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'Making a vocational and educational choice'

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi is all about the video room. It's a discipline he's crafted through his years and a part of the game he's taken to heart and beyond.

More on that later this week.

This season has shaped up well for the fifth-year senior as far as time he's able to spend in the video bays at the Hayden Fry Football complex. His academic load is pretty much what you'd expect from a fifth-year senior who'll graduate in December.

He began the semester with three classes. One just ended because it was a half-semester class.

"I had art class, 'Alcohol on your college experience' and 'Making a vocational educational choice,' " Stanzi said Tuesday. "So, nothing too strenuous."

In other words, it's not exactly taxing, which is OK. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Stanzi put in the video time even when he had a full class schedule.

"This year has given me a better opportunity to watch film and get to know what's going on," Stanzi said.

More on that later.

Stanzi had more thoughts on his academics.

"Interdepartmental, it's like general studies," he said. "It means you don't know what you're doing, basically. It means you're not smart enough to get into the business school is what I think it means. That's how I looked at it.

"That's what my advisor says. 'Yeah, you can't quite get into business school, here's another option.' OK, tell me how it is. I'm not smart enough. I understand."

Take that up with coach

All the Hawkeyes see that Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is off-limits to local media.

When you ask their opinions on the matter, a "no comment" pretty much stops the conversation.

"I'm not even going to comment," running back Adam Robinson said.

Even DJK's wide receiver running mate Marvin McNutt goes silent.

McNutt was asked why he's able to talk to the media and DJK is not. (Yes, the answer is pretty much DJK talks too much and is a wildcard, but worth a shot.)

"See, that's something you're going to have to bring up with coach Ferentz," McNutt said before a quick laugh and a look away as if to say, "Next question."

I got the idea that Iowa players are as tired of the subject as Iowa media is. Maybe more.

Iowa sports information interviewed DJK. You can check it here.

Brad Rogers is . . .

Redshirt freshman Brad Rogers saw his first meaningful action at fullback against Michigan. In the absence of senior Brett Morse, the 5-foot-10, 215-pounder played lead blocker for Adam Robinson in the Hawkeyes' victory.

Rogers is sort of caught between fullback and running back right now, given Iowa's razor-thin depth chart at running back.

Rogers is the No. 2 fullback, but he's also an option at running back. Robinson, Rogers and Marcus COker are the three running backs the Iowa coaching staff has focused on.

What does this mean for Rogers on a daily basis?

"I really don't know, from week-to-week it changes," Rogers said. "In practice, I do both. I split carries at running back and fullback just so I can be prepared. Marcus is right in there with me and Adam."

Sash smash Vandenberg

Don't take the above header seriously. It's just gentle smack talk between teammates who played against each other in high school.

Safety Tyler Sash played at Oskaloosa. Reserve quarterback James Vandenberg played at Keokuk.

The topic Tuesday was red jerseys and how defensive players are forced to let up on an offensive player wearing a red jersey in practice. It's something that Sash finds hard to do, but knows the overall good behind the idea of the red jersey.

Still, he'd like to finish a play on Vandenberg.

"I'd like to hit Vandenberg if I could," Sash said, smiling, of course. "I played against him in high school. He's that guy. He's the backup quarterback. He's always talking crap to you. He's telling you how good he is.

"Ask him about our two games we played against each other in high school."

Sash said the Vandenberg claims the only reason he got a scholarship to Iowa is because of Sash's performance against Vandenberg's team in 2006. In that game, Sash said, "I think I scored a touchdown every different way you could score a touchdown."

Vandenberg got his revenge on Osky as a senior, passing for 384 yards and lifting the Chiefs to a victory over Osky in the season finale, knocking the Indians out of the playoffs. Keokuk eventually won the Class 3A title.


Recruiting is never over.

According to Tom Kakert at HawkeyeReport.com, the Hawkeyes are hosting a pair of teammates from McKeesport, Pa., this weekend.

Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons will be at Kinnick for the Wisconsin game.

Jackson is a 6-4, 220-pound defensive end with offers from everywhere, including Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State. Simmons is a 6-5, 265-pound defensive tackle with a similar set of offers that also include Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State.


I'm not sure when it started, but there is a Facebook event that is trying to coordinate a cheer in Kinnick on Saturday for Iowa's defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who's missed five games and will likely miss at least a few more after having his right foot amputated due to diabetic complications.

The event has invited around 3,000 people with just more than a thousand "attends" connected. The event was created by Sawyer Mishak, an Iowa alumnus.

Here's the pitch:

"On the first, and possibly every, 3rd down Wisconsin faces get everyone to chant "NORM." To honor and encourage Norm Parker, our defensive coordinator, in his battle with diabetes and complications from it."

Not sure if this will work, but here's the link.

And here's what Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said about Parker on Tuesday.

"It could be a week after that, but I think that's realistic. It won't be this week, obviously. We say Michigan State, but that's out of the center right now where he's at getting those rehabs. So, he's not home yet, so at least that [Michigan State]."

Reisner on Mackey list

From UI sports info:


IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa senior tight end Allen Reisner has been named to the 2010 John Mackey Award mid-season watch list. The list was released today by the award’s sponsor, the Nassau County Sports Commission. The award goes annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end.

Reisner, a 6-3, 248-pounder from Marion, IA, has started every game this year for the Hawkeyes. He has caught 19 passes for 229 yards (12.1 average) in helping Iowa to a 5-1 start. He is considered an excellent blocker with outstanding ball catching skills. He has played behind all-Big Ten tight ends Brandon Myers and Tony Moeaki the last two years.

Former University of Iowa tight end Dallas Clark won the Mackey Award in 2002.

The Hawkeyes are currently ranked 12th nationally and face 10th ranked Wisconsin Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., in sold out Kinnick Stadium.

Greenway on BTN

From UI sports info:


IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former University of Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway will be featured on this week’s episode of “The Next Level” on the Big Ten Network. The episode spends a day with former Big Ten stars to learn about their lives in professional sports and society.

In this week’s episode, Greenway talks about the “Iowa mentality” helped him enjoy NFL success. Greenway has led the Minnesota Vikings in tackles the previous two seasons.

At Iowa, Greenway was a first team All-American and a first team all-Big Ten selection in 2004. The Mount Vernon, S.D., native was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Vikings.

Greenway recently returned to Iowa City to serve as the Hawkeye honorary captain for the Penn State game.

“The Next Level” will air Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.

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