The play of safeties Tanner Miller and John Lowdermilk and a big day for former Hawkeye Micah Hyde in the NFL sets a return to game-week mode for the Hawkeye 10 @ 10.
Your daily 10 a.m. Hawkeye update appears each weekday during game week at hawkmania.com. As the Hawkeyes turn their attention to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at Ohio State, here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. With a bye last week, Hawkeye coaches spent considerable time early in the week working on what coaches refer to as quality control.
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis said that included a thorough survey of the landscape at the midpoint of the season.
“We set up marks that we need to hit to be a productive offense, looked at different plays and we also spent quite a bit of time talking about personnel, where we thought we were at the end of August and where we are now,’’ Davis said.
2. The play of Tanner Miller and John Lowdermilk at safety for Iowa has pleased defensive coordinator Phil Parker.
“I think they’ve improved since the beginning of the year. This past game (Michigan State) was probably a bit more challenging and there were a few plays left out there,’’ Parker said. “I think they work well together and do a good job of controlling the secondary. They’re very committed, so I’m real pleased with them.’’
3. With a bye last week, Iowa coaches completed their game plan for the Ohio State a bit earlier than normal.
However, that plan wasn’t presented to players for the first time until Sunday.
“We don’t want to do too much of that too soon, but as a coaching staff we have the chance to get a lot of work done this week,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said.
4. The work of freshman linebacker Reggie Spearman has impressed defensive coordinator Phil Parker so far this season.
“He’s got great ability and I just like the way he goes about his approach,’’ Parker said. “He was a good player in high school and he’s done some good things for us.’’
5. Braxton Miller shows no lingering signs of issues with the knee sprain which kept the Ohio State quarterback off the field earlier this season, but coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes are being cautious in how Miller is utilized.
“We don’t want to let him be too reckless running the ball right now,’’ Meyer said. “He tells me he feels great, feels fine, but we have to be smart about it.’’
6. At the midpoint of the season, coach Kirk Ferentz senses that this Iowa football team is better equipped to handle the challenges that lie ahead on the schedule than the Hawkeyes were a year ago.
“I do think we’re a better team right now, but time will tell,’’ Ferentz said. “Everybody wants to predict the future, but there is no way to do that. I think all of us feel this is a better football team. We’re a more capable team right now, but every year is a new adventure, every game is a new adventure. We feel like we’re on the right path now.’’
7. Micah Hyde turned in the most productive day of his new NFL career on Sunday, recording seven tackles including one sack and one tackle for a loss for Green Bay in its 19-17 win over Baltimore.
Former Hawkeye Mike Daniels had two tackles, including one for a loss, for the Packers while Dallas Clark caught four passes for 81 yards and scored a touchdown for the Ravens in the game.
Elsewhere in the NFL on Sunday, Chad Greenway had eight tackles for Minnesota, Bradley Fletcher had an interception for Philadelphia in a game against Tampa Bay which saw Adrian Clayborn record four tackles, including two for a loss.
Scott Chandler had a pair of catches covering 47 yards for Buffalo and Colin Cole and Karl Klug each recorded a tackle for Carolina and Tennessee, respectively.
8. Former Hawkeye Brandon Wegher finished with eight carries for 51 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards for unbeaten Morningside in its 44-3 win Hastings on Saturday.
9. New Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller will be the featured speaker at today’s Davenport Grid Club luncheon.
Heller 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, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport.
Grid Club luncheons are open the public and tickets, priced at $9 each, can be purchased at the door and include a buffet luncheon.
10. The game-day weather forecast for Columbus on Saturday currently calls for partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 58 degrees.