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So let’s get to it. It is Cy-Hawk week after all. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Friday, Sept. 9.
Saturday Night Lights
We are one day away from Iowa-Iowa State, the first true night game at Kinnick Stadium in this rivalry that might add a little something extra to the matchup.
“Will definitely amp it up,” Iowa running back LeShun Daniels said, “especially with it being at Kinnick. Everybody knows that night games at Kinnick are electric, and, with it being the in-state rival, I think it’s only going to amp it up even more.”
There are always challenges when playing a road game in a hostile environment. Daniels believes playing at night will create obstacles that aren’t normally present at home.
“We have to make sure we that we can’t let the noise get to us,” Daniels said. “We got to make sure we focus on our assignments and focus on our jobs so we can go out there on Saturday and be successful.”
Hate, hate, hate
It may seem like Iowa plays a rivalry game almost every week, but there are two opponents that can are especially loathed – Iowa State and Minnesota.
If anyone is capable of explaining this hatred for the Cyclones and Golden Gophers, it’s Iowa State center Brian Bobek, a graduate transfer from Minnesota.
“The main difference is here everyone’s intertwined,’ Bobek said. “They’re all living together, Iowa State and Iowa. It’s not so much the case there. It’s more of a border war there. Here it’s like everyone’s within the same border so I feel like there’s a little bit more hatred here between the fans. But as far as the players go, I think both teams just want to win the game. It’s very similar to what it is at Minnesota.”
Bobek grew up in an Iowa household. His dad, Jeff, played offensive line for the Hawkeyes and his mother, Terri, was an Iowa basketball player.
“We’ve got a bunch of pictures from where everyone’s been in our family up on the wall in our house,” Bobek said. “We’ve got a whole kind of a shrine to it. It’s all a part of our history, our family history.”
A (not so great) Cy-Hawk moment
Plays will be made on Saturday that fans, coaches and players on both teams will remember for years. What everyone will try to avoid is having the kind of game that Daniels did last season. Daniels looked good, rushing for 56 yards before injuring his ankle. The setback would alter the course of Daniel’s season.
Daniels locked up the starting running back role in the preseason, gaining 123 yards in the opener. Then the injury hit and it paved the way for Jordan Canzeri to lead Iowa with 984 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Daniels would end the season with 646 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
“I was having decent success running the football,” Daniels said. “We were driving down the field, and I just remember going down on an outside zone play – and I remember being frustrated and being hurt because I wanted to be out there with the team and do whatever I could to help us get a victory, especially going to a hostile environment like that.”
Daniels enters this Cy-Hawk game in timeshare with Akrum Wadley, who rushed for 121 yards against Miami (Ohio). Daniels gained 83 yards. Each scored two rushing touchdowns.
“We have a good situation with me and Akrum going in and being able to alternate,” Daniels said. “When we have the opportunity to go out there and make plays, we are each fresh and not getting worn down.”
Sash was on the mind of those in and around the Iowa football program on Thursday.
Rest Easy Tyler Sash! Legends Live Forever!
— K. Martin-Manley (@KMM_11) September 8, 2016
— #9 (@KingsCowboyHat) September 8, 2016
Tyler Sash died a year ago today. One of the Iowa greats. Rip Sash
— trav (@TravisThiltgen) September 8, 2016
It's been one year since Tyler Sash's death.
Great person. Great player.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 8, 2016
Thursday served as a reminder to me how far our society needs to go in terms of understanding and diagnosing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., and in dealing with the impact of head injuries in sports, especially football.
Hawkeyes in the NFL
The NFL season kicked off on Thursday night with two former Iowa players – center James Ferentz and long snapper Casey Kreiter – part of a Denver team that won 21-20 over Carolina. There are 20 former Iowa players on NFL rosters for Week One.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) September 8, 2016
Here is a list of them.
|Atlanta||Defensive Tackle||Justin Babineaux|
|Indianapolis||Offensive line||Austin Blythe|
|Green Bay||Offensive line||Bryan Bulaga|
|Atlanta||Defensive end||Adrian Clayborn|
|Green Bay||Defensive end||Mike Daniels|
|Baltimore||Defensive tackle||Carl Davis|
|Los Angeles||Offensive line||Andrew Donnal|
|Denver||Offensive line||James Ferentz|
|Houston||Tight end||C.J. Fiedorowicz|
|Green Bay||Safety||Micah Hyde|
|Tennessee||Defensive end||Karl Klug|
|Denver||Long snapper||Casey Kreiter|
|Tampa Bay||Tight end||Brandon Myers|
|Detroit||Offensive line||Riley Reiff|
|Washington||Offensive line||Brandon Scherff|
|Philadelphia||Offensive line||Matt Tobin|
|Baltimore||Offensive line||Marshal Yanda|
It’s not a surprise that nearly half of them are on the offensive line. Nine former Iowa offensive linemen are on NFL rosters. There are four defensive linemen, three linebackers, two tight ends, one safety and one long snapper.
Green Bay leads with way with three former Hawkeyes.
More Cy-Hawk action
Football isn’t the only rivalry game against Iowa State taking place this weekend. The Iowa volleyball team, taking part in the Cyclone Challenge, faces Iowa State at 6 tonight in Ames.
Iowa fans will need to pay attention whether grass parking lots are open for use on Saturday. It appears to be a fluid situation heading into Saturday.
Due to rain, grass parking may not be available for Saturday's football game. If available, grass lots won't open until 2pm, updates here
— Iowa Event Mgmt (@IowaEvent) September 9, 2016