With temperatures expected to reach 90 again Saturday at Kinnick, it’s never too early to start hydrating for another warm weekend with the Hawkeyes.
As you pop open another bottle of water, the Hawkeye 10@10 prepares you for the game as well with your daily dose of Hawkeye news and notes, something you can count at 10 a.m. weekdays at Hawkmania.com throughout the football season.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz expects that it will only be a matter of time before more passes head in the direction of Hawkeye tight ends, who caught one pass in Saturday’s season-opening game against Northern Illinois.
“That’s the way it works sometimes,’’ Fiedorowicz said. “We’re doing what we can to get open, but Jake (Rudock) has to go with what he sees.’’
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said the Hawkeye offense will continue to take what defenses are allowing when it comes to the passing game.
2. Iowa’s defense didn’t record a sack in its season opener, but coach Kirk Ferentz was pleased with the aggression he saw from the unit.
“We were able to force the pocket to move around a bit,’’ Ferentz said. “We got some pressure on which was good to see.’’
3. With 90-degree temperatures expected again for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game with Missouri State, Iowa will again suspend several game-day regulations at Kinnick Stadium.
Fans will be allowed to bring more than one sealed bottle of water into the stadium and cooling stations will again be set up in the four corners of the facility, offering tented shade, misting stations and cold towels.
Water will again be offered for $2 at concession stands.
4. Count Kirk Ferentz among coaches who believe that a team makes its greatest improvements between its first and second games.
“There’s a lot of truth in that, but it’s not just going to happen, you have to make it happen,’’ Ferentz said. “I thought overall, our guys handled a challenging week last week pretty well. First week of class, bad weather, hot weather, and I thought they handled in pretty well.’’
5. Expect true freshman LeShun Daniels to see the field this week.
The running back impressed coach with his abilities in the backfield during fall camp, but did not see any playing time against Northern Illinois.
“Our plan was to play him all the way, but it just didn’t open up the other day,’’ Ferentz said. “He’s definitely on the straight-ahead list right now.’’
6. Missouri State coach Terry Allen, an Iowa City native, said his team is excited to be traveling to Iowa this week.
It will be the first time the Bears have ever played a Big Ten school and Allen said North Dakota State’s win at Kansas State and Northern Iowa’s win at Iowa State last week give his players hope.
“It’s a great opportunity for our guys,’’ Allen said. “Teams in our league had a great deal of success last week and we’d love to duplicate what they did, although that may be easier said than done.
7. Former Hawkeye Mika’il McCall is now also former Saluki Mika’il McCall.
The running back was dismissed from the Southern Illinois football team on Tuesday for what coach Dale Lennon described a violation of the school’s disciplinary policies.
McCall led the Salukis in rushing last week with 24 yards on seven carries in a 42-34 loss at Illinois. Lennon said the team had sufficient depth to make up for the loss of McCall.
McCall rushed for 513 yards at Southern Illinois a year ago after transferring from Iowa following his freshman season.
8. Three Missouri State players earned preseason all-conference honors in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Safety Caleb Schaffitzel and wide receiver Dorian Buford earned first-team recognition, while defensive end Anthony Graday was an honorable mention choice.
9. Coach Kirk Ferentz said Jordan Cotton’s decision making on when to return kicks has been among areas Iowa has been working to clean up this week.
“We give them a rule as far as a line of demarcation, but that’s assuming, too, that you’re catching a ball and running forward,’’ Ferentz said. “If you’re making a Willie Mays catch to field the ball that might not be the best thing especially going across the field a bit.
“That happens in first games. He will bounce back. He’s a really good football player.’’
10. Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey and placekicker Mike Meyer received honorable mention performer of the week honors at their positions from the College Football Performance Awards for their work against Northern Illinois.
Kirksey recorded a career-high 14 tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown, while Meyer hit two field goals and three PAT attempts.