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Persistence, tweaking propel Hawkeye defense

[ 0 ] April 24, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – It’s time to alter our view of Iowa’s defense. College football is at the forefront of an offensive evolution – sometimes, years ahead of the NFL – so statistics that once reflected success no longer tell the whole story. And traditional strategies have undergone some tweaking. For example: Last year’s loss […]

Future Hawkeye QB Tyler Wiegers: ‘He has no faults’

[ 0 ] February 4, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. – Tyler Wiegers is an oxymoron in shoulder pads. Dan MacLean, his football coach at Country Day, calls him a hard worker with a great desire to become better. “He has no faults,” MacLean said of his 6-foot-4, 215-pound four-star quarterback, who will sign with Iowa today. “But if he had one, […]

Outback notes: Les Miles impressed by Iowa linebackers

[ 0 ] December 29, 2013

Much has been said about Iowa senior linebackers James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens this season. LSU coach Les Miles added another pound of praise on Sunday. “I think they play the scheme as well as I’ve seen it played,” Miles said. “It’s a traditional scheme, but there’s nothing traditional about the way they play […]

Iowa’s defensive backfield making steady strides

[ 0 ] December 25, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – The defensive secondary that once made Iowa fans squeamish is now a symbol of progress. Tanner Miller is the senior leader for a group of safeties and cornerbacks who recovered from a shaky start to emerge as a solidified unit. “Communication is probably the biggest thing out there,” Miller said. “These last few […]

This fullback is the Hawkeyes’ unsung hero

[ 0 ] November 26, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Adam Cox is a humble, soft-spoken walk-on from rural Illinois who doesn’t play for fame but loves the game of football. “It just feels good being in there making a difference,” the Hawkeye fullback said. “When somebody notices it, that’s fine. And if they don’t, that’s fine, too. As long as we’re […]

Phil Parker’s midseason assessment of his Iowa defense

[ 0 ] October 8, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Phil Parker isn’t just talking a good game, he’s backing it up with numbers. The defense was supposed to be a bedrock of the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten Conference), and so far it’s lived up to billing. The key question: How will Iowa fare as it enters the […]

Andrew Logue: It’s time for the other Parker to shine

[ 0 ] August 30, 2013

IOWA CITY – The only thing missing from Phil Parker’s resume is a mystique. Saturday, he can begin to build one. As Iowa’s defensive coordinator, Parker had an entire offseason to prepare for Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch — making the 2:42 p.m. opener a litmus test. If the Hawkeyes can corral the Huskies’ Heisman […]

Strides notable in secondary with strength in numbers

[ 0 ] August 18, 2013

Lose a star, gain a constellation. With cornerback Micah Hyde now playing for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, the Iowa secondary is seeking strength in numbers. “What we’re trying to build is not only the first-team guys, we’re trying to build the next four guys (and) the next four,” defensive coordinator Phil Parker said. “I […]

Iowa defense in a race to erase unsightly numbers

[ 0 ] August 8, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – A few statistics still cast a shadow over Iowa’s football program.“The one number that stands out to me, that really got to me, would be eight,” freshman pass rusher Faith Ekakitie said. “That’s how many losses we had.” There was plenty of blame to go around after the Hawkeyes finished 2012 […]

B.J. Lowery showing significant gains in secondary

[ 0 ] June 26, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – B.J. Lowery was one of nine true freshmen to see the field for Iowa’s football team in 2010. Now a senior, he’s never used his redshirt season. He’s also never played more than 10 games in a year because of injuries. buy antivirus software But after a solid spring, the Hawkeyes’ starting […]