Iowa: 5 players who can improve offense; women’s walk-on receives surprise basketball scholarship
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5 Hawkeyes who can have big impact on offense
It’s no secret that Iowa’s offense was widely inconsistent during the 2017 season. One week, the Hawkeyes were blowing out Ohio State 55-24, and the next week they were struggling for yards in a 38-14 loss to Wisconsin.
If Iowa wants to be a more consistent offensive team in 2018, it will need several players to step up. Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman chose five players who can help improve Iowa’s offense — quarterback Nate Stanley, tight end Noah Fant, wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and center Keegan Render. To see his reasoning behind each player, click here.
Iowa football’s recruiting expenses rise
From 2016 to 2017, Iowa’s football recruiting expenses increased by more than 33 percent, according to an NCAA financial statement obtained by Land of 10. In Iowa’s Question of the Day, Dochterman explains why recruiting expenses increased so drastically.
Walk-on freshman surprised with scholarship offer
Iowa women’s basketball guard Zion Sanders made the team as a walk-on this season. Now, after going through nearly an entire regular season with the Lady Hawkeyes, she has earned a scholarship, which coach Lisa Bluder surprised her with before practice on Tuesday morning. The reaction from the team was priceless.
Men’s basketball seed for Big Ten Tournament
While things are going well for the women’s basketball team at Iowa, they aren’t going as great for the men’s team.
In the midst of a down year, the Hawkeyes find themselves near the bottom of the Big Ten standings with only two regular-season games left. Iowa is locked in as the No. 13 seed for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on Feb. 28, and will face Minnesota, who is locked in at the No. 12 seed, in the opening round. See where the other Big Ten teams rank here.
Dardanes brothers in Hawkeye Wrestling Club video
Hawkeye Wrestling Club team members Nick and Chris Dardanes were featured in a Twitter video on Tuesday, as the two demonstrated some techniques on the mat. The video also includes some silly banter between the brothers before going through the demonstration. Watch the video here.
Iowa football places character above skill in recruiting
In an article by The Gazette’s Marc Morehouse published on Tuesday, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and other members of the program are quoted saying that character is higher up on the checklist than skill when evaluating a recruit. To find out the reasoning behind this, you can read Morehouse’s piece by clicking here.
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