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Why Keegan Glaus gets compared to Pat Angerer, the Iowa-Maryland basketball breakdown and more

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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Friday, Feb. 24.

The Keegan Glaus comp

When Bettendorf High School football coach Aaron Wiley watches Keegan Glaus, he’s reminded of another Bettendorf linebacker.

Pat Angerer.

“Pat was recruited and everyone thought he was too small,” Wiley said. “It’s the same with Keegan.”

Yes, both are short. Angerer was listed as 6-foot when playing for the Indianapolis Colts. Glaus is 5-10.

Yes, height played a role in Glaus’ recruiting. It’s why he is walking on at owa.

Yes, both stared at Bettendorf as a linebacker. Both were two-time all-state selections.

Yes, the comparisons seem apt.

“Iowa didn’t come in until late on Pat,” Wiley said. “It worked for him. Hopefully it works for Keegan.”

If it does, Angerer will have played a role. He served as a Bettendorf linebackers coach this past season. Angerer also works out with Glaus four days a week to help prepare him for college.

“Pat, I think, terrorizes him,” Wiley said.

Glaus, though, is a willing participant. He realizes Angerer did what he hopes to do and will take any advice he can get.

“It’s good to have him on my side,” Glaus said. “It will give me the edge on some other players.”

Where will he play?

Glaus rushed for 1,138 yards as a senior in 2016. He made 64 tackles. He could become an Iowa fullback or linebacker. A decision hasn’t been made.

It’s the least of his worries.

“It’s not a big deal,” Glaus said. “I just want to play and prove myself. Once I go up there and start playing we’ll figure it out.”

Iowa-Maryland breakdown

The next week should be fun for the Iowa men’s basketball team. Well, only if your definition of fun is taking on two Top 25 teams on the road within a span of five days.

No. 24 Maryland and No. 16 Wisconsin are on deck for the Hawkeyes. The Terrapins are up first on Saturday (6 p.m, ET, ESPN2).

Iowa will need to limit the ability of Maryland guards to drive into the lane. Melo Trimble and Anthony Cowan combined for 35 points when the Terrapins won 84-76 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 19. Their ability to get to the rim opened up the Maryland offense. The Terrapins shot 57.1 percent in the first half.

Iowa switched to a trap-and-zone defense, slowing down Maryland after intermission. The Hawkeyes may want to open the game in their trap. It’s worth seeing if it will work from the opening tip.

Team KenPom Ranking Adjusted O Adjusted D
Iowa (15-13, 7-8 Big Ten) 76 112.1 (53rd) 102.9 (131st)
Maryland (22-6, 10-5) 37 113.7 (41st) 97.8 (54th)

The big show

Former Iowa pitcher Matt Dermody is trying to earn a spot in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen. Steve Buffery, of the Toronto Sun, wrote a feature on Dermody this week.

It’s a good look back on Dermody and his career, from high school through last season, when he worked his way from Class A ball to the majors.

The most interesting part of the piece was about Dermody being involved in four accidents as a bike messenger in New York during the 2016 off-season. Let him explain the worst one:

“I was going down 2nd Avenue and I was riding behind another bicycle in the middle of the street,” Dermody told the Toronto Sun. “But the bike in front of me decides to brake really hard and swerves and I didn’t have time to react so I hit him and I flew over him and I skid on the ground and all the contents in my bag flew out on the street. Traffic stopped and everything. I’m pretty fortunate I didn’t get hurt. I landed pretty nicely and kept working.”

Dermody went 3-1 with 1.83 ERA, allowing 55 hits and eight walks while striking out 47 in 54 ⅓ minor-league innings last season. He threw three innings for Toronto in 2016.

Odds are he’ll start the season in the minors. Dermody basically says as much in the piece. It will take a strong spring for him to be with the team in Baltimore to begin the season in April.

Lots of links

  • Why focusing on Glaus’ height may be short-sighted.
  • Does Steve Waite ever have to buy a beer in the Hawkeye State?
  • Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, takes a look at the incoming Iowa defensive backs.