2013 (Redshirt): Redshirted after joining program as a walk-on.
Personal: Born 11/08/94 . . . business major . . . parents are Lisa and James Pekar . . . member of high Honor Roll throughout prep career . . . his father, James, also played football at Iowa . . . high school coach was Rob Stoltz.
High school honors: Earned first team all-state honors as a senior . . . first team all-conference and all-suburban on both offense and defense as a junior and senior . . . first team all-conference on defense as a sophomore . . . Career - - helped prep team post three-year record of 27-6 while reaching state playoffs three straight years . . . team captain as a senior . . . recorded 650 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a senior, along with 98 tackles and three interceptions on defense . . . as a junior totaled 750 receiving yards and five touchdowns, while recording 104 tackles on defense . . . collected 55 tackles on defense as a sophomore, with four interceptions and one touchdown . . . three-year football letterman as tight end and linebacker . . . also two-year letterman in basketball.