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Why Iowa RB corps could be Big Ten’s deepest

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Never before has Kirk Ferentz been blessed with such running back riches. The Iowa football coach returns his top three rushers from last season, while potential breakout performers LeShun Daniels Jr., Akrum Wadley and Jonathan Parker are progressing behind the scenes. Add it all up, and the Hawkeyes’ ground game could […]

What to like, and be concerned about, heading into Hawkeye spring football

[ 0 ] March 21, 2014

What a difference 12 months, eight victories, the emergence of one quarterback, the decision of one left tackle and a favorable schedule makes. Iowa football fans are feeling rejuvenated with a program that seems to be on the upswing for the third time under veteran coach Kirk Ferentz. The feeling now is different than last […]

Who should be Iowa’s top running back?

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014

How should Iowa approach the running back situation? The Hawkeyes kick off spring practices next week, and one of the most intriguing positions is tailback. Is Mark Weisman (975 yards on 227 carries in 2013) the featured ball carrier? How about Jordan Canzeri (481-74) or Damon Bullock (467-118)? Is LeShun Daniels (142-36) ready to break […]

Hawkeyes ranked No. 21 in ESPN’s ‘Way-Too-Early’ football poll

[ 0 ] January 17, 2014

The Iowa football team has landed the 21st spot on ESPN’s “Way-Too-Early Top 25″ poll. Here is what ESPN has to say about the Hawkeyes: After going from 4-8 to 8-4 this past season, the Hawkeyes might be ready to move back to the upper echelon of the Big Ten. But coach Kirk Ferentz is […]

Outback Bowl: 5 things to watch

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

BY RICK BROWN AND ANDREW LOGUE 1. THE PURPLE PASS RUSH Greg Davis, Iowa’s offensive coordinator, compared the Tigers’ defensive front to Ohio State, in terms of athleticism and the way LSU’s interior linemen push the pocket. That may not be a bad thing for the Hawkeyes. Sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock found success early against […]

Jovial, joking Ferentz loose as Outback Bowl nears

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – Kirk Ferentz still knows how to work a room. In the final press gathering before today’s Outback Bowl, the Iowa coach lightened the mood with a little humor. It started when a reporter asked if the Hawkeyes would try to wear down Louisiana State, like Alabama did back in November. “You know, […]

Weisman flourishing as fullbacks fall out of fashion

[ 0 ] December 28, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – In an age when fullbacks are fading, Mark Weisman is flourishing. Spread offenses and multiple-receiver sets may be all the rage, but brute force will always play a role in Iowa’s approach. “It hasn’t gone away, yet,” Weisman said. “And I think it’s going to continue to stay.” The Hawkeyes will meet […]

Rick Brown: Passing game must be a main course

[ 0 ] December 28, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – Iowa’s passing game has made strides this season, but it’s time for a sprint to the finish. If Iowa has realistic expectations of beating No. 14 LSU in Wednesday’s Outback Bowl, quarterback Jake Rudock and his cast of receivers need to be more than complementary hors d’oeuvres before the main course — […]

Rick Brown: ‘The 12 Plays of Christmas’ that brought Hawkeyes 2013 glory

[ 0 ] December 24, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – The story of Iowa’s 2013 football season is written over 12 games and more than 1,600 snaps of the ball. A majority of those plays — 865 on offense, 790 on defense — are long forgotten. But some define an 8-4 season and a matchup with No. 14 LSU in the […]

Video: LSU’s Miles praises ‘quality opponent’ in Iowa

[ 0 ] December 18, 2013