Significant injuries, success against Iowa State and a 380-yard rushing performance by a future Hawkeye are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10.
Your daily dose of Iowa news and notes also includes a look at what former Hawkeyes did in the NFL and elsewhere in college football over the weekend.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Injuries to defensive end Drew Ott and running back LeShun Daniels suffered in Saturday’s win at Iowa State were labeled “significant’’ by coach Kirk Ferentz during an interview with the university’s athletics website on Sunday evening.
Ferentz said both players will likely be “questionable at best’’ as Iowa prepares for this week’s game against Pittsburgh.
Ott injured his left arm during the first half of the win over the Cyclones, minutes before Daniels suffered an apparent ankle sprain.
2. The overall play of C.J. Beathard against Iowa State impressed Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
“C.J. obviously made some great plays with this feet, some great plays with some precision throws, but the most impressive thing to me about the way C.J. played was him keeping his poise,’’ Ferentz said.
That didn’t surprise the Iowa coach.
“When you talk or see him on the sideline, he never looks any different. He doesn’t get rattled,’’ Ferentz said. “It would have been easy to get rattled. I’ve seen quarterbacks get rattled in here on our team, so I’m just really proud of the way he didn’t.’’
3. Iowa State players took blame for allowing Iowa to rally from a 17-10 halftime deficit to win 31-17 on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
“I think we got too complacent in the second half,’’ Cyclones linebacker Jordan Harris said. “We had a seven-point lead. It’s not that much, especially when you’re playing a Big Ten football team. We got a little comfortable and took our foot off of the gas. Not as a whole, but just a few places here and there.’’
4. Changes made by Iowa at halftime against Iowa State were minimal, Hawkeyes on both sides of the ball said.
“We just came out and kept doing what we planned on doing,’’ tight end Henry Krieger Coble said. “We didn’t try to change anything up too much. We played our game and we knew if it kept working then something was going to pop and the offense kind of caught on there in the fourth quarter.’’
5. Iowa State’s leading rusher Saturday was Trever Ryen, a walk-on who initially ran track at Northern Iowa before transferring to the Iowa State program.
The redshirt sophomore from Ida Grove, Iowa, gained 23 yards on four carries, his first of the season.
“They never really saw me on film (carrying the ball), just on passing,’’ Ryen said. “… When I came here, I knew that my speed would help me get on the field and obviously it has.’’
Ryen rushed for 1,280 yards as a prep senior and won four state track titles in 2013, including in the 100- and 200-meter dash. He also was a sixth-place finisher in the 100 at the Drake Relays in 2013.
6. Three Iowa running back recruits had huge games Friday at the high school level, none bigger than what Barrington Wade did for Niles North accomplished in a win over Niles West in an Illinois prep game.
Wade rushed for 380 yards on 25 carries in a 52-27 victory, busting loose for touchdown runs of 68, 41 and 83 yards in the win.
“He’s a Division I back for a reason,’’ Niles West coach Scott Baum told the Chicago Tribune. “I wish he was playing for Iowa today.’’
Elsewhere, Toks Akinribade finished with 208 yards on 28 carries from Brownsburg (Ind.) in its nationally-televised 56-21 loss to Avon. Akinribade’s effort included a 79-yard touchdown run.
In Wisconsin, Toren Young ran for 196 yards and two scores for Monona Grove in a 27-3 win over Reedsburg.
7. Scott Chandler reached the end zone and six former Hawkeyes had multi-tackle games during the opening weekend of competition in the NFL.
Chandler, now playing for New England, caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the Patriots’ season-opening win over Pittsburgh, while Anthony Hitchens of the Cowboys and Bradley Fletcher of the Patriots led the defensive work of former Iowa players with eight and six tackles, respectively.
Elsewhere, Micah Hyde had four tackles for Green Bay in its win over Chicago, Carl Davis recorded three stops for Baltimore in his NFL debut, Christian Kirksey of Cleveland and Karl Klug of Tennessee had three tackles each and Mike Daniels recorded one stop for the Packers.
Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz had one reception covering 15 yards for Houston.
8. Former Hawkeye receiver Derrick Willies caught his second touchdown pass in as many games Saturday for Trinity Valley Community College in a 58-40 win over Cisco.
Willies caught five passes for 137 yards in the win.
Another Iowa transfer, Reid Sealby, has worked his way onto the depth chart at Southern Illinois. Sealby was listed as the No. 2 right guard for the Salukis for Saturday’s game at Southeast Missouri, but did not see action.
9. Gary Dolphin will be the featured speaker when the Davenport Grid Club kicks off its 70th season of weekly luncheons today.
Tickets priced at $10 that include a buffet luncheon are available at the door and the event is open to the public.
Quad-City area college and high school football coaches will join Dolphin on the program.
10. Expect another beautiful fall day Saturday when Pittsburgh visits Iowa for a 7 p.m. game.
The current National Weather Service forecast for Iowa City calls for most sunny skies Saturday with a high of 75 and a low of 52.