Hawkeye Mashup

April 12, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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Looking out for the best of the Hawkeyes on the world wide web while I have my head out of the covers fighting a spring virus…

DOYLE-IZED: Iowa City Press Citizen columnist Pat Harty interviewed former Iowa wide receiver Kevin Kasper related to Iowa Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle and his training methods.  The resultant content was to be expected; Kasper is a big believer in Doyle.

“I’ve been a part of seven different NFL football teams and trained with a lot of top trainers around the United States and hands-down Chris Doyle is by far the best trainer that I’ve ever dealt with.  He’s the best person that I’ve ever dealt with.  I respect him more than anybody and the great thing about him is he respects each individual, whether you’re first-team or last team.”

Kasper works in health and fitness and has always been involved in his arena, so his opinions are certainly worth reading.

I have always felt that Kevin Kasper was perhaps the poster child of what Chris Doyle could do to and for a player as it relates to getting ready for the NFL Combine.  I don’t want to call Kasper a Combine Warrior, because that would suggest he didn’t have skill.  Kasper still holds the Iowa record for receptions in a season (82) and until this past season held the career record for receptions, now behind DJK.

However, the two years he spent under Doyle, and the months leading up to the NFL draft, Doyle helped Kasper train to be good at the combine.

The results: 4.42 forty yard dash, 43.5-inch vertical, 10-06 broad jump.  He was selected in the 6th round of the 2001 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos and played for seven teams (including a Super Bowl Champions ring with the Patriots) before retiring in 2008.

I have said it before and will say it again; there are several Iowa football players who owe a good percentage of their NFL career opportunity to Chris Doyle.

As much as I like and respect Kirk Ferentz, I don’t think Iowa does what it has done the past decade without Doyle and Ferentz together.  Ferentz might even say the same thing…wait, he has…..

CLAYBORN’S ‘DEFECT’:  The term ‘birth defect’ is pretty rough, don’t you think?  Seriously, say it outloud and think about what it means.  Not a nice term at all.

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Be that as it may, Adrian Clayborn has battled the effects of Erb Palsey since, well, birth.  He suffered a broken collarbone and some nerve damage while being born, and some NFL teams wonder how it will affect his strength at the next level.  This Peter King article talks about that, but cites several unnamed NFL folks confident Clayborn will work out at the next level….

Mike Hlas of The Gazette talks about Iowa’s first football foe for 2011 and how much they have, well, stunk since joining the FCS in 1994.

Fran McCaffery sat down for a Q&A with DMR reporter Rick Brown and talked about last season and the future in this good read.

Mike Hlas of The Gazette asks if Cedar Rapids area preps view the University of Iowa differently than other preps in the state?

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Marc Morehouse of The Gazette has some spring football notes in this item

Rob Howe of HawkeyeInsider.com says that Juco PG Matt Glover will be coming to Iowa next weekend for a campus visit, and the Press Citizen had this item on it later in the day.

The Air Force pilot that led the lower than approved (but incredibly awesome) flyover of Kinnick Stadium last fall says other air traffic was the reason he flew so low.

Kirk Ferentz’s comments from Tuesday’s Big Ten Spring Teleconference at this Rivals.com link.

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Practice Recon? Thawks, a longtime poster to Iowa message boards, posted some comments he has heard related to Iowa’s spring practices.  I know who Thawks is and through the years he has certainly spoken to people that are close to the program, so take it for what you will.

Cy-Hawk Makeover:  The series gets a new sponsor and ISU AD Jamie Pollard talks about the future of the rivalry.

Pat Harty talks about how recruiting basketball players to Iowa isn’t easy.

Iowa LB Tyler Nielsen has been named to the Ronnie Lott Award Watch List…yes, ‘watch list season’ starts early.

The Polk County I-Club Spring Banquet is set for April 19th.  Visit www.polkiclub.com to order your tickets.  Kirk Ferentz, Terry Brands and Sherman Dillard will be the coaches present, and Chris Doyle will be there too.  Ricky Stanzi is also slated to be in attendance, plus several other Hawkeyes.  I will be the emcee.

DVR ALERT: Set yours for Wednesday night at 8pm for this week’s airing of the show Criminal Minds.  I have never watched it, have never had any desire…but I will record it to watch the acting debut of former Iowa tight end Dallas Clark; he’ll be on the episode.

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