Postseason plans for two Hawkeyes, the thoughts of a former Hawkeye following his final game at Nebraska and a change that will keep C.J. Beathard out of the lineup this weekend in Chicago are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Two Hawkeyes are making future plans for senior all-star games once the Iowa season has ended.
Running back Akrum Wadley and offensive lineman Sean Welsh have announced plans to participate in the Senior Bowl in January.
Iowa has had at least one player participate in the Senior Bowl since 2001, including C.J. Beathard, Jaleel Johnson and Desmond King following the 2016 season.
2. Former Hawkeye Bob Diaco endured a challenging year in his only season as Nebraska’s defense coordinator.
Brought in to help implement a 3-4 defensive alignment, things didn’t go anywhere near the way Diaco hoped things would go during the Cornhuskers’ 4-8 season.
Asked following Friday’s season-ending loss to Iowa if he would have done anything differently, Diaco’s frustration was evident.
“That’s one of those questions that I answer and I get painted in a nonsensical … actually the image of me is 180 degrees opposite of what’s real,’’ Diaco said. “I’m not sure you guys know that. I’ve tried to answer these questions like this and I’ve had my skull crushes in for each time I ever do it.’’
Diaco conceded it was a difficult season.
“I wanted us to be better and I feel bad that I didn’t help the players more than I could have,’’ he said.
3. Iowa tight end Noah Fant believes the Hawkeyes pulled away in the second half of Friday’s win over Nebraska because the team “played looser’’ against the Cornhuskers.
He sensed that Iowa “just played football,’’ and that helped the Hawkeyes turn a tie game at halftime in a rout.
The Omaha native said he enjoyed the experience of playing in Memorial Stadium for the first time in his career.
“It wasn’t like I had it circled on the calendar, but it was a lot of fun being able to be back in my home state to play,’’ Fant said.
He said he had no idea how many people were there to support him.
“Friends and family, a lot of people I went to high school with go to school here, so there were a lot,’’ Fant said. “I didn’t make a big deal of it before the game. But it was a big win for me, being from Nebraska.’’
4. Iowa’s win was big in other ways as well.
The Hawkeyes’ topped 50 points for the second time in their last four games, putting 55 on the board against Ohio State and 56 up on Nebraska.
It marked the first time since the 1990 season that Iowa had scored 50 or more points against Big Ten competition in multiple games in a single year.
That year, Iowa scored 56 and 54 against Northwestern and Illinois in consecutive games on its way to a share of a Big Ten title.
5. Iowa has taken the field against five teams ranked in the top 21 in this week’s College Football Playoff selection committee rankings.
The Hawkeyes went 1-4 against fourth-rated Wisconsin, eighth-ranked Ohio State, ninth-rated Penn State, 16th-ranked Michigan State and No. 21 Northwestern.
6. Injuries took a toll on Nebraska in its effort against Iowa on Friday.
The team’s leading receiver, JD Spielman, didn’t play and the Cornhuskers lost linebackers Marcus Newby and Collin Miller to injuries.
Safety Marquel Dismuke and defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg also left the game with injuries.
“It was hard to find some healthy bodies as we went through the ballgame,’’ coach Mike Riley said.
7. Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard won’t be lining up as the starter for the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday in Chicago.
According to the 49ers twitter site, coach Kyle Shanahan met with the team’s quarterbacks on Tuesday and informed them that Jimmy Garoppolo will start against the Bears.
Shanahan is scheduled to discuss the move this afternoon when he meets with the media.
Beathard left last weekend’s game against Seattle with an injury.
8. One Hawkeye commitment continues to play on in the postseason while two more celebrate a state championship.
Terry Roberts, a safety from Erie Cathedral Prep, recorded three tackles and broke up a pass in addition to catching a pass in a 42-17 postseason victory last weekend.
In Illinois, wide receiver rercruit Samson Evans and offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins finished off a 14-0 season for Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge by winning a 28-21 game against Nazareth in the Illinois Class 6A state title game in DeKalb.
Samson, playing as a triple-option quarterback at the prep level, rushed for 155 yards and scored two touchdowns and returned a punt 78 yards for a score as Prairie Ridge claimed its second straight state title.
9. The weather for Friday’s 56-14 game at Nebraska was about as good as it gets for a Hawkeye regular-season finale.
The game-time temperature in Lincoln was 69 degrees, the warmest for an Iowa regular-season finale played outdoors since 1981.
Temperatures were listed as mid-60s for a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 that season but an even hotter time was had inside Kinnick Stadium that day.
Iowa clinched the Big Ten title and its first Rose Bowl berth since the 1958 season that afternoon.
10. Former Hawkeye Angelo Garbutt was named Tuesday by the Missouri Valley Football Conference to its all-newcomer team.
A sophomore linebacker at Missouri State who left Iowa after last season, Garbutt ranked sixth in the conference with a team-leading 85 tackles.
The Carrollton, Texas native recorded two sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and a team-leading five quarterback hurries.
His biggest game of the season came against Northern Iowa, when he recorded 17 tackles as part of a string of three games which saw him record double-digit tackle totals.
He was also named Monday as an honorable mention all-conference selection.