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Tuesday Hawkeye Hits 9/1/15

Catch up on the Iowa Hawkeyes football inside information just four days before the season opener.

Hawkeye Hits will run each Tuesday and Friday morning on Hawkeye Insider before 9 a.m. CT and is a story meant for only premium members. It is pertinent and noteworthy information about the Iowa Hawkeyes gathered by our insiders over the past handful of days. Other premium information can also be found on the message board, The Swarm.

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The Tuesday September 1 edition begins NOW. Grab your coffee and donuts! 

FOOTBALL

  • This week's opener against Illinois State could be a tough one. The Redbirds have a gamebreaker at quarterback in Tre Roberson. The Iowa defense has been stout in camp but they'll need to limit the big plays in this contest. Illinois State will probably get their share of yards, but the impact can be contained if you don't let them go for big gains at a time and grab momentum and confidence.

  • Look for the kick and punt returners to be Desmond King and Riley McCarron.
  • We expect LeShun Daniels to be the primary back and be spelled by both Jordan Canzeri and Derrick Mitchell.
  • Two freshman are on the two-deep on the offensive side of the ball, Jerminic Smith and James Daniels. I have a feeling Smith will garner meaningful playing time.
  • Saturday could be a big day for defensive ends Drew Ott and Nate Meier as they face off against two new offensive tackles.
  • Linebackers will be key against Illinois State in containing Roberson's mobility and big plays.
  • Testing the Illinois State secondary seems like a wise strategy in this contest. They only have 7 games of starting experience between all four members in the first unit on the depth chart.

RECRUITING

  • Iowa landed Noah Fant this past Friday, and he's quite possibly the top commit in the class already for the Hawkeyes. He's a sensational athlete that has a strong chance to claim four-star status. The question is whether or not he'll stick as he's sort of left the door open. We fully believe he will at this point. Two teams that could make it interesting if they offer are Notre Dame and Oregon.
  • The Hawkeyes can credit LeVar Woods with the pickup of Fant. Not only was he Fant's lead recruiter from Iowa, but he was the coach he developed the strongest relationship throughout his entire process. It also points to the Omaha athlete beginning as a tight end for Iowa.
  • Matt Farniok is the top target available now. Iowa wants to add another offensive tackle to the class and the South Dakota senior fits the bill. It's believed that Nebraska is the favorite, but it was expected that he'd have his choice made by now. The longer it goes on, the better for Kirk Ferentz and company.
  • Iowa also landed their point guard of the recruiting class as we switch gears to basketball. They were in the hunt for Charlie Moore, but this tells us that the coaching staff was not all that optimistic about their chances to bring him into Iowa City. Bohannon was clearly their next best wish, and he jumped on an offer almost immediately.


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