Todd McShay studies Akrum Wadley, Iowa football game times announced and Jake Adams … Golden?
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Thursday, June 1.
Todd McShay meet Akrum Wadley
It looks like ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay spent his Wednesday watching highlights of Iowa RB Akrum Wadley. And he likes what he saw.
Iowa RB Akrum Wadley can string together some moves! pic.twitter.com/Y3AY4qcDtx
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) May 31, 2017
That wasn’t all.
Studying Iowa RB Akrum Wadley and Michigan DT Mo Hurst. They had to be two of the best "non-starters" in college football last season.
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) May 31, 2017
McShay uses the phrase “non-starter” a little tongue-in-cheek there. Wadley was Iowa’s most explosive offensive weapon last season. When a team rotates running backs as Iowa did and viewed LeShun Daniels and Wadley as options 1A and 1B, it’s no surprise a “non-starter” with 1,081 rushing yards, 315 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns emerges.
Technically, Wadley spent the first snap of the game on the sideline 12 times, but it didn’t limit his impact when thrown into the backfield. In fact, Iowa utilized him more than several Big Ten starting running backs. Wadley’s 168 carriers was more than the highest total on four conference teams.
Sure, Wadley may be a “non-starter” … perhaps a better term to use is playmaker.
Breaking down Iowa football kickoff times
The Hawkeyes released the starting time for four 2017 football games on Wednesday. Let’s break them down in terms of how ideal kickoff time is.
- Iowa at Iowa State, Sept. 9, 12 p.m. ET
For the Breakfast Club, a morning kickoff (at least locally) for the visiting team in the Cy-Hawk rivalry is a good one. Most of the fan base doesn’t attend the game so concerns of a shorter tailgate window are mitigated.
The early kickoff gives the fans a chance to get up and watch the game in whatever manner they choose — with friends, at a sports bar or on their own — and the same options can continue when the game ends. The party can keep on going through the day or you can move on to something else for your afternoon and evening.
- North Texas at Iowa, Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m. ET
The Breakfast Club isn’t sure if there is a perfect time for a nonconference game that falls under the “You’re getting paid to come here and lose” billing.
The mid-afternoon start seems like a decent compromise. The only appeal to a night game here is more time to tailgate and an early kick eliminates some of the oh-so enjoyable tailgating experience around Kinnick Stadium. There is still time to tailgate and also time to get home at a decent hour after the game ends.
- Illinois at Iowa, Oct. 7, 12 p.m. ET
It’s Homecoming. It’s an early kick. This is the way the world tends to work unless the matchup really entices a TV network to push it later into the day. There really is no fighting this. If the homecoming opponent is a Big Ten program trying to re-find its footing, as is Illinois, odds are this game kicks off before those in the crowd eat lunch.
- Iowa at Nebraska, Nov. 24, 4 p.m. ET
Typically, Iowa-Nebraska is a late-morning kickoff. FS1 will air the game for the first time this season and pushed the kickoff back. The issue of changing a traditional starting time for a rivalry game is muted a little here because this is only the seventh meeting between the programs as Big Ten foes.
Concerns about less tailgating time are negated with it being a road game, but the same theory from the road Iowa State game applies. An early kickoff is probably preferable, especially on a holiday weekend, but the reason why is different from what one might expect.
Will Jake Adams be fitted for some new shoes?
Iowa first baseman Jake Adams could be in line for some cool kicks. USA Baseball named Adams a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday.
The trophy is given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Adams, the Big Ten Player of the Year, is one of 25 semifinalists. He is tied for the NCAA lead with 27 home runs and he leads with Big Ten in RBI (70), hits (79, tie), slugging percentage (.747) and total bases (174).
Adams makes a strong case to be a finalist. He can lock up a spot with an impressive regional performance.
USA Baseball will announce the finalists on June 14.
Lots of links
- What are the perfect weeks for Iowa to play its football rivals?
- Todd McShay tweets about Iowa running back Akrum Wadley.
- The Big Ten announced early season football kickoff times on Wednesday.