Following an off-day Monday, Iowa returns to the practice field today to begin working toward Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Minnesota and the battle for Floyd of Rosedale. Here is today’s edition of the Hawkeye 10 @10, your daily dose of Iowa football news, notes and information.
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. He’s only started one game, but Mark Weisman has already done something no other Hawkeye has accomplished during coach Kirk Ferentz’ 14 seasons.
The sophomore has rushed for six touchdowns in Iowa’s last two games. No other Hawkeye during the Ferentz era has collected as many touchdowns in consecutive games as Weisman has contributed during his first extensive collegiate action, either rushing or receiving.
All six of Weisman’s scores have all come on the ground.
That last Hawkeye back to score six times and gain over 300 games over a two-game span was Bettendorf’s Tavian Banks in 1997.
2. There are only a couple of changes on Iowa’s depth chart this week for Saturday’s game against Minnesota, both at back-up positions on offense.
True freshman Tevaun Smith is now listed as a co-number No. 2 at wide receiver with Jacob Hillyer behind Keenan Davis.
At running back, Greg Garmon is listed as the back-up for Mark Weisman, who rushed for 217 yards in his first college start and was the only Iowa player to carry the ball last week against Central Michigan.
Garmon missed the game with the Chippewas as he worked his way back from an elbow injury.
3. Defense has been a difference for Minnesota this season.
The Golden Gophers set a tone early in Saturday’s 17-10 win over Syracuse, intercepting the first pass attempted by Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib.
It was the first of four takeaways by Minnesota in the game.
“When you can get pressure on the quarterback, you’ve got a chance and we did that,’’ Gophers coach Jerry Kill told the Star Tribune following the game.
Minnesota’s defense recorded just nine takeaways during the entire 2011 season.
Kill said the group, which has gained quickness through the recruitment of several junior college transfers, has developed the right kind of edge.
“It’s a mentality thing,’’ he said. “Last year, we couldn’t fight back very well.’’
4. Saturday will be the first time Iowa has ever stepped on the field to face Minnesota in the month of September.
Previously, the earliest date the border rivals have played was on Oct. 2, 1909.
Things didn’t go well for coach John Griffith’s team that day. The Golden Gophers routed the Hawkeyes 41-0 that season.
5. Iowa junior Mike Meyer and sophomore Mark Weisman earned honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Awards at their respective positions for their work against Central Michigan.
Meyer made his only field goal attempt and converted on four PAT kicks, extending a streak of consecutive successful PAT attempts to a school-record 63.
Weisman rushed 27 times for a career-high 217 yards against the Chippewas.
6. Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and the Nebraska tandem of Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross were named Monday as Big Ten players of the week.
Bell earned offensive honors for the second time this season, finishing with a career-high 253 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Spartans’ win over Eastern Michigan.
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Selected as the defensive player of the week for the fourth time in his career – equaling the second most times a player has been honored in conference history – Borland had 12 tackles including 3.5 for a loss and two sacks in the Badgers’ win over UTEP.
Abdullah earned special teams recognition after returning a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the Cornhuskers’ 73-7 rout of Idaho State, while Cross was named the Big Ten freshman of the week. A running back from Gainesville, Ga., Cross ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as part of Nebraska’s 385-yard rushing performance.
7. The last three games between Iowa and Minnesota have been decided by an average of 5.3 points.
The Hawkeyes won the last meeting at Kinnick Stadium 12-0 in 2009 in James Vandenberg’s second start in place of injured Ricky Stanzi, while the Golden Gophers have claimed the Floyd of Rosedale trophy the past two years by 27-24 and 22-21 scores in games played in Minneapolis.
8. Iowa is celebrating its 101st homecoming this week.
The Hawkeyes are 54-41-5 in homecoming games, including a 6-9 record against Minnesota. Iowa has won its last three homecoming games.
9. Former Hawkeye Adrian Clayborn’s season is over.
Tampa Bay announced Monday that Clayborn suffered a torn anterior cruiciate ligament in the Buccaneers loss to Dallas on Sunday and he is expected to undergo surgery to repair the ACL later this week.
The injury was suffered during the second half of Sunday’s game.
10. Starting times have been set for Big Ten games on Iowa’s bye week on Oct. 6.
The Nebraska-Ohio State game that date lands a primetime start at 7, with Illinois at Wisconsin in the 2:30 p.m. slot on ABC and Michigan and Purdue meeting 30 minutes later on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan State-Indiana and Northwestern-Penn State games will kick at 11 a.m.