A new recruit, a bye week to work and a 100-yard rushing performance by a former Hawkeye are all a part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
Here is your daily dose of Hawkeye news and notes:
1. The weekend wasn’t a total loss for Iowa. The Hawkeyes landed a new recruit.
Jalen Embry, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback from Detroit King High School, made a verbal commitment to sign with the Hawkeyes during a weekend recruiting visit to Iowa City.
Ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Embry was a prep teammate last year of Desmond King, a starter at cornerback for the Hawkeyes in their last five games.
Embry made his decision before a planned visit to Wisconsin. He also held scholarship offers from Cincinnati and a number of Mid-American Conference schools.
Embry is the 15th player to announce intentions to sign with Iowa in February, part of a recruiting class that is expected to number around 20 players.
2. The bye week in Iowa’s schedule probably arrives at a decent time, although multiple Hawkeyes said during the postgame they would like to take the field this Saturday to move beyond the frustrations of the 26-14 loss to Michigan State.
“You want to get back out there and get something positive going,’’ linebacker Anthony Hitchens said.
Given the number of injuries Iowa suffered in the game – Mark Weisman, Kevonte Martin-Manley, Brandon Scherff, James Morris, Christian Kirksey, Carl Davis and Dominic Alvis were among starters who left the field for at least a few plays – coach Kirk Ferentz believes the bye may have arrived at a good time for the Hawkeyes.
“We have a few guys who will need a few days and we have the time now to give them that and get them back before our next game,’’ Ferentz said.
Weisman, Scherff, Morris and Davis all returned to the field later in Saturday’s game.
3. Linebacker James Morris recorded his third interception of the season Saturday, equaling the most that any Hawkeye has had since Brett Greenwood picked off five passes in 2010.
4. Iowa was held to fewer than 50 yards rushing for the 13th time in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 15 seasons at Iowa on Saturday, a number that includes five games during the injury-filled 2004 season.
5. Michigan State stuffed Iowa’s running attack, limiting the Hawkeyes to 23 yards on the ground and 1.4 yards per attempt.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was surprised by the extent that the Spartans were able to shut down a rushing attack that entered Saturday’s game averaging 244.4 rushing yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry.
“We knew they were a tough team to run the ball against. They have been that way for quite some time, and to try to move the ball on them effectively you’ve got to be mixed and balanced,’’ Ferentz said. “It was tough sledding out there.’’
6. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio credited his assistants and players for making the needed adjustments at halftime following a pair of second-quarter scores by Iowa to allow the Spartans to rally from a 14-10 halftime deficit to the 26-14 win.
“Iowa has good players. (Damon) Bullock is a good player. They split the defense and got a big play, but we did a great job adjusting at the half. Our coaches always do,’’ Dantonio said. “It’s pretty unique because we’ve been together for so long, that when something is broke we can adjust and we can fix it. It really is just about us playing better in those situations.’’
7. Iowa and Michigan are the only two programs at the Football Bowl Subdivision level which have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.
Hawkeye opponents have rushed 182 straight times dating to the fourth quarter of last year’s season finale with Nebraska without reaching the end zone.
8. With Kevonte Martin-Manley sidelined with a right leg injury, three Hawkeyes matched or set career highs in receptions and yards in the Michigan State game.
Tevaun Smith caught career-high six passes for a career-high 59 yards, including a 36-yard reception in the second quarter that was the longest of his career.
Running back Damon Bullock matched his career high with five catches and freshman receiver Matt VandeBerg caught a career-high four passes for 36 yards in the loss.
9. Former Hawkeye Brandon Wegher topped 100 yards rushing for Morningside on Saturday.
Wegher carried 20 times for 119 yards in a 32-7 victory over Midland, scoring the game’s final touchdown on a 9-yard run.
10. Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands is scheduled to be the featured speaker at today’s Davenport Grid Club luncheon.
The Hawkeye coach will join Quad-City area college and Mississippi Athletic Conference high school football coaches on the program for the noon luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport.
Tickets, which include a buffet luncheon, are priced at $9 each and can be purchased at the door. The Grid Club luncheons are open to the public.