HTO.com Beat: Hawks Heading to Orange Bowl

Has there been a dull moment all fall for Hawk fans? Even after season's end, there is still much debate on the given bowl game the Hawks have been selected to play in. I for one am not the least disappointed in the trip ahead to Miami. Here are my thoughts and some other tidbits I came across this past week.

Last night while at the basketball game, I saw a few people with roses. Immediately, I thought to myself what is wrong with holding an orange in your hand? The mysterious attitude of Hawk fans anger over the selection in the Orange Bowl has not only caught me by surprise, but left me wondering what does it really take to satisfy the majority in Iowa City? The Orange Bowl is still a terrific bowl game, and I believe it'll happen to play an advantage for the Hawks. It will save the University money in the fact that many of the current Florida players will no longer have to be flown from the Sunshine state to California, and gives many of them a chance to finally play at home in front of their families. Plus, don't forget the fact that the game is the only nationally televised game on January 2nd and will be during primetime hours! I will be in Miami, and I hope that many of you will still be joining me.

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Speaking of the trip to Miami, I hope many of you take the time to give our bowl package availability consideration. Not only do we offer the best price, along with custom departing locations and a plane in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, but we also offer the chance to stay in the beautiful Biscayne Bay Reissance, which is located right by the Biscayne Bay Marriott where the team will be staying. For under $1100, there is no better option available!

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A lot has been placed on the size of Hawkeye defensive backs the past couple years, and one Hawkeye CB in particular is Antwan Allen. Adding to the fact, I was informed of an interesting development with Antwan's size. In a recent dietary test the Hawkeye coaching staff has all players take, Antwan record the worst dietary supply they've had yet under players. Reportedly, junk food was a favorite of his while young, and now he has been put on a very strict eating regime. The plans are to increase Antwan's weight up to the neighborhood next fall.

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While many thought Benny Sapp was the former player on many minds during the season, there was one other former player that was mentioned to me on a more consistent basis. Darius Butler did not meet his end of the deal in the classroom and with his attitude, but many still rave about the raw potential shown in practice. In his first few practices, one source told me he looked like an instant future All Big-Ten WR. It goes to show that hard work will pay off for Ed Hinkel in the future, but certainly many would love to combine Darius's abilities with that type of dedication.

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What is wrong with Glen Worley? Looking at his game in person Saturday night, I don't believe there really is anything wrong with his game besides the fact he is trying too hard. A lot of pressure has been put on him to be the guy for Iowa this year. I think what he will have to find his role for the rest of the non-conference schedule. Iowa does not have a real go to guy this year, but if someone were to fit the bill, most likely it would be Chauncey Leslie. Glenn is a more effective player inside with his back to the basket, and I hope that he utlizies that more often as we head into Big Ten play. I'm still not writing him off as a potential all-conference honoree this year.

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Even former Hawkeyes are finding championship type success this season. Congratulations goes out to former Hawkeyes Matt Stockdale, Randy Reiners, Ryan Driscoll, Rob Thein, and others in their flag football championship this fall. There team was the winner of the Coralville Recreational League, and to say they faced any close games would be a stretch!

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A great step for the Hawkeyes last night in their comeback victory over Southern Mississippi. Not only was it a poor shooting night, but Iowa's Jeff Horner was battling illness. I think their character really showed in their battle for victory, and I'm predicting a victory will follow against Northern Iowa this week. I was not correct in my Florida State assumption, but I did not know they would be potentially shooting lights out in what could have been a season best performance.

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My third recruiting prediction for the 03' recruiting class is not much of a shocker. However, I do want to say that I believe you will see the Hawks land their first player from New York in DT George Eshareturi. His visit went tremendously well, and he is a prospect that the staff is very excited about.


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