Georgia Tech’s offense had been unstoppable, averaging 307.2 rushing yards and running all the way to the school’s first Orange Bowl game in 43 years. But the ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets were about to run into No. 10 Iowa and defensive coordinator Norm Parker. Iowa’s 24-14 Orange Bowl victory on Jan. 5, 2010, was the program’s […]
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Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz sees the offensive line coming together, and freshman guard Sean Welsh is fitting in nicely. There were some doubts about Welsh, who is 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, being able to maintain his starting spot. “I think Sean Welsh has kind of risen above,” Ferentz said. “He’s clearly our fifth guy, […]
Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker left our world early Monday morning to be with his son in a better place. News of his death at the age of 72 wasn’t necessarily a shock. Parker already was living on borrowed time due to the debilitating effects of diabetes. “God had been trying to get him […]
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The news of Norm Parker’s death left members of his Iowa football family dazed. This, after all, was a man who stymied quarterbacks, defied diabetes — and emerged as the most beloved assistant coach in Hawkeye history. “It’s hard to put into words,” said Jordan Bernstine, a Des Moines Lincoln alum who played defensive back […]
IOWA CITY – The only thing missing from Phil Parker’s resume is a mystique. Saturday, he can begin to build one. As Iowa’s defensive coordinator, Parker had an entire offseason to prepare for Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch — making the 2:42 p.m. opener a litmus test. If the Hawkeyes can corral the Huskies’ Heisman […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – They’re really not different. Not all that much anyway. Phil Parker is Norm Parker – only with another first name — and that’s not a bad thing for the Iowa football team. Their defensive philosophies are the same – so far anyway — as the Hawkeyes prepare for Saturday’s 11 a.m. […]
Blitz? At Iowa? It could happen from a variety of positions as the defense transitions between coordinators – from Parkers Norm to Phil. “Sometimes you have to,” Phil Parker said putting additional heat on quarterbacks. Cornerbacks playing close to receivers before the ball is snapped? “Sometimes you have to,” Parker said. Welcome to the brave […]
JVB watching for O’Keefe, defensive changes, Rogers’ role, and Hawkeyes know they are being picked low.