Iowa’s Pinstripe Bowl appearance hits home for a handful of Hawkeyes.
That, along with Boston College thoughts on the match-up and a big weekend for former Iowa players in the NFL are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Running back Akrum Wadley called the chance to play his final college football game close to his family’s Newark, New Jersey home “big time.’’
Coach Kirk Ferentz suggested that the senior might soon have a different take on that.
“Wait until all his friends and new friends start calling him for tickets,’’ Ferentz said. “Then, he may not beam. It’s not always easy going home for ballgames. That’s the next thing he’s going to be challenged with.’’
Ferentz understands that the Pinstripe Bowl, played about 30 minutes away from the hometown of Wadley and freshman receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, is a special opportunity for the two Hawkeyes.
“It’s got to be exciting for them and I’m sure their families are very, very excited,’’ Ferentz said. “It’s always neat to have that kind of opportunity and hopefully they will be at their best.’’
2. When Ben Niemann attended a game at Yankee Stadium last summer, the Iowa linebacker had no idea he would be playing his final college football game there months later.
“That never even crossed my mind,’’ Niemann said.
The son of Rutgers defensive coordinator Jay Niemann attended a game there while visiting his family during a break in the Hawkeyes’ offseason schedule.
“It’s not that far away,’’ Niemann said. “This is going to be kind of different.’’.
3. Boston College coach Steve Addazio told the Boston Herald that his team’s match-up with Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl is a “great opportunity’’ for his program in more ways than one.
“This is a home-based footprint for us and a big part of our footprint includes New Jersey and New York, and is a great part of our recruiting.’’ The Eagles view the trip to Yankee Stadium as progress after playing in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit a year ago, beating Maryland 36-30.
4. Sunday’s bowl announcement marked the start of a busy week for Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson.
One of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, the Hawkeye junior will leave Wednesday for Atlanta for Thursday’s College Football Awards.
“I’m honored to be going there as a finalist,’’ Jackson said. “It’s a good recognition for the work I’ve put into my game for this season.’’
5. Boston College will be playing its second game of the season in a major-league baseball stadium when it faces Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Eagles played Connecticut there on Nov. 18, winning a 39-16 game to improve to 6-5 on the season.
6. Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is currently in second place in the fan voting segment of the Senior CLASS Award.
The fan vote represents one-third of the total vote and runs through midnight on Tuesday.
Fans can access the ballot at seniorclassaward.com/vote/football_2017.
Coaches and media members represent other voting constituencies for the award presented to one senior each year.
7. Iowa picked up a gray shirt recruit over the weekend.
Riley Moss, a 6-foot-1 defensive back from Ankeny Centennial High School announced on social media that he had de-committed from North Dakota State and had accepted an offer to enroll as a gray shirt at Iowa next fall, joining the Hawkeye team on scholarship in January of 2019.
Moss initially committed to North Dakota State in June.
He also held scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota State.
8. Anthony Hitchens and Micah Hyde dominated over the weekend in NFL play, highlighting the performances of former Iowa players in the NFL this week.
Hitchens recorded 15 tackles, including two for a loss, for Dallas in its 38-14 win over Washington while Hyde totaled 12 tackles, 10 solo, for Buffalo in its 23-3 loss to New England.
Christian Kirksey collected eight tackles for Cleveland and Desmond King finished with six including two tackles for a loss for the Los Angeles Chargers in Hawk on Hawk action won by the Chargers, 19-10.
Elsewhere, Mike Daniels had four tackles and one-half of a sack for Green Bay in its overtime win against Tampa Bay, Carl Davis had three stops for Baltimore in its win over Detroit and Adrian Clayborn finished with one tackle for Atlanta in its loss to Minnesota.
On offense, George Kittle caught two passes for 20 yards for San Francisco in its win over Chicago and C.J. Fiedorowicz had two receptions totaling 16 yards for Houston in its loss to Tennessee.
9. Former Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock threw his first NFL passes on Sunday.
Rudock saw reserve action for Detroit in its 44-10 loss to Baltimore, completing 3-of-5 passes for 24 yards. He also threw his first career interception.
10. Iowa is currently accepting orders for tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.
Fans can also order by calling the Iowa ticket office at (800) 424-2957 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.
Iowa priority point ticketholders have until 5 p.m. on Friday to order tickets and retain seating priority for the bowl game.