COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARD WATCH LISTS DON'T MEAN MUCH. But, it's recognition for the efforts put forth prior to the 2013 season. It also means that the new season is near. The Maxwell Award watch list was announced yesterday. There's not a Hawkeye on the list for the award given to the nation's best football player (probably because Ferentz is the worst), but some future opponents and Big Ten mates make the list.
James Morris did make the list for the Bednarik Award. The Bednarik is presented to the nation's best defender at the conclusion of the season. C.J. Fiedorowicz was named to the Mackey Award watch list given to the nation's top TE. There will be more lists, rest assure. If and how many more Hawkeyes make those lists remains to be seen.
FERENTZ BELIEVES THIS CURRENT TEAM REMINDS HIM OF THE 2008 HAWKEYE TEAM. That team finished the season (9-4) and won their last four games including a pounding of Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl. Ferentz spoke with the team following the last game in 2012 versus Nebraska. He told them,
"You have two choices when you're in that situation, and it's like any time you experience disappointment. You can get back to work and do something about it, or you can sit around and complain or make excuses."
"Our team this year, the first topic when we got done with our last ballgame was to focus on what we were going to do moving forward."
Ferentz also discussed the 2006 season and said the team "nose dived." He added that he and the coaching staff did a poor job of coaching the end of that season. He also mentioned 2007 and the youth of the team and "dumb decisions" some players made off the field. It was 2008, specifically the final month of the season, that you can point to as the beginning of Ferentz 2.0. In terms of saying the right things, this could be the beginning of Ferentz 3.0. In just over 50 days we'll know for sure.
EA SPORTS NCAA FOOTBALL RELEASES TODAY. Adam Kramer, of Bleacher Report and KegsnEggs fame, already simulated the season on his copy purchased last night at midnight. Iowa's lofty ratings in this year's edition made for an interesting sim. The Hawkeyes finish (9-4) and were Ohio State's lone loss on the season and at the Shoe, even.
THE PTL MARCHES ON. Incoming freshman Peter Jok's hot shooting has him leading the league at 29.4 points per game. Jok has always been a good shooter, averaging 42% from beyond the three point line and over 90% from the free throw stripe last year at Valley High School. He will be part of the team next month on the trip to Europe.
THE EUROPE SCHEDULE IS SET. Fran's squad will play six games in seven days while in Europe. They'll also get 10 practices to prepare for the trip. It's a chance to see how Fran uses new faces Jarrod Uthoff, Peter Jok and Kyle Meyer. This is a learning and practice trip so it's probably important to not read too much into the box scores.
BRETT GREENWOOD UPDATE. The Fourth of July is Brett's favorite holiday according to the Brett Greenwood Foundation website. The latest update shows Brett having a good time and that's terrific to see.
IOWA ADDED A KICKER TO THE 2014 CLASS YESTERDAY. They could add a wide receiver today. T.V. Williams will decided between Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon State, Houston and Kentucky. He'll announce his decision today at 6:30 pm.
NILE KINNICK WAS BORN THIS DAY 95 YEARS AGO. So, there's this:
Iowa's Nile Kinnick (1944) (via University of Iowa)
RICKY STANZI TIES THE KNOT. And what better weekend to do so than Fourth of July weekend? Here's a pic of America's QB and his bride. No word on if Lee Greenwood was there to sing God Bless the U.S.A. or if Ricky's vows included "Love it or leave it."
STEWART MANDEL'S PIECE ON BEST/WORST COACHES WAS SO BAD IT BROUGHT GOPHERS TO FERENTZ'S DEFENSE. Nothing brings Gophers and Hawkeyes together like a shitty, page hit grabbing piece by a national sports writer. Well, maybe that and Lois Feldman. Well done GoAUpher.
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