The best way to start your day is right here at Landof10.com as we prepare you for everything you need to know about Iowa sports. We’ll share our Hawkeyes Wake-Up Call here with you at 8:30 a.m (ET) Monday through Friday.
So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Friday, Nov. 17.
Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell correctly predicted that the Hawkeyes would be fine against Michigan if they scored 14 points. He was right.
So what does Jewell predict for the Illinois game?
“I don’t have anymore of those,” Jewell said.
The Wake-Up Call doesn’t blame Jewell. He called his shot. It will live in (Iowa) infamy. There is no need to prove he can do it a second time, and it allows him to pull a George Costanza.
Iowa-Seton Hall takeaways
The Wake-Up Call subscribes to the Bill Self and Tom Izzo school of non-conference scheduling. Challenging games are beneficial in the long run.
Seton Hall, a potential NCAA tournament team, qualified as such for Iowa The Pirates won 91-83 on Thursday night. What Iowa learned from this game was as important as the outcome. Here are five quick takeaways:
- Tyler Cook is legitimate. He scored 24 points and showed a wide array of offensive tools. He is the best bet to be Iowa’s second scoring option behind guard Peter Jok. Seeing the freshman forward step up in his first big game is a good sign for this season and the future.
- Iowa’s perimeter defense needs work. Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington dropping 20 on Iowa is one thing. He’s going to do that to a lot of teams. The fact he wasn’t the only Pirates player to get going was the problem. Guard Myles Powell and wing Desi Rodriguez combined for 51 points.
- Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was concerned about turnovers in the preseason, and with good reason. Iowa is averaging 16.3 turnovers through three games. If Iowa doesn’t protect the ball better, turnovers will cost them a game or two this season.
- Jok can score. This isn’t new, but his career-high 30 points served as a reminder it’s going to be tough keeping him out of the scoring column.
- Practice your free throws, kids. Iowa was 19 of 32 from the line.
Never too early for a mock draft
OK, there are times it’s too early for a mock draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay predicting Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner as a first-round pick last year proves that point.
The Wake-Up Call will allow a November mock draft, especially one from the folks at Pro Football Focus. PFF sent Iowa cornerback Desmond King to Pittsburgh with the No. 15 pick.
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) November 16, 2016
King would find the draft interesting, if only because his old friend, Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, went one spot before him. It won’t be a surprise if the draft becomes a friendly competition to see which one gets drafted first between the duo.
PFF is very high on King. The website ranked him No. 4 overall on its draft board.
It’s also worth noting that PFF had Illinois defensive end Dawuane Smoot going No. 32 overall. He could cause Iowa problems. The Hawkeyes will need to neutralize Smoot on Saturday (noon ET, BTN), and they believe they’ve found a way to do it.
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz is a former teacher and was tasked with ensuring students learned something every day. There was no classroom, but Ferentz was the pupil when discussing roughing the punter earlier this season with an offical.
Ferentz relayed the story when asked about what constitutes roughing the punter this week. It turns out the ref taught the coach a lesson on the subject.
“I got sent to school,” Ferentz said. “The referee was exactly right on the money. If you hit the plant leg versus the swing leg that’s two different calls. I thought he pulled that out of midair. It’s in the rule book, five yards, major and minor. So if you hit the swing leg, that’s a minor.”
Consider this your Football 101 lesson for the day. Class dismissed.
Lots of links
- Defense was a problem for Iowa in the Seton Hall loss.
- Iowa treats Illinois as if the Hawkeye State border extends to Indiana.
- The Champaign News-Gazette’s Bob Asmussen breaks down the Fighting Illini for Hawkeyes fans.
- The blueprint for Iowa against Illinois isn’t new, writes Jeremiah Davis of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.