Packers' defense striving for more consistency in 2023
Talented unit looks to start faster after finishing last year on high note
5 things learned at Packers rookie minicamp
Energy and excitement were high inside the Don Hutson Center
First days at Lambeau Field create special moments for Packers' rookies
Plenty to absorb during minicamp as their NFL careers begin
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Offseason roster has been reinforced to find the best 53 for 2023
'Expectations are high' for Packers' defense after another big investment
GM Brian Gutekunst sees plenty of offensive options for Day 2 of draft
'Hercules' Lukas Van Ness brings power, versatility to Packers' defensive front
First-round pick evolved into a complete pass rusher at Iowa
2023 NFL Draft: Packers select Iowa LB Lukas Van Ness in first round, No. 13 overall
Green Bay adds edge rusher with opening pick
Total Packers: Getting to know Lukas Van Ness
Green Bay Packers rookie LB Lukas Van Ness shares some off-the-field stories in this exclusive interview.
Packers Unscripted: Rookie recap
Mike and Wes share their impressions from the Packers' rookie minicamp, beginning with first-round draft pick Lukas Van Ness (1:15) and including the Day 2 selections (3:32) as well as QB Sean Clifford (7:16). They also discuss the arrival of LB Kenneth Odumegwu via the International Pathway Program (12:50) and the news of the tryout players who were signed following the weekend (19:28).
Lukas Van Ness: 'I want to learn the system and what it means to be a professional'
Green Bay Packers rookie LB Lukas Van Ness spoke to the media on Friday about the transition to playing in the NFL.
Packers Daily: Top pick
Mike Spofford shines the light on the Packers' top draft choice, LB Lukas Van Ness, in this edition of Packers Daily.
Packers Unscripted: Draft debrief
Mike and Wes review the Packers' 2023 draft class, beginning with the offensive selections at tight end (4:18) and receiver (9:27) as well as running back and quarterback (12:50). They also look at the first-round addition on defense in Lukas Van Ness (17:22), the Day 3 choices on the D-line (22:30), the seventh-round secondary picks (27:11), and the new kicker (33:09).
Three Things: Packers LB Lukas Van Ness
Larry McCarren, Mike Spofford and Wes Hodkiewicz share their thoughts after the Packers chose LB Lukas Van Ness in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Remix: LB Lukas Van Ness
See college highlights from Green Bay Packers' first-round selection LB Lukas Van Ness.
Brian Gutekunst 1-on-1: 'Lukas Van Ness fits our culture' | 2023 NFL Draft
Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst spoke to Larry McCarren about drafting LB Lukas Van Ness in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Brian Gutekunst provides scouting report on LB Lukas Van Ness | 2023 NFL Draft
Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst spoke to the media about the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Instant Reax: LB Lukas Van Ness | 2023 NFL Draft
Larry McCarren and Mike Spofford react to the Green Bay Packers' selection of LB Lukas Van Ness in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Prospect Primer: Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa
Posted 13½ sacks among 19½ tackles for loss over the past two seasons.
2022 Honors: Academic All-Big Ten for second year, Coaches Appreciation Award, special teams, Team Hustle Award, defense, second-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media, Associated Press and Phil Steele, named Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his play vs. Iowa State, preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports.
2022: Listed as second team left defensive tackle following spring practice, saw action in 7-3 opening win over South Dakota State as defense allowed just 120 yards total offense, one assisted tackle vs. SDSU, a shared tackle for loss, saw action in 10-7 loss to Iowa State, recorded one assisted tackle and one solo tackle vs. ISU, with one tackle for loss, tied single-game school record with two blocked punts vs. ISU, saw action in 27-0 win over Nevada as defense allowed just 151 yards total offense, career-best eight tackles vs. Nevada, including three solo tackles and five assists, totals included 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks, saw action in 27-10 win at Rutgers as defense allowed just 61 net rushing yards, recorded three tackles at Rutgers, including two solo stops and one assist, along with a shared QB sack and a solo QB pressure, saw action in 27-14 loss to #4 Michigan, recording one assisted tackle and one QB pressure, saw action in 9-6 loss at Illinois, three tackles at Illinois, including one solo stop and two assists, with one tackle for loss and two QB pressures, saw action in 54-10 loss at #2 Ohio State four tackles at OSU, including two solo tackles and two assists, saw action in 33-13 win over Northwestern as defense allowed just 18 net rushing yards and 177 yards total offense, four tackles vs. Northwestern, including two solo tackles and two assists, with 1.5 tackles for loss and one QB sack, saw action in 24-3 win at Purdue as offense allowed just 87 net rushing yards and 255 yards total offense, four tackles at Purdue., including three solo tackles and one assist, with 1.5 QB sacks, saw action in 24-10 win over Wisconsin as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 227 yards total offense, one solo tackle vs. Wisconsin, a solo QB sack, saw action in 13-10 win at Minnesota, recording one assisted tackle, saw action in 24- 17 loss to Nebraska, two tackles vs. Nebraska, including one solo tackle and one assist, saw action in 21-0 Music City Bowl win over Kentucky as defense allowed just 68 net rushing yards and 185 yards total offense, four tackles vs. Kentucky, including two solo tackles and two assists, with 1.5 tackles for loss and a shared QB sack.
2021 Honors: Academic All-Big Ten, Freshman All-America by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Maxwell Football Club, Shawn Alexander Freshman of the Year Watch List.
2021: Saw action in 34-6 win over #17 Indiana as defense allowed just 77 net rushing yards and 233 yards total offense, one solo tackle vs. Indiana for Iowa's only QB sack in the game, saw action in 27-17 win at #9 Iowa State as defense allowed just 87 net rushing yards, recorded one pass break-up and one QB pressure at ISU, saw action in 30-7 win over Kent State as defense allowed just 79 net rushing yards and 264 yards total offense, career-best seven tackles vs. Kent State, including one solo stop and six assists, combined with Zach VanValkenburg for a safety for the first points of the game, totals included 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, saw action in 24-14 win over Colorado State as defense allowed 95 net rushing yards and 250 yards total offense, three tackles vs. CSU, including two solo stops and one assist, including one QB sack, saw action in 51-14 win at Maryland as defense allowed just 97 net rushing yards and 271 yards total offense, recording one assisted tackle, saw action in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State, recording one assisted tackle, saw action in 24-7 loss to Purdue, two tackles vs. Purdue, including one solo stop and one assist, with one tackle for loss and one QB pressure, saw action in 27-7 loss at Wisconsin, but had no statistics, saw action in 17-12 win at Northwestern as defense allowed just 93 net rushing yards, two solo tackles at Northwestern, including a solo sack, saw action in 27-22 win over Minnesota, one solo tackle and one assisted tackle vs. Minnesota, saw action in 33-23 win over Illinois, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards, saw action in 28-21 win at Nebraska, six tackles at Nebraska, including five solo tackles and one assist, with QB sack resulting in team safety, his second of the season, saw action in 42-3 loss to #2 Michigan, three tackles vs. Michigan, including one solo tackle and two assists, to go with one QB pressure, saw action in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky, four tackles vs. Kentucky, including two solo tackles and two assists, with one sack.
2020: Redshirted, did not see any game action, earned Dean's List recognition, spring, 2021.
High School Honors: Named MSL Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference as a senior, named first-team all-state by Champaign News Gazette, first-team all-area as a senior by Daily Herald and Pioneer Press.
Career: Two-year football letterman, helping prep team advance to state playoffs as a junior and senior, team captain as a senior, recorded 67 tackles as a senior, with 17 quarterback pressures, eight tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one blocked punt, also earned three letters in hockey.
Personal: Born 7/6/01, business major, member of National Honor Society as a prep, earned academic all-state recognition, parents are Leanna and Jason Van Ness, high school coach was Joe Sanchez.