Adam Rittenberg, of ESPN.com, introduced his Five who just missed the player rankings. Yesterday he selected DE Adrian Clayborn el umero uno. One of the 5 that makes it in at 26-30 on the list is Hawkeye wide receiver Derrell John...er DJK.
Andy Hamilton of the Iowa City Press Citizen finds July a good time to profile Brett Morse, Iowa Hawkeye starting fullback. Andy reminds us that the fullback isn't the most glamorous position, he says Morse part of Hawks' imposing offense. With returning starters at nearly all the skill positions we should hope Iowa will have an "imposing" offense, but time will tell.
FightforIowa.com has a blog post with an Updated Roster with Freshmen Numbers. With NCAA 2011 out in less than a week this site will come in handy.
Wes Bunting of the the National Football Post has released its Scouting Series:Iowa edition. The list of Iowa players profiled are: Brett Greenwood, Jeremiha Hunter, Christian Ballard, Karl Klug, Adrian Clayborn, DJK, and Ricky Stanzi.
Adam Jacobi of Black Heart Gold Pants has more for the EA Sports sponsored series Where I Come From: Tailgating Traditions.
A couple of former Hawkeye Quaterbacks and Heisman runner-ups are in the news. Brad Banks will be in Iowa City this weekend hosting a skills camp for kids. The Daily Iowan will have more details this Friday. Chuck Long was selected by the BTN as its Iowa icon in its Icon challenge. You can register and vote for a Big Ten icon. The winning school's icon will receive a $10,000 gift towards its scholarship fund.
Clete Campbell writes that Adrian Clayborn: I came back to win a Big Ten title! I hope that Clayborn has a season similar to Robert Gallery's 2003 campaign. Gallery too turned down NFL dollars to stick around for his senior year. As a fan of punishing pancake blocks I am thankful for it. Certainly it is selfish for a fan to want a guy to skip millions of dollars to play another season for free. I'd being lying if I tried to argue otherwise.
Ohio State blog Uweekly is looking ahead at trap games. At least I think it is an OSU blog, it may be a Hungry Hobo pizza blog for all I can tell. Trap game? Here is their reasoning:
Trips to Iowa and Wisconsin are obviously dangerous. Given that these two schools are easily the best teams Ohio State will face in the Big Ten and that both are thirsty for revenge, no one should be surprised that any kind of championship hopes will be decided in Kinnick and Camp Randall. Wisconsin has beat Ohio State more than any other Jim Tressel Era Big Ten team and Iowa was on a beeline for the National Championship Game before Ricky Stanzi went down.
They are only a trap game in the sense that no one is talking about Ohio State's visit to either the Badgers or the Hawkeyes in as a threat to the teams' BCS title hopes, in that they don't really have any. If Ohio State strolls into either of these games with a shiny record expecting a coronation, they could leave themselves vulnerable to a heart-wrenching defeat. It's easier to be complacent against these teams than, say, Penn State, because neither team has beaten Ohio State in five years.Georgia Tech bloggers at From the Rumble Seat enjoyed getting pounded by Iowa last January so much they selected the 2010 Orange Bowl as their #1 "Best Loss." Something about "reality checks" and "exposed." If you really think about it, the 2002 Orange Bowl loss for Iowa against USC did wonders for the Iowa program and how the players and staff prepare for bowl games.
If you haven't heard already the Des Moines Register is inviting fans to vote on the winner for each game in 2010. So far, after nearly 2000 votes per game, the fans have Iowa at 11-1. Holy meltdown if there is a loss to other than Ohio State.
I was going to talk about ISU giving Nick Nurse $175 g's for a days work but honestly, who gives a shit?
John Bohnenkamp, writer for the Burlington Hawk Eye, writes about incoming Hawkeye basketball player Devyn Marble in Iowa past, future together. Devyn of course is the son of former Hawkeye legend Roy Marble.
Hawkeye Football coach Eric Johnson tweeted that Iowa has another committment. No news on who yet but I'll update this blog once a name surfaces.