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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Meeting the new position coach
Peyton Mansell didn’t need to Google Ken O’Keefe to learn who the new Iowa quarterback coach was. He had a basic idea before O’Keefe called on Saturday.
The phone call, along with a little supplemental research, helped Mansell get a better idea of the man who will be coaching him with the Hawkeyes this upcoming season.
“The quarterbacks that he has worked with have put up great numbers and they’ve had successful seasons with him at Iowa,” the Iowa QB signee said. “They were in the top 10 a couple of times. I am looking forward to working with him.”
All Mansell needed to do was take a look at the Iowa record to get idea of what signal-callers did during O’Keefe’s first stint with the Hawkeyes. The accomplishments of Brad Banks, Ricky Stanzi, Drew Tate and James Vandenberg are listed throughout it.
Mansell and O’Keefe didn’t talk very long. It was a quick introductory call, not a lengthy getting-to-know you conversation.
That was fine. Mansell knows O’Keefe has a lot to do as he transitions from working with the Miami Dolphins. Plus, there is the entire offseason to get to know each other better.
“I’ll probably reach out to him sometime in the next week or two,” Mansell said.
The Super Bowl through a quarterback’s eyes
You need to know that Mansell roots for the Buffalo Bills and therefore is predisposed to root against Tom Brady.
That’s why his thoughts on the Super Bowl MVP and what he did during New England’s 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl LI against Atlanta on Sunday stand out.
“It kind of showcased how Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time,” Mansell said. “Anyone that argues that is living in another world.”
It’s a fact Mansell accepts after watching Brady set Super Bowl records with 43 completions and 466 passing yards. He doesn’t classify himself as a Brady guy, but games like Sunday’s are turning him into one.
“I am a big Bills fan,” Mansell said, “but I love great quarterbacks and it’s hard not to be a fan of him.”
What impressed Mansell during the Super Bowl was the way Brady didn’t change, regardless if the Patriots trailed 28-3 or were closing off a 31-0 run to win it.
“He played the same the whole game,” Mansell said. “He wasn’t rushing in the fourth quarter. The offense had the same game plan. It’s just more things opened up and the receivers made some great plays.”
Davis out for the season
The path to the NCAA Tournament for the Iowa women’s basketball team just got a little tougher. The Hawkeyes announced they lost point guard Tania Davis for the season to a torn right ACL on Monday.
Hawkeyes announce that starting PG Tania Davis will miss the remainder of the season after tearing her ACL. Very unfortunate.
— Rob Howe (@RobHoweHN) February 6, 2017
She suffered the injury during a 72-70 loss to No. 21 Michigan on Sunday. Davis was averaging 10.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
Now, the Hawkeyes must find a way to replace her production as they try to lock down a tourney berth. Iowa was a 10-seed and the second-to-last at-large team in the Charlie Creme’s latest bracketology projection on ESPN.com.