It may be the on-field offseason, but it is always football season at Iowa.
The Hawkeyes began offseason training nearly two weeks ago and the Hawkeye 10@10 is back at it as well albeit on a more sporadic schedule.
Your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. The bond between the Iowa football program and the Stead Family Children’s Hospital extends beyond the playing days of Hawkeye players.
Two players who recently completed their careers illustrated that point over the weekend.
Defensive backs Miles Taylor and Josh Jackson went to Twitter on Saturday, offering at auction their alternate black Iowa jerseys, helmet and cleats worn during the Hawkeyes’ 55-24 rout of third-ranked Ohio State last season with all proceeds benefitting the hospital which players regularly visit during their Iowa careers.
Taylor ended his auction on Sunday and in less than 24 hours, an anonymous donor offered to pay $13,000 for the collection of gear from one of the most memorable victories of the 2017 season.
Taylor and Jackson both recorded three tackles in the win, a game which saw Jackson intercept three passes thrown by the Buckeyes’ J.T. Barrett and propel him toward a likely early-round selection in this year’s NFL draft.
2. Iowa running back Akrum Wadley and offensive lineman Sean Welsh saw action Saturday for the North in its 45-16 loss to the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Wadley carried the ball eight times for gains of 38 yards, including a 10-yard carry late in the game.
Welsh saw action at left guard for the North and showed effectively blocking abilities during the 22 plays he was on the field for in the game.
3. In addition to his performance Saturday, Iowa running back Akrum Wadley was recognized for his work on the practice field last week at the Senior Bowl.
Wadley was the running back who participated in the game to receive the practice award at his position, joining Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State receiver James Washington, linebacker Kemoko Turay of Rutgers, defensive back M.J. Stewart of North Carolina, offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn of Georgia, defensive lineman Justin Jones of North Carolina State and kicker/punter Daniel Carlson of Auburn in being honored.
4. Two former Hawkeye defenders, defensive back Micah Hyde of Buffalo and lineman Mike Daniels of Green Bay, saw action in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
Daniels recorded one tackle and one assist for the NFL in its 24-23 loss to the AFC in Orlando.
5. As Iowa works to fill the remaining handful available scholarships in its 2018 recruiting class — a group that will sign on Feb. 7 — recruiting efforts for Iowa on the weekend of Jan. 19-21 centered on walk-ons and the Hawkeyes are reaping the rewards from that work.
Seven additional players have announced intentions to join the Iowa program next season following visits to campus and meeting with Hawkeye players and coaches.
The latest players to announce intentions to walk-on at Iowa include tight end Luke Empen of Northeast, linebackers Mitchell Riggs of West Des Moines Dowling and Mike Timm of Wales, Wisconsin, offensive lineman Kyle Sorensen of Waukee, defensive end Nathan Nelson of Waukee and linebackers John Carlson on Bondurant-Farrar and Joe Evans of Ames.
They join a group of seven previously announced walk-ons.
Two of those players, Iowa Western Community College linebackers Colton Dinsdale and Nick Anderson, are on campus for the spring semester.
The other five, offensive lineman Matt Fagan of Council Bluffs, wide receivers Blair Brooks of Marion and Kordell Stillmunkes of Cuba City, Wisconsin and fullbacks Turner Pallissard of Frankfort, Illinois and Connor Ruth of Seward, Nebraska, will join the program this summer.
6. Iowa’s newest football assistant almost became an Iowa assistant a year ago.
Derrick Foster, who joined the staff as an offensive assistant last week after coaching the past two seasons at Samford, was a finalist for the receivers’ coaching position that Kelton Copeland was hired to fill a year ago.
In an interview with the university’s athletics website, Foster said coach Kirk Ferentz told him at that time that he “was out of sight, but not out of mind. We kept open communication throughout the season.’’
Foster’s assignment on the Iowa staff has not been announced, but he coached running backs at Samford last season.
7. Former Iowa offensive lineman Marshal Yanda has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.
The Anamosa, Iowa native and current Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, played North Iowa Area Community College during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, earning honorable mention all-American honors in 2004 before signing with Iowa.
A second-team all-Big Ten selection with the Hawkeyes in 2006, Yanda was a third-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2007 and is a six-time Pro Bowl selection with Baltimore.
8. Two Hawkeyes who would have been seniors next fall are no longer listed on the Iowa football roster.
Offensive lineman Lucas LeGrand and receiver Adrian Falconer are not participating in offseason workouts with the Hawkeyes.
LeGrand saw action in just two games last season after playing in 10 games in 2016, including two starts at center, while Falconer appeared in only an early-season game against North Texas last season and did not catch a pass for Iowa during his three-year career.
9. The only defensive player to have verbally commit to Iowa’s 2019 football recruiting class is no longer an Iowa commitment.
Larry Tracy, a cornerback from Indianapolis Decatur Central, announced on Sunday that he is re-opening his recruitment.
He initially committed to the Hawkeyes last July, and is still considering Iowa but wants to take a look at other options over the next few months before reaching a final decision.
10. Two former Iowa assistant coaches began new jobs this month as college programs added an additional member to their coaching staffs.
Bobby Kennedy, a receivers coach with the Hawkeyes from 2012-16 who sat out the 2017 season, was hired earlier this month to fill the same position at Stanford one month after accepting a position on Sonny Dykes’ staff at SMU as an offensive assistant.
Chris White, a special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Iowa for four years, has been named the special teams coordinator at Connecticut.
He worked as a quality control director of football research and special projects at UConn during the 2017 season after leaving the Iowa staff last January.