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- C.J. Beathard earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Iowa State, the first Hawkeye player to do so since Marvin McNutt back in 2011.
- The injuries: I'll put it this way, I think LeShun Daniels plays on Saturday. I'm not as optimistic on Drew Ott's status. Neither have been ruled out for the game against Pittsburgh, but they also haven't been made available yet. We should know more later today. I'd consider Daniels questionable, and Drew Ott doutbful. My projection is that Daniels will play and that Ott won't, but will dress and be used if absolutely necessary.
- Jordan Canzeri had a very good game against Iowa State, the fumble not withstanding. He's also one of the best leaders and teammates on the Iowa team. However, I think he's more effective in the role he has been serving. Being the change of pace back to LeShun Daniels suits him well. With a little bit more of the load on Saturday against the Cyclones, you could tell he wore down some after all the contact he had received. I think he is a good player, but probably not someone you want having to take a boatload of the carries.
- I think Jake Duzey will be returning this year, and though it won't be for the games against Pittsburgh or North Texas, I think it could be for the Wisconsin game. We'll have to continue to update and monitor how close he is getting, but he is far closer than Darian Cooper from what it appears. I think Duzey would be a huge asset to this team. He's obviously the starting tight end when healthy, but this offense can always use another playmaker.
- James Daniels once again played quite a few snaps on the offensive line for a true freshman. He's done well when inserted in the lineup and it really hasn't messed with the chemistry of the unit thus far. With him being as effective as he's been, I expect them to continue to find times to spell Sean Welsh and give him a rest. Sean Welsh had a great game against Illinois State, but was not as impressive against Iowa State.
- I named C.J. Beathard my offensive MVP for Iowa on Saturday, but it just as easily could have been Matthew VandeBerg. His emergence, and the separation he created in the second half was vital. They needed a reliable weapon and he rose to the occasion. Over 100 yards receiving and nine catches was far more than any other receiving weapon.
- I said before the season that cornerback Desmond King could be an all-conference selection this year. Though he had his miscues on special teams, and a late hit out of bounds, he's lived up to the billing as a cover-corner on defense. If he continues his production and performances thus far, he's on his way to receiving those type of accolades.
- It's not known yet which of Pittsburgh's quarterbacks will start the game against the Hawkeyes, but Chad Voytik and Nate Peterman will both be used. Narduzzi has been on record saying he would like to employ a two-quarterback system.
- Pittsburgh hasn't looked overly impressive in their two wins over Youngstown State and Akron, but they do still have some top talent. Wideout Tyler Boyd is one of the best in the nation and will be playing on Sundays. James Conner is a big loss for the Panthers after being ruled out for the season, but redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison has stepped up. He ran for over 200 yards in the opener.
- It is expected to be a very strong visitor list for the night game against Pittsburgh. Not a lot of names have been confirmed at this time but expect most, if not all, of the commits to be in attendance and assist in the recruiting charge.
- One big target that will be there is defensive back K.J. Sails of Florida. The Hawkeyes have been pursuiing him strongly and are battling it out with Wisconsin for his services. He visited Iowa City over the summer and loved it, and will be returning on Saturday.
- Noah Fant could make the trip this weekend. It would be the first time the future Hawkeye has been on campus since issuing his verbal pledge to Iowa.
- I think it could be a possibility that Matt Farniok makes the visit this weekend. We are working to confirm that. It makes sense since night games are easier to attend. The family all wants to come together, and it is just very difficult with their son Derek playing for Oklahoma, the oldest son Tom still trying to make an NFL roster, and the youngest son Will playing high school ball on Fridays with Matt.
- I don't expect defensive tackle Jovan Swann from Indiana to be in attendance, but I know that Iowa is going to try to get him there.
- Big-time hoops target Tyler Cook is supposed to be in attendance as well this weekend, spending time with Fran McCaffery and the basketball staff for a few days. Iowa is in pretty good shape here, actually, along with Florida. No decision is expected in the near future.