We are down to just six weeks until Iowa kicks off against Tennessee Tech in glorious Kinnick Stadium. The Big Ten media days are next week and Iowa's media day will follow shortly after. That means practice will begin soon too. With that I plan to bring back "Hawkeye Links." Maybe not as frequent as last season, instead of posting everything - which I'll still do on the News Board - I'll pick the best of what's around.
There have been a couple of blog posts recently that I found interesting. First, Hawkeye blogger HawkeyeKoolaid put together a nice guide for fans to learn about Iowa's zone blocking scheme. HK diagrams a couple of Iowa's bread-and-butter plays and within his post includes this link to Hawgtuff.net, a site full of PDF's on instruction and explanation of football language and technique.
Now that you've read a little about the zone blocking you can learn even more about Iowa's offense from a former D-I defensive line coach. Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, recently interviewed coach Phil Burnett. Burnett was the D-line coach at Ball State last season when they came to Kinnick to visit the Hawks.
Both posts are loaded with football terminology and give you a better understanding of Iowa's schemes and philosophys.
The best chance for fans to see all of this in action, besides a live game, will be at Kid's Day in Kinnick. Similar to Iowa's Spring game, Kid's day is a half practice, half scrimmage. Iowa has announced that Kid's Day will be held August 13th via their Twitter account. The time was not announced but the gates typically open around noon.
Earlier Hawkeye coach Johnson issued his famous "new family member tweet." Per Hawkeye recruit Maurice Fleming the Hawkeyes newest commit is offensive tackle Ryan Ward.
Fleming, if you recall, had the scoop on recruits Jaleel Johnson and Connor Kornbath. I haven't been able to confirm Fleming's tweet through another source but at this point I hope we can trust it.
Ward, a 6'6" 270 tackle prospect from New Lenox, Illinois, picked Iowa over Illinois, Boston College, Northwestern, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt. Rivals.com rates Ward four stars and the #13 offensive tackle in the nation. He also is rated by Rivals as the #2 overall prospect in the state of Illinois.
Ward's brother Patrick is a starting tackle at Northwestern. While NW has beaten Iowa on the field the last couple of seasons, Iowa won the recruiting battle today.
Tom Lemming talks with Ward in this YouTube clip, there are also some highlights.
The news of Dan Heiar's accident broke in early April but today Hawk Central reports he has officially been charged with drunken driving. Hawk Central notes that Heiar was charged on June 27th.
Shortly after the accident an email sent from a family friend of the Heiar's informed the email recipients that Heiar was lucky to be alive. Early reports mentioned that Heiar was driving down a dirt road late at night and was heading back from a wedding reception. The state trooper at the scene also reported that Heiar had beer cans in the vehicle.
Heiar, a member of the 2011 recruiting class, will redshirt this season as he is still be recovering from his injuries. The JUCO transfer has three years at Iowa to play two. If there is a suspension (Shaun Prater got two games) it may be served during the 2012 season. That information is unknown.