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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Best in class
Pro Football Focus releases its top-graded players across each league on Tuesday. Three Iowa Hawkeyes were the best Big Ten players at their position during the 14-7 victory over Minnesota last Saturday.
The specific players that made the list were all good signs for Iowa. Let’s start with tight end George Kittle. He’s not making a big impact in the passing game because he’s frequently getting double-teamed, but the grade reflects the job he’s doing in the running game.
Right tackle Cole Croston, making his first start there this season, was the highest-rated tackle in the league. Croston settled in very well to his new home after an up-and-down stay at left tackle. Croston putting forth this kind of performance is proof that offensive line changes were the right move.
Defensive end Anthony Nelson also made the list. Nelson is putting up a strong freshman season. He leads the team with 5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He made his presence known against Minnesota. The future is bright for Nelson.
Micah Hyde, Iowa wide receiving legend
The headline isn’t as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it appears to be something Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has given plenty of thought to.
“To this day, if Micah had played offense, he would have been our all-time leading receiver,” Ferentz said. “I believe that. I don’t think he’d be playing in the NFL right now. Maybe he would. It wouldn’t surprise me.”
That’s quite the statement. It’s interesting to imagine Hyde running routes and catching touchdowns instead of trying to intercept passes.
When talking about the best Iowa wide receiver of all-time, that’s a discussion with players like Tim Dwight and Marvin McNutt. It’s lofty company. Playing in the secondary was probably the best move. He’s currently playing for the Green Bay Packers. Hyde also won the Tatum-Woodson Award, given to the league’s best defensive back, as a senior in 2012.
A Sheriff Ron memory
Ron Stewart, the former head of security for the football program, passed away on Sunday. Ferentz spoke at length about Sheriff Ron at his press conference on Tuesday.
Ferentz shared two stories. The first was his initial I-Club meeting as the Iowa head coach in the Des Moines area. Ferentz was ushered in through the kitchen of the building. Ferentz really couldn’t believe he needed that kind of treatment to enter a meet-and-greet, let alone a personal detail.
“I felt like I was in a movie,” Ferentz said. “I still find it laughable that I have any form of security like that.”
The second was following a win — Ferentz couldn’t remember the game — when Stewart used his body to shield away some rowdy students so Ferentz could take part in a postgame interview on the field. One of the students took Stewart’s cowboy hat, which had his badge on it.
Ferentz didn’t know it happened until he watched film of it the next day.
“The look on his face was priceless,” Ferentz said. “I mean, it was just a classic moment. It was like somebody took one of his kids. It was unbelievable.”
Iowa announcer Gary Dolphin put out an APB for the hat on the weekly radio show. Stewart got it returned, but most importantly he got the badge back.
“That’s what he wanted,” Ferentz said.