It rained in Iowa City yesterday as Iowa practiced. These days in these parts, that’s news. The Hawkeye 10 @ 10 arrives a little more regularly, providing you with daily dose of Hawkeye news and notes each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com throughout the football season.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Settling into his role at defensive tackle, Carl Davis welcomes the challenging environment Iowa will face in Saturday’s 5 p.m. game at Iowa State.
“I like a hostile crowd, being the underdog and having everybody against you,’’ Davis said. “I feel like that can be an advantage for us if we make it one. I know I play better going into places like that.’’
2. With a rare weekend off in the fall, Iowa State players weren’t glued to the television watching games last Saturday.
Running back Jeff Woody spent the day fishing with teammates before returning to campus for a Sunday workout.
“It’s good to get away when you have a chance to. It doesn’t happen very often,’’ Woody said.
Film study followed shortly after he returned to Ames from a cabin in southeast Iowa.
“Iowa is fast, smart and physical and we had better be ready for that,’’ Woody said.
3. The bottom line remains the bottom line, from the perspective of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
No matter the tempo, no matter the run-to-pass balance, Ferentz wants his team to understand the end game is putting the ball into the end zone.
“No matter how many plays you run or how many yards you get, it’s still about getting points,’’ Ferentz said. “That is the number one criteria for an offensive football team.’’
4. As much as Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads wants improvement from the Cyclones offense Saturday, ISU did pile up some yards in its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa.
The Cyclones gained 410 yards of offense vs. the Panthers, just the third time in the last 11 games where Iowa State topped 400 total yards. ISU accomplished that last season against both Baylor and Kansas State.
5. Running back Michael Malloy will sit out again this week as Iowa visits Iowa State.
The redshirt freshman has not played this season and coach Kirk Ferentz indicated Wednesday on his weekly radio show that his availability will be reviewed once Iowa gets to the bye week.
That means Malloy will likely miss the first half of the season, four nonconference games plus Big Ten games at Minnesota and at home against Michigan State on Oct. 5.
6. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz believes that cleaning up the penalty issues the Hawkeyes experienced last week is mostly a matter of concentration.
“Typically, but not always, it’s a case of just not concentrating hard enough, not paying close enough attention to some details or just being physically mismatched,’’ Ferentz said. “Sometimes, those things happen, but a lot of times it’s just concentration, bad judgment or being mismatched or lazy sometimes – guys are lazy and grab instead of using their legs.’’
7. Mike Meyer continues to enjoy consistency on PAT kicks. With four on Saturday, he has successfully converted on 88 straight.
That is eighth-longest streak in Big Ten history and ranks as the third-longest active streak in the nation, topped only by Baylor’s Aaron Jones at 116 and Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien at 106.
Meyer has not missed a PAT kick since Oct.30, 2010 in a 37-6 win over Michigan State in Iowa City. That covers a span of 32 straight games.
8. After giving up 228 rushing yards in the opening game of the season, Iowa State defenders are hearing a lot about playing assignment sound football this week against Iowa.
“We had a lot of guys who were out of position against Northern Iowa, trying to do too much instead of playing their assignment,’’ strong safety Deon Broomfield said. “It’s something we’re working hard to correct this week and I feel like guys are accepting the challenge that is laid out in front of them.’’
9. Mark Weisman was one of nine Big Ten ballcarriers to run for more than 100 yards on Saturday.
Wisconsin led the way with three players topping the 100-yard mark, Corey Clement, Melvin Gardner and James White.
10. The Hawkeye Huddle, an Iowa tradition before all road games, returns this weekend.
Hosted by the National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association, the free events include snacks, cash refreshments, door prizes and appearances by Herky and Iowa cheerleaders.
The Hawkeye Huddle for the Iowa-Iowa State game will be held on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 1800 50th St., West Des Moines.
The remaining Hawkeye Huddles this season will be held on the day of the game.