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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Hawkeyes commits finding an All-American home
Iowa already has three U.S. Army All-American game commitments. There is a chance there could be a fourth.
4-Star WR Oliver Martin is scheduled to have US Army All-American Game jersey presented to him Thursday at Iowa City West.
— Rob Howe (@RobHoweHN) October 3, 2016
Oliver Martin is a four-star Class of 2017 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Martin is having a heck of a senior season. He leads Iowa City West with 40 receptions for 605 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
If Iowa is to land Martin, the 247Sports composite rankings’ top Iowa prospect, it will have to top a who’s who of other suitors. Martin is also considering Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oregon.
Iowa’s other U.S. All-American selections are defensive end A.J. Epenesa (Edwardsville, Ill.) , running back Eno Benjamin (Wylie East, Texas) and offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs (Mount Vernon, Iowa).
Reinforcing the Golden Gophers
Minnesota is getting four suspended players back this week for its game with Iowa in Minneapolis (Noon ET, ESPN2).
KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson are returning after being suspended during an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that charges were dropped and the players are now back at practice.
Four suspended #Gophers football players have been reinstated to team, attorney Lee Hutton said he has been told. Practice resumes Tuesday.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 3, 2016
Hardin, a defensive back, did start against Oregon State to open the season. The others are all reserves. Don’t expect too much of an impact from the group this weekend. In fact, Greder isn’t certain that any of them will play against the Hawkeyes.
Feel need to tap breaks on #Gophers players coming back in time for Iowa. Hear there's possible Title IX investigation that could factor in.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 4, 2016
The situation is uncertain and may get cleared up when Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys meets with the media today.
Who do you endorse?
Sports Illustrated put together a list of athletes that are supporting a presidential candidate. It included the Iowa football players and wrestlers that endorsed Donald Trump before the Iowa caucus. Here is Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette recapping what happened in January.
Iowa is No. 1 in rushing — seriously
Pro Football Focus named Iowa running back Akrum Wadley the most elusive running back in the Big Ten so far the season.
Top HB Elusive Ratings, Big 10
Akrum Wadley, Iowa
Lorenzo Harrison, Maryland
Ty Johnson, Maryland
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota
(min 25% car.)
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 3, 2016
Wadley does possess an ability to wiggle past defenders. He is difficult to bring down. He’s elusive and not just in the running game as the first play in this highlight clip from the Iowa State win shows.
Quarterback of the future?
Iowa recently offered 2018 quarterback Devin Leary out of New Jersey.
— Dleary (@DevinLeary1) October 4, 2016
Leary is a 247Sports three-star composite quarterback. His offer list includes Maryland, Boston College and Rutgers. Here are his Hudl highlights.
The interesting thing is Leary is Iowa’s fourth quarterback offer of the 2018 class. It may seem like a lot, and a lot of early offers, but this is the way recruiting is trending, especially at quarterback. Quarterbacks are committing earlier, as a position, than any other group on the field.
It’s forcing programs, including Iowa, to adjust. A decade ago, four offers to a quarterback 16 months away from signing wasn’t happening.
Links, links and more links
- Mitch Smith of HawkeyeNation caught up with former Iowa football player Marcus Paschal.
- Jeremiah Davis of the Cedar Rapids Gazette takes a look at the Iowa-Minnesota matchup coming up on Saturday.
- Noted Iowa fan, and pro golfer, Zach Johnson is enjoying the United States Ryder Cup victory. Here’s the story from Cedar Rapids Gazette correspondent Garrett Johnston.