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Great thread Todd, thanks for your honest answers and sense of humor. Much needed in this day!!
Yeah, Texas fans have definitely passed along their frustration with some of his tendencies when he was in Austin. It'll be interesting to see how he adjusts to being at Iowa, as opposed to Texas, as he won't have access to the same level of talent that he did in Austin.
Thanks for reading, guys! What's great is that it's only Tuesday, so we've still got several more days of this. Been fun so far!
Great work, Todd. Keep it up!
Todd - where do you see the specific matchup problems with psu? Where do you feel confident in the Hawkeyes specifcally against penn state?
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Todd, I was a Scout subscriber for years, so needless to say I formed my own opinions about Iowa fans from that tool you have over there doing videos from his Mom's basement on the Hawkeye site. So to quote Dumb and Dumber....you go and do something like this and totally redeem yourself!!!!
Thanks, this was a cool segment.
How do you cope?
What does the Iowa secondary look like? Who are the key players for you guys there? Do you think they will be able to stop PSU's receivers (both TEs and WRs)?
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WE ARE! And we will always be...
I fully realize I might start sounding like a broken record here soon.
The biggest matchup problem is up front when Iowa is on offense and Penn State's on defense. Outside of 2-3 plays on Saturday, Iowa really wasn't able to open nearly as many holes in the running game as they'd been doing in the first five games. Penn State, IMO, is similar to Michigan State in being very good up front on defense. The Hawkeyes were able to find a way to win anyway, as the passing game made a few huge plays in clutch situations, the defense played very well and the Spartans shot themselves in the foot at several inopportune moments. If Iowa is able to run the ball effectively on Saturday, I'd probably pick the Hawkeyes by two scores. That being said, I think Penn State is too good up front for Iowa to run the ball effectively, so the success of Iowa's offense may depend on the passing game. Pass protection has been an issue for Iowa, and Penn State won't make that any easier, and the quarterback and receivers haven't always been on the same page either. If Penn State is able to stop the run in the same ballpark as what Michigan State did, then the passing game will be the key to Iowa's success offensively. Simply put, if it finally takes that next step, the Hawkeyes should be in good shape. But it hasn't yet, and Penn State will make it difficult to do so. If it doesn't on Saturday, Iowa will have to manufacture a win with the defense, special teams and some mistakes by the Nittany Lions.
On the other side of the ball, I think Iowa is good enough up front to keep Penn State from gashing them consistently in the running game. The biggest worry is the lack of a passrush, as that can make any quarterback look like a star. Iowa's defensive ends simply have to step up and/or Phil Parker (the DC) needs to be on the money in terms of when, how and where to blitz.
So I guess the area I'd feel most confident in is Iowa's ability to stop the run. I'm not at all saying that Penn State won't have any success running the ball, but that it won't be easy. Definitely wouldn't be surprised to see McGloin play very well if Iowa is unable to put any heat on him.
According to Ferentz in today's press conference, BJ Lowery is probable this week. Assuming he regains his starting role at corner, Iowa's two corners (him and Micah Hyde) are pretty good. I think the weakness of the secondary is the safeties. Not that they're awful by any means, but I don't think they're physical or explosive enough against the run, and they aren't sure enough tackles. Within Iowa's scheme, they're both decent in coverage.
With all that being said, it all comes back to the passrush. Lowery and Hyde have struggled at times this season, but the opposing quarterback has 10 minutes to sit in the pocket, so it's impossible to cover for that long. In short, I don't think Iowa's secondary will lose the game for them, and they've got enough talent to make some big plays to possibly win the game for Iowa, but it all depends on the passrush.
Thanks for reading! I'm enjoying interacting with you all.
Thanks - been fun so far!
Thanks, this question came to mind after reading Bill O'Brien's press conference, is there any indication by the Iowa staff that the time Brian Ferentz and O'Brien spent together with the Patriots will give them an advantage game planning for our offense?
Brian Ferentz sharing intel on playcalling tendencies, terminology they might hear, techniques the DE/LBs might see by the TEs (IIRC Ferentz was OB's TE coach in 2011), etc.?
Who is Iowa's best offenseive lineman?
More than just football
That's a great question. No matter what the actual truth is, though, Kirk Ferentz would never admit to that. But I'd be surprised if Brian Ferentz didn't share whatever he learned about O'Brien and his scheme, and I'm sure O'Brien expects that to happen, so I don't think it's that big of a deal.
That's a tough one. I'd say the best run blocker is left tackle Brandon Scherff, but he's several notches below 2012 first round draft pick Riley Reiff when it comes to pass protection. I'd probably say the best overall offensive lineman is James Ferentz, the center. I wasn't that high on him last year, but he's improved both his footwork and explosiveness this year as a senior, and is playing at a consistently high level right now. That being said, I think left tackle is much more difficult of a position physically than center is, so it's all relative.
Thanks Todd for your thoughts.
How has Iowa's recruiting been over the year? How many 4-5 stars on average would you say you guys get? I ask because obviously PSU is under sanctions and I understand depth is a concern, but if Iowa has been as consistently good as they have been over the years with lesser talent out of high school (like Boise St, Wisconsin to an extent, etc.), that gives me some hope.
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
You're welcome - I'm having a blast so far!
Bad timing to ask this, as Iowa just lost what I thought was the best player in the 2013 class, as David Kenney decommitted on Sunday. Without him, the class overall definitely takes a few steps back. It's up to the Hawkeyes to find someone else that can be just as good.
In the 2012 class, Iowa signed three four-stars, which is probably either typical or slightly on the high end.
One thing I think Kirk Ferentz and his staff deserve a lot of credit for is the ability to take less talented players and develop them into outstanding players, and then getting them to buy into the program and play as a team. Considering the recruiting obstacles a program like Iowa faces, the Hawkeyes shouldn't be able to compete with and beat some of the teams that they do. Some of the secrets to Iowa's success in that regard are having one of the best strength coaches in all of football - college or pro - and great coaching stability. So Iowa is able to maximize each kid's ability, and the kid's growth as a player isn't stunted by changes in the system.
Strength coaches are always extremely important to any college program, but that's only magnified now at Penn State. With less scholarships available, Penn State has much less margin for error when it comes to missing on recruits. Virtually each one needs to realize his full potential, and a lot of that lays on the shoulders of the strength coach.
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That's a pretty cool picture! Can you tell me more about it?
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Tough question, to say the least. I think these are two very evenly matched teams, and am expecting a close game no matter who wins. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Penn State win, but I think Iowa wins a nailbiter, something along the lines of 19-17. It'll be an electric atmosphere at Kinnick, and Iowa's kicker has been automatic and extremely clutch lately. With everything else close to equal, I think those two factors benefit the Hawkeyes in a down-to-the-wire game.
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Any more definitive updates on Weisman?
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