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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Showing some leg
Iowa punter Ron Coluzzi was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 26, 2016
He was a worthy selection. Coluzzi put four of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line. Another punt went 55 yards and he didn’t allow a kickoff return on his three kickoffs against Rutgers.
Calling Coluzzi the Iowa MVP — or MVP-like — is gaining a little bit of traction. He’s having a great season, but it seems like one thing being said when something else is being talked about has been consistency. He’s arguably Iowa’s most consistent player, which a lot of other players on the roster can’t say. No one is returning kicks on him. Fifteen of his 20 punts have been fair caught. He is a special teams weapon and is a key piece to why Iowa won three of its first four games.
He’s consistent. It’s probably the best way to describe Coluzzi this week.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) September 26, 2016
VandeBerg injury could be devastating
News late Monday that Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg had broken his foot in practice could be a major problem for the Hawkeyes. He is, without question, Iowa’s best option on the outside.
VandeBerg, a senior, leads the 3-1 Hawkeyes in receptions (19), receiving yards (284) and touchdown receptions (3).
In Iowa’s 14-7 win over Rutgers Saturday, VandeBerg caught four passes for 17 yards. He’s the only Iowa wide receiver with double digit receptions in 2016.
We’ll be curious to see how the news breaks today.
What’s inside the box?
It appears that Iowa sent out a series of care packages to former Hawkeyes. Based on Twitter posts, most of the recipients were those in the NFL. Iowa appeared to share shirts, hats, and other assorted Iowa gear.
— Austin Blythe (@ABlythe63) September 26, 2016
— Christian Kirksey (@chriskirksey20) September 26, 2016
— Bryan Bulaga (@BBulaga) September 26, 2016
Iowa and Northwestern may not be hardened rivals with decades upon decades of history like Iowa has with Minnesota, but there is something there when these teams meet. It’s been that way throughout most of the tenure of Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald. That’s why it was a little surprising to see him talk about Kinnick Stadium like he did in his Monday news conference. Northwestern visits Saturday for a Noon (ET) kickoff.
“Looking to this week, obviously a tough trip to one of the cathedrals of college football out at Kinnick,” said Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald. “It’s Iowa. They do what they do, and they do it very well.”
The Wake-Up Call never would have guessed Fitzgerald thought so highly of Kinnick.
One more Rutgers thought
There was plenty said in the film review of the Iowa-Rutgers game. Not much was said about the play of cornerback Desmond King.
It was another strong game for King. In fact, Pro Football Focus called it King’s best game as a Hawkeye. King had two pass breakups and only allowed one catch against the Scarlet Knight.
Iowa CB Desmond King earned the highest coverage grade of his career in win over Rutgers, allowing just a single catch for 2 yards pic.twitter.com/JeJa1jVuNT
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 25, 2016