fbpx Fall Camp Around the Big 10 | HawkeyeNation

Fall Camp Around the Big 10

August 16, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

Hawkeye Nation

Here is a look into what is going on around Big Ten camps the last week as it relates to teams on Iowa’s 2010 schedule:

Big Ten:  Iowa has one of the more costly football tickets in the league.

Wisconsin:  Linebacker Mike Taylor will have surgery on the same knee he suffered an ACL tear in last year…will miss up to four weeks….Bret Bielema is also looking for a lot of improvement from last year’s special teams.

Michigan:  In talking with my radio cohost and friend Steve Deace, who loves him some Maize and Blue, Rich Rod has gone to taking wings off of the helmets of some players when they are not ‘deserving’ of them.  Could be any number of reasons.  Some of you may have read the critical comments among teammates this summer, related to QB Tate Forcier and his lack of off season dedication.  Well, this past week Forcier also practiced without wings on his helmets.

Some of you might not think that is too big of a deal, and while many Americans are taking on two jobs just to make ends meet, it seems trivial.  But it’s not a small thing to the players, and it’s another chink in Forcier’s armor on the team.  You cannot have your quarterback be seen as weak, and stuff like this keeps coming up.  I will be shocked if Dennard Robinson isn’t the full time starter by the time Iowa travels to Michigan in mid October.

Michigan State: When the Spartans come into Kinnick later this year, they feel like they will have a replenished running back stable. …Coach Mark Dantonio is calling this year’s Spartan team his best from top to bottom during his time in East Lansing.

Continue reading below

Related In HawkeyeNation Forums

Minnesota:  Gophers players say they like the underrated and disrespected role.  Well, I guess that’s a good thing, to like it, because that’s what they are getting this year.

Indiana: The Hoosiers defense will be employing more and more 3-4 scheme looks this year.  They lost 7 starters from a middle of the road defense last year, including DE’s Middleton and Kirlew, players that seemed to peak as sophomores.  Their offense should have some bite to it, so don’t sleep on that.

Continue reading below

Penn State: It’s about two things so far; the quarterback competition and the status of Joe Paterno’s health.  With regards to QB, no one has run away with the race., although freshman Robert Bolden impressed the BTN’s Dave Revsine to the point where Revsine tweeted this last week:  “It would not surprise me one bit if Robert Bolden is PSU’s starting QB. Looks really good – poised, athletic, and has fantastic arm strength.” followed by this one “To amend earlier tweet – not only wouldn’t I be surprised if Bolden is PSU’s QB – I’d also be surprised if he isn’t -at least based on today.”

I still think Kevin Newsome is going to get every opportunity to win the job, but there are few endorsements out there right now for anyone.

Now, to the Joe Paterno talk…Paterno looked a bit frail in Chicago.  When you watch replays of January’s Cap One bowl and then see him face to face as I did earlier this month, there is no comparison.  It’s like he aged 7 years in 7 months.  Then you have this read from a Pennsylvania writer.

Continue reading below

Ohio State:  This article talks about how Jim Tressel might be encouraged to open up the playbook this year due to more experience on offense.   While I can understand the sentiment, it’s hard to argue with their results on the ground late last year; over their final five regular season games, they rushed for at least 227 yards.  Two of those defenses were Iowa and Penn State.  The article reminds you that OSU has never run for less than 57% of the plays in the Tressel era and have have run the ball 63% of the time on average.  Until they have to open it up, I suspect we will see more of the same.

Northwestern:  From the blog Lake the Posts:  “Safety David Arnold is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Also, WR Tony Jones will miss the opener with a shoulder injury, LB Roderick Goodlow could miss the season with a knee injury.”

Trending in Forums View All >

HawkeyeNation Archives View All >

Hawkeye Nation

Mekhi Miller Building Strong Bond with Hawkeyes

Rob Howe

April 5, 2020

Kansas City-area receiver reflects on multiple stops at Iowa.

Hawkeye Nation

Schwartz: 10 Sentences – No More Pemsl, Ferentz Gets Real Edition

David Schwartz

April 5, 2020

In-state guy leaves as graduate transfer, Iowa coach doing the right thing.

Hawkeye Nation

Four-Star D-End Issac Hamm Says There’s a Lot to Like About Iowa

Rob Howe

April 4, 2020

Class of 2022 Wisconsin standout visits Hawkeyes, picks up first scholarship offer.

Hawkeye Nation

Taylor Bowen Receives First High-Major Offer from Hawkeyes

Rob Howe

April 4, 2020

Class of 2023 New England standout talks about Iowa opportunity.

Hawkeye Nation

Hawkeye Forward Cordell Pemsl Enters the Transfer Portal

Rob Howe

April 3, 2020

Dubuque native will be a graduate transfer.

Hawkeye Nation

Arden Walker Sees Iowa Football as a Great Option

Rob Howe

April 3, 2020

Hawkeyes have the attention of Colorado defensive end.

Hawkeye Nation

HN Prospect Podcast: Michigan CB Brenden Deasfernades

Rob Howe

April 2, 2020

Class of 2020 Iowa signee a student of the game.

Hawkeye Nation

Iowa Football Position Preview: Jackson, Linderbaum Anchor Front

Rob Howe

April 2, 2020

Hawkeyes feature all-conference potential at left tackle, center.

TOP