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Bryce Miller’s 3 for 3: Breaking Hawkeye baby news, and Iowa football stat stunner

[ 0 ] November 8, 2012 |

The “3 for 3” blog rolls into Thursday …

1: KAEDING’S SILVER LINING … When kicker Nate Kaeding recently was cut by the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, it provided one bit of good timing.

Kaeding and his wife, Samantha, welcomed their third child to the world on Saturday, when 8-pound, 4-ounce Tess was born. The Kaedings already chase two sons around the house, Jack and Wyatt.

The Chargers released Kaeding, the 2002 Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s top college kicker while at Iowa, when he returned from a groin injury that placed him on injured reserve.

“It’s certainly frustrating, because I would have loved to come back and finish it out after the start I had this season,” said Kaeding, the NFL’s most accurate kicker in history (87 percent) who was 7-for-7 this season before the injury. “But it’s definitely a blessing in disguise for us.

“Having a baby in the fall is always tricky in the NFL, because you don’t know whether you’ll be on the road or not.”

Kaeding said in a telephone interview that both mom and baby are doing well — as he keeps working out, in case a team needs to add a kicker this season.

“This is the only team I’ve ever played for, so I don’t know how free agency and those things work,” said Kaeding, 30, who will be paid a $1.1 million termination fee to wrap up the rest of his contract with the Chargers. “So it’s a new experience for me. I’ll keep my head down and keep working.

“But yeah, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.”

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2: MOTHER OF ALL IOWA FOOTBALL STATS 2012 … A tip of the statistics hat to Omaha World-Herald reporter Lee Barfknecht for this “wow” detail about Iowa football: The Hawkeyes failed to lead a game during regulation in October.

Iowa, which is 4-5 and below .500 for the first time since 2007, held one lead during that month — when Mike Meyer connected on an overtime field goal to topple Michigan State, 19-16.

In regulation, though, the Hawkeyes were lead-less against the Spartans, as well as losses to Penn State and Northwestern. The run covered 187 minutes, 40 seconds of regulation football before Iowa scored on a touchdown pass from James Vandenberg to Kevonte Martin-Manley in the first quarter of last weekend’s loss to Indiana.

I’ll take a look at Iowa football in Friday’s Register column, trying to determine what the issues could be — and one reason you can scratch off your list.

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3: YOU VOTED: TOP LEADER, BEARS … I asked readers on Election Day to decide what sports figure with Iowa ties would earn their vote for Governor or President.

You said: Kurt Warner, NFL and Super Bowl MVP from Cedar Rapids (46.1 percent); Zach Johnson, PGA veteran from Cedar Rapids (30.8); Lolo Jones, Olympic hurdler from Des Moines (9.9); Kyle Korver, NBA player from Pella (7.7); Shawn Johnson, Olympic gymnast from West Des Moines (3.3); Jeremy Hellickson, MLB pitcher from Des Moines (2.2) and Gabby Douglas, Olympic gymnast living in West Des Moines (0).

I also posed the question about the NBA player with Iowa roots who would make the biggest impact in the NBA this season.

You picked: Harrison Barnes, Golden State/Ames (39.3 percent); Royce White, Houston/Iowa State (20.1); Kirk Hinrich, Chicago/Sioux City (16.2); Jamaal Tinsley, Utah/Iowa State (6.8); Kyle Korver, Atlanta/Pella and Nick Collison, Oklahoma City/Iowa Falls (5.4); Wesley Johnson, Phoenix/Iowa State (4.1); Reggie Evans, Brooklyn/Iowa and Diante Garrett, Phoenix/Iowa State (1.35).

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