Cyclones picked 9th in Big 12 poll
Iowa State is picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 football race during the upcoming season in a poll of league media representatives.
The Cyclones, picked ninth for the fifth straight year, were edged by two points on the ballot for eighth by Texas Tech and finished well ahead of Kansas, which was picked to finish 10th.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were picked to finish 1-2, receiving 19 and 12 first-place votes, respectively. Kansas State, which finished third in the poll, received the other first-place vote. Texas and TCU round out the top five.
The Sooners, topping the poll for the second straight year, return 16 starters including Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year Baker Mayfield at quarterback.
Kids Day at Kinnick set
Iowa will host its annual Kids Day at Kinnick open practice on Saturday, Aug. 12.
The practice is scheduled to begin at noon, one hour after gates at Kinnick Stadium will open. Hawkeye players will sign autographs for kids only beginning at 11:30 a.m. in front of the west and south stands.
Free posters, cards, magnets, key tags and rosters will be distributed, and fans are discouraged from bringing additional items to be autographed.
A Kids Zone with inflatables games, face painting and a chance to meet Herky will be held on the Krause Family Plaza on the south side of the stadium beginning at 9 a.m.
Jewell makes Nagurski list
Iowa senior Josey Jewell was named Thursday to the preseason watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Award, presented to the most outstanding defensive player in college football by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America.
The senior from Decorah, Iowa, started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes last season, leading the team with 124 tackles and earning second team all-Big Ten recognition.
One of final finalists for the Butkus Award last season, Jewell was selected as Iowa's most valuable defensive player in 2016.
Iowa linemen earn Outland mention
Iowa offensive linemen Sean Welsh and James Daniels were among 11 Big Ten players named Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America to its preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy.
Welsh, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior from Springboro, Ohio, started all 12 games he played in last season for the Hawkeyes, earning third-team all-Big Ten honors.
A 6-4, 295-pound junior, Daniels started at center in the 11 games he played for Iowa last fall and was selected as a third-team all-Big Ten choice.
The Outland Trophy is presented annually to the top interior lineman in Division I college football. Four Hawkeyes have won the award, a number topped by only two other programs. Brandon Scherff in 2014 is Iowa's most recent recipient.