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- Iowa opened their season with a 31-14 victory over Illinois State. For all intents and purposes it was a shutout pitched by the first unit defense. I've rewatched the game multiple times. Individual champions of the day for me would be Marshall Koehn, Jordan Canzeri, Sean Welsh, Austin Blythe, Henry Krieger-Coble, and Tevaun Smith on offense. Champions on defense would be Drew Ott, Jaleel Johnson, Cole Fisher, Josey Jewell, Desmond King, and Greg Mabin. Those were the best players on the day if you ask me.
- I predicted the Hawk to Rock on both sides of the ball to be LeShun Daniels and Drew Ott. From a numbers standpoint, that proved correctly. I held Daniels back from being a champion on the day, though, because I thought there was two other plays where he should have been able to rip off a long one, and that will be one of the differences in Iowa taking the next step.
- I also want to bring up some special teams responsibility. For the most part it was a good game from them but a couple punts from Dillon Kidd hurt them. He has to be able to pin a team deep if they're going to punt from midfield. Having a net punt of 20-25 yards just isn't worth it.
- Moving on to Iowa State, the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Yes, Iowa look improved. Something that Iowa fans probably do not want to hear is that Iowa State looked quite improved as well in their win over Northern Iowa, a similar opponent.
- AllCyclones publisher Alex Halsted of Scout and myself will dive into some of the matchups more in-depth but there's two that are very intriguing; Desmond King vs Allen Lazard and Drew Ott vs Jake Campos. Those are probably four future NFL players right there.
- As will be well documented, Iowa State retooled their defense this year with a lot of junior college standouts. They'll have quite a different look, and a different level of talent on that side of the ball.
- I think this will be a game will be won in the trenches yet again. Which lines can control the game?
- Sam Richardson has a lot of experience at quarterback for Iowa State and some very nice weapons, but I think the trick is getting pressure on him. I'm not totally sold on him and I think Iowa can do damage by rattling him early.
- Iowa has nearly a full football recruiting class already. There's still no signs of anyone leaving the class prematurely, so as of now, I expect it to remain fully intact.
- They got one of their top targets already in Noah Fant of Omaha. Next up; Matt Farniok of South Dakota. He's a foru-star offensive tackle and at a position of need for the Hawkeyes. All along he has seemed to be leaning to Nebraska. However, I expected it to be wrapped up by the Huskers at this juncture. It's obviously not and I think there is cause for concern from the staff in Lincoln. Iowa will receive an official visit from him as originally reported by Hawkeye Insider, and all I'll say at this point is that I feel much better about Iowa's chances for him today than I did a couple days ago. He will also take official visits to Nebraska, Michigan State, and Florida State. He also does have the full support of his older brother Tom, who played for Iowa State, to go to Iowa should that be the choice.
- Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeye hoops staff have offered a 2018 center in Adam Trapp. He is a 7-foot-1 prospect from Esko, Wisconsin. He visited Iowa over the weekend, which is when the offer came through for him. He was seen on the sideline with the Hawkeye head coach.