The Wake-Up Call: How Kirk Ferentz prepares for a first-year coach, the importance of OC and QB texts and more
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So let’s get to it. It is Cy-Hawk week after all. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Thursday, Sept. 8.
A new challenge with a new coach in Ames
This will be the first Cy-Hawk game for Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell. It’s also the first time the Iowa coaching staff must prepare for a Campbell-coached team.
There is only one game to review with the Cyclones under Campbell. How exactly do the Hawkeyes get ready for a first-year opponent?
“Typically you just go back a year, look at what the team did a year ago,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Sometimes you have to go searching a little bit, that type of thing.”
The Hawkeye preparation for Campbell involved more film about his time with Toledo than anything else. Under Campbell, the Rockets tried to be a balanced offense that utilized a smash-mouth rushing attack. They also ran a 4-2-5 base defense while switching to other looks like a three-man defensive front, depending on their personnel or opponent. Ferentz said on his Wednesday radio show that he expects Iowa State to play a three-linebacker set to counteract Iowa’s pro-style offense.
The preparation for Iowa State this week reminded Ferentz of having to get ready for Iowa’s first matchup with former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen in 2013.
“What we saw Utah State did (under Anderson), they did it very well at Wisconsin,” Ferentz said. “Not exactly the same schemes, but the way they played was very similar as what they did at Utah State. I think that’s kind of what you do, look at the past season.”
How did that game go? Not well. The Badgers won 28-9. Iowa will look for a better outcome this weekend.
A (Cyclone) man down
Iowa State will be without cornerback Nigel Tribune on Saturday. Tribune was suspended for the Northern Iowa game last week after he was charged with OWI in July. The suspension will carry on for a second game.
Nigel Tribune remains suspended for the Iowa game.
— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) September 7, 2016
On the surface, this looks like a big deal. Tribune has started parts of the last three seasons. He’s a name that a large portion of Iowa fans might recognize on the Iowa State defense.
But he would be nothing more than a bit player in this contest if he suited up. Tribune was already passed up on the depth chart by cornerbacks Brian Peavy and Jomal Wiltz. Tribune entered camp working with the second-team.
The secondary is the strength of Iowa State’s defense. The depth is there to overcome Tribune sitting out the game.
Iowa fans should be more concerned with Peavy, a player Pro Football Focus called one of the best returning Big 12 defenders, than Tribune’s absence.
21st century game-planning
Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis sent quarterback C.J. Beathard a text last Friday. He wanted to know what plays the quarterback liked that were in the game plan for the Miami of Ohio game.
“Our relationship has grown over the past going on five years now and I think he understands it that he wants my opinion on some things, and what plays I like,” Beathard said. “He wants me to be comfortable in there.”
It’s a smart move, especially with an experienced quarterback. NFL teams do the same thing every week. It’s good to know what a quarterback thinks will work. At a minimum, it’s a psychological edge so a quarterback can run plays he thinks will succeed.
Best case scenario? It turns out a flea-flicker Beathard told Davis was one of his favorite plays. All Beathard did was connect with wide receiver Jerminic Smith on a 38-yard reception.
“That was a big play in the game,” Beathard said.
Cy-Hawk preview, Big Ten network style
The Big Ten Network posted a video with Tom Dienhart breaking down the Iowa-Iowa State matchup. Expect plenty of talk about No. 16 in black and gold.
Nice threads. How much do they cost?
The Kansas City Business Journal looked at how much money Midwest teams bring in from apparel contracts. The story reported that the Hawkeyes take home $1.9 million from Nike for the 2016-17 school year. It’s not TV contract money, but it’s nothing to sneeze at. In contrast, however, Nebraska makes more than double that.
It appears that one Iowa in-state recruiting target won’t be making it to the Cy-Hawk game on Saturday.
❗Due to some personal complications, I will not be able to make it down to the Iowa vs Iowa state game, however I will visit a later game❗
— Saybein Clark (@Kid_Lightning33) September 8, 2016
Clark, who already holds an Iowa offer, is a Sioux City Heelan running back in the 2018 class. It shouldn’t be too big of an issue as Clark said he’s planning to visit for a different game.