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Don Lund

Spring football wrap 2018

Hawk Talk

This is the final segment of a three-part series about spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
This week, I’ll look at the quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs and special teams.
Nate Stanley has a chance to be one of the really good quarterbacks to play at Iowa. I’m not going to say great quarterback until he has two good seasons in a row.
First, look at his size. Stanley came to Iowa listed at 6-4, 212-pounds. In the spring football guide, he is up to 242-pounds.
That is a big dude playing quarterback.

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Spring football 2018

Offensive line and tight ends

Last week, I looked at the linebackers and defensive backs.
This week, I’ll talk about the offensive line and tight ends.

Iowa lost two starters; they were good ones.
Sean Welsh and James Daniels have a shot to play in the NFL.
Welsh was named All-Big Ten last fall after lettering four years for the Hawkeyes.
As a freshman, he was named First Team Freshman All-Big Ten, starting seven games.
Welsh started every game his last three years and had a couple of starts at tackle.

Spring football 2018 pt. 2

Hawk Talk

Linebackers and defensive backs

This week I’ll look at the Hawkeye linebackers and defensive backs.
The Hawks not only lost Josey Jewell, a consensus All-American and probably the best linebacker since Larry Station (1982-85), but Bo Bower and Ben Niemann.
The three combined for 122 starts and 872 tackles.
Josey was the Big Ten Linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Big Ten in tackles last season.

Spring football 2018

It’s time to talk spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Hawks have to replace three linebackers, two backs and one lineman on the defensive side of the ball.
On offense, the top two running backs, two starting linemen and a wide receiver are gone.
Defensively speaking, Iowa gave up an average of 19.9 points per game, which isn’t a bad number.

Lee is champion

Hawk Talk

Spencer Lee took care of business at the NCAA wrestling championships in Cleveland last weekend. He capped of a five-match run with a 5-1 victory in the finals at 125 pounds.
Talk about domination.
Two technical falls, both were 18-0 wins.
Spencer followed that up with a pin over sixth-ranked Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), and a pin over second-ranked Nathan Tomasello, who beat Spencer in the Big Ten championship, 3-2.
The finals saw Spencer jump out to a 5-0 lead over fourth-ranked Nick Suriano and won, 5-1.
How about Spencer scoring 60 points and giving up four?

Hawkeye women one and done

Hawk Talk

This wasn’t the way I thought the season would end for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
The Hawks were on a roll, playing their best basketball and winning seven straight before losing to Minnesota 90-89 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
It was a matchup of the Iowa inside game with All-American Megan Gustafson and the depth of the Creighton guards.
Megan came through with 29 points and 17 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes in Iowa’s 76-70 loss.
Iowa dominated the paint with a 36-22 advantage and had a 39-28 advantage on the glass.

Hawkeyes finish fourth

Hawkeye junior forward Megan Gustafson waits for the ball at the free throw line during a 2017 game against Nebraska. Gustafson set a team record with 48 points in a 90-89 loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.Four the second time in four years, the Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t crown a national champion.
Iowa finished fourth in the Big Ten Tournament behind Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.
Brandon Sorensen was the only Hawk in the finals and he lost, 2-0, to defending champion Zane Retherford, whom Brandon has never beaten.

Big road win for Hawk women

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women had two games last week, picking up an overtime win at Rutgers, 77-66, and finishing the regular season with a win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 75-62, over Indiana.
The Hawk win at Rutgers was a major gut check.
Iowa jumped out early, leading 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, scored only six points in the second quarter and trailed at half, 25-19.
The Scarlet Knights led by as many as 11 in the third quarter but the Hawkeyes went to work in the fourth.

Hawkeye women continue to roll

Hawk Talk

For the third straight game, the Hawkeye women came out strong and finished off the Wisconsin Badgers, 88-61.
It was 23-13 at the end of the first quarter, 45-23 at half and Iowa never looked back.
“I was really happy,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “We led this game for 39 minutes, it was tied for one minute. I told the team ‘you guys came out and dominated.’ When you dominate a Big Ten opponent at the end of the year that’s a really good thing.”
Balanced scoring and Megan Gustafson being Megan with 25 points in 26 minutes.

Iowa women win in OT, 71-68

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women traveled to East Lansing last week to take on the Spartans.
Iowa controlled the first half and led 37-36 at halftime, but Michigan State took control in the second half, leading by as much as five points.
Megan Gustafson made two free throws to tie the game at 65 at the end of regulation, then made two more in OT to ice the game.
The saying goes that numbers don’t lie... which isn’t always true.
The Hawks had 24 turnovers which resulted in a 24-10 advantage by the Spartans on points off turnovers.

Hawkeyes take out Gophers

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Iowa Hawkeye men showed up with Jekyll (the good guy) leading the way in their 94-80 win over Minnesota last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The winning formula was simple.
Six players in double figures, shoot 55 percent from the field, 48 percent from three, 22 assists and only eight turnovers.

Wrestlers win two

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers took out Minnesota Friday at Carver, 34-7.
Sunday, they wrestled Northwestern and crushed the Wildcats, 33-2
Minnesota is not the strongest they’ve been, but it’s always nice to beat the Gophers in anything.
The Golden Gophers had six wrestlers ranked and the Hawks won five of those matches.
Brandon Sorensen started the meet with a pin at 149 pounds.
That’s Brandon’s sixth pin of the year, second in a row and moves the second-ranked wrestler to a 17-0 record.