By Chris Hassel
Finally, some good news regarding the Iowa football team. Senior defensive back, Micah Hyde was named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. Very Surprising. Hyde had a decent year, but it wasn’t great. 78 tackles, one interception, and one touchdown.
Kirk Ferentz has called a press conference for Wednesday afternoon in Iowa City. Some think he will announce the departure of Greg Davis. I’m beginning to think Davis may be done at Iowa. He only had a one year contract so it’s not like Ferentz has to fire him. If Davis is re-signed, I will be surprised.
Iowa ranked among the worst teams in the FCS in virtually every major offensive category. Out of 124 teams, the Hawks ranked 111th in yards per game, 114th in total offense and pass efficiency, 115th in plays of 10+ yards, and 116th in yards per play. Oh, and James Vandenberg finished 23rd in the Big Ten in passer rating — 23rd out of 12 teams. Wow!
A SoundOFF viewer was upset when I made fun of a Nebraska Cheerleader. Does she look familiar?
After a year absence, Bill Fennelly has the ISU women back in the AP Top 25. The Cyclones break into the poll at #24 following a 4-0 start. Iowa State hosts Drake, Tuesday night.
Iowa plays at Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Tuesday night. It seems like the Hawks play VT every other year. After losing to Wichita State, and with a very soft non-conference schedule, Iowa would be advised to win this one if it wants to make a case for the NCAA Tournament later in the year.
I figured the Bulls would struggle without Derrick Rose, but I didn’t think they’d be a losing team. Chicago blew a 16-point 4th-quarter lead to lose to Milwaukee. The Bulls are now 6-7 on the year.
Jack Taylor has been named Midwest Conference Player of the Week. There’s a surprise! He only scored 21 points in Sunday’s loss to William Penn, but after scoring 138 points, the only way he could play himself out of contention for the award would be to score minus-100 points. Even if that were possible, he would’ve still averaged 19 points a game for the week.