Floyd of Rosedale currently sits under glass in the middle of the atrium at the Iowa football complex, awaiting a weekend trip to Minnesota.
The Hawkeye 10 @ 10 is preparing for the Golden Gophers as well, serving up a daily dose of Hawkeye news and notes as it does at Hawkmania.com every weekday at 10 a.m. during the football season.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Tanner Miller was among Hawkeyes who enjoyed a bit of a break last week when Iowa opened a 38-3 halftime lead against Western Michigan, allowing coaches to go deep into the bench during the second half.
Miller, whose neck was looked at during the game Saturday, was on the field for fewer than 40 plays.
“We’re in the middle of a six-week grind and it was great to have a bit of a break,’’ the starting safety said. “We haven’t had many of those and it was good for the guys who came in, too. We’re going to need them in the Big Ten season and to get them some experience was a good thing.’’
2. While Floyd of Rosedale currently is in Iowa City – less than two yards away from the Cy-Hawk Trophy – Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz doesn’t plan to move it into the Hawkeye locker room this week.
That’s a change from a year ago, when Iowa players walked into the locker room to find an empty trophy case sitting in the middle of the room as a not-so subtle reminder that the prized porker was then north of the border.
“We have it, but right now it’s up for grabs in my mind,’’ Ferentz said. “We have it in our possession, but on Saturday, it could be anybody’s. There’s no sense looking at it right now. We need to look at our game plan and make sure we’re preparing. That’s what we need to do.’’
3. Mark Weisman carried the ball just 10 times in last week’s win over Western Michigan.
The junior doesn’t consider that to be such a bad thing.
“I haven’t felt this good on a Tuesday in a long time,’’ Weisman said prior to yesterday’s practice. “No aches. No pains. Ready to go.’’
4. Iowa’s depth chart for Saturday’s game with the Golden Gophers remains unchanged from the one the Hawkeyes worked with last week for the Western Michigan game.
Coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday he is “less hopeful’’ that cornerback Jordan Lomax will return to the field this week than he was Sunday, when he said he was optimistic that Lomax would return.
5. Reggie Spearman became the fourth true freshman to see the field for Iowa last week, but coach Kirk Ferentz doesn’t expect many more first-year players to take the field for the Hawkeyes.
“Barring injury, I think we’re pretty close to where we want to be or need to be right now,’’ Ferentz said. “Knock on wood, hopefully we’re done.’’
6. Minnesota has already rushed for two more touchdowns this season than it did during the entire 2012 season.
The Golden Gophers have collected 16 of their 22 touchdowns through four games on the ground, two more than they collected 13 games a year ago.
Minnesota has also scored five non-offensive touchdowns this season, the most since 1999. The Golden Gophers have scored once on a kickoff return, once on a punt return, once on a fumble return, once on an interception return and once on a blocked field goal return this season.
“Their special teams have been really solid and that is something we are going to have to ready for,’’ Iowa linebacker James Morris said.
7. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill reiterated at his weekly news conference on Tuesday that injured quarterback Philip Nelson would not play Saturday unless he was 100 percent as he works his way back from a hamstring injury.
The sophomore started the Golden Gophers’ first three games, but watched last week as Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards.
8. The search for everyday heroes to be honored at this year’s Heroes Game between Iowa and Nebraska is under way.
Nominees must reside, work or attend school in Iowa and Nebraska and one recipient representing each institution will be honored when the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers meet in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 29, and have their name and hometown engraved on the Heroes Trophy.
Nominations are available at hy-vee.com and will be accepted until Oct. 31.
9. Minnesota’s coaching staff is a veteran one in terms of working with coach Jerry Kill.
Collectively, the group of nine assistants and a strength and conditioning coach has worked with him for a combined 124 year and seven of the 10 have been with him for the past 13 seasons, following from stops at Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois before he took over at Minnesota three years ago.
10. Historically known for starting each game on offense, Iowa has flipped the script this season.
The Hawkeyes have started three of their first four games on defense and have won each of those three games while forcing a punt on the opponent’s opening possession.
Iowa has started on offense 144 times in the 178 games it has played during the 15 seasons Kirk Ferentz has coached the team.