We’ll lead off with some NFL draft fun facts…
Hawks are #18 | Mike Hlas has put together a list of the schools that have produced the most NFL Draft picks since 2000…and the Iowa football program checks in at #18. All of the schools ranked ahead of Iowa are from BCS conferences.
So, I thought I’d add to Mike’s research by juxtaposing the numbers he put together with where the schools rank with regards to winning percentage since 2000. Since every school ahead of Iowa on Mike’s item was from a BCS conference, I took out the Boise State’s and TCU’s from the winning percentage rundown. With those schools in, Iowa tied for the 22nd best winning percentage among FBS teams. Removing those schools (Boise, TCU, Utah & BYU), Iowa’s winning percentage ranks….say it with me: 18th.
Miami is 3rd in players drafted but 10th in winning percentage, or a -7 differential. Tennessee is 5th on the draft pick list but 20th in winning percentage for a -15. Notre Dame is tied for 12th on the NFL drafted list, 32nd on the winning percentage list for a poor -20 differential. On the flip side, Texas is 14th on the NFL drafted list but 2nd on the winning percentage list, for a +12.
TSN Post Spring Top 25 | I love polls and rankings, even if Iowa is not included, which they are not in this very early preseason ranking put together by The Sporting News.
Several of Iowa’s 2011 opponents are on this list, which is why I am tossing it into this Mashup…
8. Ohio State: The Hawks won’t play the Buckeyes this year unless it’s for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis in early December. OSU is the highest ranked Big Ten team and will not be at full strength, personnel wise, until Week 6 at Nebraska. That’s when the Tattoo 5 will be eligible to play, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
10. Nebraska: The Hawks will play at Lincoln the day after Thanksgiving. Nebraska has a pretty tough schedule their first year in the Big Ten, but the Legends Division isn’t a murderer’s row this year. They play at Wisconsin out of division in their first ever game as a member of the Big Ten conference.
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14. Wisconsin: I just don’t see this one. Too many key losses on both sides of the ball, no idea who their quarterback is, an offense that didn’t score a touchdown in the spring game, the loss of JJ Watt, etc. However, they don’t play a road game until the third week of October, so they have the schedule.
16. Michigan State: Key losses on defense, but they return a senior quarterback and a potent running game and play in a division that is wide open.
24. Penn State: I have found them to be overrated the last few years, and they still have offensive line issues for the second year in a row, plus uncertainty at quarterback as in who will it be, Bolden or McGloin?
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Hawks All Over NFL Save One Position | Mike Hlas talks about Iowa’s lack of placing quarterbacks in the NFL, and that it will change when Ricky Stanzi gets drafted.
Iowa Has 5th Largest Attendance Boost | This is sort of a good news, bad news kind of deal…the good news is that it’s great to have attendance trending up. The bad news is that you have had a bad stretch for it to go nowhere but up. However, that’s the reality Iowa faces and things are looking up, both in the stands and on the roster. Still, just over 7,000 fans actually attended each game on the average, well below the 15,500 capacity. If the Hawks get off to a fast start next year, they could see a few more thousand folks return per game and once again be near the top of this list.
Rick Brown of The Des Moines Register takes a look at the 2011-2012 Iowa basketball team in this rundown.
Iowa Mt. Rushmore Final Tally | HawkeyeLocator.com has the final tally for their Hawkeye Mt. Rushmore project and a funny photoshop of the foursome; Tim Dwight, Chuck Long, Nile Kinnick and…Dallas Clark?
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Rivals.com is reporting that talented pro-style quarterback Bart Houston is visiting Iowa on Thursday and says that he intends to make a college choice in June or July. He has an Iowa offer.
TWITTERIN: @Hawkeye_fan posted that Iowa has had every tight end and defensive end that has started for Kirk Ferentz get selected in the NFL draft. We know that is true for tight ends, but is it true for defensive ends? Clayborn and Ballard will get drafted this year. Let me go down the rolodex of the mind here…Howard Hodges did, as did Matt Roth and Kenny Iwebema, John Babineaux (played end early in career)…Bryan Mattison? Nope…he was an undrafted free agent…as was Derreck Robinson…however, this certainly got me to thinking and there have been several Iowa DE’s drafted…so while not an accurate statement, it’s worth noting the high number of defensive linemen from Iowa that have heard their name called. So good thought, @hawkeye_fan.
Ricky Stanzi talks about getting ready for the NFL in this video: