By Tom Pelissero USA TODAY Sports Former defensive tackle Christian Ballard says there is no deep, dark secret about why he abruptly left the Minnesota Vikings during training camp. He’s not mentally or physically ill. He’s not in trouble. In Ballard’s words, he just “wasn’t living right” – and an NFL career that saw him […]
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When the Minnesota Vikings released their first depth chart Monday, a former Iowa Hawkeye was moving up. Christian Ballard is now listed No. 2 at the under tackle position, behind Kevin Williams. It’s a significant bump for Ballard, a third-year pro with 29 career tackles. “I’m just trying to come out here and focus on […]
Recruiting class attrition, staff makeover and injuries hamper program since BCS bowl victory after 2009 season.
Junior Steve Bigach, a future doctor, got a sack in his first start Saturday.
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Big game. Bigger memories. “My first sack,” Iowa defensive tackle Dominic Alvis said. “It’s something you don’t forget.” So when he runs into Jack Trice Stadium for Saturday’s 11 a.m. Cy-Hawk showdown, he’ll do it looking to repeat what he did last season against the Cyclones. On third-and-10 from the Iowa […]
Some Hawkeyes cut, some survive cuts as NFL rosters trimmed to 53.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Christian Ballard kept tumbling down the draft board in April, with teams passing on the physically gifted defensive lineman two, three, even four times. All Ballard could do was sit and wait, and the long and arduous experience finally ended on the final day when the Minnesota Vikings grabbed him […]
Iowa City, Ia. — Talk about newborn baby fat … You should have seen Carl Davis when he first plodded into Iowa City this time last fall. “I was pretty heavy and not very solid,” the Hawkeye defensive tackle said, shaking his head. “Coach (Chris) Doyle had his work cut out for him.” The Iowa […]
Iowa City, Ia. — The Iowa buzz at last week’s Big Ten Conference media gathering in Chicago was so mundane, that reporters actually ran out of serious questions for coach Kirk Ferentz. “That’s the way we like it,” Ferentz said. He subscribes to the no-news-is-good-news philosophy, which means there isn’t likely to be much breaking […]
The Ricky Stanzi highlight reel popped onto ESPN’s NFL draft telecast Saturday afternoon and included a clip of the Iowa quarterback tossing a touchdown pass to Tony Moeaki. There might be more of those in the years to come. The Kansas City Chiefs picked Stanzi in the fifth round Saturday, ending Iowa’s 18-year draft drought […]