Nate Stanley’s growth, Josey Jewell’s health and Matt Quarells’ game of catch up are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz appreciates the growth he has seen over the first six games of the season from quarterback Nate Stanley.
“I think the benefit to a young guy like Nate who’s 19 years old, he’s in his first year as a full-time starter, and he’s seen more defensively in six games that a lot of guys do maybe in two years,’’ Ferentz said. “That is just because of the schedule we’ve played and how people have chosen to defend us. That’s a real positive, how he’s handled it along the way.’’
2. Josey Jewell is expected to be back on the field next Saturday when Iowa visits Northwestern for an 11 a.m. game.
Defensive coordinator Phil Parker said Wednesday that Jewell’s work at practice this week has involved watching, joining a handful of veteran players who have been given the week off to heal minor injuries from the wear and tear of the first half of the season.
“He’s a tough player. That’s what we’re all about and for us, how many snaps he’s played an how many plays he’s making, it takes a toll on the body,’’ Parker said. “We have to give him a break from contact and let him rest. … I’m not worried about it. We’re expecting him to be ready for Northwestern.’’
Jewell suffered a shoulder injury during the first half of the Illinois game last weekend but returned to action and finished with 10 tackles, his third straight double-digit tackle total.
3. Matt Quarrels arrived at Iowa with two years to play as a graduate transfer, but after being cleared to join the program in mid-August, the former New Mexico transfer is still playing catch up and trying to work his way up the depth chart.
“Right now, we’ve got guys who are ahead of him and the challenge would be for Matt to push and move past some of these guys who obviously had a head start on him,’’ offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz said. “Right now, those guys have continued to climb, and it’s not so much what Matt is or isn’t doing, it’s the fact that these other guys are coming in every day and pushing it forward.’’
Ferentz said he sees the current challenge for Quarrels to be trying to pick up his game to where he is passing others on the depth chart.
4. The time of James Butler’s return from a dislocated elbow remains undetermined.
Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz wouldn’t say Wednesday if Butler would return to the field next week as Iowa prepares for Northwestern.
“That’s probably a better question for the head coach,’’ Ferentz said. “I know he’s working hard to get back. It’s a serious injury, and we can’t heal up the bone. I know he wishes he could. He’s done a really nice job with his rehab.’’
5. Iowa released the contracts and salaries of its assistant coaches on Thursday.
Defensive coordinator Phil Parker and strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Doyle, both members of Kirk Ferentz’s original Iowa staff 19 years ago, top the list at $675,000 for the current fiscal year.
Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is making $625,000, the same dollar figure that Greg Davis made a year ago in the position.
Four Big Ten assistants – three at Michigan and one at Ohio State – topped that figure a year ago.
The pay for Iowa’s new assistants?
Quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe is being paid $540,000, offensive line coach Tim Polasek is at $330,000 and receivers coach Kelton Copeland is making $225,000.
6. The addition of a 2020 game against Northern Iowa completes Iowa’s schedules for the next three seasons.
Iowa will host Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois and Iowa State in both 2018 and 2020, years when the Hawkeyes host four Big Ten games.
In 2019, when Iowa hosts five league games, the Hawkeyes play at Iowa State in addition to hosting Miami (Ohio) and Middle Tennessee State.
In both 2019 and 2020, Iowa will open Big Ten play before playing its final nonconference game.
The Hawkeyes host Rutgers on Sept. 7, 2019, a week before traveling to Iowa State and three weeks before Middle Tennessee State visits Kinnick.
In 2020, a road game at Minnesota comes one week after Iowa hosts Iowa State and one week before Northern Illinois visits.
7. Nate Stanley’s growth at quarterback has been accompanied by some chances to learn.
Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz likes Stanley’s collection of 15 touchdown passes, but said the sophomore must work to improve ball security.
“He’s responsible for three (fumbles) and two of them weren’t even contested,’’ Ferentz said. “He’s got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. He’s done a pretty good job in the throwing game, now we have to have a little more bit more ball security back there in the pocket.’’
Ferentz likes the way Stanley gotten the Hawkeyes in and out of the right plays at the right times.
“He’s been efficient. You look at third down, he’s gotten the ball out on time and he’s gotten it where it needs to go,’’ Ferentz said.
8. The game plan for Iowa last Saturday included putting the ball in the hands of Ivory Kelly-Martin more frequently, a plan that changed when the true freshman fumbled on his first carry in the opening series against Illinois.
“Ivory was probably going to see the field a little bit more Saturday until his first carry, then we weren’t so excited about putting him back in,’’ offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz said. “He understands that, and he learned his lesson. I hope.’’
9. The Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo has added his name to a long list of people who are getting into the Kinnick wave.
Rizzo posted a message on his Instagram account earlier this week that included a video clip of Hawkeye fans waving between the first and second quarter to patients at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital across the street from Kinnick Stadium.
Rizzo called it “by far the best college tradition of all time.’’
Players and coaches from visiting Illinois and game officials participated in “the wave’’ last week, acknowledging the waves of children looking out of upper-story windows of the new facility which overlooks the stadium.
10. Former Hawkeye Julian Vandervelde is scheduled to be the featured speaker Monday at the Davenport Grid Club luncheon.
The Davenport Central alum and NFL veteran will join Quad-City area college and high school coaches in speaking at the noon luncheon at the Knights of Columbus, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport.
Tickets are priced at $10 each and include a buffet luncheon. Grid Club lunches are open to the public.