The January issue of Hawkeye Nation magazine will be in the mail to subscribers in late December and for the first time, Iowa fans will be able to pick up a copy of the magazine at select Kum and Go Convenience Store locations in Iowa City and Des Moines.
Later this month, we will give you the store locations where you can grab your own copy of the magazine and see the quality work that goes into our glossy and color publication.
We are going to begin previewing each magazine on Hawkeyenation.com each and every month, starting with our latest issue.
The cover shot this month has Fred Russell scoring a touchdown against Illinois with the title: ‘Turning the Corner: Black and Gold Back in the Big Time'
Our cover story focuses on how Iowa has once again risen to prominence in the college football world and what some of the national ‘talking heads' think about the Iowa football program.
Rob Howe was able to interview Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsline, Jack Carey of USA Today (who has been with that publication since its inception in 1982) and Allen Wallace of SuperPrep magazine, a periodical that has focused on football recruiting since 1985 and is the most respected such periodical in the business. SuperPrep and Wallace recently joined The Insiders network of which Hawkeyenation.com is affiliated with, so you will be seeing recruiting information on this site from SuperPrep.
Howe asked these gentlemen how they view the Iowa football program, as they cover college football on a national basis and their comments are ‘must read' information for all Hawkeye fans.
This issue is loaded with football recruiting features, as well.
Howe interviewed prep defensive end Dwayne Hendricks, a player that Iowa covets. Hendricks has already visited Iowa and still has a few early January visits lined up, one of them to Miami (FL). Hendricks talked about his Iowa visit and Howe also spoke with Hendricks' high school coach to get his impressions of the Iowa coaching staff and their recruitment of his New Jersey prep star. There are also some outstanding comments from both gentlemen on Iowa assistant coach Darrell Wilson who is the primary recruiter of Henricks.
Jon Miller wrote a feature on recent Iowa commit Anton Narinskiy and we also have two outstanding photos of Narinskiy that capture what he is all about. You can see one of the photos right here, where Narinskiy is on the field and full ahead go. The other photo is of Narinskiy in a classroom setting with math formulas superimposed in the foreground. Narinskiy is a solid football player as well as a math whiz. Miller spoke to his high school coach as well as providing quotes from Narinskiy himself.
Howe was also able to speak with Iowa commit Bradley Fletcher and his high school coach.
Iowa received a commitment from Fletcher before several other ‘big name' schools had begun to recruit him seriously, and Fletcher has never wavered on his commitment to the Iowa football program.
Fletcher and his coach came out to Iowa City for the Spring game, as did Narninskiy, and that is what ‘sealed the deal' as far as Fletcher is concerned. Fletcher played safety for his team this year, but he also practiced at cornerback in addition to gaining nearly 1,000 yards rushing. He was an all-Ohio selection on the defensive side of the ball.
In addition to these features, we also have our monthly interview with Iowa Athletics Director Bob Bowlsby, a feature on Iowa women's star Jennie Lillis, a recap of Iowa's all Big Ten selections in football, an interview with Iowa assistant basketball coach Greg Lansing focusing on the development of Ben Rand, Mike Henderson and Erek Hansen, plus Marty Gallagher's month column, ‘If You're Scoring at Home'.
In all, there are more than 13,000 words (more than 30 pages!) that focus solely on the black and gold of the University of Iowa athletic programs, and we hope that you will pick up a copy at a Kum and Go store near you in early January.
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