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Don Lund

Hawk Talk

Spring football

This is the final part of spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. This week I’ll talk about the scrimmage last Saturday and special teams.
The scrimmage had a new look at Kinnick with the offense and defense going heads up and keeping score.
It was a perfect day for football, not too hot, a nice breeze and enough clouds not to get sunburned.
I liked the new format that had a point system that allowed for some good competition.
They played 15-minute quarters in the first half, 12-minute quarters in the second half.
I’ll start with the offense, which won the battle, 61-37.

Hawk Talk

Defense needs to get better

This week, I’ll look at the defense.

Hawk Talk

Hawkeye spring football

PART TWO

This is the second part of a look at Hawkeye football and spring practice.
Last week I talked about the depth and experience of the offensive line.
This week I’ll look at the tight ends, wide receivers and a new position called Y-back.
The Y-back will be a combination of tight end and blocking fullback.
The tight end position should be as good and deep as the offensive line.
Zach Derby is the only graduate, but when you talk about senior C.J. Fiedorowicz (6-7, 265) as your starting tight end, you are in pretty good shape.

Hawk Talk

No NIT champ

Iowa basketball season came to an end last week at Madison Square Garden with a 74-54 loss to the Baylor Bears.
The Hawks picked a bad time to go cold in their shooting as they hit only 26 percent for the game and missed at least 12 point-blank baskets.
That’s their lowest shooting percentage this season.
I’ve been doing an informal pool asking my friends if they would rather have Iowa make a deep run in the NIT or lose in the first or second round of the NCAA tournament.
Most of them agree with me that it’s fun to see the Hawks win and keep playing, like they did in New York.

Hawk Talk

Win Win Win

Hawkeye men win two more

This is a busy time of year for Hawkeye fans as there was men’s and women’s basketball at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last weekend and the NCAA wrestling championship in Des Moines.
The Hawkeye men got to host two games last week at Carver for the opening round of the NIT and they won them both.
Last Wednesday they knocked off Indiana State, 68-52, and on Friday, Iowa beat Stony Brook, 75-63.

Hawk Talk

Spartans knock out Hawkeyes, 59-56

Michigan State put together a second-half rally, knocking Iowa out of the Big Ten Tournament and into the NIT.
One of the problems I have about the NCAA tournament is when you have a team with a losing record in the field.
That means a team, like the Liberty Flames (15-20), who won their conference tournament, knocked out a team like Iowa (21-12), who finished sixth in the toughest conference in America.
I don’t see why the committee can’t say you at least have to have a winning record like the NIT does.

Hawkeye men and women have 20 wins

The Hawkeye men needed to win their last two home games and maybe two games in the Big Ten Tournament to have a shot at the NCAA tournament.
The got one in a good win over Illinois, 63-55, last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It was another one of those grind-it-out games, but Devyn Marble and Iowa’s bench were too tough for the Fighting Illini.
Devyn was 10-10 from the free throw line, scoring 21 points with six rebounds and four assists.
Devyn has really stepped up his game since Mike Gesell went down with a foot injury, and has carried the team to a 2-1 record without Mike.

Hawk Talk

Hawk men split

The Hawkeye men took on both Indiana teams last week, hosting Purdue last Wednesday and traveling to Indiana on Saturday.
The Boilermaker game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which Iowa won 58-48, was one of those grind-it-out games that wasn’t a lot of fun to watch… unless you were an Iowa fan.
It didn’t help that Mike Gesell was out with a stress fracture. He has averaged the most minutes since the Big Ten season started and might be back for the Big Ten Tournament.
Devyn Marble looked good taking over the point. He had 18 points, four assists and only three turnovers in 29 minutes.

Hawk Talk

Tough weekend for the Hawkeyes

Last weekend wasn’t fun for Hawkeye basketball and wrestling fans.
The men’s basketball team blew a 19-point first half lead and lost at Nebraska, 64-60, on Saturday.
The wrestlers lost two meets to Minnesota and Missouri finishing fourth at the National Dual meet in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon and night.
On Sunday, the Iowa women got beat 66-46 by Nebraska.

Hawkeye Wrestling

We’ll start with wrestling.
Led by a pin from Tony Ramos, the Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off Cornell 21-16 in the first round of the National Dual meet championship last Friday.

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling

When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.

Hawk Talk

21 new Hawkeyes

It’s time to take a break from basketball and wrestling and talk about Iowa’s new football recruits.
I got a chance to sit down with Reese Morgan last Wednesday to talk about the new kids on the block.
Reese, who coached the offensive line for eight years, is now the defensive line coach.
First I had to ask him about Marshal Yanda, former Hawkeye offensive lineman, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl.
Reese not only helped recruit him but coached him, too.

Hawk Talk

No. 1 Penn State falls

Hawkeye Wrestling
The Hawkeye wrestlers took down the Nittany Lions, 22-16, last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
What a great meet!
What a great crowd (15,000-plus)!
What a great win!
It’s been three years since the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA title.
Iowa has one loss this year to Oklahoma State, but is the only unbeaten team left in the Big Ten.
Matt McDonough, Derek St. John and Mike Evans won one-point matches, Tony Ramos got a pin and Mark Ballweg got a major to lead the Hawkeyes.