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