Hard part is over for Hawkeyes' Alvis

2012-07-31T02:00:00Z 2012-08-01T17:27:48Z Hard part is over for Hawkeyes' AlvisSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times
July 31, 2012 2:00 am  • 

IOWA CITY — When a knee injury sent Dominic Alvis to the sidelines last fall, the Iowa defensive end found himself dealing with more than physical pain.

Initially, he found coping with the mental side of being injured to be among the biggest challenges he faced before starting a five-month rehabilitation process.

“You put in so much time, you dedicate yourself to the sport and all of a sudden, it’s taken away from you and you are out of a job. That’s tough,” Alvis said. “It’s like, ‘What do I do now?’ Eventually, I took a positive step and worked on getting healthy.”

That has been a long, laborious process for the junior who had 30 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks through eight games last fall.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder from Logan, Iowa, believed he was beginning to come into his own when he was knocked out of action against Michigan.

“Things were starting to make sense, and then it was over,” Alvis said.

Now, things are starting again for Alvis.

He returned to a regular practice routine shortly after Iowa completed spring drills in April and has been cleared to resume full practice when the Hawkeyes open fall camp Friday.

To reach this point, he spent months working under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle.

“He makes it hard now, so it’s all easier later,” Alvis said. “I’m really thankful now, but sometimes the workouts can be pretty tough.”

Alvis worked to maintain his conditioning during his rehabilitation, but said he fell behind on technique work while watching his teammates work this spring from a perch on a stationary bicycle on the sidelines.

He liked what he saw then and since returning to offseason work this summer, he has liked what he has seen from four incoming freshman defensive linemen on the Hawkeyes roster.

“We’re young, but gosh dang, we can move,” Alvis said. “We were flying around last spring, looking good.”

Only four of the 11 players Iowa lists on its roster as defensive linemen are juniors or seniors, and for the second straight year, the Hawkeyes will be replacing three starters on their defensive front.

Alvis and senior Steve Bigach are the only defensive linemen Iowa returns with starting experience and they have only 13 starts between them.

To prepare for his return, Alvis has worked to add additional pounds. He played at 255 a year ago, but he is currently carrying 265 pounds and hopes to maintain that weight into the season.

“Ten pounds will make a big difference for me,” he said. “It will get me better leverage going against guys that weigh 300-plus and that will be huge. I’m ready to go.”

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2015 Hawkeyes (0-0)

Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State TBA
9/12/2015 at Iowa State TBA
9/19/2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
10/3/2015 at Wisconsin TBA
10/10/2015 Illinois TBA
10/17/2015 at Northwestern TBA
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
11/7/2015 at Indiana TBA
11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
11/27/2015 at Nebraska TBA

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Date Opponent Time/result
8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


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Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28