time due to injury, including the entire 2013 season.

As a junior with the Hawkeyes, Bulaga was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a first team All-American by The Sporting News. Iowa posted an 11-2 record in 2009, closing the season with a 24-14 win over Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.

In his three years with Bulaga in the line-up, Iowa posted a 26-12 overall record, including a 9-4 mark in 2008. Iowa closed the season with a 31-10 win over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl.

Bulaga will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.

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