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, Oct. 14.
Catch me if you can
It’s been 343 days since Iowa cornerback Desmond King recorded an interception. His last one was against Indiana last season.
“It’s been awhile,” King said. “It’s getting closer and closer.”
He got asked about it this week because he nearly picked off a pass against Minnesota last week. How big of a deal is this? It’s hindered King so much that he was considered Iowa’s best player at the midseason.
Interceptions are an easy number to use to see if a defensive back is playing well, but it’s not a figure that tells the entire story. Teams aren’t throwing in King’s direction. He’s that good of a defender that few teams are willing to test him. That is the definition of a shutdown corner, the kind of player any coach at any level wants.
.@HawkeyeFootball CB Desmond King has allowed a total of 70 rec. yards in 6 games. His 0.37 yards per coverage snap ranks 5th in the nation
— Matt Claassen (@PFF_Matt) October 9, 2016
Plus, any time Pro Football Focus releases grades on an Iowa game, King always comes up as one of the best defenders. It may seem odd he’s gone so long without an interception, but King is playing at a high level. He doesn’t need an interception to prove it.
The basketball capital of the Big Ten
The Big Ten held its men’s basketball Media Day in Washington D.C. on Thursday. The Land of 10 had you covered. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is impressed with guard Peter Jok. The freshmen are giving the Hawkeyes a jolt of energy. Land of 10 also asked who will be the most important Hawkeye this season.
You can still vote and should. The Wake-Up Call is all about rocking the vote. It’s also all about freshman forward Tyler Cook, the most valuable player entering the season. Jok is the star, but he needs a running mate. Cook, a four-star recruit, has the most potential of any Hawkeyes player. All things being equal, the more stars a basketball team can throw out with the better chance it has of finishing near the top of the conference standings.
Cook could very well be a star. If he develops into one, it could change the trajectory of the season.
The Big Ten released its preseason All-Big Ten basketball team earlier this week. Jok was a selection.
There are 10 players listed in the link, but only five players are on the court at a time. Is it that hard to have the preseason (or postseason) squad match the number of basketball players on the court? It’s a pet peeve, but it makes no sense to put twice as many players on a team as a coach can play on the floor.
If the Big Ten wants to recognize 10 players, it still can. But bring some sanity back to the awards and make a first team and a second team.
Spotlight of strength
The Big Ten Network recently aired an interview with Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle. This video shows the man in charge of the Iowa weight room brings a sense of humor.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 12, 2016
Lots of links
- Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette looks at Iowa and the best time for official visits.
- Iowa has already offered Ottumwa High School (Iowa) post player Xavier Foster. Cody Goodwin of the Des Moines Register looks at the Class of 2020 prospect.
- Big Ten basketball tourney belongs in Indy, but that’s beside the point to Jim Delany