IOWA CITY, Iowa – You can feel it. The next Hawkeye football season is creeping closer. Excitement is building.

To help you pass the time before Iowa swarms out of the Kinnick Stadium tunnel for its Sept. 1 opener against Northern Illinois, HN will conduct a Countdown to Kickoff, brought to you by Tailgater’s. It will be interactive and we’d love you to take part.

For the next 50 days, we’ll be publishing a story like this one that will include a poll. In it, you can vote for your favorite Hawkeye player to wear a given number.

I was going to just start with No. 50 and countdown from there each day, but instead researched numbers I felt offered the best field of choices. I felt that would make it more fun.

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As a result, we’ll jump around from number to number. All you need to do is pick one.

We did come up with a few parameters. We only selected from the Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz eras. We went ahead and gave No. 24 to Nile Kinnick.

Here’s our poll with 24 days left until kickoff. Please remember to scroll down and click done after you’ve made your selection so your vote will be counted. And thank you for taking part.

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