CN Cy-Hawk Spotlight

Keep an eye on these eight players Saturday afternoon during the Cy-Hawk battle.

Iowa State Cyclones

 

Bret Meyer

Quarterback

6-4             205 pounds

redshirt sophomore

 

Meyer had a big game last Saturday against Illinois State completing 30 passes in 41 attempts for 314 yards and a touchdown. The 30 completions equal the No. 2 mark in school history. He will have to have another good day against Iowa, especially if the running game doesn't pick up the slack.

 

 

Stevie Hicks

Tailback

6-2             215 pounds

redshirt junior

 

After rushing for 1,062 yards and five 100-yard games in 2004, Hicks started off the 2005 campaign rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown. He will need to have a solid day against the Hawkeyes to provide a balanced ISU attack and take some of the pressure off the wide receiving corps.

 

 

DeAndre Jackson

Cornerback

6-0             190 pounds

junior

 

The Illinois State game wasn't a good way to start off the season for Jackson. The corner struggled with cramping and was burned by the Redbirds offense for touchdowns of 56 and 80 yards. He finished the game with two tackles after accumulating 50 last season.

 

 

Iowa Hawkeyes

 

Drew Tate

Quarterback

6-0             185 pounds

junior

 

For the first time in six years, Iowa returns its starting quarterback from the previous season. Tate played a little over a quarter in Iowa's rout versus Ball State; he completed 9-of-10 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. His pass efficiency of 239.2 is tops in the Big 10.

 

Linebackers -

Chad Greenway

6-3             244 pounds

senior

 

Abdul Hodge

6-2             234 pounds

senior

 

Iowa's linebacking duo of Greenway and Hodge are two of the best linebackers in the nation and will look to cause havoc on the ISU offense all day long Saturday.

 

Greenway posted double figure tackles seven times in 2004 and 15 times in his career. His 262 career tackles put him in a tie for 21st place all-time at Iowa. He ranked second on the team and seventh in the league in tackles with 113 last season.

 

Hodge ranked first on the team and seventh in the conference in tackles with 116 in 2004, ranking him 26th in a single season at Iowa. Hodge was Iowa's single season tackle leader in 2003 and 2004.

 

 

Secondary –

 

Jovon Johnson

5-9             177 pounds

senior

 

Antwan Allen

5-10         180 pounds

senior

 

For the first time 38 games Allen didn't start against Ball State because of off the field troubles, if he finds the way to the Hawkeye starting line up he will be a big boost. If not, the Iowa secondary will have to step up, because they will be tested by a talented ISU wide receiver corps. Allen has 121 career tackles and four interceptions.

 

Johnson's 14 career interceptions ties him for third at Iowa. Johnson and Allen combined for 95 tackles and each had four interceptions in 2004 to lead the team in that category. Against Ball State, Johnson returned his first career punt 90 yards for a touchdown, the fourth-longest in school history.


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