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Don Lund

The defense

This is the final part of Hawkeye preview for the 2014 season.
This week I’ll look at the defense.

The Hawkeye defense should be a strong point this fall, especially the defensive line, which has all four starters back.
The big question will be replacing the three starting linebackers, James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey.
Anthony and Christian have a shot to start for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns respectively.
Quinton Alston (6-1, 232) played as a true freshman, saw action in all 13 games last year and was Academic All-Big Ten as a junior.

Offense Preview

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a three-part story on Hawkeye football.
Last week I looked at the special teams, the quarterbacks and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and running backs.
The offensive line should be one of the strengths of the team, especially when you have Brandon Scherff back for his senior year.
Brandon checks in at 6-5, 320 pounds and is on everybody’s preseason All-American teams.
It was the best news of the of season last year when he said, “I’ll be back.”

Special Teams

Hawk Talk

Media day was last Monday and the next three weeks I’ll be breaking down the special teams, the offense and defense.
I’m starting with the special teams this year because Iowa has to replace one of the best kickers ever to play for the Hawkeyes... Mike Meyer.
The 6-2, 190-pound player from Dubuque finished second in career field goals (61) and career scoring (324 points).
Only Nate Kaeding did better with 67 field goals and 373 total points.
Mike also set a school record with 122 straight PATs. Nate held the record with 60 straight.

2014 Hawkeye Football Schedule Part Two

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part story of the Iowa Hawkeye football schedule.
Last week, I thought Iowa could be favored in its first six games.
That includes home games with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Ball State, Iowa State, and Indiana (homecoming) plus road trips to Pittsburgh and Purdue.
The second half of the season starts with a first-time trip to Maryland, at home with Northwestern, and road games at Minnesota and Illinois.
The Hawks finish at home with Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Oct. 18: at Maryland

Hawkeye seniors Bethany and Samantha

Last week I talked about how Melissa Dixon helped Iowa win 67 games in three years.
This week, I’ll talk about the other two seniors and how their impact helped the Hawkeyes’ success.
Bethany Doolittle was a solid recruit out of Minnesota, but not a lot of Hawkeye fans (like me) knew much about her.
The 6-4 senior was a four-time all-state selection in high school, including a first-team all-state selection as a senior.
Bethany was named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in her conference and holds her school record in blocked shots for a season (34) and career (348).

Melissa, Bethany and Samantha will lead the way for Bluder’s Hawkeyes

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women’s basketball team has three seniors that will lead the team this season.
Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle and Samantha Logic have helped Iowa win 67 games in the last three years.
All three are playing in the Game Time League this summer and 10 minutes after I talked to Melissa, she scored a Game Time-record 63 points!
She hit 13-24 from 3-point range on the night in her team’s win.
Last year was unbelievable for the Hawks with 27 victories, which ties for the second most in program history.

Prime Time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Prime Time basketball is back for its 28th year with the added bonus of University of Northern Iowa (UNI) players on each team.
Former West High Trojans Jeremy Morgan, who played and started for the Panthers last year, and Wyatt Lohaus, who helped lead West High to a state championship last season, play on separate teams this summer.
Jeremy played in all 31 games last year for UNI with 10 starts.
Jeremy was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team after averaging 6 points per game last year.

Flashback to 1980 . . . part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a story about 1980, Hayden Fry’s second season as football coach at the University of Iowa.
I was still living in Moville, Iowa, the place I grew up. I would be moving to North Liberty in December after Christmas.
Ronald Reagan was to become the 40th president of the United States and home computers were just getting started. A gallon of gas went for $1.19 and you could buy a stamp for 15 cents.

Flashback to 1980

Hawk Talk

Hayden Fry was in his second year as head football coach, Lute Olsen had coached the basketball team for seven seasons and Dan Gable was leading the Hawk wrestlers to their third straight national championship in 1980.
Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter to become the 40th president of the United States and Mount St. Helens erupted in Montana, with ash falling like snow on Montana towns.
Home computers were in their infancy, but there were people that predicted in the year 2000, nearly every home would have a computer.

Hawkeye Women

Hawk Talk

Part ii

Last week, I talked to first-year assistant coach Lacey Goldwire about the regular season for the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team.
This week, we’ll look at the Big Ten Tournament, the NCAA Tournament, returning players and new recruits.
The Hawks finished 27-9, 11-5 in the Big Ten, which tied Purdue for fourth place.

Very good season

Hawk Talk

When I look back at the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball season, it still amazes me that Lisa Bluder’s team won 27 games. That ties for the second most wins in the history of Hawkeye women’s basketball.
They not only won 27 games, they won three in the Big Ten tournament and got beat by Nebraska in the championship game.
Iowa played with only one player (Bethany Doolittle) over 6-1.
The Hawks saw all five starters score in double figures, had three players coming off the bench and some of the best chemistry on and off the court.

Spring football scrimmage

Hawk Talk

Last Saturday the Hawkeyes held their final practice of the spring with a scrimmage.
I’ll try to break down the offense, defense and special teams.

Offense

The offense won the game 46-31 on a couple of touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and three field goals by Marshall Koehn.
They also received points for plays over 20 yards.
Jake Rudock is a solid number-one quarterback. Going against the defensive starters, Jake was 11-22 for 165 yards and a touchdown pass.
Jake’s lone bad pass was a 35-yard throw against the wind that Desmond King picked off.