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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Passing of an Iowa icon
Ron Stewart, known as Sheriff Ron around the Iowa football program, has passed away. Stewart was the director of security for Iowa football. He started working with the program in 1982. His final game was in 2014.
In Remembrance of Ron Stewart https://t.co/srFRxKFh8F
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) October 10, 2016
Regardless if an Iowa fan ever met Stewart, he was someone they knew. He would appear on a TV screen with Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz as his security detail. He also worked under former Hawkeyes coach Hayden Fry.
Jon Miller of Hawkeye Nation wrote a touching tribute to Stewart. Others took to social media to remember Stewart.
I would always ask Sheriff Ron about his "6 shooter" long story short he would respond by saying "I'm a good shot" You will be missed Ron!
— Brandon Myers (@myersb83) October 10, 2016
Sheriff Ron was as good of a man as they come. So glad our lives crossed paths. https://t.co/lWAUVPRTNu
— Pat Angerer (@PAngererUSA) October 10, 2016
A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive, Iowa.
Rock the vote
Iowa cornerback Desmond King is up for the Lott Impact Trophy Player of the Week honor. Voting is taking place here.
King is nominated after returning seven punts for 59 yards and two kickoffs for 48 yards. He also recorded a tackle and a pass breakup in a win over Minnesota last Saturday. The Lott Award is given annually to the player that best combines character and performance.
Purdue on Beathard
Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard may not be impressing NFL draft pundits, but he is impressing Purdue coach Darrell Hazell.
“What I see from him is he’s just throwing it with great accuracy,” Hazell said. “He’s got a lot of confidence right now.
“He did lose a go-to guy (wide receiver Matt VandeBerg). Sounds like he’s going to be out one of his wide receivers. But he’s really accurate with the football and it’s coming out of his hands really fast. He throws the bubble to those detached receivers really well, accurately, so they can run it and with it.
“So we’re going to have to get after him a little bit.”
Getting the ball out quick is by design. Iowa is going with a lot of short passes. It plays to the strength of the receivers. It’s the preferred passing style of offensive coordinator Greg Davis. It also helps to cover up for an offensive line that entered the Minnesota game last week losing more one-on-one battles than in years past.
Hazell is right. Purdue will need to get to Beathard. It’s been the best way to get the Iowa passing game off kilter this season.
A Purdue loss before the game starts
Hazell didn’t just talk about Beathard. He dropped some big news. The Boilermakers will be without top wide receiver Dominique Young.
Purdue WR Domonique Young, who's tied for 2nd in B1G receptions with 29, is out this week with leg injury, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) October 10, 2016
That’s tough news for the Boilermakers. Without Young, Iowa will need to focus its attention on Purdue wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey. He’s second on the team with 22 receptions for 229 yards. He also leads the team with 2 touchdowns.
The Boilermakers primarily look to Young and Yancey. They’ve combined for 41.1 percent of Purdue receptions. It will be interesting to see if anyone steps up next to Yancey or if he becomes the Boilermakers just lean on him more come the game on Saturday (Noon ET., ESPN2).