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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Friday, Sept. 16.
Running down a dream
How good has the Iowa rushing attack been? The numbers are good. Iowa is averaging 205.0 yards per game, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. That’s where the folks at Pro Football Focus can come in and their film review is impressed.
Top team run blocking grades so far
3. Air Foce
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 15, 2016
Pro Football Focus is the authority on this kind of stuff. If the folks there are ranking Iowa this high, it definitely says something about the level of play with the Iowa ground game.
And yes, we do acknowledge PFF’s greatness in breaking down tape while also slapping their collective wrists for spelling Air Force wrong. Just had to get that shot in.
Oh Captain, my captain (NDSU edition)
Former Hawkeye running back Marvin Lampkin will be the honorary captain for the North Dakota State game on Saturday.
Lampkin lettered for Iowa from 1990-92. He led the team in rushing with 653 rushing yards his senior season. He was also part of the Iowa team that tied for the Big Ten title in 1990 and played in the 1991 Rose Bowl.
Thrown into the deep end
Ten freshmen are playing for Iowa this season. The one making the biggest impact is arguably cornerback Manny Rugamba. Coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed this week what the game film and substitution patterns already showed. Rugamba, who has two tackles and one pass breakup, is the third cornerback for the Hawkeyes.
Here’s a feature on Rugamba from the Iowa athletic department.
Remember the media isn’t allowed to talk to newcomers like Rugamba. The most interesting part of the Rugamba piece is how he’s leaning on starter Greg Maybin to help him adjust to college. The two watched film after practice every day during the preseason.
C.J. becoming C.J.
Quarterback C.J. Beathard is off to a great start to the season. Landof10.com’s Scott Dochterman already has brought up the Heisman Trophy .
Beathard is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 427 yards and four touchdowns. Ferentz was asked this week when he knew that Beathard had put it all together.
“Ever since we named him the starter a year ago January, it’s not like he acted any differently,” Ferentz said. “But I think he embraces the responsibility that being the quarterback has. It is a different position. There’s certain positions that are a little bit different inherently. Quarterback in any kind of offense, doesn’t matter what you do, that type of position.
“He’s just done a really good job. He embraces that. Does it within his personality, the framework of his personality. He’s a very genuine guy, very humble guy, yet a very dedicated, hard-working guy. Proved last year just how tough he is mentally and physically. When you have those kinds of attributes, players tend to be drawn toward you.”
Olympic sports spotlight
Here’s a recap/lookahead to what is happening with the Iowa Olympic sports.
Field hockey senior Alexandra Pecora was named the NFHCA Division I player of the week.
The Hawkeyes open the Big Ten women’s soccer schedule by hosting Michigan tonight and Michigan State on Sunday.
Also, the volleyball team hosts the Iowa Invitational this weekend.