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  1. Hawkeye Freshman Peter Jok
  2. ‘Johnny Weisman’ looks to return Hawks to glory days
  3. Midweek Update - Looking Forward to Next Week & Back at Last Weekend
  4. Strangest Play Call on Saturday
  5. Predictability spells L-O-S-S for Hawkeyes
  6. Submit a Post Game Interview Question
  7. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis is in his second year under Ferentz
  8. Hawkeye Football Media Day


DateTeamTVTime
Aug.31 Northern ILL BTN2:30pm
Sept.7Missouri State BTN11am
Sept.14@ Iowa StateFox Sports 15pm
Sept.21Western Michigan TBATBA
Sept.28@ Minnesota TBA2:30pm
Oct.5Michigan State TBA11am
Oct.19@ Ohio State TBA2:30pm
Oct.26Northwestern TBATBA
Nov.2Wisconsin TBATBA
Nov.9@ Purdue TBATBA
Nov.23Michigan TBATBA
Nov.29@ Nebraska ABC11am



 






Friday, August 30, 2013

Submit a Post Game Interview Question

We here at HSN would like to give you the chance to ask a post game question that our Senior Writer Brian Campbell will ask after tomorrow's game vs Northern Illinois.

Follow us on Twitter @HawkeyeNews and submit any question would like asked after tomorrow's game. We will pick the best question and Brian will ask it during the post game press conference or in the locker room to a player.

We will post the question and answer tomorrow night after the game!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis is in his second year under Ferentz

IOWA CITY – Iowa football fans looking for some sign of hope this season after  a disappointing 4-8 season a year ago may have found a glimmer Tuesday during Media Day at the Hayden Fry Football Complex.
Finally something to get excited about.
The Hawkeyes are picked by many to finish last in their division primarily because of inexperience at quarterback, a lack of playmakers and an offense that had trouble scoring. No promises were made by coach Kirk Ferentz, but a slight whiff of optimism was in the air, and it smelled like a more up-tempo, wide-open offense – one that could result a few more points than the 19.3 the Hawks averaged a year ago.
And maybe a few more wins as well.
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis is in his second year under Ferentz. He brings to Iowa an impressive list of credentials from his 13 years under Mack Brown at Texas, including one season in which the Longhorns averaged more than 50 points per game. But Davis doesn’t have the athletes at Iowa that he had at Texas. Instead, he will attempt to overcome that deficiency with gameplans, schemes and formations designed to keep defenses off-balance and on their heels.
Chief among the changes will be a no-huddle offense designed to push the pace of play. To an offense that under Ferentz’s the past 14 years changed at glacial speeds if at all, this seems like the roadrunner in comparison. But one challenge that Davis will have to overcome to be successful is a receiving corps that lacks experience. Kevonte Martin-Manley had 52 catches last season and will start at one receiving spot, but the next three receivers on the depth chart have fewer than a dozen catches total last season. According to backup quarterback C.J. Beathard, Davis will be looking to take more shots downfield when the opportunities arise. That could be problematic, however, if the quarterback and most of the receivers lack experience.
“One of the things we felt we needed, after evaluating a lot of things in the off-season, was that we needed more snaps,” Davis said.
The Hawkeyes averaged 62.5 plays per season, and statistics show that if Davis can push that to 70 or more that could boost scoring by a touchdown. However, taking more snaps in the same formation (one back, three receivers) doesn’t work by itself. The key is to mix in two-tight end or two-back sets so the defense has to adjust personnel on the fly.
 “It can vary from fast to slow,” said running back Mark Weisman, who added that the team has run plays in practice with both Weisman and backup tailback Damon Bullock on the field at the same time. “It’s harder for the defense to get lined up like that. If they are trying to make rotations and we are not huddling, they don’t know when we are going to snap the ball.”
For now, Hawkeye fans can only hope the changes Davis makes this season will be good enough to snap a string of six consecutive losses.

By Brian Campbell
Hawkeyesportsnews.com Senior Writer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hawkeye Football Media Day

IOWA CITY – The horde of reporters at media day that surrounded Iowa’s new starting quarterback, Jake Rudock, wasted little time in grilling the redshirted sophomore about his new job and the upcoming season, seemingly asking him to explain everything except Einstein’s theory of relativity.
He probably could have answered that, too.
The Hawkeyes officially kicked off their season Tuesday at the Hayden Fry Football Complex and, as expected, Rudock was the star of the show. But what probably wasn’t expected was the cerebral and businesslike approach that the 20-year-old Rudock displayed and that other players and coaches talked about almost to a man.
“I asked him last night what (classes) he was taking,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I didn’t take many of those courses, I can tell you that. Probably none of those courses, to be specific. He’s on a different planet. That’s a good thing. He communicates well, he’s not an egghead. . . He’s a smart guy but he’s also a guy who prepares. He’s very, very serious about what’s in front of him and he does the same thing academically.”
When not dissecting the Hawkeyes’ defense in practice, Rudock is a pre-med major whose course schedule includes organic chemistry, physics, anthropology and library research. He said his scientific approach to taking his first college snap in the season-opener against Northern Illinois on Saturday will mirror the way he tackles Einstein, Newton, Curie and Nobel.
“My high school coach always said I was very businesslike,” said Rudock, a son of a lawyer and a three-year member of the National Honor Society while at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  “I’m smiling with all you guys right here, but in a game I’m not really smiling. I kind of stay to myself, but I go around the team and talk to the team and really focus on that and not pay attention to much else.”
Rudock has waited two years for his chance but it didn’t come easy. He was locked in a battle with two other young quarterbacks with no college experience, C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol. The competition was so close that Rudock only found out a few days ago that he would be the starter Saturday.
“It’s hard to say it surprised me because I’ve been trying to prepare as if I had to be ready to go,” Rudock said. “I wouldn’t say as much as surprised as it was a great feeling, a happy feeling.”
Rudock will take the reins from former Hawk quarterback James Vandenberg, who took every snap last season. Vandenberg threw just seven touchdown passes in 2012, and Rudock knows that a repeat performance this year won’t sit well with Hawkeye Nation.
“I came to Iowa to play football,” Rudock said. “I’ve been working since high school to say, ‘Hey, hopefully I’ll get a shot somewhere in college.’ Then you get the shot but you still have to keep working and keep going. Hopefully it’s just the beginning.”
It may be just the beginning, but Iowa fans are hoping the great Rudock experiment will someday be worthy of a textbook or two of its own.

By Brian Campbell
Hawkeyesportsnews.com Senior Writer

** Photo courtesy of (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG) **

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

08.20.13 - Hawkeye Links

Hawkeyes Return to ESPN's 'Super Tuesday'
HawkeyeSports.com
http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/081913aac.html

ESPN's "Super Tuesday" College Basketball Feature Loves the Hawkeyes
Black Heart Gold Pants
http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2013/8/19/4637424/espn-super-tuesday-iowa-college-basketball-lineup

Pierre Pierce leaves Hawks angry, again
HawkMania.com
http://qctimes.com/sports/basketball/college/big-10/iowa/pierce-leaves-hawkeyes-angry-again/article_745c4427-b830-57d2-9186-c3ef94483f45.html

Rudock takes lead in Iowa QB derby
HawkMania.com
http://qctimes.com/sports/football/college/big-10/iowa/rudock-takes-lead-in-iowa-qb-derby/article_0bfe3de5-d670-5c83-b413-86ef1dad9f9b.html

Men's basketball: Pierre Pierce haunts Hawkeyes in France
Des Moines Register
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130819/SPORTS/130819041/Men-s-basketball-Pierre-Pierce-haunts-Hawkeyes-in-France

Hawkeyes fall to French team, Pierre Pierce
The Gazette
http://thegazette.com/2013/08/19/hawkeyes-fall-to-french-team-pierre-pierce/

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Did Johnny Manziel Commit NCAA Violations on Purpose?

If Sherlock Holmes could talk he would probably say Johnny Manziel was trying to get caught.

Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is back in the news again, this time at the center of an autograph signing scandal. While the rest of the world tries to figure out whodunit, it doesn't take a consulting detective to figure out Manziel might have done it on purpose for several reasons that all add up to make a very compelling case.

But why, you ask?

Let's examine the evidence.

Manziel has made it clear via social media that he doesn't like to be in college. He doesn't like the scrutiny and constant intrusion into his private life. He certainly doesn't like people telling him what he can and can't do. He even went so far as to tweet that he can't wait to leave Texas A&M. That doesn't sound like a guy who wants to toe the line and whose list of required reading includes an NCAA rulebook.

Manziel reportedly signed hundreds of autographs in exchange for thousands of dollars. He didn't sneak into a hotel room at 3 a.m. He wasn't slipped a brown paper bag underneath the table. He signed the autographs in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses. He knew the memorabilia would end up for sale with his name on it. He had to know that taking money in exchange for his autograph was an NCAA violation worthy of him being suspended. And he comes from a wealthy family, so he certainly didn't do it because he needed the money.

Manziel wants to play football. It's clear he wants to make money. It's clearer he wants to make a lot of money playing football. Coming off a banner year in which he led the Aggies to a top-5 ranking, Manziel knows his stock will never be higher. By NFL rule, he can't enter the draft until 2014. A lot of things can happen if he plays another season, and most of them are bad. He could get hurt, have a bad year or have his weaknesses exposed. His draft stock could slip from the first round to the fourth, fifth or even lower. And don't think Manziel won't be a first-round pick. Guys such as Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn have all been recent first-round selections. By not playing this season, Manziel locks in his value based on last season's performance. NFL teams will be standing in line to draft him.

Last but not least is Manziel's personality. He's brash, cocky, independent, stubborn and a few other things. He's the kind of guy who wouldn't pass up the chance to stick it to the man, in this case the NCAA and Texas A&M. He knows both organizations are getting rich off his name and fame while he's forced to put 87 grade gas in his Mercedes Benz. You can bet your horns that doesn't sit well with him. And since he's not interested in the free education, getting suspended and sitting out the season would keep the NCAA and Texas A&M from taking him to the bank.

And to paraphrase an old gumshoe, once you have eliminated all the possibilities, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

- Brian Campbell - HSN Staff Writer

Friday, August 9, 2013

08.09.13 - Hawkeye Links

24 Hawkeyes to Watch: Christian Kirksey
HawkeyeSports.com
http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080813aac.html

No. 17 — LB Anthony Hitchens
The Gazette
http://thegazette.com/2013/08/08/no-17-lb-anthony-hitchens/

Hawkeyes high on Powell
Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/08/3551318/hawkeyes-high-on-powell.html

Hawkeyes have defensive holes to fill as well
HawkMania.com
http://qctimes.com/sports/football/college/big-10/iowa/hawkeyes-have-defensive-holes-to-fill-as-well/article_e5069cdf-762e-5e09-a22c-c6b33197bcfc.html

Brandon Wegher to play for Morningside
Sioux City Journal
http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/state-and-regional/brandon-wegher-to-play-for-morningside/article_618b1cf8-8dee-51b7-96e2-d1958e7b8f9e.html

Former Iowa & Heelan RB Brandon Wegher cleared to play football for Morningside
KTIV TV
http://www.ktiv.com/story/23086863/2013/08/08/brandon-wegher-cleared-to-play-football-for-morningside-in-the-fall

Wegher happy for Morningside football opportunity
Sioux City Journal
http://siouxcityjournal.com/sports/football/wegher-happy-for-morningside-football-opportunity/article_7bda0213-3b0c-55ef-aa47-5e7b831a8f92.html

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

08.07.13 - Hawkeye Links

Hawkeyes are not alone in search for a starting quarterback
Hawkmania.com
http://qctimes.com/sports/college/big-10/iowa/hawkeyes-are-not-alone-in-search-for-a-starting-quarterback/article_74e4f640-f3fd-56b6-9d96-848acc732f8d.html

Hawkeyes open wrestling season Nov. 15
The Gazette
http://thegazette.com/2013/08/05/hawkeyes-open-wrestling-season-nov-15/

Hawkeye hoops team prepares for trip to Europe
KTIV News
http://www.ktiv.com/story/23063070/2013/08/06/hawkeye-hoops-team-prepares-for-trip-to-europe

Ferentz proud of Hawkeyes in NFL
WCF Courier
http://wcfcourier.com/sports/college/iowa/ferentz-proud-of-hawkeyes-in-nfl/article_ee44d8be-fd7b-11e2-badc-001a4bcf887a.html

Ferentz still weighing Hawkeyes’ QB options
SouthwestIowaNews.com
http://www.southwestiowanews.com/council_bluffs/sports/other/ferentz-still-weighing-hawkeyes-qb-options/article_097214ae-fefc-11e2-8bce-001a4bcf887a.html

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

08.06.13 - Hawkeye Links

Podcast: ‘On Iowa’ talks football camp
The Gazette
http://thegazette.com/2013/08/05/podcast-on-iowa-talks-football-camp/

2013 Iowa football's 10 things to know: Can Kirk Ferentz turn it around again?
SB Nation
http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/7/25/4542668/iowa-hawkeyes-football-2013-preview-schedule-roster

This year, Hawkeye cagers are Boys of Summer
The Gazette
http://thegazette.com/2013/08/05/this-year-hawkeye-cagers-are-boys-of-summer/

Iowa Hawkeyes: Wilson, Clark leave program
Galesburg.com
http://www.galesburg.com/sports/x84134460/Iowa-Hawkeyes-Wilson-Clark-leave-program

Basabe Returns Focused, Determined
HawkeyeSports.com
http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/080613aab.html

Monday, August 5, 2013

08.05.13 - Hawkeye Links


Iowa Hawkeyes Begin 2013 Preseason Football Practice: A Primer
Black Heart Golf Pants
http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2013/8/5/4590002/iowa-hawkeyes-begin-2013-preseason-football-practice-a-primer

Iowa Football: Hawkeyes will play five preseason ranked teams in 2013
examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com/article/iowa-football-hawkeyes-will-play-five-preseason-ranked-teams-2013?cid=rss

Editor's Corner: Five fearless predictions for football season
Des Moines Register
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130803/SPORTS/308030012/Editor-s-Corner-Five-fearless-predictions-football-season

Receiver leaves Iowa football team
Radio Iowa
http://www.radioiowa.com/2013/08/05/receiver-leaves-iowa-football-team/

Saturday, August 3, 2013

New Writer Joins Staff of Hawkeye Sports News

Veteran sports journalist and Iowa City native Brian Campbell has joined the staff of Hawkeyesportsnews.com.

Campbell’s primary duties will be University of Iowa football and basketball. He has spent more than 20 years covering nearly every major pro and college sport, including football, basketball, baseball and golf. He has been a writer and editor for The Tribune Co., managing editor of Golfweek magazine and sports editor of The Daily Commercial.

Campbell is also a former member of The Associated Press Sports Editors, the Golf Writers Association of America and the Florida Sports Writers Association. He is also credited with starting the country’s first fantasy golf magazine and the nation’s first syndicated golf page.

Among his many career highlights, Campbell lists being over the pit wall with Jimmie Johnson’s pit crew during the Daytona 500, shooting 3-pointers during the NBA All-Star game, catching bass with Aaron Martens during the Bassmaster Classic and walking a practice round with Arnold Palmer during the Bay Hill Classic.

Campbell has two college degrees, including a B.A. in journalism. After graduating from Iowa City West, he attended the University of Iowa in the early ‘80s before moving to Florida to pursue a career in sports writing.