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Jim the trucker dude called. He’s driving around New Hampshire and promises to honk his truck horn while driving through Iowa City on Saturday.
Welcome to the Good Timey Radio Hour. This will be a stream-of-consciousness run from the Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz show, hosted by Iowa play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin. This year, the show is broadcast from Applebee’s in Iowa City. Forever it had been and I think Dolph said will be again broadcast from Carlos O’Kelly’s, which is undergoing an extensive makeover/rebuild/construction.
My daughter works at one of the Carlos OKs in Cedar Rapids. Tip your hostess, too. College is expensive.
Congrats to Dolph on his 20th year in Iowa’s broadcast booth. I’ve known him since his days as the sportscaster at KDUB-TV in Dubuque. This isn’t an easy job and Dolph brings energy and professionalism every game.
— Dolph talked with OC Greg Davis.
Notes: MVB knows where the sticks are and will make the catch. Hoping Falconer comes on. He’s behind Riley McCarron at the B position. Ryan Boyle is learning the slot, so he’ll be behind MVB (and, right now anyway, sophomore Ronald Nash, too). Davis has been encouraged by true freshman Devonte Young. He’s going to wait-and-see how he progresses. (Young also had offers Pittsburgh and Rutgers.) Davis expects more out of McCarron.
Good stuff from Dolph.
— Jeff from Dubuque. He does sports for radio. He’s nervous about the Gophers.
I think Jeff from Dubuque is correct. Do you guys realize how much of a Hawkeye killer Minny QB Mitch Leidner is? In two games, Leidner has completed 29 of 40 (72.5 percent) for 397 yards, five TDs and no picks. That’s a 197.12 pass efficiency.
— Some guy called about running backs. Dolph believes it’s going to key on senior LeShun Daniels and his health. He’s right.
Health is a thing. Let’s see if Daniels’ instincts and eyes improve this season. It all kind of goes together.
— Sounds like Kirk Ferentz got out of his truck, turned around and ran away screaming.
— OK, Ferentz did actually go in. Said he had eight people remind him that it was at Applebee’s this year. (I can’t find someone to change the toner in the copy machine.)
— KF says one or two guys might be out Saturday. Touch and go. Said they’ll see in the next couple of days.
— CJB will wear a brace this year, at least starting out. KF noticed the prosthetic leg Photoshopped on CJB. Had a good laugh. KF gives CJB some wiggle room on wearing the brace.
— Dolph asked about Nathan Stanley vs. Tyler Wiegers for backup. KF slides right by the base here. Nicely done. Unique challenge, will keep evaluating.
— On QB Drew Cook: KF said in our mind he’s a QB. Going to keep him at QB. Don’t know what a guy will be a year from now.
— On true freshmen and the number of trosh (sorry) in the two deeps: They’ve handled everything nicely. Have a few trosh not on the two deep who’ve done nice things, but will redshirt.
— On Ryan Boyle the wideout: Working at WR. Lots of learning going on. Learning the nuances. Great attitude. Committed to pushing forward (KF talked to him last Sunday).
— Dave from Bettendorf, I think. Give Dolph condolences on the recent passing of his mother Phyllis. I echo the sentiment.
Dave asks about TEs, getting down the the trosh. Asks about Stanley.
KF: Stanley throws the ball well. KF loves all five QBs. LOVES!! On TE: Mourns the loss of HKC. Expects George Kittle to carry a heavier load. The depth isn’t there. Extremely young. Two redshirt frosh and true frosh Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. They’re watching the position closely. They need help there, people.
— Dave in George is talking on the cans and the fishing line now.
The question is getting second-teamers into the game. I don’t understand this question, but I hear it a lot. It’s been 17 years now with the same head coach. What’s his MO? Winning and not embarrassing the opponent. Right or wrong, that’s the way it’s been. Don’t plan on seeing the newest and shiniest freshman.
— Jim from CR. I don’t know him. I live in Fairfax.
Shaun Beyer and Dalles Jacobus updates. Jacobus is up to 280-something and is a scout team DT. KF said Beyer will redshirt. Beyer is working at WR, but could be a TE or a defensive player.
— Wally in CR. Oh man, this dude.
Asks about Derrick Mitchell. KF says he’s no. 3. Daniels and Wadley are the 1-2. Mitchell has been steady. Trosh have caught KF’s attention. Thinks there will be quality and depth.
Uh oh. A comment.
Asks if KF has thought about putting Mitchell at the “hellcat” position and maybe have him throw the ball. KF plays it chill. Says they’ll stay away from RBs throwing the ball especially with, you know, maybe the best QB in the KF era.
Dolph: New Kirk isn’t that new.
KF: I think I’ll stick to fakes that don’t work.
[That big scene at the end of “2001: A Space Odyessy.”]
— Moville guy who coached Levi and Landan Paulsen at Woodbury Central wants to know how the twin OLs are doing.
KF says you could do a reality TV show on these two. High energy, positive, serious students. KF tells a story of them actually selling popcorn at a volleyball game.
— Question on team speed and such.
I spaced out. Wait, KF said “I don’t know how to rate it. I think it’s good. We’ve got some guys who can run really well.”
— Renee from Sterling, Ill. Thanks KF for the kids camps at Kinnick. Sounds like a good deal. KF says plan on them happening again.
Wants to know how her 8-year-old can be recruited. KF: Oh boy, don’t get me started. . . . First thing I would say is let your kid be a kid. Let your kid find something they enjoy.
KF is right. My kids enjoy dynamite and fires. It’s pretty cool.
— I spaced out again. Oh, someone is talking Chris Doyle, defending him and the recent thingie about his salary. Also, praises Reese Morgan. (On a personal note, this is my application to write Reese Morgan’s book.)
— George from Fort Dodge. He’s nervous. KF: I’m a little nervous, too, George.
George says he’ll go to Iowa bowls every year. Thanks KF for last season.
Asks about when the decision comes down on redshirts. KF: Different in every case. Need confidence that the player can handle the football, training, atheletics and citizenship. Depth also factors and varies. Toren Young is a wait-and-see. Still in the mix and really might stay there. You just never know.
— Dolph just said tickets remain. It was 4,400 Tuesday. Dolph promises a treat for the honorary captain. Hayden maybe?
— Punter/kicker question from a dude from IC. It’s not me, I swear.
Ron Coluzzi is the punter. He’s also kickoff. Keith Duncan is the kicker. And it’ll be a “we’ll see what happens.”
Hey, that’s it. We’re all free to go home and watch the Cubs.
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