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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Sept. 19
Hawkeyes shine in the NFL on Sunday
Sunday is the time for the pros to take over. Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey put together the best statistical day for a former Hawkeye. He was second on the Browns with five solo tackles and two assisted tackles. Kirksey’s play wasn’t enough, though, as Baltimore beat Cleveland 25-20.
Former Iowa offensive lineman Andrew Donnal was part of arguably the biggest upset of the day when the Los Angeles Rams beat Seattle 9-6. It was not a pretty game, especially if you like offense, but it was enough for Donnal and the Rams to improve to 1-1.
Atlanta’s Adrian Clayborn recorded two tackles in a win over Atlanta. Houston tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz had one catch for 1 yard in a win over Kansas City. Dallas’ Anthony Hitchens recorded three tackles in a win over Washington.
Three former Hawkeyes were involved in the Sunday night football game. Minnesota and linebacker Chad Greenway (one tackle, one assisted tackle) beat Green Bay 17-14. It was Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels who played the best. He recorded one sack, three tackles and one assisted tackle. Micah Hyde added one tackle for the Packers.
Hawkeyes injury updates
The Iowa offensive line is a unit in need of good news — and it may be coming. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Sunday morning that starters James Daniels and Sean Welsh could potentially return for the Rutgers game this week. Both players went through warmups against North Dakota State, but neither played.
The chance of getting two starters back falls into the best possible news category for a position group that struggled significantly against the Bison.
Also, running back Derrick Mitchell missed last week’s game. Ferentz said on Saturday that he expects the Hawkeyes’ third-down back to be back this week as well.
Poll position tumble
Iowa went from being ranked No. 13 in the AP poll to unranked following the lost to FCS foe North Dakota State on Saturday. That’s quite a fall. (The Hawkeyes are No. 25 in the coaches poll.)
It wasn’t surprising to see the Hawkeyes drop out of the AP poll. That happens with a loss to a FCS team, even when the opponent in FBS buster North Dakota State.
Don’t expect Iowa to make a return to the AP poll anytime soon. The Hawkeyes were the fifth team in the receiving votes category. A win at Rutgers isn’t going to be enough get Iowa back in the poll, not unless one of the wildest weekends in college football history happens.
There isn’t a potential win on the schedule that would truly impress AP voters until No. 11 Wisconsin comes to town on Oct. 22. Iowa’s path back into the AP poll will likely require a few wins where the Hawkeyes can flex their muscle and a few teams in front of them dropping a game.
The Wisconsin game, frankly, might not do it either. The Badgers have to play Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan before they get to Iowa City, and they could be unranked by then as well if the losses pile up.
Crazy eight (touchdowns)
Iowa running back commit Eno Benjamin had the kind of high school football day that would make Al Bundy proud. In fact, Benjamin pulled a double Bundy.
All Benjamin did on Friday night was account for 461 total yards and score eight touchdowns. Benjamin rushed for six scores and threw for two more.
For those unfortunate souls too young to remember “Married With Children,” Bundy put together one of the greatest athletic achievements of all-time He scored four touchdowns for Polk High.