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Don Lund

Men’s basketball

Hawk Talk

I caught the Iowa men’s basketball opener at Carver last Friday (they beat Regis, 95-73) and came away with three observations.
No. 1: Peter Jok can score.
The 6-6 senior was 5-7 from 3-point land. He scored 16 straight points, played 28 minutes and had 28 points.
No. 2: Tyler Cook is the real deal.
Tyler started, played 26 minutes, scored 15 points and had six rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot. Tyler is so powerful and quick down low and that makes him tough to guard.
No. 3: The Hawks have a lot of work to do.

Hawkeye men REBUILD

Hawk Talk

What do you do when you lose four seniors who combined to win 89 games in the last four years?
Media Day for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 5 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and plenty of optimism was around.
You start rebuilding by bringing in a top recruiting class, led by power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 253), rated a four-star recruit.
Add three Iowa players, who grew up Hawkeye fans, and Isaiah Moss (6-5, 192), a guard that could redshirt.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery says Cook has the tools to be a star in the Big Ten.

Hawkeye Women RELOAD

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women’s basketball team returns four starters and a freshman class ranked seventh in the nation, so it’s not a surprise head coach Lisa Bluder is ready for the season to begin.
“I really feel that we are the deepest we’ve been in a long time,” said coach Bluder. “I think we are the most balanced that we’ve been in a long, long time.”
It starts with preseason All-Big Ten pick, Ally Disterhoft.
What else can you say about the former West High Trojan named Miss Basketball her senior year in high school?

Good effort not enough

Wisconsin defeats Iowa, 17-12

You start with the Hawks converting only 2-13 first downs, the Badgers had the ball for 15 more minutes, the Hawks dropped a couple of passes, missed a couple of tackles and a field goal.
Final line... the Hawkeyes get beat by a pretty good Wisconsin team.
“We missed a field goal,” said Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. “We missed a plus-50 punt or two to get them backed up. We played hard on defense, but there are still some things we can do better there. We missed too many tackles today.”

Hawkeyes in a blowout (almost)

Hawk Talk

Iowa takes foot off
Purdue’s throat, 49-35

When you are up on a team 35-7 at halftime, you pile up 269 yards rushing, 17 first downs and have the ball for 18:52 of the 30 minutes, you would think you could coast to a win and name your score, right?
Well, Iowa might have taken out the starters a little early and gave the Boilermakers a chance to come back.

Hawkeyes survive

Iowa beats Minnesota, 14-7

I think I’ve talked about how hard it is for me to write about the Hawkeyes when they lose, especially football. If Iowa loses a football game, I have to wait a whole week for the next one.
During basketball and wrestling seasons, there might be a wrestling meet or basketball game the very next night after a loss.
When Iowa lost to North Dakota State it was tough, but losing to Northwestern was tougher.
All week I had to hear, “What’s wrong with Iowa?”

Too many mistakes

Hawk Talk

Wildcats dump Hawkeyes, 38-31

I was really concerned at the game last Saturday when Ron Coluzzi got his first punt returned.
It was in the first quarter and Northwestern kicked off. Iowa went three-and-out and Ron punted from his own 20.
Coming into the game, Ron had two punts returned for zero yards.
The Wildcats’ Flynn Nagel caught the short punt on the Northwestern 48 and returned it to the Hawk 5.

Iowa escapes Rutgers, 14-7

Hawk Talk

What a difference a week makes.
Two weeks ago, the Hawks had the ball and a one-point lead with less than four minutes to go.
They couldn’t get a first down, had to punt and North Dakota State kicked a field goal as time ran out to defeat Iowa, 23-21, at Kinnick Stadium.
Last week, at Rutgers, the Hawks did get the running game going with a 14-7 lead and under four minutes left in the game.
Iowa was on its own 19 with 4:40 left in the game and they rode LeShun Daniels, Jr., for two first downs and ran out the clock.

OH NO! NDSU takes down Iowa, 23-21

Hawk Talk

All week long the media, the Hawkeye players and coaches said North Dakota State University (NDSU) reminded them of a Big Ten team.
The Bison have won five straight FCS championships and boy, did they look like a Big Ten team last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
They were physical, pounded the ball on the ground, had a quarterback that could make plays with his feet and shut down Iowa’s running attack.
Did I think the Bison would win?

Iowa trounces ISU, 42-3

Hawk Talk

I’ve got to admit I was a little nervous coming into this game.
The Cyclones always play above their talent and record when they play the Hawkeyes.
Plus, the road team has won the last four contests, but it wasn’t meant to be last Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.
I’m not a big fan of night games for a couple of reasons.
I don’t like to wait all day to watch Iowa play, especially at home and trying to get out of Kinnick after the game is brutally slow.
The sideline was also really packed because it was Iowa-Iowa State.

A decent start

Hawk Talk

Iowa’s 45-21 win over Miami of Ohio had some good points and a few bad.
That’s why I’m all for scheduling a team like the RedHawks instead of maybe LSU or Alabama.
I know Wisconsin beat LSU Saturday at Lambeau field, but the Hawkeyes have to play Iowa State every year and the ‘Clones usually play way above their heads, plus there are nine Big Ten games now and the conference is a grind and pound-out season.

Part Three: Iowa Defense and Special Teams

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This is the final piece of a three-part series on the Iowa Hawkeye football team. This week, I’ll look at the Hawkeye linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Next week…football!

Hawkeye
linebackers

The Hawks have talent and depth at linebacker and it starts in the middle, with one of the leaders on the defense, Josey Jewell (6-2, 235).
Jewell, a junior, was second team All-Big Ten last year, leading Iowa with 126 tackles. He also had four interceptions, second behind Desmond King, and 7.5 tackles for loss.