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Friday, November 25, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Barney’s Beanery, 3 locations: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena
IOWA VS NEBRASKA
Happy Thanksgiving LA Iowa Club! The 7-4 Hawkeyes prepare to feast upon potential Big 10 West Champions Nebraska for the 6th Annual Heroes Rivalry game. Wins against #3 Michigan and Illinois have given Iowa the opportunity to finish the season the way they expected coming off last year’s 12-0 season. How many Hawkeye fans will be doing some Black Friday shopping off cases of beer and Vodka!
The border war always brings out the best in both teams, but Nebraska is playing for the chance to represent the West in Indianapolis; and bring their program and their fan base back to their “glory days”. The Cornhuskers have enough to worry about, seeing what the Hawkeye defense had in store for the Wolverines; but the health of Quarterback Tommy Armstrong is just as concerning. The versatile QB has taken his fair share of punishment, even being carted off the field on the road at Ohio State. If Armstrong is unable to go, they’ll rely on Ryker Fyfe; who is dealing with a broken hand himself. With so much of Nebraska’s offense centering on Armstrong’s ability to create plays, if he’s not able to go; or isn’t able to use his explosive speed, the balance of power tilts to the Hawkeyes Defense.
Coach Ferentz was filled with emotion after upsetting Michigan and with good reason. Just a few weeks ago, Iowa was being talked about as possibly missing out on a bowl game. If the Hawks go 3 out of their last 4 games with wins over #3 and #18, they set themselves in line for a great bowl game and a renewed purpose. Quite frankly, 2016 didn’t go as CJ Beathard planned; and I’m sure no one is more disappointed in that then him. Losing Wideout Matt Vandeberg proved to be a greater loss than most expected as Iowa has yet to find a consistent target. Dropped passes can’t be overlooked when looking at Beathard’s struggles. At the same time, Beathard’s inability to escape pressure has been an underlining issue all season long. What do you do when you struggle moving through the air; you pound it on the ground. Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels have taken full advantage of the spotlight, many times hoisting the Hawkeyes on their shoulders. Credit the offensive line for stepping up to the challenge. They’ve taken their fair share of criticism as well, but they’ve developed into a much more solid unit lately.
Defensive Lineman Jaleel Johnson has been the ultimate anchor for the Hawkeyes. His ability to fight off double teams and fill up the middle gap is keeping the D off the field and turning the heads of NFL scouts. Currently projected as a 3-4 round draft pick, he has potential to follow in the footsteps of Mike Daniels. Desmond King continues to patrol the secondary, and the emergence of young talents Manny Rugamba and Anthony Gair couldn’t have come at a better time. Ferentz hasn’t been known for wanting to play younger players, but these guys have stepped up and have earned the reps. Josey Jewell commands the respect of his teammates and the nation; he is now 1 of 5 finalists for the Dick Butkus Award. Iowa needs to be on point from kickoff, deficiencies in the Illini program allowed the Hawks time to gather their rhythm; you can’t feed Nebraska that kind of momentum.
It was 2014 when many Hawkeye fans stood behind Beathard, despite the controversy; he eventually won the admiration of all of Hawk Nation. Beathard will never forget how the fans fought for him, and he will fight until victorious for those same fans. It’s the last time he and the seniors will suit up for Kinnick Stadium, take the time to reflect that this group took us to 12-0; they are forever special!
Iowa – Illinois Hawkeye Huddle Information
Hawkeye Huddle to be held at the Activities and Recreation Center
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Hawkeye fans following the University of Iowa football team to Champaign as the Hawkeyes take on Illinois are encouraged to attend the Hawkeye Huddle prior to kickoff at Memorial Stadium (11 a.m.) on Saturday.
Fans are invited to join the National I-Club and University of Iowa Alumni Association from
9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Illinois Campus Activities and Recreation Center (ARC – 201 East Peabody Drive).
Iowa’s Creative Corridor proudly presents the 2016 Iowa Football Hawkeye Huddles at all away football games this season. Hosted by the National I-Club and UI Alumni Association, Hawkeye Huddles include snacks, cash refreshments, door prizes, Herky and the Iowa Spirit Squads. Additional sponsors for the 2016 Hawkeye Huddles include Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and Iowa River Landing.
For more details on the Hawkeye Huddles visit jointheiclub.com or find the National I-Club (@jointheiclub) or UI Alumni Association (@UIowaAlumni) on Facebook and Twitter.
|JAYNE OSWALD | Associate Director of Events, Intercollegiate Athletics
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ATHLETICS DEVELOPMENT
Mobile: 319-621-2914 | Office: 319-467-3812
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 4:30 p.m. Pacific time
Barney’s Beanery (3 locations: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena)
IOWA VS PENN STATE
Well, so much for a cupcake schedule…Iowa suddenly finds itself searching for bowl eligibility in the home stretch, going on the road facing 12th ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions propelled themselves up the rankings after shocking playoff contenders Ohio State. The Hawkeyes face top 25 teams 4 of the last 5 weeks of the season.
The Nittany Lions have exceeded expectations, and are riding a confidence high; putting up 62 points against Purdue. The talent is blossoming in State College and the timing couldn’t be better for Head Coach James Franklin. After disappointing seasons, Franklin was feeling the heat from frustrated fans to get things moving in the right direction. Confidence starts with your quarterback and Trace McSorely gives them the right balance, with just three interceptions on the season; and impressive accuracy on the long ball. McSorely has completed passes of over 40, 50, 70 and 80 yards consistently. The offense is built on taking risk and taking shots down the field, and whenever that isn’t working; McSorely takes things into his own hands with his lightening quick feet. While knocking off the Buckeyes, the world was also introduced to tailback Saquon Barkley. Barkley considers himself a perfectionist and currently leads the Big 10 in rushing yards. After putting up 207 yards against Purdue, he’ll be a nightmare for any defender trying to wrap up.
The Hawkeyes are hoping for a big road win and their 6th win of the season. This is familiar territory for Iowa, and the “White Out” isn’t likely to rattle them. The Jekyll and Hyde show has actually been more effective on the road, so there’s a bit of odd confidence rolling in. Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis is getting plenty of attention in the media these days, as questions regarding offensive production are at an all-time high. Nine points was never going to beat Wisconsin, so if you’re asking the defense to keep opponent totals under 10, you’re likely to lose. The coaching staff had a week off to fix the glaring holes and we’ll have to wait and see what they came up with. When the offense is working, the O-line is creating gaps for the tailbacks to break through. The recent trend slowing the Hawkeyes, are opponents stacking the box; daring Iowa to beat them through the air. The dare is paying off, as LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley are facing a wall of defenders. Coach Davis will need to reach deep into his bag of imagination and find ways to keep the Nittany Lions guessing as to what’s coming next.
The Iowa D faced a tough Wisconsin offense and played pretty well despite the loss. It’s not going to get easier this week and may actually prove to be more difficult to maintain a dual threat QB. Overall, there has been a lot of growth from the front line; they are getting into the backfield forcing plays. The linebacker/secondary has to keep fundamentals at a premium. Shoulder bumps instead of wrap up tackles have allowed short gains to turn into impact plays against Iowa. Until the offense can find their way, the defense will need to come to the rescue. Can Desmond King channel 2009 Adrian Clayborn and put up 6 points of his own?
Iowa’s opening possession will say a lot about how this game will go. One first down can set the tone, avoid the 3 and out and you build the confidence that the offense can get the job done. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would be just fine grabbing the headlines for one night upsetting Penn State at home! Let’s Go Hawks!
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