Iowa RB Akrum Wadley could get motivation from snub, Ricky Stanzi to the CFL and more
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Akrum Wadley’s new motivation
Two Iowa Hawkeyes made NFL.com’s list of the top 150 college football players for 2017. But it doesn’t include the name you probably most expect.
Linebacker Josey Jewell came in No. 59 and OL Ike Boettger was No. 89. Both are deserving selections, but the omission of RB Akrum Wadley is striking. He was arguably the Big Ten’s most efficient playmaker last season, rushing for 1,081 yards on 168 carries. It was the second-fewest carries needed for a Big Ten back to hit the 1,000-yard mark.
Instead of being a part of the offense, he’ll be the centerpiece of it this season with LeShun Daniels gone and trying to make it in the NFL. Wadley’s role, and value to Iowa, will only increase in 2017.
Still, it wasn’t enough to warrant inclusion on the list. Here are the 14 running backs who made it.
- 8. Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- 10. Bo Scarbrough Alabama
- 12. Derrius Guice, LSU
- 19. Mike Weber, Ohio State
- 41. Mark Walton, Miami (Fla.)
- 43. Ronald Jones II, USC
- 52. Terence Williams, Baylor
- 60. Royce Freeman, Oregon
- 62. Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
- 79. Myles Gaskin, Washington
- 80. Kyle Hicks, TCU
- 103. Nick Chubb, Georgia
- 108. Justin Jackson, Northwestern
- 135. LJ Scott, Michigan State
It won’t be a surprise if Iowa brings the rankings, and this list of running backs, to Wadley’s attention when summer workouts begin. A program always looking for motivation just found it for Wadley.
The Calgary Stampeders of the CFL signed former Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi on Tuesday.
Stanzi was a fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft and has bounced around the league for years but never really caught on. Andrew Buckley, Mitchell Gale and Bo Levi Mitchell are the other three quarterbacks on the Stampeders roster.
Mitchell started last season, throwing for 5,385 yards, 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Former Hawkeye Drew Tate saw limited action, completing 27 of 43 passes for 255 yards, no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tate was traded to Ottawa in February.
Chasing a dream
Story of former Hawkeyes TE George Kittle delivering a Stone Cold Stunner during a Scott County Wrestling event last weekend doesn’t start with Kittle. It begins with Steve Manders, a former Hawkeye trying his hand at pro wrestling. Tom Kakert, of Rivals, does a great job with telling his story.
Manders, a former Iowa fullback, grew up a wrestling fan and is in wrestling professionally thanks to Ettore Ewen, a former Iowa football player known as Big E in the WWE, and former WWE champion Seth Rollins, who grew up in Buffalo, Iowa.
Manders is chasing his dream of making the WWE. Kittle stepped in to save Manders during his match. It resulted in Kittle creating some social media buzz when he entered the ring.
— SCW Pro (@SCWPro) May 14, 2017
How about another comeback?
For the second straight game, Iowa baseball overcame a massive deficit to pull out a win. On Tuesday night, it was Nebraska-Omaha who fell victim, the Hawkeyes winning 9-8 after trailing 8-3.
Iowa scored 6 unanswered runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Jake Adams started the comeback with a solo home run in the seventh. Mason McCoy belted a 2-run double and Adams added a second solo home run in the eighth inning.
Chris Whelan tied the contest with an RBI single in the ninth. Corbin Woods scored the winning run when Nebraska-Omaha shortstop Jack Kalina committed an error on a ball hit by McCoy.
Iowa (32-18) overcame a 7-run deficit to beat Ohio State 11-10 on Sunday.
Lots of links
- Why CB Manny Rugamba isn’t looking back on his breakout freshman season as he moves forward.
- The Big Ten is open to Omaha or Minneapolis hosting a Big Ten Basketball tournament.
- Incoming Iowa men’s basketball player Jack Nunge was head coach Fran McCaffery’s neighbor for a week before moving to Indiana, writes Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register.