Football News and Notes

From coaches to players to recruiting, has it all covered in today's edition. Get the latest on a possible night game this fall plus a potential future opponent. What is up with the Hawkeye wide receiver position? An Iowa City native is slated to walk-on? How much have the Hawkeyes impressed CB Brandon Robinson?

After a lot of early consideration in making Homecoming weekend's game against Michigan a night game, it appears the Hawks have looked more towards a non-conference game. It appears very much the Arizona State could end up becoming a night game and televised on ESPN2. You have to believe the Hawks may be hoping for a little colder weather that evening for the Pac Ten foes.

Iowa is no stranger to the northeast, and it appears they may now be trying to schedule a game out there. Since Missouri is currently trying to weasel out of a scheduled home and home series, the Hawks have started to inquire about some east coast opponents. It appears at this time UCONN could be a great possibility giving the chance for Jermelle Lewis, Jason Manson, and Richard Kittrell to make a return home.

David Vickers is slated to stay with the team this fall. Right now, there is no guarantee, though, as Vickers has gone off and on in his flirtation with leaving the Hawks. I do know they plan to hold his scholarship until August. It appears very strongly that Matt Melloy will be the recipient of the scholarship if Vickers were to leave.

James Townsend will likely be called upon this fall, especially after the Hawks did not see the progression hoped for in Calvin Davis. While Davis remains an imminent part of the future, he still struggles in getting off the line and in route running. This is only his second year of concentrating on football as his main sport so it could be another season or two before he sees playing time. Hawk fans should not count him out!

City High defensive back Caleb Recker is leaning towards walking on at Iowa next fall. A little unknown due to a rare off-season for the Little Hawks, Recker has impressed the Hawkeye staff very much. In fact, Coach (Phil) Parker has commented to those at City High that Recker reminds him of himself on film. The walk-on success may continue!

Minneapolis Breck High School is very well as an academic school. Therefore, it should be no surprise the schools on Brandon Robinson's early wish list included Stanford, Boston College, and Vanderbilt. However, after a spring visit to Iowa City, the Hawks have quietly made their way to the top of the list with Stanford and Boston College. It just so happens Brandon spends part of his summer playing basketball with Cory Chavous and Randy Moss. The connection with Chavous is that he was at Vanderbilt when Norm Parker and Eric Johnson were on staff. This also appears to be helping Iowa's chances as Cory speaks highly of both coaches.

Remember as reported two years ago, Coach Johnson and Parker both had shown great success in the North Augusta area while signing Fred Vinson and Cory Chavous, both being lightly recruited. It so happens the same held true for Richey Williams. Will he emerge as the solid #3 corner this fall?

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