-- Alvis trying: Senior DE Dominic Alvis gave it a go last week. He played a few downs in the second half, but couldn't sustain and left the game. Now, maybe you point to the bowl game for a return. He had a back injury flare against Michigan State and has played very little since the first half of that game Oct. 2. He is listed as a backup DE in this week's two deeps.
-- Otherwise healthy: Iowa seems healthy everywhere else. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and CB B.J. Lowery played after leaving the Purdue game on Nov. 9 with injuries. FS Tanner Miller left the game briefly last week, but only missed a series with what looked like a stinger. One iffy player might be fullback Macon Plewa, who wasn't able to play late against Michigan.
-- 3-TE club: For the three-TE crowd (and hey, why wouldn't there be a crowd for that?), Iowa showed it 10-plus times against Michigan, including four consecutive plays on the drive that yielded Mike Meyer's game-winning (eventually) 34-yard field goal. Those plays went Jordan Canzeri left for 8 yards, Mark Weisman left for 4 yards, Canzeri right for 6 yards and Canzeri up the middle for 2 yards.
-- Crazy for crootin': Iowa has a truckload of recruits visit last weekend.
In perhaps the biggest immediate news, St. Louis RB Markel Smith told HawkeyeReport.com that he is now fully qualified, improving on his ACT score.
On the topic of further recruiting, Smith told HawkeyeReport: "I haven't gotten any mail yet really, but I'm committed. Whatever a coach has to say, I appreciate it and appreciate you offering me, but I'm committed to Iowa. They stuck with me, so I'm going to stick with them."
Smith finished the season with 341 carries for 2,416 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading St. John Vianney to a 7-4 record. In his high school career, the three-star prospect rushed for a total of 7,145 yards, which ranks second all-time in the St. Louis area. The 5-10, 210-pounder had offers from Missouri, Illinois and Mississippi.
2014 quarterback prospect Tyler Wiegers also visited last weekend. He didn't commit and plans a Dec. 13 visit to Penn before he makes a final decision. The 6-4, 213-pounder from Detroit, Mich., committed to Rutgers on April 9, just a week or so after visiting Iowa. He decommitted last week.
Iowa sits right now at 16 commits with Smith’s commit on Nov. 5. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said on his radio show before the Purdue game that he thought Iowa would take 20ish recruits. The national signing period begins Feb. 5.
-- Black Friday: Friday's game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln kicks off 11 a.m. and will be on ABC.
-- This is the "Heroes Game," with a trophy involved.
Iowa's hero for Friday's game is Mike Klemmensen, a Sioux City firefighter.
Here's a piece on Klemmensen from Iowa sports information:
On the night of Aug. 20, Mike Klemmensen found himself in a position much like a college football quarterback as he approaches the line of scrimmage: He had to assess the situation immediately in front of him and make a decision on the course of action that he believed provided the very best opportunity for success…all while the clock was ticking.
The difference between the decision that confronted Klemmensen and that which rests in front of a quarterback was significant, however: In Klemmensen’s situation, the lives of three generations of personal friends were at stake because he had to decide whether he’d enter a neighbor’s home that was on fire.
“It was a judgment call and, of course, knowing the occupants as well as I do certainly was a factor in the decision,” said Klemmenson, a full-time Sioux City firefighter, a volunteer for the fire department in his home town, and the state of Iowa’s “Citizen Hero” who will be honored at halftime of Friday’s Hy-Vee Heroes Game between Iowa and Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
Without any of the safety and life-support gear routinely available to a fire fighter, Klemmensen entered the burning structure, found four adults and two children sleeping, woke them up and got them safely out of the building. He then woke neighbors in adjacent homes before returning to the scene to assist in fighting the fire over the next seven hours.
“I’m not 100 percent certain I’m a hero. I don’t feel I did anything different than anyone who I work with would have done,” said Klemmemsen, whose “day job” is with the 185th Division of the Air National Guard in Sioux City.
“I’m certain if any of my peers were confronted with the same situation, they’d do the very same. I’m just glad someone was there to help.”
The University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska use the national stage created by the Hy-Vee Heroes Game to honor the heroic efforts of individuals and organizations in America's heartland. Each year, fans of both schools are invited to nominate residents of Iowa and Nebraska who have performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities. From among those nominated, staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross select the following winners, who are recognized during a halftime of that year's football game.
The state of Nebraska’s “Citizen Hero” for the 2013 is Caleb Amundson. During the Labor Day weekend, 18-year old Caleb was just getting done with a leisurely afternoon of jet skiing and fishing at Harlan County Lake. Looking around, he noticed another man getting ready to enjoy some time on the lake and then suddenly the brakes on the man’s truck seemed to give way, sending the truck, boat, and its passenger into the water. Without about his personal safety, Caleb dove into the murky lake to help. Feeling for the truck mirror to gauge his surroundings, he felt the man’s arm and pulled him to safety. Little did Caleb know, the man he rescued was paralyzed.
Klemmensen is the third “Iowa Hero.” Lois and Bill Hall of Clinton and the K-9 dogs they raise and train were honored a year ago at the 2012 Hy-Vee Heroes Game in Iowa City for providing more than 1,500 hours of service to their community each year, assisting with emergency search and rescue missions and offering therap visits to local schools and hospitals.
Gary Launderville of Storm Lake was chosen as Iowa’s hero for the inaugural Hy-Vee Heroes Game in 2011. He was singled out for his concern for children and for putting community safety ahead of personal safety. Gary and his wife Sandy have fostered more than 125 children and have adopted seven of those foster children.
Athletics Directors Shawn Eichorst of Nebraska and Gary Barta of the UI will make a special presentation to this year’s honorees at halftime of Friday’s game. The honorees names will also be inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy.
OK, here's the two deeps.
SE — 4 Tevaun Smith ^ 6-2 200 So.
8 ** Don Shumpert ^ 6-3 200 Sr.
LT — 68 ** Brandon Scherff 6-5 315 Jr.
76 ** Nolan MacMillan 6-6 294 Sr.
LG — 59 * Conor Boffeli 6-5 295 Sr.
58 Eric Simmons 6-2 295 So.
C — 63 * Austin Blythe 6-3 300 So.
57 Tommy Gaul 6-3 277 Jr.
RG — 65 Jordan Walsh 6-4 290 So.
78 * Andrew Donnal 6-7 305 Jr.
RT — 70 *** Brett Van Sloten 6-7 300 Sr.
73 Ryan Ward 6-5 290 #Fr.
TE — 86 *** C.J. Fiedorowicz ^ 6-7 265 Sr.
82 ** Ray Hamilton ^ 6-5 252 Jr. OR 87 * Jake Duzey 6-4 245 So.
QB — 15 Jake Rudock 6-3 205 So.
16 C.J. Beathard 6-2 195 #Fr.
WR — 11 ** Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 Jr.
17 * Jacob Hillyer 6-4 205 So.
RB — 45 * Mark Weisman 6-0 236 Jr. OR 5 ** Damon Bullock 6-0 200 Jr.
33 * Jordan Canzeri 5-9 187 So.
FB — 38 Adam Cox 5-11 215 So.
42 Macon Plewa 6-2 234 So.
PK — 96 *** Mike Meyer ^ 6-2 190 Sr.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.
LE — 95 Drew Ott ^ 6-4 265 So.
34 Nate Meier 6-2 235 So.
LT — 71 * Carl Davis 6-5 315 Jr.
67 Jaleel Johnson 6-4 307 #Fr.
RT — 90 * Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 290 Jr.
97 * Darian Cooper 6-2 280 So.
RE — 98 * Mike Hardy 6-5 275 Jr.
79 ** Dominic Alvis 6-4 265 Sr.
OLB — 20 *** Christian Kirksey ^ 6-2 235 Sr.
39 * Travis Perry 6-3 232 So.
MLB — 44 *** James Morris ^ 6-2 240 Sr.
52 ** Quinton Alston ^ 6-1 232 Jr.
WLB — 31 *** Anthony Hitchens ^ 6-1 233 Sr.
6 Reggie Spearman ^ 6-3 225 Fr.
LC — 19 *** B.J. Lowery ^ 5-11 193 Sr.
27 * Jordan Lomax 5-10 195 So.
SS — 37 ** John Lowdermilk ^ 6-2 207 Jr.
21 ** Nico Law ^ 6-1 200 Jr.
FS — 5 *** Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 207 Sr.
12 Anthony Gair 6-2 200 #Fr.
RC — 14 Desmond King 5-11 185 Fr.
7 * Sean Draper 6-0 180 So.
PT — 98 Connor Kornbrath 6-6 215 So.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.
Punt returns: 11 Kevonte Martin-Manley
Kickoff returns: 33 Jordan Canzeri; 23 Jordan Cotton
Deep Snaps: 61 * Casey Kreiter 6-3 250 Sr.
Holder: 98 Connor Kornbrath
* – – Letters won
^ – – Redshirt year still available
# – – Indicates redshirt freshman