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Iowa’s offensive identity an enticing work in progress

[ 0 ] September 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Is the Iowa offense in the midst of an identity crisis? Saturday’s season-opening football victory against Northern Iowa featured more variety than we’re used to from coach Kirk Ferentz. And to be honest, it was a little unsettling. “I wouldn’t call it a crisis if the receivers are making more plays […]

Ferentz talks short passes, Martin-Manley, revamped Ball State

[ 0 ] September 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Hawkeyes columnist Rick Brown will offer five quick-hit talking points from each Iowa football news conference of the season. Here’s the early buzz before Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Ball State: THE SHORT STUFF: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said the short passing game used against Northern Iowa was a result of the […]

Hawkeye receivers catching on, but does Iowa earn passing grade?

[ 0 ] September 1, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Faith in Iowa’s passing game seems fleeting for now. Midway through the first half of Saturday’s season-opening victory against Northern Iowa, a former Hawkeye receiver began expressing his frustrations via Twitter. “C’mon Ruddock [sic] trust the (receivers) down the field,” Marvin McNutt tweeted, in reference to quarterback Jake Rudock. McNutt, who […]

Brown: Iowa needs to put age-old football adage to work

[ 0 ] August 31, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – It’s a school of thought that’s been part of football since they started putting facemasks on helmets. And probably before that. You’ve probably heard it hundreds of times: A team makes the most improvement from Game 1 to Game 2. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz subscribes to that axiom. Now it’s up to […]

Digital Rewind: How Iowa’s late play cast some early worries aside

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

As the fourth quarter of Iowa’s 2014 opener dawned Saturday afternoon, you’d have thought the angst was ratcheting up faster than David Johnson’s receiving yards total for Northern Iowa against the Hawkeyes’ green linebacking corps. Too worrisome, too soon from Hawk Central’s first live game chat? Indeed, as Quinton Alston, Bo Bower and Reggie Spearman […]

What two-QB system? Ferentz praises Rudock, doesn’t use Beathard

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – There has been lots of talk about Iowa using two quarterbacks this season with the continued improvement of sophomore backup C.J. Beathard. It remained as talk on Saturday, as junior starter Jake Rudock went the distance during a season-opening 31-23 victory over Northern Iowa. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he never considered […]

Two quarterbacks better than one? We’ll find out

[ 0 ] August 7, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. Iowa’s two-quarterback attack appears headed to the field this fall. Count me in. My endorsement is not a knock on junior Jake Rudock. His cerebral approach and command of the playbook make him the Hawkeyes’ clear No. 1 choice at quarterback. With a season under his belt, I expect Rudock to throw […]

Hawkeye media day: LeShun Daniels, Rudock/Beathard, life after C.J.

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Hawkeye columnist Rick Brown provides the five biggest talking points from Iowa football media day on Monday: Depth at running back: The core of the running game rests in backs Mark Weisman, Jordan Canzeri, Damon Bullock and LeShun Daniels. “We have four guys we can put in a game and have confidence in,” […]

The scoop on Kirk Ferentz: He’s really not plain vanilla

[ 0 ] August 3, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Who says Kirk Ferentz can’t change? This summer he switched favorite ice creams, from Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia to a coffee flavor the company brought out of recall. “Boy, it’s good,” Ferentz said. “Too good.” And get this. Iowa players will now get their weekly scouting reports on their iPads. “Basically, […]

Hawkeye football team ranked No. 32 by Phil Steele’s magazine

[ 0 ] May 30, 2014

Preseason magazines are starting to pop up on store shelves, but Phil Steele tweeted his page on Iowa this morning. He has the Hawkeyes at No. 32 nationally and lists them as a “prime” contender in the newly formed Big Ten West Division. Steele points to Iowa’s favorable schedule and the return of eight starters […]