Players to Watch Tomorrow

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Adam Robinson: Iowa this year may be more of a pass to set up the run type team with a senior quarterback and deep pool of receivers, but the Hawkeyes will still give Robinson his share of carries. Don't expect either freshman (Marcus Coker or Brad Rogers) to get very many reps unless the game is sufficiently wrapped up. I would think that we'll see Coker come in to spell Robinson on a play or two when needed, rather than for an entire series.

Derrell Johnson-Koulianous: For the first time this year, DJK was listed on the depth chart [pdf] as the outright starter. There was no "or" between his name and Colin Sandeman. It's nice to see DJK back on the coach's good side, though don't expect to hear anything from him until after the bowl game.

Adrian Clayborn and Tyler Sash: I have heard "Iowa has the number 1 defense in the country even though Clayborn doesn't have a sack and Sash doesn't have an interception" thrown around a few times this week. This could very well be the week that both of those things change. Teams thus far have done a good job scheming against Clayborn. They have kept a TE in to help block, chipped him with a running back, or have used the Georgia Tech second half just-run-every-play-the-opposite-way scheme. Penn State may not have that luxury as it is the opposite side of their offensive line that will need help with a converted defensive lineman making his first start at right tackle.

Penn State's true freshman quarterback Rob Bolden has sailed a few passes over the middle this year resulting in 5 interceptions. He will face a tough environment in his first ever Big Ten road game (though playing at Alabama was probably a tough environment too) and if he continues to make mistakes, Tyler Sash will be waiting.

Ricky Stanzi: The past couple of years Stanzi hasn't been stellar against Penn State but has done enough to win. In 2008 he was 15 of 25 for 171 yards with a TD and INT, but led an extraordinary game winning drive. In 2009 he was 11 of 26 for 134 yards with 2 INTs, which was his worst game of the year. Stanzi is capable of performing better than that, and if his stats thus far this year are any indication, then he should have his best outing against Penn State tomorrow.

Broderick Binns: Binns had a career day against Penn State last year recording 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble that resulted in a safety. He could have a chance to match or better that production this weekend going up against the previously mentioned converted defensive lineman, now starting right tackle Lou Eliades.
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