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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Sept. 12.
The Sunday Hawkeyes
Saturday is for the Hawkeyes. Sunday is for the former Hawkeyes getting paid to play.
Tampa Bay tight end Brandon Myers made the biggest play of those who once donned the black and gold. He caught a 4-yard touchdown to help Tampa Bay beat Atlanta, 31-24.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 11, 2016
Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens and Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey each had six tackles in losses. Dallas fell 20-19 to the New York Giants. Cleveland lost 29-10 to Philadelphia.
Atlanta defensive linemen Justin Babineaux and Adrian Clayborn each had two tackles in the loss to Tampa Bay. Tennesee’s Karl Klug recorded two tackles in a loss to Minnesota.
Defensive end Mike Daniels and safety Micah Hyde each recorded one tackle in a Green Bay win over Jacksonville.
Also, C.J. Fiedorowicz added one reception for six yards in Houston’s win over Chicago.
No news won’t necessarily be good news
Here’s a warning: Be prepared for the James Daniels injury watch to go on all week.
Coach Kirk Ferentz sounds like he’s strapped in for a long haul.
“I wouldn’t rule him out,” Ferentz said Saturday night about Daniels facing North Dakota State. “It’s not the same as (defensive end) Parker Hesse, but maybe kind of like that. Parker had a chance this week but didn’t respond during the week. So probably, realistically, we’re probably a week out yet. But we’ll take it day by day.”
Reading the tea leaves, it’s hard to see how Daniels faces the Bison. Anything can happen with an injury recovery, but Ferentz didn’t sound optimistic.
Iowa fans may want to prepare themselves for a second straight game without Daniels, who injured his knee last Wednesday at practice and didn’t play against Iowa State.
Iowa is likely going to be conservative on bringing back Daniels. There is no need to rush him after backup center Lucas LeGrand looked solid in his first career start.
Week to week
Coaches like to talk about the growth a team can make between Week One and Week Two. Iowa certainly showed plenty of it in the 42-3 victory over Iowa State.
“We didn’t play great last week,” Ferentz said. “Just wasn’t terrible, but we didn’t play great, and way too soft in the rush part of things. Just they mushed it up in there too much on us.
“You know that was a little discouraging. So I thought our tempo was better tonight. I thought we looked more aggressive.”
Yes, Iowa played better, but part of it was an Iowa State squad that looked outmatched from the start. The North Dakota State game should be the best barometer yet to assess Iowa this season.
Iowa didn’t just beat Iowa State on Saturday. It might also have beaten all others for Florida defensive back Zamari Maxwell.
Maxwell sounded like a player on the verge of a commitment in Rob Howe’s story from HawkeyeNation.com. Maxwell is a three-star 247Sports recruit. Maxwell is scheduled to visit Central Florida this weekend. He would be the fifth defensive back commitment for Iowa’s 2017 class.
Maxwell wasn’t the only recruit to enjoy the Iowa game. So did 2017 Iowa commits A.J. Epenesa, a five-star defensive end, and Coy Kirkpatrick, a three-star defensive end.
C'mon now state…you never had a chance. Had a great time in Iowa City yesterday and I'm hyped to come back! pic.twitter.com/LpfyYS148x
— AJ Epenesa (@ajepenesa24) September 11, 2016
The boys just having a good time ? pic.twitter.com/8s5o3MDh2V
— Coy Alan Kirkpatrick (@CoyTiger33) September 11, 2016