Duncan, Johnson earn Big Ten honors

Hawkeyes took the Big Ten honors by storm after beating Iowa State on Sept. 14.

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Duncan, Johnson earn Big Ten honors

Iowa kicker Keith Duncan makes a practice kick during a football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Iowa kicker Keith Duncan makes a practice kick during a football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa kicker Keith Duncan makes a practice kick during a football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Shivansh Ahuja

Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa kicker Keith Duncan makes a practice kick during a football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

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Iowa kicker Keith Duncan and cornerback D.J. Johnson earned recognition from the Big Ten after stellar performances in the Hawkeyes’ 18-17 win over Iowa State.

Duncan earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors, while Johnson picked up co-Freshman of the Week along with Northwestern’s Drake Anderson.

Duncan hit four field goals against the Cyclones — one in each quarter — to score 12 of Iowa’s 18 points. His last field goal from 39 yards out gave the Hawkeyes a 1-point advantage with 2:51 remaining.

The Weddington, North Carolina, native also made field goals from 25, 40, and 42 yards.

Duncan, who is seeing his first action since 2016, has converted 8-of-8 field goals and 8-of-8 PATs this season.

Johnson, a redshirt freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, made his first start against the Cyclones, posting 8 tackles — including 6 solo stops — and 2 pass breakups.

Johnson saw action in three games in 2018 but ended up using the year to redshirt.

The honor marks Johnson’s first, while Duncan was previously recognized after nailing a 33-yard game-winning kick to down Michigan in 2016.

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