Second-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson says he is trying to emulate Iowa as he builds his program. That’s all part of today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10, your daily dose of Iowa football news and notes. The 10 @ 10 appears weekdays at approximately 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, updating you on the Hawkeyes, the Big Ten and Iowa’s upcoming opponents.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Micah Hyde has provided the Iowa football team with consistency in the secondary this season.
He’s willing to do more.
“I have an arm. I played quarterback in high school. I swear I can get a reverse pass going, or something,’’ Hyde said Tuesday.
He said he’s no threat to replace James Vandenberg as the Hawkeyes’ quarterback.
“Vandy has that spot on lock,’’ Hyde said. “I’m not worried about that. I just know I have one last throw left in me before I give it up.’’
2. After enjoying one of the top seasons by a true freshman in Indiana history a year ago, primarily as a return specialist, Shane Wynn is making a name for himself as a receiver this season.
Wynn leads the Hoosiers with 41 receptions and six touchdown catches and he ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of 5.1 catches per game.
3. Iowa kicker Mike Meyer continued his climb up the Hawkeye career scoring charts with five points Saturday.
Meyer, who has scored 220 career points, passed Tavian Banks and Zach Bromert to move into the fifth spot on the list.
4. There will be another elusive quarterback on the field Saturday at Indiana’s Memorial Stadium.
Fortunately for Iowa, his time there will be limited to halftime.
Antwaan Randle El is among new members of Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame who will be inducted this weekend and honored at halftime of Saturday’s Iowa-Indiana game. The two-time all-Big Ten selection is one of three quarterbacks in conference history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
This year’s induction class also includes former Hoosiers basketball player Landon Turner.
5. As Kevin Wilson tries to build the Indiana football program, he is emulating a lot of what the Hawkeyes do.
The second-year Hoosiers coach sees similarities between the two institutions and believes Indiana’s program can be built the same way the Iowa program was resurrected under Hayden Fry.
“Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is one of the better coaches in our profession and one of the better guys in the profession,’’ Wilson said. “His kids will have a great week and we need to learn how to win at home. We need to learn to keep getting better, and this will be a challenge because this is a winning football program that we’re playing this week.’’
Wilson, whose team has beaten Indiana State, Massachusetts and Illinois this season, considers the challenge a bit of measuring stick.
“I respect their program and what they do, and there’s a lot of good ones in our league, but the program we’re playing is one that I truly respect everything they do,’’ Wilson said.
6. If you need an Iowa-Indiana football fix, you better get it this weekend.
Saturday’s game between the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers is the last between the teams until 2017. Indiana rotates off of the Iowa schedule for the next four seasons, joining Penn State and Illinois as Leaders Division teams the Hawkeyes will not play in 2013 and 2014.
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7. Former Hawkeye quarterback Drew Tate returns to a starting role Friday for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.
Tate split time a week ago, coming off the bench to complete 5-of-7 passes for 68 yards.
“Hopefully, I’ll get the job done,’’ Tate told the Calgary Herald.
The start will be his first since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a July 7 game against Toronto, but he will be working without the team leader in receptions, who will miss the game with an injury.
8. One of Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg’s state high school records was tied Monday night.
Mediapolis quarterback Jesse Ertz, a senior who has verbally committed to Kansas State, threw five touchdown passes for the Bulldogs in a 42-6 Iowa playoff win over West Liberty. Ertz now has matched Vandenberg’s Iowa state career touchdown pass record of 93.
“Records are made to be broken,’’ Vandenberg said. “Good for him.’’
9. Indiana coach Kevin Wilson feels like he is stepping back in time as he watches the Iowa defense on tape.
“It looks like it looked when I was at Northwestern, 10 or 11 years ago, when they were building what became the 2002 championship team,’’ he said. “Philosophically, they’re sound and structured.’’
10. This week’s Hawkeye Huddle prior to the Iowa-Indiana football game will be held on game day.
The free event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. (CT) at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington, Ind., 1710 North Kinser Pike. Sponsored by the UI Alumni Association and the National I-Club, the huddle includes cash refreshments, snacks, door prizes and appearances by Herky and the Iowa cheerleaders.