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Christian Ballard: NFL ‘wasn’t fun for me’

[ 0 ] September 17, 2013

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 […]

Ex-Hawkeye Ballard making impact with Vikings

[ 0 ] August 6, 2013

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 […]

Why is Iowa football struggling less than 3 years after BCS bowl win?

[ 0 ] November 1, 2012

Recruiting class attrition, staff makeover and injuries hamper program since BCS bowl victory after 2009 season.

Bigach most recent D-lineman to step up

[ 0 ] October 19, 2011

Junior Steve Bigach, a future doctor, got a sack in his first start Saturday.

Dominic Alvis hopes for another Big Game memory

[ 0 ] September 7, 2011

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 […]

Hawks in the NFL, latest news

[ 3 ] September 5, 2011

Some Hawkeyes cut, some survive cuts as NFL rosters trimmed to 53.

Vikings’ rookie Christian Ballard making good 1st impression

[ 0 ] August 30, 2011

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 […]

Season preview: Carl Davis has big part in defense

[ 0 ] August 21, 2011

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 […]

Media day draws near, and here are some questions

[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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 […]

5 more Hawks called to NFL

[ 0 ] April 30, 2011

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 […]