The Quickest Slant -- KF transcript with video

Greenwood family sets up fun run for this Sunday in Bettendorf

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Found this link on the Quad-City Times website today.

It's a story about Brett Greenwood's progress. He has healing to do, but he progresses every day.

This started two years ago when Greenwood, a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes from 2007 to 2010, was stricken by a heart arrhythmia, which occurred while he was working out at Pleasant Valley High School's Spartan Stadium on Sept. 9, 2011. The worst result was anoxic brain injury. He's spent the last two years rehabbing and healing and making strides against what was initially a dire prognosis.

From the QCT story:

Greenwood, who is living at home, still has a long way to go. 

"The things we are working on still are short-term memory," Brezenski said. "He knows who people are and he remembers basically through about six months from his injury. He knows who we are, his family, his friends, which is amazing. I want to stress that they gave us the prognosis that he would be blind for the rest of his life, and now he has 20/20 vision.

"He still cannot walk," Brezenski said. "He is in a wheelchair, but he's progressing and doing very well in rehab so we're hoping that very soon he will be able to. He's walking with a walker at rehab and doing very well with that but we're hoping that in the next couple of months he'll be starting to walk on his own."

The Greenwood family has kept Brett's rehabilitation quiet. They've fought through the shock and celebrated quiet triumphs. They want to show their appreciation for your support. Sunday, the Brett Greenwood Foundation will hold a 3-mile run/walk, "Run 3 for 30," on Sunday at Crow Creek Park, Bettendorf. Greenwood plans to attend, according to the QCT.

Here are the details:

What: "Run 3 for 30," a three-mile run/walk to support the Brett Greenwood Foundation and raise awareness for brain injuries and the rehabilitation process

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Where: Crow Creek Park, 4800 N. Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf

Cost: $33 late registration through Saturday

How to register:Go to and click on the "Run 3 for 30" link

You won't read better news today. Give the story a click, say a prayer for Brett. Keep sending positive thoughts. They are appreciated.

Kirk Ferentz speaks on the Big Ten teleconference at 11:40. We start with Big Ten notes and statistics. (I'm not yet bothering with trends as far as stats go, expect that Iowa has given up five pass plays of 20-plays yards with four of those going for TDs.)

B1G MOMENTS IN ROSE BOWL HISTORY - Jan. 2, 1956 - MSU 17, UCLA 14: With the score tied 14-14 and seven seconds remaining in the game, Michigan State head coach Duffy Daugherty elected to send sophomore kicker Dave Kaiser onto the field for a 41-yard field goal attempt – despite Kaiser not having practiced for two months due to a leg injury. Regardless, Kaiser booted the game-winner, securing a 17-14 victory.

BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT - Purdue’s Drew Brees: Drew Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001 . . .

The Week in Review:  The second week of the 2013 campaign saw 11 conference squads post victories, including 10 of those wins by 10 or more points. Eight Big Ten programs not only won by at least two possessions, but also scored 40 or more points in the process.

Where We Rank:  Eight different Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, including five teams among the top 20 . . .

Record Crowd in Ann Arbor:  As college football’s largest venue, Michigan Stadium occupies the top spots on the NCAA single-game attendance chart, but Saturday’s contest against Notre Dame topped them all. Michigan Stadium welcomed an NCAA-record 115,109 fans last Saturday in the Wolverines’ contest under the lights against the Irish, breaking the former stadium and national record of 114,804, which was set in the two teams’ previous meeting in Ann Arbor on Sept. 10, 2011.

Two For Two:  Through the first two weeks of the conference season, nine Big Ten teams carry perfect 2-0 marks . . .

Let’s Play 21:  Following last week’s cumulative mark of 11-1, Big Ten squads have combined for a 21-3 overall record through the first two weeks of the non-conference season. Good for a winning percentage of .875, Big Ten teams are off to their best start in at least the last 10 seasons . . .

Offenses Getting It Done:  Big Ten offenses have proven to be some of the most prolific in the nation through the first two weeks as eight conference squads rank among the nation’s top 30 in scoring . . .

Not a Misprint:  A closer look at the conference’s individual scoring leaders will show one particular standout. Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, a defensive lineman, is tied for sixth with three touchdowns on the season . . .

Back in the Act:  A week after 11 touchdowns were scored by Big Ten defensive and special teams units, the squads combined for seven more touchdowns during the second week of the season . . .

Four Tops:  After finishing with 87 rushing yards against Syracuse on Saturday, Northwestern’s Kain Colter climbed into the Big Ten’s top 10 list for career rushing yards by a quarterback. Now with 1,784 career rushing yards, Colter ranks 10th in conference history. He is now the fourth active Big Ten signal caller to appear among the top 10 quarterback rushers in conference history . . .

Zeroes on the Scoreboard:  While its offense has gotten off to a prolific start to the 2013 season, the Wisconsin defense has posted an equally impressive number through two games – zero. The Badgers haven’t allowed a single point through two games . . .

Heads of the CLASS:  Six Big Ten student-athletes who excel both on and off the field have been selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. The Big Ten’s six candidates are Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase, Indiana’s Greg Heban, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort, Penn State’s John Urschel and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland . . .

Another Year of Trophy Games:  The first rivalry trophies of the 2013 season will be on the line this weekend when Iowa travels to Iowa State and Purdue hosts Notre Dame. Since 1977, the Hawkeyes and Cyclones face off with the Cy-Hawk at stake, with Iowa owning a 23-13 series edge. The Boilermakers and Irish will be battling for the Shillelagh, which was first awarded in 1958. The Irish hold a 37-19 advantage with the trophy at stake.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has a folksiness to him that seems very Iowa and very unlike your standard cut-throat football coach.

Let's not kid ourselves, they're all cut-throat. You don't get to those millions-of-dollar-a-year positions climbing a ladder of sweetness and light. There is toughness and ruthlessness and a strict adherence to standard.

Nothing says, though, you can't relate to people and maybe even have a laugh or two.

And so during Monday's news conference in Ames, Rhoads, born in Ankeny, was asked if the trophy part of the Iowa State-Iowa game meant a whole lot. (Actually, the question was "Are trophies in general overrated?" Don't look at me, it wasn't me.)

"Trophies go along with victory, and victory, my friend, is not overrated," Rhoads said. (That is pretty great unto itself, but it gets better.)

The follow was "Would the victory feel as good if there wasn't a trophy?" (This was a smart follow up, good save. No, still not me.)

"Yeah, I'd second that, too," Rhoads said. "I could play for a lollipop and be extremely excited."

And there is the folksiness. Rhoads was willing to go along with it. It was a great line and he made his point.

More than likely, his inner narrative was more like, "What? Blah, blah, blah. What time does practice start? Saturday night can't get here fast enough."

Intro -- Good to get a win. Good for football team. Didn't come easy. We continue to move on. Big rival this weekend.

Vs. ISU how worried about spreading the field -- We have a lot of respect for their QB. Came in vs. Kansas, did a nice job. Continued to do so. Can throw, but can hurt you with his feet.

Quote from Belichick, dependability over ability -- Greg Davis uses that a lot, too. I don't remember coach Belichick using it when I was with him, but I think every coach that's really an important thing, especially once you get in season. We're all enticed by potential and attracted to it, certainly and what have you, but it all gets down to production. A big part of production, I think, is being a dependable player. A player who's consistent with his actions and I think every coach appreciates having an idea what to expect from a player each and every week.

Practice show it vs. games and physical ability -- I think typically, not always, there is a strong correlation that guys who practice better tend to play better. Where it becomes a little bit of a math equation is when it comes to younger players. They're typically not as dependable, not as consistent, as older guys. As you bring younger players along, everybody has to decide for themselves what that line is, where do you cut off, at what point do those mistakes that younger players, inexperienced players tend to make, at what point do they become too harmful to the team's benefit? You're always evaluating those things, but the more dependable a guy is -- and you're certainly counting on your older guys to be that way -- the better off you are.

Consider ISU a great rivalry -- Yes.

Amplify? -- It's great for the state. People who follow football and beyond that, two teams from BCS conferences represented. Can't think of a lot nationally. It's unique in that regard.

13th straight year Iowa has been favored -- I'm surprised by that.

Momentum through four quarters, penalties and dropped passes? -- Penalties where huge last week. Moving forward, we can't win if we don't clean that up. Two weeks ago, it was sustaining drives in the second half.

Big for Big Ten this weekend, national scene? -- It's not that I'm not concerned about our conference . . . I'm guessing everyone is worried about their teams and have enough on their plate to keep it right there. We're trying to dedicated every bit of energy to this game.

Important to go out with a win vs. ISU -- In football, you only get 12. I hope our players look at it that way, I think they do.

Mark Weisman carries, on Iowa State, on ISU QB Sam Richardson, question that basically was "if you could run every play, would you run every play?" Also, idle week vs. a game, on OL Conor Boffeli who was once committed to ISU, gameday routine, CB Jordan Lomax's health situation, on WR Don Shumpert, turnovers in this game.

"Amp it up" question? Penalties, freshman CB Desmond King, freshman WR Matt VandeBerg, getting to the right number of WRs, on the D-line, on Carl Davis' arrival (personally, I think Davis is the best story Iowa has going right now), so far so good with Rudock, first road start, Jack Trice Stadium is "lively."

Friday night in Ames, "it's a great series," no recruiting on Friday night before the game, pace of the offense, finishing drives with points, something on recruiting, how much does this game matter in recruiting (my 19th one, it doesn't matter, either you're Iowa or you're Iowa State).

Mark Weisman's workload, going with the "hot hand" at running back, trophy stands for winning the game (pretty much the same thing Paul Rhoads said), Iowa's motivations with the empty trophy case in the past, CB Maurice Fleming probably out, "Waiting for Godot," question about the QBs (actually, it was their similarities, KF pointed out that they're both the starters for their teams, so, yes, there is that), RB Michael Malloy non-update update and a comment on Brett Greenwood.

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