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Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Boone Myers (52) and Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Nathan Bazata (99) carry the trophy off the field after beating the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

The hump day edition of the Hawkeye 10@10 includes touchdown passes, sacks and picks as well as Kirk Ferentz inching his way toward becoming Iowa’s all-time wins leader.

All that and more are part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10. Your daily dose of Iowa news and notes is delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa.

Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:

1. The bye week on Iowa’s schedule is providing offensive lineman Boone Myers with a chance to rest a nagging high ankle sprain that has been bothering him since fall camp.

“In some respects, it would have been a lot easier to deal with a broken bone. The healing there is predictable,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday during the weekly Big Ten teleconference.

Myers sat out the Illinois game and is taking things easy this week in hopes of gaining some ground from a health standpoint.

“We’re trying to get him to move forward and get back on the field as quickly as he can,’’ Ferentz said.

2. Quarterback Nate Stanley currently ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth among players in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 15 touchdown passes through Iowa’s first six games.

The Hawkeyes’ single-season record for touchdown passes is 27, established by Chuck Long during the 1985 season.

3. Three Hawkeyes currently rank in the top 12 in the Big Ten in sacks.

Sophomore Anthony Nelson is second in the conference with five sacks, while true freshman A.J. Epenesa and senior Josey Jewell are tied for 12th with 2.5 sacks.

4. Tristan Wirfs’ debut as Iowa’s starting right tackle received a fair review from coach Kirk Ferentz following Saturday’s game.

“Two things, he actually got beat on that last touchdown that we threw, but it was late enough where we got the ball out and there was one play in the first half where the guy came up underneath on him,’’ Ferentz said. “Outside of that, nothing was glaring. We’ll have plenty to coach off of, but that’s another good story.’’

5. Brandon Snyder’s pick six against Illinois continues a Hawkeye tradition.

His 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday’s 45-16 win extended another string as well.

The Hawkeyes have had at least one interception returned for a score in each season since 2009.

Here’s a breakdown:

2009, Tyler Sash, 86 yards vs. Indiana

2010, Micah Hyde, 66 yards vs. Michigan State

2010, Shaun Prater, 33 yards vs. Penn State

2010, Broderick Binns, 20 yards at Arizona

2011 Tanner Miller, 98 yards vs. Northwestern

2011 Shaun Prater, 89 yards vs. Tennessee Tech

2012 Christian Kirksey, 68 yards vs. Minnesota

2012 Christian Kirksey, 18 yards at Indiana

2013 B.J. Lowery, 35 yards vs. Western Michigan

2013 B.J. Lowery, 13 yards vs. Western Michigan

2014 Desmond King, 35 yards vs. Indiana

2014 John Lowdermilk, 17 yards vs. Nebraska

2015 Desmond King, 88 yards vs. Maryland

2015 Bo Bower, 88 yards vs. North Texas

2015 Josey Jewell, 34 yards vs. North Texas

2015 Parker Hesse, 4 yards at Nebraska

2016 Desmond King, 41 yards at Purdue

2017 Brandon Snyder, 89 yards vs. Illinois

6. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has a chance to become the Hawkeyes’ all-time leaders in wins this season.

The 19th-year Hawkeye coach has won 139 games overall, four shy of matching Hayden Fry’s win total in 20 seasons on the Iowa sideline.

Ferentz’s win total ranks sixth in Big Ten history.

Ferentz has won 83 Big Ten games, second only to Fry’s 96 wins among Iowa coaches and sixth in conference history.

In league play, only Ohio State’s Woody Hayes (153), Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (143), Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (115), Iowa’s Fry (96) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (95) have won more league games than Ferentz.

7. There are currently 27 former Iowa players on rosters of NFL teams.

Only one, currently injured Baltimore Ravens lineman Marshal Yanda, has managed to stay to play at that level for more than a decade.

Yanda is currently in his 11th season.

8. Finishing first halves strong hasn’t been an issue for Iowa this season.

The Hawkeyes have scored touchdowns in the final minute of the opening half in four of their six games this season.

Iowa won three of those games – losing only to Penn State after a late first-half score.

9. Iowa is working its way through its lone bye week of the season right now.

The Hawkeyes haven’t been overly successful coming out of byes during coach Kirk Ferentz’s tenure.

Iowa has a 6-7 record following byes during Ferentz’s first 18 seasons and last won after a bye in 2015 against Maryland.

10. The Joe Moore Award released its mid-season honor roll on Monday and last year’s recipient, Iowa, was not among the teams making the list.

Injuries have led to inconsistencies among the Hawkeyes’ front five throughout the first half of the 2017 season.

Of the 21 teams making the list, two are from the Big Ten. Ohio State and Wisconsin made the list.

By Steve Batterson

 

The hump day edition of the Hawkeye 10@10 includes touchdown passes, sacks and picks as well as Kirk Ferentz inching his way toward becoming Iowa’s all-time wins leader.

 

All that and more are part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10. Your daily dose of Iowa news and notes is delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa.

 

Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:

 

1. The bye week on Iowa’s schedule is providing offensive lineman Boone Myers with a chance to rest a nagging high ankle sprain that has been bothering him since fall camp.

“In some respects, it would have been a lot easier to deal with a broken bone. The healing there is predictable,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday during the weekly Big Ten teleconference.

Myers sat out the Illinois game and is taking things easy this week in hopes of gaining some ground from a health standpoint.

“We’re trying to get him to move forward and get back on the field as quickly as he can,’’ Ferentz said.

 

2. Quarterback Nate Stanley currently ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth among players in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 15 touchdown passes through Iowa’s first six games.

The Hawkeyes’ single-season record for touchdown passes is 27, established by Chuck Long during the 1985 season.

 

3. Three Hawkeyes currently rank in the top 12 in the Big Ten in sacks.

Sophomore Anthony Nelson is second in the conference with five sacks, while true freshman A.J. Epenesa and senior Josey Jewell are tied for 12th with 2.5 sacks.

 

4. Tristan Wirfs’ debut as Iowa’s starting right tackle received a fair review from coach Kirk Ferentz following Saturday’s game.

“Two things, he actually got beat on that last touchdown that we threw, but it was late enough where we got the ball out and there was one play in the first half where the guy came up underneath on him,’’ Ferentz said. “Outside of that, nothing was glaring. We’ll have plenty to coach off of, but that’s another good story.’’

 

5. Brandon Snyder’s pick six against Illinois continues a Hawkeye tradition.

His 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday’s 45-16 win extended another string as well.

The Hawkeyes have had at least one interception returned for a score in each season since 2009.

Here’s a breakdown:

2009, Tyler Sash, 86 yards vs. Indiana

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2010, Micah Hyde, 66 yards vs. Michigan State

2010, Shaun Prater, 33 yards vs. Penn State

2010, Broderick Binns, 20 yards at Arizona

2011 Tanner Miller, 98 yards vs. Northwestern

2011 Shaun Prater, 89 yards vs. Tennessee Tech

2012 Christian Kirksey, 68 yards vs. Minnesota

2012 Christian Kirksey, 18 yards at Indiana

2013 B.J. Lowery, 35 yards vs. Western Michigan

2013 B.J. Lowery, 13 yards vs. Western Michigan

2014 Desmond King, 35 yards vs. Indiana

2014 John Lowdermilk, 17 yards vs. Nebraska

2015 Desmond King, 88 yards vs. Maryland

2015 Bo Bower, 88 yards vs. North Texas

2015 Josey Jewell, 34 yards vs. North Texas

2015 Parker Hesse, 4 yards at Nebraska

2016 Desmond King, 41 yards at Purdue

2017 Brandon Snyder, 89 yards vs. Illinois

 

6. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has a chance to become the Hawkeyes’ all-time leaders in wins this season.

The 19th-year Hawkeye coach has won 139 games overall, four shy of matching Hayden Fry’s win total in 20 seasons on the Iowa sideline.

Ferentz’s win total ranks sixth in Big Ten history.

Ferentz has won 83 Big Ten games, second only to Fry’s 96 wins among Iowa coaches and sixth in conference history.

In league play, only Ohio State’s Woody Hayes (153), Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (143), Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (115), Iowa’s Fry (96) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (95) have won more league games than Ferentz.

 

7. There are currently 27 former Iowa players on rosters of NFL teams.

Only one, currently injured Baltimore Ravens lineman Marshal Yanda, has managed to stay to play at that level for more than a decade.

Yanda is currently in his 11th season.

 

8. Finishing first halves strong hasn’t been an issue for Iowa this season.

The Hawkeyes have scored touchdowns in the final minute of the opening half in four of their six games this season.

Iowa won three of those games – losing only to Penn State after a late first-half score.

 

9. Iowa is working its way through its lone bye week of the season right now.

The Hawkeyes haven’t been overly successful coming out of byes during coach Kirk Ferentz’s tenure.

Iowa has a 6-7 record following byes during Ferentz’s first 18 seasons and last won after a bye in 2015 against Maryland.

 

10. The Joe Moore Award released its mid-season honor roll on Monday and last year’s recipient, Iowa, was not among the teams making the list.

Injuries have led to inconsistencies among the Hawkeyes’ front five throughout the first half of the 2017 season.

Of the 21 teams making the list, two are from the Big Ten. Ohio State and Wisconsin made the list.

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