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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Hawkeyes Add Walk-On (s) At Running Back

The Hawkeye football team is gaining a walk-on running back. Andre Dawson, formerly of Cedar Rapids Washington and most recently Iowa Western Community College, will join the Hawkeyes at the semester. Dawson originally committed to Northern Iowa out of high school. He took a red shirt his freshman season at UNI and then decided to take "a different path in life."

Dawson is a big guy, 6'2" 200 pounds. When he committed to UNI his high school coach, Tony Lombardi, said, "UNI is going to be getting a Shonn Greene-type back." At IWCC he joined former Hawkeye commit Rodney Coe in the backfield, another big bruising rusher. If he ever makes it off the scout team with the Hawks could depend on if he stays at running back. Dawson is open to changing positions.

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

The Hawkeyes received a verbal commitment from Sioux City Heelan running back Michael Malloy back in July. He had a scholarship offer from Iowa but now will have to walk-on next season if he is to stick with the Hawkeyes. Malloy had legal issues over the summer and plead guilty to a misdemeanor, obstructing a peace officer. He was suspended the early part of the high school football season and then suffered a season ending ACL injury. Malloy had been the only in-state high school player to accept a scholarship offer from Iowa.

Also on the recruiting front, the Hawkeyes missed out on four-star prospect Quanzell Lambert. The linebacker from Sicklerville, New Jersey, gave his verbal commitment to Rutgers. His final three were Rutgers, Iowa and Nebraska. He played with current Hawkeye Quinton Alston but ultimately decided to play close to home.

It appears that Penn State has found their football coach. Current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is expected to take the job following the Patriots' season. There is an interesting Iowa slant here. Brian Ferentz is the tight ends coach for New England and could move up the ladder. Ferentz is only 29 years old but Mike Reiss, of, isn't counting Ferentz out of the running for New Enlgand's newest OC.

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