It was actually a really big Iowa Football news weekend for the off-season. With signing day just over a week away and the NFL draft around the corner, most of the news has to do with players that haven't yet started their Hawkeye career or just had it end.

Klug and Donahue in the Shrine Bowl

Ryan Donahue had the play of the night. Donahue punted 5 times, averaging 38 yards a kick and had 2 downed inside the 20. His big play however, was just a 22-yard punt. The snap sailed over Donahue's head and he was able to run down the ball, avoid the oncoming rush, and punt the ball away rugby style down the field. Though the punt went just 22 yards, his effort probably change the field position by 40-50 yards.

I couldn't find much mention of Klug. He was playing DE though, which makes sense based on his size.

The Senior Bowl is next

First off, Adrian Clayborn has decided to withdraw from the Senior Bowl. It's not really an uncommon thing to do for players worried about injuries (which I still think he has been nursing some sort of leg injury since the Wisconsin game) and are expected to be drafted high. It would have provided him with a good opportunity to showcase his skill to some scouts, especially after a somewhat lackluster season. However, he should have no issues landing a spot in the 1st round with a good combine.

Ricky Stanzi and Christian Ballard started practice for the Senior Bowl today. Big 10 Rant Iowa has a roundup of tweets about the two's performance in practice. Both received fairly good reviews all around, though I did see a few reports of Stanzi's bad accuracy...though I attribute that to his lack of a Hawkeye helmet (his equipment didn't get shipped--he's explains it in this video interview with the Chiefs).

Congrats to Bryan Bulaga

I don't care for the Packers, but a big congratulation to Bryan Bulaga for making it to the Super Bowl. I don't think he's second guessing his decision to turn pro. In two weeks he'll be starting in the Super Bowl as a rookie. And with Shonn Greene and the Jets losing to the Steelers, I might just have to root for Bulaga and Green Bay in the Super Bowl.

One last thing on a former player...who else, DJK

DJK recently had the charge for keeping a drug house dropped, and today he got even more good news. He pleaded guilty for possession of marijuana and all other charges were dropped. As punishment, DJK gets a deferred judgment (which basically means there is no punishment as long as he stays out of trouble for a year), a year of probation, a substance abuse evaluation, and has to pay some court fees. I think he's getting off extremely light. He had cocaine in his system when arrested and was in possession of unsubscribe prescription drugs and he gets a slap on the wrist essentially. Hopefully it is enough to keep him clean and out of trouble. The last thing he needs is more of an ego boost that makes him start to think that he can get away with anything.

Rudock is definitely a Hawkeye

There has been some rumbling that Jacob Rudock's commitment to Iowa has been wavering with a recent offer from Miami. It's hard to blame the kid for at least listening to Al Golden's spiel. Rudock grew up a Miami fan and his dad has been a Canes season ticket holder for years. Both HawkeyeInsider ($) and HawkeyeReport ($) got word today though, that Rudock is completely committed to the Hawkeyes. This is definitely great news as Rudock is the only QB that Iowa has in this year's class.

Here's his junior film, just for fun.

Teammates Cooper and Kouandjio have Iowa in their top 3

The two DeMatha Catholic High School teammates made official visits to Iowa City over the weekend and came away still high on the Hawkeyes. Cooper is deciding between Iowa, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech. Kouandjio is down to Iowa, Alabama, and Auburn (USC and New Mexico have been purged). Both would have the opportunity to play right away. Cooper is a defensive lineman and Iowa will have 2 sports up for grabs next fall. Though the offensive line probably has a clearer idea of who will be in the mix for the 5 starting spots, Kouandjio has the talent to compete for one of the guard positions immediately. If Iowa can land one or both of these guys, it'll be a big boost to the recruiting class.

Nile Kinnick, a Big Ten Icon

Kinnick was named the #7 Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network. If you missed the half-hour special, just check the listing because they replay it a lot. I think most Iowa fans know his story, but it is really truly incredible and worth reading/watching/hearing it all again. Here's a short segment from the show: