John Gockman
John Gockman


Coal City, Ill.

High School:
Coal City

Last College:
Joliet Junior College

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 170



2002: Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after the Ohio State game when he hit three-of-four field goal attempts including a 48-yarder to send the game into overtime at the end of regulation ... Also hit from 40 and 47 vs. the Buckeyes ... His lone miss was a 59-yarder that fell two yards short with 2:17 to play ... However he responded with that 48-yarder two minutes later ... After missing his first attempt of the season, a 51-yarder at Southern Miss, he finished the season five-of-six in field goals hitting a pair of 46-yarders at Wisconsin ... In 36 kickoffs, had 10 touchbacks and 14 kicks reach the endzone.

2001: Illinois? long-field goal specialist ... Connected on five-of-seven field goal attempts with no attempt being shorter then 43 yards ... Named the Big Ten?s Special Teams Player of the Week along with Peter Christofilakos after booting a pair of field goals from 48 and 43 yards, the five field goals in that game tied a single-game school record ... Kicked a career-long 52-yarder vs. Northwestern, the sixth longest in school history and was his second over 50 yards ... Connected on his first 50+ yard attempt, a 51-yarder vs. Minnesota ... Before missing from 47 yards vs. Northwestern, Gockman had made four consecutive kicks from 43 yards or longer.

Junior College: Earned All-Conference honors at Joliet Junior College ? Hit 7 of 10 field goal attempts and was 21 of 24 in extra point attempts

Iowa: Redshirted as a walk-on kicker at Iowa.

High School: Played for head coach Ken W. Miller at Coal City High School of the Interstate Eight Conference ... Made 18 of 24 field goals in his high school career and was near perfect hitting 125 of 129 in extra point attempts ? Earned all-state and all-conference honors as both a kicker and a quarterback ... Earned 10 varsity letters including four in football, three in basketball and three in baseball ... Was an all-conference selection in both basketball and baseball.

Personal: Born May 28, 1981 ? Parents are Jack and Deborah Gockman ... Has two sisters ... Majoring in tech systems management in the College of ACES ? Earned academic all-conference honors at Joliet Junior College.

Field Goals: 2 vs. Wis., 10/20/01 & at Wis., 11/9/02
FG attempts: 3 vs. Wisconsin, 10/20/01
Long Field Goal: 52 vs. Northwestern, 11/22/01

YEAR      G    PAT   FG    -29   30-39   40-49    50+
2001     12    1-1   5-7   0-0    0-0     3-4     2-3
2002     12    0-0   5-7   0-0    0-0     5-5     0-2
TOTAL    24    1-1  10-14  0-0    0-0     8-9     2-5