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Friday, October 31, 2008

10.31.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Linebackers pad options
10.31.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Richardson refuses to give in
10.31.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Sophomore Murphy plays on after sister's sudden death
10.31.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Zook seeks first victory over Ferentz
10.31.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Illinois' top back stood up Hawkeyes
10.31.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Bowl hopes may be on the line
10.31.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Iowa's RB Shonn Greene rumbles into Heisman race
10.31.08 - Football - Chicago Tribune

Greene hauling Hawkeyes now
10.31.08 - Football - South Bend Tribune

Thursday, October 30, 2008

10.30.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Defense a shining star for Ferentz
10.30.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Youth serving Hawkeyes defense
10.30.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawkeye Kroul to start 46th game in a row
10.30.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Grass roots campaign for Greene
10.30.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Illini ready for 'awesome' Shonn Greene
10.30.08 - Football - Kewanee Star Courier

ABC will have Hawkeyes, Cyclones at same time
10.30.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

ABC College Football coverage map: Week 10
10.30.08 - Football - ESPN.com

Hawkeye fans warned about threat on Illinois campus
10.30.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ghosts, Goblins, and Hawkeyes
10.30.08 - Basketball - HawkeyeSports.com

Iowa receives OK to study football facility upgrades
10.30.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Many Iowa players reduced to sideline workouts as play begins
10.30.08 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

10.29.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawks restless after bye week
10.29.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Hawks not used to bye weeks
10.29.08 - Football - Quad City Times

A special Hawkeye story
10.29.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Murphy coping after tragedy
10.29.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Illinois' Zook still seeks first victory vs. Ferentz
10.29.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Zook says inconsistent Illini 'not there yet'
10.29.08 - Football - Chicago Sun-Times

Hawks see Ford in their headlights
10.29.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ferentz mum on Ford saga
10.29.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Hawks not used to bye weeks
10.29.08 - Football - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Iowa to wait on Heisman hype
10.29.08 - Football - KCRG-TV9

Big Ten Network pushes rates up
10.29.08 - Misc - Des Moines Register

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10.28.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Illini show respect for Iowa's Greene
10.28.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Zook's Illini have yet to master Iowa
10.28.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Zook lowers boom on his Illini
10.28.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Scouting the Illini
10.28.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Start times create dilemma for networks
10.28.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Is a Greene-out for the Penn State game a good idea?
10.28.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Monday, October 27, 2008

10.27.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawks move on without Freeman
10.27.08 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes hope to be on point
10.27.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Purdue's the pick to capture Big Ten crown
10.27.08 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Sioux falls connection helps Hawks land Larson
10.27.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa hoops team stays out of Greene's way
10.27.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Iowa picks up 2 tight end commits
10.27.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Smith out to prove Hawks are for real
10.27.08 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Smith may use snub as motivation
10.27.08 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Smith snubbed in vote
10.27.08 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Foot injury could sideline Hamlin
10.27.08 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Network not pushing salaries, Barta says
10.27.08 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Sunday, October 26, 2008

10.26.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

As Greene hits holes, his name takes off
10.26.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Zen and the art of blitz pickup
10.26.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks showcase new sharpshooters
10.26.08 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Open practice shows Hawks making progress
10.26.08 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Peterson ready to move forward
10.26.08 - Basketball - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Friday, October 24, 2008

10.24.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Iowa's Greene earns mid-season honor
10.24.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Greene is mid-season All-American
10.24.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Greene joins Ringer on mid-season All-America team
10.24.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Ferentz takes the stand at assault hearing
10.24.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz: Unsure what happened in reported sexual assault
10.24.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

It's a Celebration: Tavian Banks
10.24.08 - Football - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

Iowa's Greene has career back on track
10.24.08 - Football - Minneapolis-St Paul Star-Tribune

Thursday, October 23, 2008

10.23.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Fight to the finish
10.23.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz on list to give testimony today at hearing
10.23.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Ferentz expected to testify at UI sex abuse hearing
10.23.08 - Football - Hawk Central

The Light's always on Greene
10.23.08 - Football - Blog: The Week That Was In College Football

Big Ten Notebook: Guys, be honest, even the truth hurts
10.23.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Where are they now? Brad Banks

With the Heisman hype building for current Hawkeye running back Shonn Greene, HSN thought we’d take time during this bye week to look back at the last Iowa great to get invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony and just about went home with the award. It was only six years ago that Iowa’s last Heisman hopeful, Brad Banks, much like Greene, came from the ranks of the unknown to Heisman candidate in just one short year.

Brad Banks played quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2001 and 2002. A junior college transfer from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, Banks spent most of his junior season as backup to then QB Kyle McCann. In 2001, Banks did show signs of things to come in limited play and finished the season with 582 pass yards with 4 touchdowns while completing 60.3% of his passes. Iowa finished that season with a 7-5 record after a 19-16 win over Texas Tech in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, the Hawkeyes’ first bowl appearance since 1997.

The next season Brad Banks would start every game at quarterback and lead the Hawkeyes to one of the greatest regular seasons in Iowa football history. Iowa started the 2002 season with victories over Akron and at Miami (OH), before squandering a 24-7 halftime lead, in the 3rd game of the season, to lose at home to Iowa State, 36-31, which would end up being the Hawkeyes’ only regular season loss. The Hawkeyes would bounce back from that loss with back-to-back thrilling wins the next two weeks to open Big Ten play. Iowa almost wasted another big lead the next week at #12 Penn State, when the Nittany Lions came back from a 35-13 fourth quarter deficit to force overtime. Banks connected with CJ Jones for a 6-yard TD pass, his 4th on the day, in the first overtime period to give Iowa the victory. The next week at home against Purdue is when Banks had his “Heisman moment”, and all Iowa fans were treated to a comeback they will certainly never forget. With Iowa down 28-24, backed up in Purdue territory, and two minutes and change on the clock, Banks would lead the Hawkeyes quickly down the field before connecting with Dallas Clark on 4th-and-goal from the seven with just over a minute left in the game. Just thinking of that play still gives anyone who was in attendance that day goosebumps, myself included.

After that moment, it was smooth sailing for the Hawkeyes as they ripped through the rest of their Big Ten schedule winning each of their last six games by 16 points or more, including a 34-9 spanking of Michigan in the Big House. Banks threw for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns in that game as Iowa handed the Wolverines their worst home loss since 1967. Next came home wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern before Iowa traveled to Minnesota for the season finale with a Big Ten Championship on the line. Banks passed for two touchdowns, rushed for two touchdowns, Iowa won 45-21, and Hawkeye fans rushed the field and took home the Dome’s goalposts.

The Hawkeyes finished the regular season 11-1 overall and an undefeated 8-0 in Big Ten play. Iowa won a share of the Big Ten Championship with Ohio State and earned a berth to the 2003 Orange Bowl. The Hawkeyes were ranked #3 in the nation before losing to USC 38-17 in the Orange Bowl. After that loss, Iowa ended the season ranked #8 in the Final AP Poll.

Brad Banks finished the 2002 season with a completion percentage of 57.8% (170-of-294) for 2573 yards with 26 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He ranked first in all of Division 1-A in passing efficiency. Banks also rushed for 435 yards on 82 carries and scored 5 TDs on the ground. He would be named the Associated Press Player of the Year, was awarded the Davey O’Brien Award for being college football’s best quarterback, and finished a close 2nd to USC quarterback Carson Palmer in Heisman Trophy voting. And if it wasn’t for a primetime scheduled, much over-hyped USC win over an overrated Notre Dame team in late November, Brad Banks would have won that Heisman. For the record, HSN still believes that he should have.

Banks was undrafted after college and signed as a free agent with the then Steve Spurrier coached Washington Redskins. He was not a good fit for that offense and was released before the 2003 season. Banks signed with the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League and has played in Canada ever since. This season, Banks is the backup QB for the Montreal Allouettes. This year marks his 5th year in the CFL and 2nd with the Allouettes. Banks has only seen action in 3 games this season and completed his only pass thrown. With two weeks left in the regular season, Montreal is currently in 1st place in the East Division and tied for the best record in the CFL. The Grey Cup Playoffs start in two weeks on November 8th.

Earlier this year, The Rivalry, Esq. conducted an exclusive interview with Hawkeye great Brad Banks. In the short interview, Banks discusses his years at Iowa, the magical 2002 season, and life after college. If you missed it, it is definitely worth the read.

10.22.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes back gets the Greene light
10.22.08 - Football - Blog: ESPN.com Blog Network

Even in a bye week, Greene stays on task
10.22.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Bye week allows Hawkeyes to look back, wonder
10.22.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Predictors have Hawkeyes in bowl picture
10.22.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Interesting year for Hawkeyes
10.22.08 - Football - Mason City Globe Gazette

Football going Greene
10.22.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Fit, not size, key for Hawkeye coaching staff
10.22.08 - Wrestling - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Heisman Watch in Iowa City?

With his dominating performance and four touchdowns in Iowa’s win over Wisconsin on Saturday, Hawkeye running back Shonn Greene has some fans thinking of that famous bronze statue they give away in New York City every December. Greene has come back this year after missing more than a full season football to emerge as one of the best backs Iowa fans have ever seen. In fact, Greene has yet to be held under 100-yards in any game this season, and he is the only running back in Iowa history to rush for 100+ yards in eight straight games. So does Greene need to start making plans for a trip to the Downtown Athletic Club this winter? Not quite yet.

Cedar Rapids Gazette sportswriter Mike Hlas points out a number of reasons why Shonn Greene will NOT win the Heisman. Most importantly is his observation that all the smart money is on a quarterback winning this year’s Heisman Trophy award, and most likely a QB from the Big XII Conference. You can cross Missouri’s Chase Daniel off the list, but odds are still high that a Big XII quarterback will win the Heisman. Texas’ Colt McCoy has to be everyone’s frontrunner at this point.

Now that doesn’t mean that Shonn Greene isn’t in contention and shouldn’t be on the short list of players that may receive invitations to the award ceremony. If a running back is going to be invited to the Heisman Award ceremony, it will most likely be one of the three that currently lead the NCAA in rushing yards. Michigan State's Javon Ringer, UConn's Donald Brown, and Iowa's Shonn Greene.

The NCAA’s leading rusher Javon Ringer has been getting most of the Heisman pub after his fast start this season, but his name has been mentioned less frequently since Big Ten play started, and certainly after the Spartans were pounded by Ohio State last week. UConn’s Donald Brown has put up some impressive rushing statistics and has been mentioned as a candidate for the Heisman by a few national outlets. Brown currently leads the nation in yards per game average with 167.71 through seven games. Brown has also rushed for over 100 yards in each of UConn’s first seven games. He and Greene are the only backs in the country to reach 100 yards in every game played this season.

Michigan State (4) - at Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, BYE, at Penn State
UConn (5) - Cincinnati, West Virginia, at Syracuse, at USF, Pittsburgh
Iowa (4) - BYE, at Illinois, Penn State, Purdue, at Minnesota

Rush Defense (Big Ten Rank):
Illinois - 150.86 yds/gm (9th)
Penn State - 103.88 yds/gm (2nd)
Purdue - 185.14 yds/gm (11th)
Minnesota - 122.14 yds/gm (6th)

With one more game remaining than both Ringer and Greene, UConn’s Donald Brown has the best chance of ending the year as the nation’s leading rusher. Of course the Heisman Trophy has become as much about team success as personal statistics in recent years. UConn is currently 5-2 on the season and has difficult games remaining, including South Florida and Pittsburgh to end the year. The Hawkeyes’ remaining schedule looks promising, especially for Shonn Greene. Illinois and Purdue have both been giving up huge yardage on the ground this year, and Minnesota’s defense is ranked 6th in the Big Ten in rushing yards allowed per game. Obviously Iowa’s game on November 8th against Penn State will be Greene’s best opportunity to make a big splash nationally. If the Nittany Lions win at Ohio State this weekend, they will come into Kinnick undefeated in two weeks and ranked somewhere in the BCS Top 3. That game will be Penn State’s last road game and most likely televised nationally.

Now with this being said, Shonn Greene is not going to win the Heisman this year. It just isn’t going to happen. But, if the Hawkeyes finish strong in their final 4 games, get to eight wins on the season, and Greene has a big day against Penn State he could very well be holding an invitation to college football’s biggest award ceremony at season’s end. Considering where he was at this time last year that would be an unbelievable accomplishment. Either way, enjoy watching him while you can Hawkeye fans, because the 23-year old junior will most likely be playing on Sundays next year.

And in the meantime VOTE for Greene!

10.21.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

O'Keefe calls the shots for Hawkeyes
10.21.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Greene, Angerer earn Big Ten football honors
10.21.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Jake's maturity shining through
10.21.08 - Football - Hawk Central

The Takeaway: Wisconsin
10.21.08 - Football - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

Safety dance...
10.21.08 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

Greene, Angerer honored by Big Ten
10.21.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Greene nominated for national player award
10.21.08 - Football - Hawk Central

DePaul, Iowa to have closed scrimmage
10.21.08 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeye volleyball starting to catch in
10.21.08 - Volleyball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Monday, October 20, 2008

10.20.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Next stop November
10.20.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Greene rests on his ground numbers
10.20.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Shonn Greene for Heisman consideration a campaign with odds stacked against it
10.20.08 - Football - Blog: The Hlog

Greene's career day propels Hawkeyes
10.20.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawks gaining steam
10.20.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Linebacker Angerer has "breakout" game
10.20.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawkeyes go Greene
10.20.08 - Football - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kirk Ferentz issues statement on son's citation

We Twitter'd earlier today that Redshirting freshman James Ferentz, son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, was cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age at 1:26 AM this morning in University Heights. 1630 AM KCJJ in Coralville confirmed the story earlier this afternoon.

Here is Coach Kirk Ferentz's full statement regarding his son James' PAULA citation:

“I was extremely disappointed to learn of James’ very poor decision making on several levels. This offense will be treated seriously and his punishment will include immediate and total suspension from all team activities. In addition, he will be required to attend counseling sessions and fulfill substantial community service obligations over the next six weekends. I realize this is a severe penalty but it’s just given our current circumstances. The fact that James is also my son only complicates an already tough situation.”

10.17.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawks look 'to defend Kinnick'
10.17.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Grunt work: First one to discover fire wins
10.17.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wisconsin comes limping into Kinnick
10.17.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawks, Badgers stick with 'caveman' offense
10.17.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Greene an effective decoy for Hawkeyes
10.17.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Could Bielema be next Alford?
10.17.08 - Football - Hawk Central

UW in line for a struggle
10.17.08 - Football - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

UW-Iowa predictions
10.17.08 - Football - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Iowa vs Wisconsin: What 2 Watch 4

After an embarrassing 48-7 home loss to Penn State, the Wisconsin Badgers find themselves exactly where Iowa was last week: 3-3 with three straight losses (at Michigan, vs Ohio State and vs Penn State). The Hawkeyes had lost three straight games by a combined 9 points before blowing out Indiana on Saturday. Wisconsin lost to Michigan and Ohio State by 2 and 3 points respectively, before completely laying down at home to a very good Penn State team. The Badgers’ season is skidding out of control while Iowa fans found 45 reasons to be optimistic (for a week, at least). What will we see when these two teams meet on Saturday? Here are a few things to watch for when the Hawkeyes battle the Badgers.

Mirror Image?

The similarities between Iowa and Wisconsin are deep. Not only are the Badgers coached by a former Hawkeye player and former Ferentz assistant Bret Bielema, but both teams’ offensives have a very similar look. Each wants to establish the run behind their solid offensive lines while featuring strong, hard-running tailbacks with average to poor passing games. It certainly is no coincidence that recent meetings between these two teams have been very close and sometimes ugly. Iowa’s last win over the Badgers was in Madison during the 2005 season when the Hawkeyes spoiled Barry Alvarez’s final regular season game at Wisconsin with a 20-10 win. Wisconsin has since beaten the Hawks twice in a row, 24-21 in 2006, and 17-13 in last year’s struggle. Whatever happens this time around, you can be fairly confident that it is not going to be the prettiest Big Ten game on Saturday.

Wisconsin QB Controversy

Senior QB Allan Evridge was benched in Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State last weekend in favor of the junior signal caller Dustin Scherer. Scherer completed 9 of 17 passes for 115 yards with 1 interception and that was apparently enough for him to earn a start against Iowa. Word out of Madison is that Sherer has been taking most of the snaps with the 1st team in practice this week, and he is expected to make his first career start on Saturday in Iowa City. Evridge has been hurt by the turnover this year (aka throwing the ball to the other team), and Wisconsin is hoping that Sherer can do a better job of managing the game and keeping possession. Sherer will not be expected to win the game, but instead not to lose it. Sound familiar Hawkeye fans?

Iowa Run Defense

One of the brightest spots on this year’s Hawkeye team has been the run defense. Once again, Iowa is one of the best teams in the country at stopping the run. The Hawkeye run defense is ranked 18th in the nation allowing just 98.3 yards per game. Iowa has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher through seven games. The Hawkeyes held Michigan State’s Javon Ringer to just 91 yards, the only team to keep Ringer under 100 since their first game of the year at Cal. That streak will be tested again this weekend when P.J. Hill (who is somehow only a Junior?) and freshman John Clay. Hill has only been over 100-yards twice this season, but a lot of that has to do with the emergence of Clay. Hill’s average is down a bit from the previous two years, but he is still gaining 4.6 yards per carry. Clay has 303 yards on just 49 carries on the year which is good for an impressive 6.2 yard per carry average. As a team the Badgers are ranked 21st in the nation in rushing offense averaging 200.2 yards per game.

Hawkeye Running Backs

Of course the Hawkeyes have one of the best backs in the country on their side of the ball as well. Shonn Greene is now just 63 yards away from surpassing the 1,000-yard mark on the season. He has yet to be held under 100-yards in any game this year and has been averaging 6.2 yards per carry through Iowa’s seven games. Hopefully the evolving success of freshman Jewel Hampton can help lighten the load for Greene so that he is fresher during the 4th quarters of close games down the stretch. Hampton has shown signs of greatness this year and really burst onto the scene last week at Indiana after rushing for 114 yards on 22 carries in the Hawkeye win. It also sounds like Paki O’Meara will return this week after missing three straight games due to injury. Paki was the 2nd string back before suffering an injury in Iowa’s loss at Pittsburgh.

With five games left on the schedule and Iowa sitting at 4-3, every game is important. The Hawkeyes need three more wins to assure themselves a bowl berth this season. A win over Wisconsin would be great to take into the bye week before tough games at Illinois and home against Penn State. The Badgers are looking at this weekend’s game almost as a must win. After being picked to finish 2nd in the Big Ten again this preseason, Wisconsin has yet to win a conference game. Falling to 0-4 in the Big Ten and 3-4 overall would be a very quick drop from the top of the conference. No matter what happens, whichever team that wins is getting this stupid thing:

10.16.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

College or pros? Greene unsure
10.16.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Greene running into history
10.16.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Iowa on offensive with eclectic bunch
10.16.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Punting might not be dirty word on Saturday
10.16.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Family and faith: Hawkeyes’ Olsen leans on wife, religion for support
10.16.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Marriage right call for Iowa's Olsen
10.16.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Bait and switch
10.16.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Kelly quietly coping with loss of mother
10.16.08 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Mr. Basketball adds heart, homegrown talent to Hawks
10.16.08 - Basketball - Marshalltown Times-Republican

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10.15.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes, Badgers have much in common
10.15.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Wisconsin a painful memory for Brodell
10.15.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawks stay healthy
10.15.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Receivers remain positive
10.15.08 - Football - Badger Herald

Hawks can relate to Badgers' woes
10.15.08 - Football - Hawk Central

A precise point guard is what Iowa demands
10.15.08 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10.14.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Practice star puts on game face
10.14.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawkeye fans would love to hear from O'Keefe
10.14.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wisconsin in a freefall
10.14.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Questions follow 3-3 Badgers into Kinnick
10.14.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

New players, new attitude for Hawks
10.14.08 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Peterson, Hawks vow improvement
10.14.08 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Fitting the profile
10.14.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks' Cole back to speed
10.14.08 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Forward's return lifts spirits for Hawkeyes
10.14.08 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Cole braces for season
10.14.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks hope Cole's return makes big difference
10.14.08 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Gatens moving up a row
10.14.08 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Monday, October 13, 2008

10.13.08 - Hawkeye Newsstad

Victory, Hawkeye Style
10.13.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Reversing course
10.13.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Hawks hammer Hoosiers
10.13.08 - Football - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Badgers hungry for a win, Hawkeyes work on streak
10.13.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Things looking up for Hawkeye football fans
10.13.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Iowa Hawkeyes: Contenders in the Big 10 race?
10.13.08 - Football - Blog: Bleacher Report

Friday, October 10, 2008

10.10.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawks hope to escape Big Ten basement
10.10.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Guts, not glory
10.10.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes offensive line showing improvement
10.10.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Game a must-win for Iowa
10.10.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Edds eyes big goals as much as big QB hits
10.10.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawkeyes ready to run and gun
10.10.08 - Football - Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Greene to NFL talk starting early
10.10.08 - Football - Blog: Eye on the Hawks

Hawks get feel for the top
10.10.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tate, Cole will be Iowa basketball captains
10.10.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Where are they now? Merton Hanks

Merton Hanks played defensive back for Iowa from 1987 to 1990. Hanks played both corner back and safety during his four years at Iowa and excelled on special teams. During his time at Iowa, Hanks intercepted 10 passes and still holds the Hawkeye record for most blocked kicks in a career with 7. Two of those came in the 1987 Holiday Bowl (View highlight)when Hanks blocked a punt which was returned for a Hawkeye touchdown, and later blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt which sealed Iowa's 20-19 win over Wyoming. Hanks also blocked three kicks during his senior year and was named 1st Team All-Big Ten defensive back in 1990.

Merton Hanks was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th Round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons in the NFL, eight with the 49ers before playing his final season with the Seattle Seahawks in 1999. Hanks finished his NFL career with 33 interceptions and 6 total touchdowns (3 INT, 2 fumble returns, 1 punt return TD). He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was a member of the Super Bowl XXIX Champion San Francisco 49ers in 1994.

Merton Hanks retired from the NFL after the 1999 season and has since worked for the National Football League. Hanks is currently Senior Manager and Director of Operations for the NFL. His responsibilities in that role range from college relations to approving fabrics for NFL jerseys. He had also worked with former Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa) in the past few years to help propose a bill to ban Internet gambling within the United States.

10.09.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Edds' rapid development changed Ferentz's stance on freshmen
10.09.08 - Football - Quad City Times

To play or not to play
10.09.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Kroul a rock on line
10.09.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz has faith in freshman Mossbrucker
10.09.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Indiana's versatile Lewis worries Hawkeyes
10.09.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

On deck: More about Decker
10.09.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

There is a game this week: first look at Iowa
10.09.08 - Football - Blog: Hoosier Report

Bluder closing in on next level
10.09.08 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Seniors shoulder weight of hope
10.09.08 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Step right up, Iowa freshman
10.09.08 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Scouting the Enemy: Indiana Hoosiers

Record: 2-3, 0-2 Big Ten
2007 Record: 7-6
Head Coach: Bill Lynch (2nd Season, 9-9 at Indiana)

All-Time Series: Iowa leads 38-27-4
Last Meeting: Indiana 38 Iowa 20 (September 29, 2007 at Iowa)

Iowa has lost two straight games to the Indiana Hoosiers, and most fans will point to the 2006 loss at Indiana as the beginning of the Hawkeyes’ most recent slide. Since that 2006 loss in Iowa’s last trip to Bloomington, the Hawkeyes’ are 10-15. Furthermore, Iowa is only 4-12 in their last 16 Big Ten conference games after losing at Indiana in 2006. This year both teams are looking for their first conference win and trying to stay out of the Big Ten cellar. The Hawkeyes have lost three straight games by a total of nine points. With a loss to the Hoosiers this Saturday, Iowa’s chances at reaching seven wins and a bowl game this season would look slim to none. But before we get into any “must win” talk, let’s take a time-out and Scout the Enemy.


Iowa fans have certainly seen enough of Hoosier quarterback Kellen Lewis to forget about his impact in the previous two meetings. It’s hard to believe that Lewis is only a junior, but he is indeed back and leads Indiana’s offense again this season. Lewis has 817 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air as well as 375 yards rushing with 3 TDs. Thankfully for the Hawkeyes, Lewis no longer has WR James Hardy to throw to as he has graduated and moved on to the NFL. IU’s leading receivers this year are Ray Fisher and Andrew Means. Fisher has 18 catches for 111 yards, and Means has pulled in 17 passes for 236 yards. Running back Marcus Thigpen is also a huge threat in Indiana’s spread offense. Thigpen has rushed for 279 yards on just 37 carries for an average of 7.5 yards. He also has 8 receptions for 210 yards for an average of 26.2 yards per catch to go along with his six total TDs. With return yards included, Thigpen is averaging 168.8 all purpose yards per game. As a whole, the Hoosiers are averaging 421 yards of total offense per game which ranks them 3rd in the Big Ten.


Indiana has been less than impressive on the defensive side of the ball. They are giving up 344 yards and 23.2 points per game, including 42 points each in home losses to both Ball State and Michigan State. Defensive end Jammie Kirlew leads a solid defensive front and leads the Hoosiers in tackles with 31. Kirlew also ranks fifth in the nation with five sacks in IU’s first five games. Greg Middleton joins him on the D-Line again after leading the nation in sacks last year. Middleton has only one sack so far this season. Safety Nick Polk has the Hoosiers only interception on the year and 22 tackles from his spot in the secondary.


Marcus Thigpen returns kicks for Indiana and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. This year he is averaging 20.9 yards per return with a long of 33. Jerimy Finch and Ray Fisher handle the punt return duties and are both averaging 10 yards per return. Kicker Austin Starr is 4-for-6 on the season with a long of 40-yards. Chris Hagerup has punted the ball 22 times with a 43.5 yard average. He has a long of 67 yards and has 9 punts of over 50 yards.

It is awfully early in the season to begin talking about “must win” games, but if the Hawkeyes have any plans of bowling this winter, they almost definitely have to win this game. Indiana has already lost at home to Ball State and Michigan State and was beaten by Minnesota last week in the Dome. Iowa has already blown two great opportunities to win on the road this year at Pittsburgh and last week against the Spartans. A loss at Indiana would put Iowa under .500 at 3-4 with a very tough stretch of Wisconsin, at Illinois, and Penn State coming in the next four weeks. There really isn’t such a thing as a “must win” game for a 3-3 team, but as far as the emotional state of a fan base and the future of Iowa football, this Saturday’s game at Indiana is very important. Hopefully it doesn’t come to this, but three straight losses to Indiana in football is totally unacceptable for any program.

10.08.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Stanzi a work in progress
10.08.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ferentz stands up for his team
10.08.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz says there is no reason to say who goofed
10.08.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawkeyes' positives not showing up in win column
10.08.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Coach right not to name names
10.08.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz doesn't assign blame for blown play at Michigan State
10.08.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Ferentz: My job to handle media, not assistants
10.08.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes examine their losses
10.08.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz still confident in kicker
10.08.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

10.07.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes' ball security is a growing concern
10.07.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Close-game magic
10.07.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Hoosiers struggled in loss
10.07.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Scouting the Hoosiers
10.07.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Iowa seeing red in the red zone
10.07.08 - Football - ESPN.com Blog Network

Can Iowa win 3 more games to become bowl eligible?
10.07.08 - Football - Daily Iowan

Assistant Jordan optimistic about new-look Hawks
10.07.08 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Monday, October 6, 2008

10.06.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Learning curve steep for Hawkeyes
10.06.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Too close for comfort
10.06.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes seeing progress but not victories
10.06.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

The Takeaway: Michigan State
10.06.08 - Football - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

AD likes direction Hawkeyes heading
10.06.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Greene impresses ex-Hawk Russell
10.06.08 - Football - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Hawks land son of former Bear
10.06.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Covert, son of NFL lineman, says he'll play for Hawkeyes
10.06.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa lands first recruit for class of 2010
10.06.08 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Iowa gets new field at last
10.06.08 - Softball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Saturday, October 4, 2008

10.04.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Breaking it down: Hawkeyes vs. Spartans
10.04.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa, Michigan State look a lot alike
10.04.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Beasts of Burden: Ringer, Greene
10.04.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Michigan State sees a lot of similarities in Iowa
10.04.08 - Football - Detroit Free Press

No spread, just bread and butter
10.04.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ferentz shoots down criticism of coaches
10.04.08 - Football - Quad City Times

There's a game on Saturday? 'MSU' Edition
10.04.08 - Football - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

Iowa looks to rebound this week in East Lansing
10.04.08 - Football - Blog: cidsports

Friday, October 3, 2008

10.03.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Finishing at forefront for struggling Hawkeyes
10.03.08 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawkeyes to see plenty of Ringer
10.03.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ringer will keep carrying ball - Strategy's worked so far
10.03.08 - Football - Livingston Daily

How much longer can Javon Ringer handle a heavy workload?
10.03.08 - Football - Detroit Free Press

Helmet-to-helmet calls make consfusing impact
10.03.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Helmet logos are the best part of these uniforms
10.03.08 - Football - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Hawks off to best Big Ten start since 2000
10.03.08 - Volleyball - Hawk Central

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Iowa-Michigan State Statistical Analysis

Here’s a quick comparison of the stats going into Saturday’s game between Iowa and Michigan State. The Hawkeye defense will be tested by Michigan State’s top-25 ranked rushing attack led by the talented Javon Ringer. Here is the full breakdown:

CategoryMichigan State

NCAA RankIowaNCAA Rank
Rushing Off.203.425186.235
Passing Off.198.677209.265
Total Off.402.042395.445
Scoring Off.31.04228.458
Rushing Def.123.444100.428
Pass Defense229.686182.036
Pass Eff. Def.105.472994.247
Total Defense353.063282.420
Scoring Defense16.82810.24
TO Margin+1.0200.058

Iowa still has solid ranks on the defensive side of the ball despite back-to-back losses. Of course, those numbers may be a bit misleading considering the Hawkeyes’ three wins have come against Maine, Florida International, and Iowa State. Not exactly college football's elite. After a season opening loss at California, the Spartans’ have won four straight games and rushed for over 200 yards as a team in all four of those wins.

10.02.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes way too charitable, Ferentz warns
10.02.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Sophomore Bulaga settling in at tackle
10.02.08 - Footbal - Quad City Times

Bulaga's future bright on Iowa line
10.02.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Passing prowess looking up for Hawks
10.02.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Dantonio: Iowa will be 'very physical football game'
10.02.08 - Football - MLive.com

Lickliters make Hawkeye hoops a family affair
10.02.08 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Scouting the Enemy: Michigan State Spartans

Record: 4-1
2007 Record: 7-6
Head Coach: Mark Dantonio (2nd Season, 11-7 at MSU)

All-Time Series: Iowa leads 20-17-2
Last Meeting: Iowa 34, Michigan State 27, 2 OTs (October 27, 2007 at Iowa)

The Hawkeyes will try to rebound from two straight crushing losses and get back in the win column on Saturday against Michigan State at East Lansing. Kirk Ferentz has never won as head coach at Michigan State, and Iowa has not won in East Lansing since 1995. This year’s Spartan squad is 4-1 and 1-0 in conference play after last week’s 42-29 win at Indiana. MSU lost their season opener 38-31 at Cal before sweeping through the rest of their non-conference slate with home wins over Eastern Michigan (42-10), Florida Atlantic (17-0), and Notre Dame (23-7). The Hawkeyes will face their toughest test to date on Saturday when they face off against the Spartans. With that in mind, let’s take a few moments to Scout the Enemy.


Everything on the offensive end for Michigan State starts and ends with Javon Ringer. The senior tailback has been an absolute workhorse for the Spartans through their first 5 games. Ringer leads the nation in all-purpose yards from scrimmage (235.6), touchdowns (12) and carries per game (37.4). He also ranks second in the country in rushing with a 179.4 yards per game average. Through five games, Ringer has rushed for 897 yards on 187 carries. To put that into perspective, Iowa’s Shonn Greene has 665 yards on 99 attempts. Ringer has carried the ball over 30 times in four straight games including a season high 44 rushes last weekend against Indiana. He finished with 198 yards against the Hoosiers, just two yards away from eclipsing the 200-yard mark for the third consecutive game. Thanks in large part to the success of Ringer Michigan State ranks first in the Big Ten in time of possession, averaging over 33 minutes of possession a game. Ringer is an early candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year and will undoubtedly be in the running for the Heisman Trophy if he can continue his torrent pace. He will need 103 yards to pass the 1,000-yard mark in only the sixth regular season game against the Hawkeyes on Saturday.

To go along with Ringer’s legs, the Spartans also have experience in the passing game with senior QB Brian Hoyer under center. Hoyer has been less efficient than he showed last season and is only connecting on 46.5 percent of his passes this year. He has thrown for 961 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Hoyer’s main target this season has been sophomore receiver Mark Dell. Dell has caught 19 balls for 425 yards and 2 scores. He is averaging 22.4 yards per catch. Freshman B.J. Cunningham is the only other Spartan receiver with more than 10 receptions. Cunning has caught 11 passes for 202 yards and is still looking for his first TD.


The Spartans come into Saturday’s game ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring defense. Opponents are averaging only 16.8 points per game against MSU. Sophomore linebacker Greg Jones leads Michigan State with 35 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for a loss. Junior safety Dan Fortener has 29 tackles which is second most on the team. The Spartan defense has a total of 7 sacks on the season led by defensive lineman Trevor Anderson who has 2.5 sacks. The Michigan State secondary is led by senior safety Otis Wiley. Wiley has broken up six passes and leads Big Ten with four interceptions. As a team, the Spartans have caused 10 turnovers and have a +5 turnover margin.


Michigan State will have a distinct advantage in the kicking game on Saturday. Brett Swenson has connected on 9 of 10 field goals and currently leads the Big Ten in field goals made. He is 4-for-4 from over 40 yards away with a long of 48 yards. Punter Aaron Bates has punted a conference leading 28 times with a 41 yard average. He has landed 8 of those punts inside the 20 and has a long of 53 yards. The Spartans have had 2 punts blocked so far this year. Javon Ringer returns kicks for Michigan State and is averaging 20.4 yard per return. Otis Wiley has returned 14 punts for an average of 11.9 yards per return with a long of 78 yards.

This Saturday is shaping up to be a critical game for this year’s Hawkeyes. After losing two straight games that frankly Iowa should have won, the Hawks are a loss at Michigan State away from being 3-3. The upcoming schedule is certainly not going to be any easier with dates against Wisconsin, Illinois, and Penn State looming. Iowa cannot afford to give anymore games away and will have to win some games they are not expected to in order to finish the season above .500 for the first time since 2005.

10.01.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Buck stops with Ferentz
10.01.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ferentz defends assistants
10.01.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Coaches' caution with Greene shows change of times
10.01.08 - Football - Quad City Times

More caution used today after head hits
10.01.08 - Football - Des Moines Register

Ferentz, Hawks staying optimistic
10.01.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz talks up Michigan State
10.01.08 - Football - Quad City Times

The few, the proud - Iowa's 2005 recruiting class
10.01.08 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

2005 class' absence is glaring
10.01.08 - Football - Hawk Central

Tailbacks for Iowa, Michigan State carry big loads
10.01.08 - Football - Ann Arbor News

Spartans have unfinished business
10.01.08 - Football - Detroit Free Press

Other Brands 'coming home'
10.01.08 - Wrestling - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Brands brothers reuniting
10.01.08 - Wrestling - Hawk Central