2012 Commit: Connor Kornbrath

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Iowa managed to squeeze in one more commit to end its big recruiting week. On Saturday Connor Kornbrath became the fifth overall player to verbally commit to the Hawkeyes and fourth of the week. Kornbrath is a kicker/punter from West Virginia. He is unranked by the major recruiting sites (profiles: Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports), but is ranked 5-stars and the 10th overall punter on KohlsKicking.com.

Kornbrath in High School

Kornbrath attends Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The Indians went 10-2 last year making it to the second round of the playoffs. At 6'7", Kornbrath plays basketball and is good enough to play in college if he hadn't chosen football. At his size he has also been offered the opportunity to play other positions in football, but in an interview with HawkeyeInsider said, "I had the opportunity to go D-I for kicking but I definitely didn't for tight end or something else. I didn't want to risk getting hurt and just stuck to kicker-punter."
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Hawkeye Blogger Roundtable - So many recruits

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Question 1: Iowa received four verbal commits this week. Two of them, Drew Ott, a two star DE/TE, and Cameron Wilson, a three star WR. Both are from enemy territory (Nebraska, Ohio State). Did Iowa swoop in and make a steal or are these leftovers?

Well, neither of these guys had offers from Nebraska or OSU so I wouldn’t say they were necessarily a steal. Both of these guys might have gotten offers later from their home state schools, but Iowa was in early enough to get the commitment. I think in Ott’s case, he probably would have been offered by Nebraska if it weren’t from the Huskers incredibly small recruiting class this year. I think they only have room for 15 kids while most years it’s probably lower twenties.

Question 2: The other two recruits are Maurice Fleming, a three star WR/DB, from the Chicago area and Connor Kornbrath, a Punter from West Virginia. A Punter, really?

I’m not sure how well that bodes for our punter from down under, Jonny Mullings. But it’s probably a good thing to have a little competition at the position. Guthrie is gone after this year and having the backup quarterback as your backup punter is probably not a good thing. Still, I think this year’s class is going to be a little smaller than last so a better route might have been a walk-on.
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2012 Commit: Maurice Fleming

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Iowa picked up its third commit this week and fourth overall as that he will be a Hawkeye. Fleming was recruited by Iowa as a cornerback but also held some offers as a wide receiver. He a consensus 3-stars rectuit by Scout, Rivals, and 247Sports.

Fleming in High School

Fleming attends Curie Metropolitan in Chicago. He plays quarterback for the Condors basically in the wildcat. The Condors went 7-5 last year.

Stats:
  • Passing: 108 of 201, 1,334 yards, 15 TDs, 13 INTs
  • Rushing: 102 carries for 445 yards, 5 TDs
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2012 Commit: Drew Ott

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Two days, two commits. That's the way Iowa started off this week as Drew Ott became the third player to verbally commit to the Hawkeyes for 2012. Ott is a defensive end from Nebraska and is ranked 2-stars by Scout and 3 by 247Sports (Rivals doesn't have him ranked yet).

Ott in High School

Ott attends Giltner High School in Giltner, Nebraska. It's a small 2A school that plays 8-man football. Giltner went 11-1 last year their only loss coming in the semi-finals of the playoffs to the eventual champs. Ott played both TE and DE/LB for the Hornets.

Stats:
I couldn't find complete stats from Ott, but in the 7 games on MaxPreps it shows that he averaged around 10 tackles per game on defense and 3 receptions and a TD on offense. One game that stood out he had 4 receptions, each a touchdown. Marc Morehouse's post says that Ott has made 537 tackles thus far in his career. Rivals has his sophomore year numbers:
  • Offense: 34 receptions, 424 yards, 10 TDs
  • Defense: 181 tackles, 4 INTs
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2012 Commit: Cameron Wilson

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It has been over two months since Iowa landed its first commit for 2012, Mitch Keppy. On Monday, Cameron Wilson became the second. Wilson is a wide receiver from Dublin, Ohio. He is a consensus 3-star recruit (Scout, Rivals, 247Sports).

Wilson in High School

Wilson attends Jerome High School in Ohio. He played receiver and safety for the Celtics, helping them to a 6-4 (5-2) record last year.

Stats:
  • 2010 - 77 receptions, 1,075 yards, 6 TDs (plus 2 rushing TDs)
  • 2009 - 51 receptions, 628 yards, 6 TDs
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Links For Iowa is watching BTN all day

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Just a reminder

It's Iowa day on BTN, so all afternoon/evening you can watch Hawkeye-related programming, including 3 of Iowa football "greatest games." The day ends with the 2005 Capitol One Bowl against LSU at 10:00, but the highlight of the night, at least for me, is a replay of last year's Insight Bowl which is airing at 6:00.

Here is the full schedule:
  • 1:00 - The Big Ten's Greatest Games - Basketball: 2/7/04 - Iowa at Indiana
  • 2:00 - The Big Ten's Greatest Games - Football: 2007 - Michigan State at Iowa
  • 5:00 - Iowa Campus Programming: Iowa Magazine: #10
  • 5:30 - Big Ten Icons: Nile Kinnick
  • 6:00 - Big Ten Football Replay: 2010 Insight Bowl - Iowa vs. Missouri
  • 8:00 - Big Ten Basketball Replay: Purdue vs. Iowa
  • 10:00 - The Big Ten's Greatest Games - Football: 2005 Capital One Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU
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An Early Look at Iowa vs. Pittsburgh - 2011

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Pittsburgh

The Game

Event: Iowa vs. Pittsburgh
Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
When: September 17, 2011 - 11:00 AM
TV: ESPN or ESPN2


The Basics

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Head Coach: Todd Graham
Mascot: Panthers
Conference: Big East
2010 Record: 8-5 (5-2)


The Offense

Returning Starters: 6
Key Players: QB Tino Sunseri, WR Mike Shanahan
Key Losses: RB Dion Lewis, OL Jason Pinkston, WR Jon Baldwin

Under new head coach Todd Graham, Pitt's offense will be no-huddle and fast-paced (it was installed at Tulsa by Gus Malzhan, Auburn's current OC...so think Auburn minus Cam Newton). Graham was previously the head coach at Tulsa, a team who averaged over 500 yards of offense and over 40 points per game. That will be a drastic change from the more traditional offense that Pitt employed under Dave Wannstedt. However, the transition may not fully be complete by the third week of the year. Pitt may have more of a scaled back version of Graham's high octane offense.
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A summer of less awesome GoHawks videos

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Remember all of those awesome workout videos from last summer on GoHawks.com? So does the NCAA. Those videos inadvertently violated a NCAA rule that requires summer workouts to be voluntary and therefor not taped. The not taped part is so coaches can't use the film to determine who did or did not attend the workouts.

Iowa has self-reported the violation and educated the staff responsible for posting the videos. The videos from last summer are either gone or were edited to remove any film from an actual workout. The violation is pretty minor, so as long as it doesn't happen again there shouldn't be any real NCAA repercussions. It does mean though that we won't have the same awesome videos for this summer. However, the video staff is still putting together some quality stuff.
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Hawkeye License Plate Generator

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Though he didn't know it at the time, Ed from HawkeyeKoolaid.com issued a challenge to me when he tweeted that he'd like . Michigan blog Maize N Brew has been making plates using this app, but the app doesn't have the University of Iowa plate. So, here we go...

I threw something together to make custom UofI plates. The font isn't great. I had trouble finding on that matched well so I just picked one of the Google Web Fonts that looked okay. You should be able to save the picture after you add some text. You can then post it to the comments or wherever you'd like

NOTE: In Chrome it will save the image without the proper file extension. So you'll need to rename the image after you download it to "YOURIMAGENAME.png". I think in Firefox it'll prompt you to name the image before you download it.

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Two more 11:00 a.m. kickoffs - TTU and Pitt

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The game times for the season opener against Tennessee Tech and the game against Pitt were announced yesterday and it's 11:00 for both. No surprise, the TTU game will be aired on BTN and the Pitt game will be picked up by either ESPN or ESPN2.

With the Iowa State game time announced last week, we're now up to 5 known kickoffs--4 of which are at 11:00.
  • vs. Tennessee Tech - September 3| 11:00 AM | BTN
  • at Iowa State - September 10 | 11:00 AM | FSN
  • vs. Pittsburgh - September 17 | 11:00 AM | ESPN/ESPN2
  • vs. Northwestern - October 15 | 6:00 PM | BTN
  • vs. Indiana - October 22 | 11:00 AM | TBA
  • at Nebraska - November 25 | 11:00 AM | ABC

I am still hopefull that there will be a bunch of 2:30 games to round out the schedule. The games against Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State would be good candidates for a regional ABC game with a 2:30 start. And, BTN recently got the rights to air games at 2:30, which was was previously an exclusive time slot for ESPN/ABC for B1G games. This means the games against Louisiana-Monroe, Minnesota, and Purdue, which looked like obvious 11:00 BTN games before, could now be 2:30 BTN games. That sounds great to me.

An Early Look at Iowa at Iowa State - 2011

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Iowa State

The Game

Event: Iowa at Iowa State
Location: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
When: September 10, 2011- 11:00 AM
TV: FSN


The Basics

Location: Ames, IA
Head Coach: Paul Rhoades
Mascot: Cyclones
Conference: Big XII
2010 Record: 5-7 (3-5)


The Offense

Returning Starters: 6
Key Players: OL Kelechi Osemele, WR Darius Darks
Key Losses: QB Austin Arnaud, RB Alexander Robinson, TE Colin Franklin, OL Ben Lamaak

Though the Cyclones return 5 starters on offense (6 if you count Jerome Tiller who started at QB while Arnaud was out), they lose a lot of their skill players including their top passer, top 2 rushers, and top 2 receivers. They return 3 along the offensive line, including All-American candidate Kelechi Osemele. Center is the likely weak link with Ben Lamaak graduating and his replacement a freshman, 270-lb Tom Farniok.
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Links For Iowa is headed to Indy

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The Big Ten Title Game will be in Indianapolis

The heads of the conference came to a unanimous decision on Sunday that the B1G championship will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at least through 2015. Chicago, the other city in the running, would have been a better pick for Iowa--closer for Hawkeye fans, and more conducive to Iowa's style of play--but it's probably better for the conference to hold the event indoors to help establish large attendance and less sloppy football.

As pointed out on Eye of the Hawks, Indianapolis is "home of former Hawkeyes Dallas Clark and Pat Angerer, and the Colts have become the un-official favorite team for many Hawkeye fans that do not have any pro team that they cling to." Bob Sanders was also on the Colts until recently. I often find myself rooting for the Colts for this very reason.
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Iowa at Iowa State kicks off at 11

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A year ago Iowa and Iowa State were coming off seasons that exceeded expectation. Iowa - an 11-2, Orange Bowl winning year...Iowa State - a 7-6, Insight Bowl winning year. There was a lot of hype built up around Iowa especially and this game got enough attention to merit a 2:30 kick off on ABC (regional). This year, in sharp contrast, both teams are coming off disappointing seasons and the interest in this game is not what it was a year ago.

For 2011 the Iowa/Iowa State game will kick off at and will be aired nationally on Fox Sports Net. The game this year is in Ames, so that why it's not a BTN broadcast. Mike Hlas pointed out that FSN airs locally on Comcast Chicago and there is already a Cubs game on the schedule that afternoon. That could mean Mediacom Connections Channel and non-HD viewing for a lot of us in the state.
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Links For Iowa has been re-branded as LFI

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Preseason magazines are out

BHGP has an extensive rundown of all the predictions from the preseason college football magazines. Iowa is predicted to finish 3rd or 4th in the Legends Division with a record around 8-4. Althon and Sporting News both predict a Gator Bowl appearance for the Hawkeyes.

One thing I noticed is that the B1G isn't predicted to have more than one team in BCS bowls this year. That would be somewhat rare for the conference that has had two teams taken 8 of the 13 years the BCS has been around. However, this year, especially with the problems at OSU, there doesn't look like there is a title contender in the conference. I also expect more parity in the conference. We could very well see a 9-3 team in the conference title game and the other team 10-2. And, with a title game, one of the best two teams in the conference will have a loss right before the BCS at-large bids are determined.

Tressel quick hits

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How a Tressel-less OSU impacts Iowa

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Yes I know...we've all read enough about Jim Tressel. Writing on the subject seems somewhat contrived, but also obligatory. I do think, however, that everything happening at Ohio State will have an impact on Iowa this year and into the future--hence this post.

Under normal circumstances, a B1G conference schedule that doesn't include Ohio State would be considered a good thing. Yes, I like to see Iowa play in big games against the best competition the conference has to offer, but I like winning more and playing a team like Indiana instead of OSU gives Iowa a better shot a taking the B1G crown. Iowa won't be playing the Buckeyes the next 2 years, unless it's part of the B1G Championship Game.

This year will not be normal circumstances. I don't think I need to go into detail about everything that's gone down at Ohio State in the past few months. The big things are that Jim Tressel has resigned, the "Tat-5" are suspended for the first 5 games of the years, with more investigations coming more players could end up suspended, the NCAA could really lay down the law in August hurting OSU further (bowl ban, loss of scholarships, etc...), and it's likely that Terrelle Pryor is as gone as Tressel. Does that necessarily mean Ohio State will have a down year? No, but it's looking more and more likely every day.

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