Hawkeye Mashup 4/14

April 13, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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Another busy day in the world of the Hawkeyes as it relates to the world wide web…here’s our ‘Hawkeye Mashup’ to help you find it all.

Norm Parker & Ken O’Keefe took the podium today with updates on spring football. Norm Parker offered the following, in addition to a myriad of quotes you can read here in full:


“We seem to be defensively, we seem to be fairly decent with our speed. I do think we’ll be fairly good. I just question when, you know, we have got some young guys and some things to clean up, but they are young, aggressive guys that can run fast. And all of that seems to be going pretty good.”

Iowa has rarely been ‘beefy’ on the defensive line, typically putting forth more 275-pound players than 300-pounders. In fact, there have been just a few regular starters who have tipped the scales north of 300; Colin Cole jumps to mind, but for the rest, I’d have to go back and look at the roster weights because they have been rare.

Iowa teaches technique and responsibility. That’s not to say other programs don’t teach technique, but when some programs put in a lot of technique work in August, that falls by the wayside during the season. Not Iowa. It’s always about pad level, proper engagement, gap control and responsibility and each man performing their assignment as expected.

Iowa’s defense is like it’s own ecosystem; when every organism does their job as expected, the collective thrives. When they don’t, well, you get a performance like what we saw at Minnesota this past year when I fielded several calls in the first quarter, some from former players, talking about poor pad level, lack of pursuit, etc. Adrian Clayborn didn’t need to say Iowa lost their will to win; all one had to do was watch that first quarter.

Thankfully, games like that have been the exception and not the….norm.

We know what we have with Broderick Binns and Mike Daniels. Parker said Dominic Alvis has been working inside and out and he is another Iowa ‘motor’ guy. Carl Davis will be the next 300-pounder to have a significant role at Iowa and he has been getting a lot of work. Steve Bigach has been out this spring due to injury.

Don’t cringe when you hear Parker talk about this defense being leaner and quicker; Iowa’s system demands execution of technique, and Mitch King, Matt Kroul, Karl Klug and a host of others have shown through the years that consistently executing proper technique, with heart thrown in, can be successful. Lateral quickness on the inside can be a bear for offensive guards, too.

IN BLOOM: In the words of the coaches, these are players that have stood out this spring:

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O’Keefe on Keenan Davis: “I would say, he is one of the older guys that’s made a dramatic jump in how he’s going about things right now. He’s developed into a leader at his position that the young guys look up to and are following. They will watch how he does stuff.”

Parker: “B.J. Lowery has made some plays on the ball, some interceptions, and then the two young linebackers, Hitchens and Kirksey, I mean, they are they are good hitters. They can run and they will hit you and there’s promise there. Now, they are going to make young mistakes, but they are going to be it good players. And then I think James Morris really picked up where he left off and improved some. You know, I like him. I like him. He’s doing well.”

For a full transcript of Ken O’Keefe’s comments, and it’s worth the read, click on this link.

LATEST TWO DEEP

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OFFENSE

WR: Staggs/Shumpert
WR: K. Davis/Martin-Manley
TE: Herman/Fiedorowicz
RB: Coker/White
FB: Gimm/Reisen
QB: Vandenberg/Wienke
LT: Rieff/Tobin
LG: Scherff/Clark
C: Ferentz/Boffeli
RG: Gettis/Orne
RT: Zusevics/Van Sloten

DEFENSE

RE: Daniel/Alvis
RT: Daniels/Heissel
DT: Davis/Hardy
LE: Binns/Forgy
WILL: Kirksey/Hitchens
MIKE: Morris/Pryor
LEO: Nielsen/Getz
RC: Castillo/Lowery
FS: Hyde/Swanson
SS: Sleeper/Donatell
LC: Prater/Bernstine

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THOUGHTS: McNutt would be on the one line were it not for his injury…Rogers out all spring at FB due to continuing cardio observations…Heiar in hospital due to car accident…Scherff on the one line at left guard is certainly noteworthy…Davis still recovering from knee injury for backup MIKE spot…Tanner Miller out this spring at FS due to shoulder…Parker talked again in his transcript about Sleeper, that he’s fast and loves to hit…Carl Davis is one of the more intriguing prospects this spring…RB De’Andre Johnson has been out with a groin as of late, per KOK.

John Bohnenkamp of The Burlington Hawk Eye wrote a great column on Norm Parker and his toughness…give it a read. John’s a great writer and this is worth the read.

DVR ALERT: 10pm Wednesday Night, the BTN is replaying the 2010 Insight Bowl

LINK DROP

Videos from Wednesday’s Pressers | HawkeyeInsider.com
Offense and Defense Help One Another Out | HawkCentral.com
Cane in Tow, Parker Up for 2011 | The Gazette
O’Keefe Video
Parker Video
Details Emerge on Heiar Accident | The Gazette
Clayborn 1st Round, Ballard 2nd | National Football Post (Bunting)

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