The Cy-Hawk Team

July 8, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

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My radio partner Steve Deace and I held our second annual Cy-Hawk draft today on Miller & Deace in the Morning on 1460 KXNO.

We combined the expected starters from both teams and took a position by position look and named ‘starters’ for our Cy-Hawk team. Below is the team we came up with with some of the rationale behind the selections.

QB Rick Stanzi: He is a proven leader of men, a must for our team. He has delivered late in games, he has flushed poor in-game performances to mount late rallies and is 18-4 as a starting quarterback.

RB Alexander Robinson: He is underrated by national talking heads and publications and might be the best running back in the Big 12. We both love the depth Iowa has, but Alexander Robinson’s star shines a little brighter than the rest, individually.

WR DJK, Marvin McNutt & Darius Reynolds: Steve said one of Reynolds, Darius Darks or Sed Johnson needed to be in there as the third receiver. Sorry Brett Morse, we didn’t have a fullback. Sedrick Johnson and Darius Darks of Iowa State are talented players and capable of moving up. In fact, there is a lot of talent on both teams at this position.

TE Colin Franklin: Franklin has looked like a budding star at times, and he has seen the field more than Allen Reisner.

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OL Riley Reiff, Julian Vandervelde, Kelechi Osemele, Alex Alvarez and Ben Lamaak: This pretty much comes down to experience. Those that have it made the cut, those that don’t, didn’t.

DL: Adrian Clayborn, Broderick Binns, Christian Ballard, Karl Klug
: ISU fans should not feel slighted here, because if you put Iowa’s DL up against most of the teams in the nation, it’s going to result in four Hawkeyes making the cut.

LB: Jeff Tarpinian, Tyler Nielsen, Jeremiha Hunter: Iowa LB Troy Johnson filled in for AJ Edds late in the season last year and won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. He likely won’t start for Iowa this year. This is a position of great depth for Iowa, and while two of the three are not exactly proven names as of yet, they have more accomplishments than what Iowa State brings to the table.

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CB: Leonard Johnson & Shaun Prater
FS: Brett Greenwood: David Sims is not going to start at strong safety over Tyler Sash, but Deace felt he was good enough to be in the top four on the back end. But Greenwood will be a third year starter for Iowa and while Sims may shine brighter individually, Greenwood is as cagey veteran and gets the nod.
SS: Tyler Sash

From the position players, we had 15 Hawkeyes, 7 Cyclones

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Returners: L. Johnson, David Sims, DJK
PK Daniel Murray: Murray has made the big kicks, while Grant Mahoney has missed key PAT’s
P Ryan Donahue: He is an All American

Steve and I only had a disagreement in the defensive backfield, as he felt Sims was one of the best four. But his objection was mild, so Greenwood got the nod.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know.

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