Hawkeye Nation http://www.hawkeyenation.com Iowa Hawkeyes Football | Basketball | Recruiting | Wrestling Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Talking Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa Hawkeye football, basketball and more with Jon Miller & friends. Hawkeye Nation no Hawkeye Nation jdmiller71@gmail.com jdmiller71@gmail.com (Hawkeye Nation) Hawkeye Nation Podcast hawkeyes iowa ferentz mccaffery Hawkeye Nation http://www.hawkeyenation.com/wp-content/uploads/hnart.png http://www.hawkeyenation.com Des Moines, Iowa Each week day How Strong is Brandon Scherff? http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/strong-brandon-scherff http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/strong-brandon-scherff#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:54 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15154 Brandon Scherff is good at football. Real good. He's also world class strong as this video shows

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Pretty freaking strong…that’s how strong:

That’s 443 pounds, power cleaned three times. For his weight and size, just south of 400-pounds is considered elite. Chris Doyle can’t say enough good things about him and his weightlifting prowess is already the stuff of legend.

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Miller & Deace: Crystal Ball Predictions http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/miller-deace-crystal-ball-predictions http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/miller-deace-crystal-ball-predictions#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:01:13 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15150 In Part One of a Two Part podcast, Miller and Deace run down Deace’s 2014 Crystal Ball predictions which leads into several off shoot topics…mostly about football but some topics lead them off the beaten path, which is a Miller & Deace tradition.

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In Part One of a Two Part podcast, Miller and Deace run down Deace’s 2014 Crystal Ball predictions which leads into several off shoot topics…mostly about football but some topics lead them off the beaten path, which is a Miller & Deace tradition.

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http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/miller-deace-crystal-ball-predictions/feed 0 football In Part One of a Two Part podcast, Miller and Deace run down Deace's 2014 Crystal Ball predictions which leads into several off shoot topics...mostly about football but some topics lead them off the beaten path, which is a Miller & Deace tradition. In Part One of a Two Part podcast, Miller and Deace run down Deace's 2014 Crystal Ball predictions which leads into several off shoot topics...mostly about football but some topics lead them off the beaten path, which is a Miller & Deace tradition. Hawkeye Nation no 28:52
Herbstreit Likes Hawkeyes http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/herbstreit-likes-hawkeyes http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/herbstreit-likes-hawkeyes#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:01:58 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15146 ABC Analyst Kirk Herbstreit is one of the biggest names in the college football game these days. On Tuesday, he was repping the Hawkeyes

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ESPN & ABC College Football Analyst Kirk Herbstreit is arguably the biggest name in the college football broadcasting game right about now. He will be joined by Chris Fowler this year as the #1 broadcast team on the Disney Family of networks, a tandem I believe could grow into one of the best ever. That aside, Herbie’s words are heard and read by a lot of people. He tweeted this out on Tuesday:

Most of the preseason magazines went with Wisconsin and the ones who didn’t, went with Nebraska. Herbstreit’s is the biggest voice to date who is this high on the Hawkeyes chances in 2014.

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Uthoff Picks Up NABC Honors http://www.hawkeyenation.com/basketball/uthoff-honors http://www.hawkeyenation.com/basketball/uthoff-honors#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:46:20 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15143 Jarrod Uthoff has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the 2013-14 season.

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University of Iowa junior Jarrod Uthoff has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the 2013-14 season. The distinction recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman, academically, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

After redshirting the last two seasons, Uthoff (6-foot-8, 208 pounds) was a match-up nightmare for opponents off the bench in 2013-14. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native ranked second on the team in blocked shots (35), and fourth in scoring (7.6) and rebounding (4.6). He shot 50 percent from the field and 82 percent from the foul line in his first season as a collegiate player. Uthoff scored in double figures 11 times and posted two double-doubles.

Uthoff, an economics major, was also named Academic All-Big Ten this past spring.

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Miller & Deace: Breaking Down The Matrix http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/miller-deace-breaking-matrix http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/miller-deace-breaking-matrix#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:02:55 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15138 The College Football Matrix is a new type of college football preview hitting the market this year..the digital market only, that is.

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The College Football Matrix is a new type of college football preview hitting the market this year..the digital market only, that is.  Hear what Deace thinks about the information one can find on its digital pages.  In fact, it’s the first ever preview we’ve ever been able to say ‘CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP’ and read the highly interactive content on your ipad….and no, we are not compensated to say and write reports on any of the mags.

We think you may find the Matrix interesting as it’s unique.

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Hawkeye Mashup http://www.hawkeyenation.com/basketball/hawkeye-mashup-11 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/basketball/hawkeye-mashup-11#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:37:54 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15135 Anthony Clemmons has heard the hype surrounding Trey DIckerson and had some interesting comments after the PTL action on Thursday

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Anthony Clemmons had an off year last year, seeing his minutes drop, his role fade into the shadows as his confidence fell off the table.

He’s saying all the right things this summer and he was very talkative last night at the PTL.

Among them was his thoughts on Trey Dickerson and the hype surrounding the new Hawkeye.  Clemmons said he feels there is too much pressure on Trey.  From the linked item:

“How can you have such high expectations for somebody who hasn’t even played in a game yet?” Clemmons asked reporters. “It’s not like Trey is going to come out here and replace what Devyn did.

“I love Trey’s game, no disrespect towards him. That’s my man. But I feel like the expectations are a little bit too high for him and that puts a lot of pressure on him.”

Clemmons is right in that there has been a high level of expectation for Dickerson, who was a Juco All American last year.  Too much?  Probably.

I stopped getting overly optimistic on incoming players a long time ago.  Perhaps it’s the fact I am comfortably into my forties now and having written about the Hawkeyes over parts of 90′s, 2000′s and now into this decade, I’ve seen a few Great Hype Hopes come in only to have the Big Ten humble them quickly.

Two years ago, some in Hawkeye Nation were raving about how Adam Woodbury would be a freshman force for Iowa.  I was just looking for 5ppg/3rpg as big men take a long time to develop.  Quite a few people felt I was selling the big man short.  He wound up around my expectations a bit at 4.9ppg/4.8rpg but I was actually more impressed than I thought he would be.

Woodbury averaged under 6ppg last year as a sophomore and fell off a bit on the rebounding front while averaging nearly identical minutes (just under 16mpg), but he was a lot better player.  He ended the season with the best game of his career against Tennessee, a team with formidable big men in the paint.  My expectations for Woodbury this year are 10ppg and 5rpg and I think he can exceed that as his confidence is growing.

As for Dickerson this year, I am not as high on him as some people are.  He’s quick and that really helps, but I’d suggest giving that Clemmons link a read.  Clemmons pushed Mike Gessell during their rookie years and at times outplayed him, starting 13 games. Gesell wasn’t a slouch that year but there were aspects of his game that struggled.  Clemmons was more effective against bigger guards that year where Gesell had some challenges.  Gesell had a very good season last year but struggled with his shooting stroke down the stretch.  Clemmons was a non-factor for much of the year.

Iowa relied a great deal on Devyn Marble last year and for good reason, but he’s no longer around.  I think Clemmons is poised for a bounce back year and he is not going to settled quietly into that good night.  Look out for a highly motivated Sapp this season.

PTL PLAYOFFS

For a great recap, check out this item from Brendan Stiles.  Clemmons had 19 points and six assists while Woodbury had 19 points and 17 rebounds.  Incoming frosh Dominique Uhl had 12pts and 11rebs.  Josh Oglesby scored 26 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds.  Gabe Olaseni had 25pts and 12rebs. Jarrod Uthoff had 27/12.

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Non-Conference Home Kickoff Times Announced http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/non-conference-home-kickoff-times-announced http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/non-conference-home-kickoff-times-announced#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:59:51 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15132 Kickoff times have been set for Iowa's three nonconference road games.

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Afternoon start times for two University of Iowa nonconference home games and an 11 a.m. CT, kickoff for the season-opening contest against Northern Iowa highlight the Hawkeyes’ first three games of the 2014 season, scheduled to begin Saturday, Aug. 30 at Kinnick Stadium. The Big Ten Conference announced start times of selected games Wednesday, including Iowa’s opening three games of the season.

Along with the opening game against the Panthers, Iowa will host both Ball State and Iowa State in nonconference play and those two contests will each have a 2:30 p.m. CT start time. BTN will televise the Northern Iowa contest, while ESPN2 will televise the Ball State game. The annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Trophy game will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Following the three-game home stand to open the season, Iowa concludes nonconference play at Pittsburgh (Sept. 20) before opening Big Ten play at Purdue (Sept. 27). Big Ten home opponents include Indiana (Oct. 11, Homecoming), Northwestern (Nov. 1), Wisconsin (Nov. 22) and Nebraska (Nov.28).

Season tickets, three-game ticket packages, and single game tickets to all seven home games are available at can be purchased at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, over the phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS, and online at hawkeyesports.com. UI students are reminded that the deadline to purchase their 7-game or 6-game season ticket is Friday, Aug. 1.

The Hawkeyes return 14 starters (8 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist) among 39 lettermen from the 2013 squad that posted an 8-5 overall record. Iowa tied for second in the Legends Division (5-3) a year ago and earned an invitation to the 2014 Outback Bowl.

Iowa and Northern Iowa will meet for the first time since 2012, when the Hawkeyes won 27-16, also in Kinnick Stadium. The Panthers return 19 starters and 48 lettermen from their 2013 squad.

Ball State visits Kinnick Stadium for the first time since 2010, as the Hawkeyes have won both previous meetings. The Cardinals posted a 10-2 mark a year ago and played in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Ball State returns 11 starters and 48 lettermen from a year ago.

Iowa captured the Cy-Hawk Trophy with a 27-21 win over Iowa State in Ames last season, and holds a 40-21 series advantage. Iowa State returns 17 starters and 39 lettermen from last season.

A start time of 11 a.m. CT, was previously announced for Iowa’s Homecoming contest against Indiana (Oct. 11) and road games at Purdue (Sept. 27) and Maryland (Oct. 18). Start times for all other Hawkeye games will be announced six to 12 days prior to the scheduled date.

Iowa opens fall practice on Monday, Aug. 4. The Hawkeyes will host Kid’s Day in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 16 (time TBA). Here is Iowa’s 2014 football schedule:

These are the known kickoff times as released so far.

Date | Opponent | Time (TV)

Aug. 30 | Northern Iowa | 11 a.m. (BTN)
Sept. 6 | Ball State | 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sept. 13 | Iowa State  | 2:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Sept. 27 |  at Purdue | 11 a.m. CT (ESPN/ABC/BTN)
Oct. 11 | Indiana | 11 a.m. (ESPN/ABC/BTN)
Oct. 18 | at Maryland |  11 a.m. CT (ESPN/ABC/BTN)

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Deace’s College Football Predictions http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/deaces-college-football-predictions http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/deaces-college-football-predictions#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:55:46 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15129 Here are some Iowa & Big Ten highlights from Steve Deace's 2014 College Football Preview

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My friend and former broadcast partner Steve Deace has published his 2014 College Football Predictions on his website, which you can read here.

I am always amazed at the depth of his work on this project, and it is a project; he starts writing it in May and June and it takes a few months to finish.  Considering that he doesn’t sell it or make anything from it, it’s truly a labor of love.

While he can be a controversial figure to some, there is no denying his passion for college football and I place a great deal of value on his thoughts…more so than any other preseason publication or analyst I know.  Having said that, preseason predictions are tricky and there are always a lot of misses…folks seem to remember that more than the hits.

His ‘best hit’ in my opinion was the summer he predicted that then Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer would be fired at the end of the year and replaced by Lane Kiffin.  Kiffin was gainfully employed by the Oakland Raiders at that point in time and while Fulmer was under some heat, it didn’t seem like it was THAT bad. Part way into that NFL season, Kiffin was fired.  Fulmer was fired at the end of the college football season and then the Volunteers hired Kiffin.  That’s a prediction for the ages.

Here is a bit of what Steve had to say about Iowa and the Big Ten, but give his entire prediction a read, including his Crystal Ball Predictions segment.

All Americans: Brandon Scherff 1st Team, Carl Davis 3rd Team
Top 25: Deace’s Preseason Top 25 is where he thinks teams will finish. He has Iowa 13th

Big Ten – Predicted Order of Finish

EAST DIVISION

Michigan State (7-1, 10-2)
Ohio State (6-2, 10-2)
Michigan (6-2, 9-3)
Penn State (3-5, 7-5)
Indiana (3-5, 6-6)
Maryland (3-5, 6-6)
Rutgers (2-6, 4-8)

WEST DIVISION

Iowa (6-2, 10-2)
Wisconsin (6-2, 9-3)
Northwestern (5-3, 8-4)
Nebraska (4-4, 8-4)
Minnesota (3-5, 6-6)
Illinois (3-5, 6-6)
Purdue (1-7, 4-8)

Big Ten Championship—Michigan State over Iowa

All-Big Ten Offense

QB—Connor Cook, Michigan State
RB—Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB—Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
WR—Kenny Bell, Nebraska
WR—Devin Funchess, Michigan
TE—Maxx Williams, Minnesota
OL—Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OL—Jack Allen, Michigan State
OL—Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
OL—Tyler Marz, Wisconsin
OL—Jake Cotton, Nebraska
K—Michael Geiger, Michigan State

All-Big Ten Defense

DL—Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL—Carl Davis, Iowa
DL—Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL—Randy Gregory, Nebraska
LB—Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB—Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB—Cole Farrand, Maryland
DB—Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB—Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB—Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB—Blake Countess, Michigan
P—Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Big Ten Honor Roll

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Randy Gregory, Nebraska
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR—Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR—Wes Lunt, Illinois
DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR—Jabril Peppers, Michigan
COACH OF THE YEAR—Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
COACH MOST LIKELY TO BE FIRED—Kyle Flood, Rutgers
GAME OF THE YEAR—Ohio State at Michigan State
CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR—Maryland over Michigan State
NON-CONFERENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR—Penn State over Central Florida
BEST NON-CONFERENCE WIN—Nebraska over Miami (Fla.)
BUY LOW—Northwestern
SELL HIGH—Ohio State

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Jok Suspended http://www.hawkeyenation.com/basketball/jok-suspended http://www.hawkeyenation.com/basketball/jok-suspended#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:33:21 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15125 Iowa sophomore guard Peter Jok has been suspended from the Iowa basketball team following a second arrest inside of three months.

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Following a second run in with Iowa City police, Iowa sophomore guard Peter Jok has been suspended from all basketball activities.  Below are statements from Fran McCaffery and Gary Barta:

MCCAFFERY: “In light of last night’s moped incident, I’ve decided to suspend Peter Jok indefinitely from all University of Iowa basketball related activities. We support Peter, but we’re not happy with his recent pattern of behavior.  In the interim, Peter will continue to attend summer school classes, participate in community service projects, and take time to work on things internally, as outlined in accordance with the student-athlete Code of Conduct. We will monitor his progress and go from there.”

BARTA: “Fran and I were made aware of the incident involving Peter Jok and a moped this morning. We don’t yet know all the facts, but we are gathering those today. I’m very disappointed to learn about this, especially in light of the fact that Peter had a previous incident earlier this summer. We will work through this in accordance to our student-athlete Code of Conduct and team rules.”

Per the police report details, Jok was pulled over Monday night at 11:45pm.  He had a tail light out on his moped and also did not have a safety flag.

Jok was driving on a suspended license from a late April arrest for OWI, to which he plead guilty.  Jok’s moped at that time was also shown to have a non-functioning tail light and he was missing the safety flag.  So in this latest instance, Jok chose to drive on a suspended license and hadn’t had his moped fixed to bring it in compliance with the law.

McCaffery needed to send a message to Jok, and this suspension is the start.  Jok figures to play a much bigger role on next year’s team, but he’ll have to show better off the court judgement before he can do anything for Iowa on the court.

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Could Scherff Go #1 in Draft? http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/scherff-go-1-draft http://www.hawkeyenation.com/football/scherff-go-1-draft#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:02:22 +0000 http://www.hawkeyenation.com/?p=15122 Could Iowa's Brandon Scherff be the overall #1 draft pick in the 2015 NFL draft? There is a respected name talking about it.

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Iowa’s Robert Gallery went #2 overall in the 2004 NFL draft.  Quarterback Randy Duncan went #1 in 1959.  Could another Hawkeye have a shot at the top?

Brandt is a heavy hitting name in NFL circles.  Scherff is a heavy hitting offensive lineman for Iowa who would have been a first round pick had he turned pro this past year.  But Scherff is coming back, as Gallery did for the 2003 season.

Scherff also shows up in a few places on this NFL.com ‘best of the best’ series…as the best athlete in college football and one of the toughest.

Scherff is considered one of the best, if not THE best, run blockers in college football.  His pass protection skills will be under the magnifying glass this year and if he makes strides there, he may have a shot at going #1…which of course depends on who has the pick and what needs they have, in addition to what other players are in next year’s draft.

There could be several quarterbacks worthy of the top pick and that typically seals the fate of an offensive lineman going #1 overall, but if Scherff stays healthy and improves in pass protection, it could be a black and gold day next May during the 2015 NFL draft on night one.

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