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Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central.

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Harty: Don’t read too much into Iowa’s performance against UNI

[ 0 ] August 31, 2014

Kirk Ferentz reminded us what the Iowa football program is all about under his watch while meeting with reporters after Saturday’s 31-23 season-opening victory over Northern Iowa. It wasn’t necessarily his intention to do that. It just sort of happened, as Ferentz responded to a question about how Saturday’s game was different than playing a […]

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 […]

Hawkeyes survive Northern Iowa scare in season opener

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany might be doing the Iowa football team a favor by not wanting to schedule games against FCS opponents anymore. The Hawkeyes withstood another scare from Northern Iowa on Saturday, winning 31-23 before an announced crowd of 66,805 in the season opener at Kinnick Stadium. Senior receiver Damond […]

Harty: Epenesa protecting highly touted son

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014

Under most circumstances, being turned down for an interview is a real bummer in my line of work. But there are exceptions, times when remaining silent is probably the best approach to take. Former Iowa football player Epenesa Epenesa is taking that approach with his son A.J. Epenesa, who already has an incredible list of […]

Northern Iowa senior left tackle Jack Rummells, the FCS version of Brandon Scherff?

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

He grew up in a small town in Iowa, stands 6-foot-5, weighs at least 300 pounds, excels as an offensive left tackle in college and is a beast in the weight room. You’re probably thinking of Iowa senior Brandon Scherff because he fits that detailed description to a T. But in this case, the person […]

A.J. Derby secures starting job at Arkansas

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

It has taken four years, three different teams and two position changes, but former City High standout A.J. Derby finally has secured a starting position as a college football player. Derby, a fifth-year senior who started his career at Iowa in 2010, is listed as the No. 1 tight end for Arkansas in preparation for […]

Pat Harty: Bower took a risk, but was rewarded by Hawks

[ 0 ] August 24, 2014

Over the past two decades, I’ve interviewed countless high school athletes about their choice for college.

Bower keeps moving up for Hawkeyes

[ 0 ] August 22, 2014

In barely a year, West Branch native Bo Bower has gone from being a preferred walk-on for the Iowa football team to now being on scholarship and competing for a starting position. Bower, a redshirt freshman, is listed as a co-starter with junior Travis Perry at one of the three linebacker positions on the Iowa […]

Harty: Hawkeye news coming in bits and pieces

[ 0 ] August 22, 2014

This column goes all over the place, so hang on. Offensive left tackle Brandon Scherff is the most hyped Iowa football player heading into his senior season since whom? You probably have to go all the way back to quarterback Chuck Long’s much-anticipated senior season in 1985 for that answer. Long was widely regarded as […]

Harty: Tragic loss of sportswriter Susan Denk leaves big void

[ 0 ] August 21, 2014

No matter what happens on the field this fall, it won’t feel the same covering the 2014 Iowa football team without Susan Denk on the beat. This week started under horrible circumstances as word spread Monday morning that Susan had died suddenly at the age of 39. Nearly four days later, I still have to […]