Football News and Notes

Even as HTO.com nears some key changes here in the very near future, as always, you can still expect the best Hawkeye information available. Here is the latest in the Hawkeye world, including some exciting news on Jermelle Lewis!

OL Phil Trautwein ended up not making the trip out to Iowa City this past weekend with a recently injured foot, but teammates QB Anthony Orio and WR Matt Spittal both made the trip. While both are solid performers, it is not likely the Hawks make an offer. Trautwein has been offered, but he may not make his way to Iowa City until an official visit."

Some confusion ran rampant in the month of May for the Hawks out in New Jersey. In a very rare case, there happens to be two offensive line prospects named Carlos Feliciano in Jersey. It so happens the Hawks were in efforts to extend an offer to Carlos from Elizabeth, but had accidentally mailed it to Carlos from Egg Harbor Township. The Feliciano family in Egg Harbor was quickly informed of the mistake, and the coaching staff did an excellent job of communication.

A correction I would like to make is the fact that Iowa has not yet offered LB Brandon Thomas of North Augusta High School. While I feel as confident as any reporter in my sources involving Hawkeye recruiting, I was mis-informed from a source that has given me correct information on many occassions. While I apologize for any inconvience, do not count out the Hawks offering down the road. They first will likely have to determine whether Matt Kroul and/or Mitch King will be playing the linebacker position.

Moving on to the team itself, there is some good news on the Jermelle Lewis front. The freak of nature is one month ahead in recovery than the fast progression of LB Chad Greenway. Do not rule out Lewis playing this fall, and there is even a chance he could see practice before the start of the season.

It has always been Coach Ferentz's goal to put offensive lineman in the NFL year in and year out. While Robert Gallery is likely to take home the majority of honors this fall, OL Pete McMahon has been progressing very well. While he still needs some fine tuning with game action, do not expect him to be overtaken for a starting position. It seems some believe very strongly he is the second most talented lineman behind Gallery at this point, and still has upside potential. Of course, like I always love to point out, Pete is the only player I can take credit for in making a personal recommendation to the staff!


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