It’s Tuesday, meaning that the heavy lifting begins today on the practice field for both the Iowa and Iowa State football teams as they prepare for Saturday’s Cy-Hawk match-up at Jack Trice Stadium.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Dealing with an ankle injury suffered in the season-opening game against Northern Iowa, Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson is making progress on the practice field again.
“He’s practicing again. We used some caution last week to give him some extra time to heal and I feel like that is paying off,’’ ISU coach Paul Rhoads said.
2. Iowa missed a pair of scoring golden scoring opportunities Saturday, coming away empty after moving the ball to the Missouri State 8- and 2-yard lines.
“There’s no excuse for that,’’ said running back Mark Weisman, who came up short on a fourth-and-one play from the 2 on the opening drive of the second half.
“I have to be able to get the yard there. It frustrates you, and it motivates you at the same time.’’
Weisman, who gained 37 yards on a carry earlier in the drive, collected 130 of his 180 yards during the second half.
3. Redshirt freshman Luke Knott has worked his way into the Iowa State lineup this week, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jake.
Coach Paul Rhoads said Knott’s performance led him to get the call over Jevohn Miller after the two split time in the Cyclones’ season opener.
“I think he’s benefited from being around last year, watching our team play as a redshirt,’’ Rhoads said. “Over time, he’s gotten additional reps and I know he’s gotten some good one-on-one tutoring from his brother that is only making him better.’’
4. Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock has not been shy about spreading the ball around.
The sophomore completed passes to nine receivers in the Hawkeyes’ season opener and followed that by connecting with 10 receivers on Saturday against Missouri State.
Of the 40 passes Rudock has completed, he has thrown 24 to wide receivers, nine to tight ends and seven to running backs. He has also thrown three to players wearing opposing jerseys in 65 attempts.
5. Iowa and Iowa State will be playing under the lights for just the third time in their 61 meetings.
The Cyclones won the two previous games which kicked off at 5 p.m. or later, winning 17-10 in Ames in a 6 p.m. game in 1999 and 36-31 in 2002 when the teams played at 5 p.m. in Iowa City.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads isn’t overly concerned about the day-long tailgating possibilities that await fans.
“That’s up to the Department of Public Safety to deal with that,’’ Rhoads said. “Once the sun goes down at Jack Trice, it should be an exciting atmosphere for college football.’’
6. Apparently, eight is enough.
The Hawkeye depth chart for Saturday’s game includes eight native Iowans listed as starters – defensive end Dominic Alvis, center Austin Blythe, left guard Conor Boffeli, placekicker Mike Meyer, strong safety Tanner Miller, middle linebacker James Morris, left tackle Brandon Scherff and right tackle Brett Van Sloten.
The Cyclone depth chart for Saturday’s game also includes eight native Iowans as starters – kicker Edwin Arceo of Muscatine, offensive tackle Jacob Gannon, noseguard Brandon Jensen, center Jamison Lalk, tackle Kyle Lichtenberg, defensive end Cory Morrissey, guard Ethan Tuftee and punter Kirby Van Der Kamp.
7. Hawkeye opponents have converted on 8-of-30 third-down opportunities this season, including success on just one of 10 opportunities last week by Missouri State.
Iowa’s 27-percent defensive conversion rate ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally.
8. Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon and Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun were named Monday as the Big Ten offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Gallon finished with a career-high 184 receiving yards on receptions and scored three touchdowns in the Wolverines’ win over Notre Dame, while Calhoun scored on a fumble return and an interception return to lead the Spartans to a win over South Florida.
Minnesota’s Marcus Jones and Akeem Hunt of Purdue shared special teams player of the week recognition after returning a punt 65 yards and the opening kickoff 99 yards, respectively, to lead their teams to win.
Corey Clement of Wisconsin is the Big Ten freshman of the week. He ran for 149 yards for the Badgers.
9. Iowa State had 11 first-time starters in the Cyclones’ 28-20 loss to Northern Iowa, including seven on the defensive side of the ball. That was the most starting newcomers of any team in the Big 12 this season.
10. There are only a handful of changes on the Hawkeye depth chart this week, none on the offensive side of the ball.
Jordan Lomax, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, is not listed on the two-deep at cornerback.
True freshman Desmond King is listed at the starter at cornerback, with Gavin Smith listed as the back-up. King started in Lomax’s absence last week.