Power RankingsThe pre-season power rankings are starting to pour out around the blogosphere. He's a sampling:
- Adam Rittenberg released his post-spring rankings and Iowa comes in at #7.
- Jon Miller has his rankings separated by the Leaders and Legends divisions. He as Iowa as #3 behind Nebraska and Michigan State in the Legends.
- The National Football Post has Iowa at #5 in the post-spring power rankings.
Pretty much everyone caveats Iowa's low-ish ranking with "but Iowa always does better under the radar." Still, after a year of some people predicting a national championship run, 7th in the B1G doesn't sound so great. Still it's probably fair. Iowa returns the least number of starters of any B1G team, has lost 12 players to the NFL draft in the past 2 years, and was just a mediocre team last year.
Kirk Ferentz thinks everyone is tremendousFerentz was on 810 WHB in Kansas City on Friday talking about a few of the drafted Hawkeyes. The primary focus was on Stanzi since he was recently selected by the Chiefs. The segment was podcasted, so can listen to the entire interview.
Ferentz has a lot of nice things to say (i.e. they are tremendous) about Stanzi, Clayborn, Ballard, and current Chief Tony Moeaki. KF really like Stanzi's development over his 5 years at Iowa and predicts he will continue to develop in the pros. Ferentz also praised Stanzi for his leadership. Also on Stanzi, the radio hosts discussed getting "Made in USA" tattoos if Stanzi ever led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl. Love it or leave it.
- Three Iowa seniors were named members of the 2011 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. Josh Koeppel, Jeff Tarpinian and Julian Vandervelde were honored for being a starter while maintaining a 3.2 or higher GPA.
- For the second year in a row, the bowl game made the Iowa Football program some money. The UofI received $1.8 million but only had around $1.4 million in expense for the bowl trip.
- Black and Gold Box Score breaks down the first 12 years of Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz with graphs galore.
- Incoming Iowa recruit, Torrey Campbell, won the 110m hurdles at the Florida Class 3A Track and Field Finals. The article also says that Campbell plans on doing both track and football at Iowa. Hopefully that goes a little better than it did for Paul Chaney, Jr.