The Inside Track

Jeremiah Davis

Hi, I'm Jeremiah Davis. I grew up in northwest Iowa, went to Iowa State, then spent a year living in Phoenix before coming to Cedar Rapids in May 2013. I cover Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's basketball, as well as auto racing for the Gazette.


Tyler Soppe is 2017 Eastern Iowa Driver of the Year

SHERRILL - Tyler Soppe doesn't much care what you think.

He knows he's not everyone's favorite driver. He knows how some people perceive his style. He knows he'll get booed at certain places.

As long as he can roll his No. 3T IMCA Sport ...

As anyone who's won a lot in racing knows, fans get tired of it after a while.

The last two Drivers of the Year, Justin Kay (2014-15) and ...

Soppe's 60 wins in the last two seasons reaches a mark he said he could've only dreamed about a few years ago.

His benchmark every season for what he calls a "good" season is 10 wins, he said. But like some others who made the commitment to sust ... »

Akrum Wadley vs. Saquon Barkley a primetime prizefight for Iowa-Penn State

IOWA CITY - Toward the end of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz's media availability on Tuesday, the most-tenured coach in college football was asked if Iowa had anyone who could simulate Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in preparation for Saturday's g ... »

Big Ten coaches walk tightrope of public criticism

Football players and coaches go under the microscope every week - both by themselves in film study and, like it or not, by media that covers them. When they screw up or play poorly, they get asked about it. They know it's part of the deal.

What' ... »

5 Things: Iowa football vs. Penn State

The last time a top-five team came to Kinnick Stadium, most of us weren't really wondering whether or not Iowa would lose, but by how much. The Michigan edition of 5 Things last season wondered if Iowa would take back-to-back 25-point losses for the fir ... »

North Texas 'got a little worn down' by Iowa

IOWA CITY - Headed into Saturday's game, North Texas head coach Seth Littrell said the Air Raid offense his team runs can either level the playing field against Power 5 opponents, or it could widen the gap.

If the offense is moving the ball swif ... »

Iowa tight ends impact North Texas game at opportune times

IOWA CITY - Two of Iowa's four touchdowns in Saturday's 31-14 win against North Texas came from Hawkeye tight ends.

Both were interesting plays - but for very different reasons. The latter regained the lead for Iowa in the third quarter after be ... »

Iowa football Game Report: Hawkeyes 31, North Texas 14


The Setup - The Hawkeyes had a 10-7 lead late in the first half. They had the ball at North Texas' 47 with a first down and around two minutes left on the clock.

In hi ... »

North Texas riding Air Raid into Kinnick Stadium

IOWA CITY - For a little more than 20 years, what we all know now as the Air Raid offense has graced college football with its wide open, gun-slinging fun. Well, everywhere except the Big Ten, that is.

College football's unattached fans have, in ... »

Eastern Iowa well-represented at IMCA Super Nationals

BOONE - Expectations are varied when it comes to IMCA Super Nationals.

Of course, everyone wants to win, and especially among racecar drivers, showing up to win is often the only goal. But Super Nationals' circumstances mean just making the main ... »

Big Ten coaches trying not to get caught up in first few weeks

The Big Ten features three programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Penn State sits at No. 5, Michigan at No. 7 and Ohio State at No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Nationally, those teams get picked apart. Are they for real? Do they have ... »