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The way Ferentz and the Iowa program work, I'm not sure we'll really know until the game on Saturday. Ferentz said in the press conference that they're game planning with the idea that he won't be available, so if he's available, it's a bonus. The plan is for him to try giving it a go on Thursday at practice, so the coaches probably won't even have any idea at least until then. And there's a lot that can happen in terms of setbacks and/or healing in those final 48 hours between Thursday's practice and kickoff on Saturday night, so the Hawkeyes will probably keep this one very close to the vest.
Todd thanks for the info. Good stuff. Could you talk about the receivers a bit. I'm sure Iowa fans wished McNutt would have eligibility remaining, but it appears Davis and KM-M are off to solid starts. Could you give us an appraisal of those two and shed some light as to why Vandenberg only has two TD tosses. Is that more on him, or on the receivers?
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McNutt was an outstanding player, and Iowa certainly hasn't found a way to replace him. Last year, Davis was the number two receiver, while Martin-Manley was the number three receiver. I think they're both very good in those roles, but with McNutt gone, they're now asked to be number one and number two, respectively. They're not bad by any means, but they're also not standouts in these new roles either.
Davis is a big-bodied guy that's had a knack for making big plays at times in the past. He's a good all-around receiver, but I don't think he's necessarily great in any specific area (hands, explosiveness, sudden-ness, top-end speed, etc).
Martin-Manley is more of a slot receiver in terms of his physical attributes. He's more sudden and more explosive than Davis, and is tough enough to make plays over the middle. But he's not as much of a weapon in traffic due to his size.
One guy to watch that can be a major matchup advantage for Iowa is CJ Fiedorowicz, the starting tight end. He's 6-6 or 6-7 with long arms, and very athletic for his size. The Hawkeyes haven't been able to get him as involved in the offense as they'd like to yet, but his emergence could really help the passing game come along.
As I've mentioned in some previous posts, the struggles Iowa's passing game has had are due to a variety of factors - the receivers, the loss of McNutt, Vandenberg, struggles in pass protection, the new offensive system, etc. For whatever reason, Vandenberg just doesn't look as comfortable this year, and I think that's due to all of the factors I listed.
Vandenberg has taken a ton of heat from Iowa fans. While some of it does have some merit, I think the other factors I mentioned are getting a free pass, and that Vandenberg hasn't played as badly as other people think he has.
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Todd.... Here is my ground breaking story and reporting... it now has taken The head coach of Illinois Tim Beckman into its never ending web of awfulness... rumors of Kiffin's wife as well.
What are you hearing in regards to this?
"Title": "Anyone hear this rumor about Emmertt?"
"Now I don't have all the facts but I'm going to judge him anyway...
Rumor is he does "donkey" shows in Mexico?
How is this sick SOB running the NCAA?? I am fining him 70 million dollars, 4 years no show ban, he loses 15 donkey stalls for 5 years and all his donkeys can transfer to ESPN or the Bob Costas ranch. He needs to focus on getting help not shows."
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PENN STATE FOREVER
I believe it is a new S&C coach, Craig Fitzgerald, after having pushed the Earth away from him.
F the NCAA
F the BOT
Coach Fitz is Penn State's version of Chuck Norris!
Gotcha. That's a pretty sweet picture!
“If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.” ― Haruki Murakami
17 yards rushing.
Garmon = non-factor.
Weisman = non-factor.
And to think, I didn't even sleep at a Holiday Inn...
Losing Scherff and Donnal on the O Line early hurt a lot. Scherff is easily the best run blocker on the team. Add in the early deficit forcing more passes and the rushing attack wasn't set up well tonight for Iowa.
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