Iowa Football

The Walk Through: Rising up, back on the street

How the OL is going to look: Ferguson at LT, Paulsen at RT

... It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night.

And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger.

Time for football now.

Game days are 12 hours of typing. I’m not going to kill myself for this deal here, but I want to leave the door open for some thoughts and any news that happens to fly out.

I’ve not heard anything on injuries. That news has been really quiet this week. Maybe they’re really healthy?

— Heard the team is coming down on 965 this season.

— The wait on Dubuque Street was minimal. I love that everything routes through Dubuque. As a native Dubuquer, we’ve been ready for this since the ’70s. (I’m kidding. We spend too much time balancing our checkbooks in DBQ.)

— I hope you read “Perspective on Ferentz and Fry, the end and the beginning.

I met Matt Bowen and Jay Bickford 20 years ago when they were playing for a 1-10 football team and I was in my first of now 20 years on the beat.

So yes, it took 20 years to write this. I seriously can’t thank them enough for their time and their stories. I hope you enjoyed.


— One last thing on KF and Fry: Yes, today KF could pass Hayden for Iowa’s all-time winningest.

Talking with Matt and Jay, it hit me: Fry was a big dreamer with an eye toward the global view. He didn’t live there, but he knew how to make it work for him.

KF is more like a shift worker. A really, really good one. He’s into the details that are going to keep the whole moving toward the goal. It was there from day 1.

Maybe this is why Hayden has a roundtable of head coaches in his tree. This might be why KF has a bunch of detail-oriented coaches and teachers who are still in the game just not in the game in a big way.

The difference between showman and statesman.

One thing they do have in common is 20 years. Give KF some credit, it’s year 20 and things feel fresh. I really think part of KF’s keeping Iowa relevant has been learning how to make things work for him. I heard Tim Polasek say exactly that last spring. Are you teaching with the notes or are you making things work for you?

That’s what keeps a guy in place for 20 years. Hayden Knew it. KF certainly does.

But that element of “making things work for you,” that kind of feels like the spirit of the Marines, doesn’t it?

Marines lead the world in “making things work for them.” Don’t believe me? Need new barracks? Got a 3D printer?

Hayden Fry was a Marine. KF picked some of that up, I’ll bet.

— I know this is going to feather ruffle, but time to dump “Enter Sandman.” It just is. Look in your hearts.


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Time for Japandroids’ “Fire’s Highway.” The chorus “We dreamed it, now we know” is every Saturday everywhere. And there’s a perfect amount of rally “oooo oh ohhhhh oooos.”

Look it up. You’ll agree.

— Tailgate walk: @EzraMiller75 (a massive OT commit for Iowa) is here. Ezra is huge. In two years, Ezra will be able to pick up manhole covers with his fingers and toss it 10 yards.

If you see the family with “HawKAYE Heaven” T-shirts, give them a nice thought. One of yours lost someone important.

— And ... And my favorite: I saw a family of four. Mom, Dad, Son, Sister all had lanyards with Iowa’s laminated roster hanging from it. All four. Looks like everyone was ready to have fun.

— The Hawkeyes are on the field and warming up.

— Hearing another potential change in Iowa’s starting lineup on the OL. Don’t know what it is. Will report as soon as I track it down.

— On Notice: Yes, I’m stealing this from The Colbert Report and it’s about 10 years behind the times, but certain Hawkeye position groups will be under the orange lamp at the chicken place every week.

Offensive line: Tristan Wirfs and Alaric Jackson aren’t in. That leaves junior Levi Paulsen, senior Dalton Ferguson and redshirt freshman Mark Kallenberger as the tackles today.

You know all about NIU’s rush. It’s their best thing. Iowa has tackles Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in the lineup and maybe another change.


Corners: This is more low-key. I like the guys Iowa has in Matt Hankins and Michael Ojemudia, but they’re still pretty new. Ojemudia has a chance to show off some real improvement. He’ll be a stronger player this year and should be able to deal better with the Felton Davises of the world.

Punter: Iowa believed it its guys. The guys, Colten Rastetter and Ryan Gersonde, have to hold up their end of the deal.

— OK, it wasn’t a change with the OL, it was the batting order.

Fifth-year senior and newly scholarshipped Dalton Ferguson is your starter at left tackle; Levi Paulsen is on the right. Kallenberger needs to be ready.

— Second OL today is: Second OL: Kallenberger, Jake Newborg, Levi Duwa, Coy Kirkpatrick and Landan Paulsen. Heckuva ride for Newborg. He was a reserve DL last year.

— Second DL: AJE and Chauncey are the DEs. Tyler Linderbaum and Garret Jansen are the DTs. Linderbaum is a true freshman from Solon. So was James Morris at one point in time.

OK, that’s it for this post.

Enjoy the game.

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