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Media day notes: Unlimited food, C.J. Beathard, summer contact

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014 |

TIME TO FEAST

Nobody is happier about the NCAA’s new food policy than Hawkeye linebacker Bo Bower.

“He’d eat anything,” fellow linebacker John Kenny said. “He’s a pretty big eater.”

Starting last week, the governing body of college sports allows unlimited meals and snacks for athletes.

So what’s a typical dinner for the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Bower?

“There’s a restaurant called BlackStone that I go to,” Bower said. “My courses there consists of a salad, four chicken fingers with barbeque sauce, and then they have a chicken breast that’s really good.

“I have a couple of those, and then some mac-n-cheese. Maybe a dessert here and there.”

According to Iowa’s strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, the NCAA’s policy changes will help coaches make sure players get the right sort of nutrients and calories.

Bower, a redshirt freshman from West Branch, sees a fruitful future.

“I hear we get food non-stop,” he said, “Hopefully, because I’m always snacking.”

FAMOUS GRANDFATHER

Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard used to wonder why people would ask for his grandfather’s autograph.

That’s because Bobby Beathard was a big deal in the NFL, as general manager of the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.

“The Chargers were my favorite team,” C.J. Beathard said. “So we used to go out to the training camps all the time and hang out with those guys, like Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison.”

That experience also gave C.J. a chance to be around quarterbacks Ryan Leaf, Jim Harbaugh, Drew Brees and Doug Flutie.

Now Bobby Beathard is keeping tabs on the Hawkeyes.

“He calls me all the time, asks me how things went,” C.J. said. “He’s real in-tune and checks in.”

WATCHFUL EYE

For the first time, college football coaches were allowed to have access to their players during the summer.

How did that impact the Hawkeyes?

“To me, the summer is more for Chris Doyle and his staff,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “But it is fun to watch them train and see how they work and handle things.

“I’m really pleased with the physical part. I think that’s been really good. The mental part, we’ve got a ways to go. We’re in shape right now to start practice. That part’s great. Now we’ve got to get in football shape.”

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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