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Iowa quarterbacks Nathan Stanley, left, and Tyler Wiegers continue to battle for the starting job.

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As Iowa prepares to kickoff the season Saturday with an 11 a.m. home game against Wyoming, the Hawkeye 10@10 kicks off another season as well.

You can find your daily dose of Iowa news and notes each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, the home for all things Hawkeyes.

Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:

1. Nathan Stanley or Tyler Wiegers?

Sophomore Nathan Stanley will be the Hawkeyes' starting quarterback for Saturday's 11 a.m. season opener against Wyoming, according to a Tweet from Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin minutes ago.

Stanley, who completed 5-of-9 passes last season in a back-up role, has held onto the top spot on the depth chart in his battle with Wiegers, a junior.

Iowa is scheduled to release its entire depth chart for Saturday’s season opener later today.

UPDATE:

2. While you were sleeping – or should have been sleeping – the Iowa baseball team positioned itself to play for a gold medal at the World University Games.

Coach Rick Heller’s team, competing as Team USA, defeated the Czech Republic 8-4 in the semifinals to become the first American representative in the Games to reach the gold medal game in baseball.

Robert Neustrom went 4-for-5 for Iowa at the plate and drove home three runs.

The Hawkeyes play Japan for the title at 5:30 a.m. (CDT) on Tuesday.

3. How much faith does defensive coordinator Phil Parker have in true freshman A.J. Epenesa?

He said last week he believes Epenesa will be able to give the Hawkeyes between 20 and 30 snaps per game.

Parker went on to say he believes Epenesa is ready to compete in third-and-long situations as well as on first or second down.

“He’s a guy who can handle himself out there,’’ Parker said.

4. Freshman running back Ivory Kelly-Martin has made a positive impression on Hawkeye coaches during fall camp, both as a rusher and receiver.

“He’s demonstrated the ability to catch the ball. He’s demonstrated the ability to run it. He’s demonstrated the ability to pick up the blitz,’’ offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz said. “He’s showed some physical toughness there.’’

Kelly-Martin, a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Oswego East in Illinois, may also get some work on special teams.

5. Seniority matters.

He rushed for 1,000 yards last season, but Iowa coaches have been impressed with the work of senior running back Akrum Wadley in fall camp.

Coach Kirk Ferentz praised not only his performance, but the way Wadley has worked with younger backs over the past month.

“He’s acting like a senior,’’ Ferentz said. “He’s always got a positive vibe on the field.’’

6. Matt Hankins has emerged among true freshmen who may find their way onto the field early this season.

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Hankins plays cornerback, an area where Iowa expects at least two freshmen to contribute this season, and coach Kirk Ferentz said he has caught on quickly during fall camp.

“He has demonstrated the wherewithal, plus he’s grabbing on to what we’re trying to do systematically,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

7. Former Hawkeye Anthony Hitchens of the Dallas Cowboys suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee during an exhibition game Saturday and is expected to miss at least eight weeks and six games before a potential return in late October.

The starting middle linebacker was injured during the second quarter of a game against Oakland.

Hitchens started 16 games last season for Dallas, finishing third on the team with 104 tackles.

8. The quarterback that Nathan Stanley and Tyler Wiegers are working to replace had a solid game Sunday for San Francisco.

C.J. Beathard completed 7-of-13 passes for 159 yards including an 87-yard screen pass which went for a touchdown in an NFL preseason game against Minnesota.

Beathard connected with Purdue alum Raheem Mostert on the screen play which included a key block from former Hawkeye tight end George Kittle.

Former Hawkeye Marshall Koehn hit a 58-yard field goal for the Vikings in the game.

9. The Nile Kinnick Statue that stands on the south side of the stadium named in honor of Iowa’s only Heisman Trophy winner is scheduled to be back in place for Saturday’s opener against Wyoming.

The statute was removed a little over a week ago so several minor repairs could be made to be both the statue and its base.

10. After temperatures in the 70s throughout much of the upcoming week, you knew it would warm up for the season opener at Kinnick Stadium.

The current National Weather Service forecast for Iowa City on Saturday calls for sunny skies and a high of 82 degrees for the first tailgate of the season.

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