It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: About Walk-Ons And The NFL Combine

Walk-ons are an important part of any football program. One thing is certain for Iowa Football, a starter - or maybe more than one -will begin their career not on scholarship. The recruits that signed their letter of intent have been profiled several times over. What about the walk-ons?

Some of the names have been mentioned before, others have not. Marc Morehouse has a list on his blog and I'm going to try to expand on it a little.

Andre Dawson - 6'2" 220 - RB - Iowa Western Community College (IWCC)

Dawson began his career at UNI and then transferred to IWCC. He'll bring some bulk to the backfield at 220 pounds. He's on campus now and can participate in spring practice.

Iowa Western Football 2011 - Andre Dawson #34 RB (via ReiverFootball)

Michael Malloy - 6'0" 180 - RB - Sioux City, Iowa

Malloy's commitment story and video are included in a July Caring is Creepy. His scholarship offer was pulled sometime after an August arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. Malloy suffered an ACL tear following his suspension from the football team that cost him his senior season. He has since recovered and is back trying to help the Heelan basketball team.

Jeremy Nelson - 6'2" 200 - LB - Sioux City, Iowa

Nelson, teammate of Malloy, was twice named all-state linebacker for 3A football in Iowa. Nelson recorded an insane 193 tackles last season. He's a preferred walk-on and with Malloy will start practice at Iowa during fall camp.

Jeremy Nelson Bishop Heelan High School Year End Highlight Video.mov (via RVPSportsProduction)

Jalen Chambers - 6'5" 300 - OL - Bellevue, Iowa

Chambers was named second team all-state for class 1A football in Iowa. He's three bills so there's that. Here's the video:

Jalen Chambers Highlight Video (via JalenChambers)

Riley McCarron - 5'9" 180 - ATH - Dubuque, Iowa

McCarron is listed by Morehouse at 5'9" and 165 pounds. His profile on Hudl says he's 5'10" 180, which means Morehouse is probably right. He's a multi-sport athlete and for football was named THOnline's 2011 area co-Player of the Year.

David Tann - 5'10" 185 - DB - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tann earned first team all-state honors as a safety for Cedar Rapids Washington. As a senior Tann recorded three picks and had 101 tackles. For Tann, becoming a Hawkeye is a dream come true.

Will Kincart- 6'3" 235 - OL/DL - Bloomfield, Iowa

Kincart could be Iowa's next long snapper. Morehouse has LS listed in addition to OL/DL, that's a sign.

Alex Imming - 6'3" 205 - ATH - Sioux City, Iowa

Imming played QB at Sioux City East but will likely switch to WR or safety. He has a highlight video on Hudl but not much there. He's a multi-sport athlete and plays hoops with basketball commit Adam Woodbury.

Alex Imming drains half-court shot at buzzer, 12-10-11 (via TheBvak)

Cole Croston- 6'6" 230 - OL/DL - Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

Cole is the son of former Hawkeye offensive lineman Dave Croston. Dave is helping his son put on some weight and they target 260 by the time he gets to Iowa. Croston plays hoops too and recently went for 26 points against Heelan.

Steven Ferentz - 6'1" 220 - OL/TE - Iowa City, Iowa

His brothers both ended up on the OL but Steve may be better suited for a tight end. Believe it or not, there's highlight videos and a profile for Steve on Hudl.

THE NFL COMBINE kicks off this weekend and so will wall-to-wall coverage on the NFL Network. The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Scott Dochterman is there talking it up and taking notes. Below is some of his fine work from Indianapolis.

JOE PHILBIN SAYS KEN O'KEEFE IS A "GREAT LEADER." Philbin cites both O'Keefe and Mike Sherman as an inspiration in his early years. They both are part of Philbin's newly formed Miami Dolphin coaching staff.

AMARI SPIEVEY'S COACH JIM SCHWARTZ WANTS HIM TO IMPROVE. Schwartz mentioned Spievey's contributions to the Detroit Lions as a second year safety. Consistency will be key to Amari's development and Schwartz thinks he'll benefit from a full off-season to work on his skills.

THE TITANS ARE HAPPY THEY WEREN'T BOTHERED BY KARL KLUGS TINY ARMS. Titans coach Mike Munchak wants Klug to get stronger but thinks he has the potential to be a "great pass rusher."

ADAM GETTIS ISN'T A "BIG FAN' OF REESE MORGAN MOVING OVER TO COACH THE DL. Gettis described Morgan as a "cool, calm, collected guy" that can "get after you" if he has to. Gettis also said Brian Ferentz is a great hire and has some more things to say about Brian.

RILEY REIFF WAS TAKING QUESTIONS. It was a ten minute Q&A with the media. Reiff keeps his answers short. Yeah.

WANT TO RELIVE THE END OF THE 2010 WISCONSIN AT IOWA GAME? Apparently Doc thought we all do. Dochterman caught up with former Badger punter Brad Nortman and grabbed some quotes about that shitty Saturday afternoon.

SOME MORE LINKS FROM DOC on Adrian Clayborn, Brian Ferentz and Eric Steinbach.

"THERE'S NOBODY PLAYING BETTER THAN MATT GATENS IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW.' The Hawkeye men's hoops team beat a Top 25 team at home for the second consecutive game last night. Matt Gatens' 33 points, his second game with more than 30, led the way to a 67-66 victory over Wisconsin.

MCCAFFERY CALLED GATEN'S PERFORMANCE "ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE THINGS I'VE EVER SEEN." Those were Fran's opening comments in last night's post-game press conference. You can read the transcript or watch the video. Gatens also spoke to the media post-game, you can watch the video here.

THE HAWKEYE WOMEN'S HOOPS TEAM WINS THEIR SEVENTH IN A ROW. With the men at Carver the Hawkeye ladies took on Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Iowa got yet another double-double from freshman Samantha Logic (17 pts, 10 rebounds) and defeated Northwestern 70-63.

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