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Brown: What Hawkeyes have to do to beat Michigan

[ 0 ] November 22, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa has never defeated Michigan three straight times at Kinnick Stadium, so there’s one thing the Hawkeye football team can accomplish Saturday. Here’s another: A fourth conference victory would lock up a winning record 12 months after the program limped its way to the finish line with six straight defeats and […]

Linebacker corps enters final Kinnick game having elevated Hawkeye defense

[ 0 ] November 18, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s starting linebackers are a collective rarity. James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens all played as true freshmen in 2010 and never used a redshirt season. All three will be playing their final home game at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday when Michigan comes to town for an 11 a.m. kickoff. […]

Rick Brown: Wisconsin’s jet sweep stands between Hawkeyes and bowl game

[ 0 ] November 1, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – When he sees Wisconsin’s jet sweep formation Saturday, the mind of James Morris will go into overdrive. “Is this going to be an inside play or an outside play?” Iowa’s senior middle linebacker said, talking through his options. “When they run that play there’s the sense that it could be both. […]

The secret to Anthony Hitchens’ monster day

[ 0 ] October 26, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Senior linebacker Anthony Hitchens had one of the best games of his Iowa career Saturday. “I feel I’m getting better every week,” Hitchens said. “Give all the credit to Coach Reid.” Assistant coach Jim Reid, in his first year at Iowa, works with the linebackers. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz hired Reid after […]

Wrinkle from Norm Parker era boosts Iowa defense

[ 0 ] October 26, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – This was not a new wrinkle. What the Iowa defense showed Saturday – having the linemen stand up, rushing three and dropping eight into coverage – was actually an old-school approach. “That’s something we’ve had since Norm Parker was the defensive coordinator,” senior linebacker James Morris said. “Coaches made a decision […]

Hawkeyes rank No. 6 nationally in important category

[ 0 ] October 15, 2013

Saturday’s Iowa-Ohio State football game will feature two stout defenses – especially on third downs. The Buckeyes are holding opponents to a 25.3 percent conversion rate, which ranks fourth nationally. The Hawkeyes are sixth nationally, holding opponents to 26.7 percent. “It’s like anything, you’re going to have a percentage of times when you just have […]

Hawkeyes 'haven't faced a quarterback like' Braxton Miller since …

[ 0 ] October 15, 2013

IOWA CI How To Text To Get Your Ex Back TY, Ia. — It came as no shock to Kirk Ferentz. “I figured I’d get asked that question,” the Iowa football coach said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. Ferentz was asked how current Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller compared to former Ohio State quarterback […]

This Hawkeye hopes to celebrate birthday with a victory

[ 0 ] August 30, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Christian Kirksey turns 21 on Saturday. “What a great way to bring it in,” Iowa’s starting outside linebacker said. “First game, senior year, and it’s your birthday.” The Hawkeyes open the 2013 season at 2:42 p.m. Saturday against Northern Illinois. Kirksey hopes he’s in the mood to celebrate after time expires […]

Iowa football: An analysis of the linebackers

[ 0 ] August 15, 2013

For LeVar Woods, the transition is complete. He took the final steps in his journey from player to coach last season, assuming responsibility for a developing group of Iowa linebackers. “I feel a ton better than I did last year,” Woods said. “Feel more prepared, not as nervous going into a meeting or a practice. […]

Harty: Morris deserves respect

[ 0 ] July 26, 2013

CHICAGO – Iowa linebacker James Morris talked about a range of topics during the two hours reporters had to probe his mind at the Big Ten football media days Thursday. One such topic came with a notice, though. Morris agreed to address why he has become a lightening rod for criticism for his play on […]