10 @ 10: Pick Sixes, ESPN Jewell and Fry coaching tree
Recognition for Josey Jewell, where Brandon Snyder’s pick six ranks and the resiliency Nate Stanley sees in the Iowa offense are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell was named Monday to ESPN’s midseason all-American team, one of three Big Ten players named to the 25-player team.
Jewell leads the Big Ten with 70 tackles through six games, 26 more than any other player in the league.
The senior from Decorah, Iowa, also has recorded 9.5 tackles for a loss.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Wisconsin offensive tackle David Edwards were also named to the team.
2. Brandon Snyder’s 89-yard interception return for a touchdown matched the sixth longest in Hawkeye history.
Here’s a review of the longest:
98, Tanner Miller vs. Northwestern, 10/15/2011
98, Adam Shada vs. Purdue, 10/7/2006
94, Brad Quast vs. Kansas State, 9/10/1988
94, Bobby Stearns vs. Montana, 10/2/1954;
90, Rod Sears vs. Purdue, 10/22/1977
89, Shaun Prater vs. Tennessee Tech, 9/3/2011
3. One of the biggest benefits to inserting Tristan Wirfs into the starting five on the offensive line is the ability to move Sean Welsh back inside to a guard position. Coach Kirk Ferentz said Welsh seems more comfortable inside.
“We’ve kind of been fudging things a little bit with Sean out there (at tackle),’’ Ferentz said. “We’ve been taking a guy who is a really good football player and maybe minimizing some of his effectiveness.’’
4. Topping the century mark for the third time this season with a 115-yard effort, Akrum Wadley said Iowa found its offensive rhythm against Illinois.
“We were resilient,’’ Wadley said. “You just gotta be consistent. Last week, we weren’t good as a unit. It’s good that we bounced back.’’
Wadley both rushed for and caught a touchdown pass in the win, the fourth time in his career he has accomplished both feats in a game.
5. Quarterback Nate Stanley likes the fight he sees developing in the Iowa offense he orchestrates.
“If something’s not going well, we keep grinding things out and we’re getting scores when we need them,’’ Stanley said. “Being able to continue to play no matter what the circumstances is something we’ve done pretty well this year.’’
Stanley helped that by throwing three touchdown passes against the Illinois last weekend, the third time this season the sophomore has thrown for three or more scores.
6. Kirk Ferentz took a spill on the sidelines in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, but popped back up after being knocked down for what he said was the third or fourth time in his career.
“The worst one was when I was coaching in Cleveland. We were in Denver and I was facing and talking to my guys, our guys, the linemen, and it sounded like herd of horses coming,’’ Ferentz recalled. “I looked up and I saw those guys, their eyes were like (wide open) and I got blown up totally. Afterwards I said, you know, not one of you guys said a thing, so thanks a lot.’’
7. A career-high 249-yard rushing performance led to Big Ten player of the week and freshman of the week honors for running back Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin.
Taylor scored a pair of touchdowns to help the Badgers to a win at Nebraska with a rushing performance that was the best by a Wisconsin back on the road since Melvin Gordon ran for 259 yards at Northwestern in 2014.
Michigan State’s Joe Bachie was named the defensive player of the week after counting six solo stops among a team-high 10 tackles in a win at Michigan.
Bachie also recorded an 11-yard sack, his first career interception and forced a fumble which led the Spartans to their first touchdown in the win.
Maryland’s Ty Johnson was named the Big Ten special teams player of the week for returning a kickoff 100 yards for a score at Ohio State, the first 100-yard kick return in Big Ten play since Will Likely ran one back the distance against Iowa in 2015.
8. The kickoff time for Iowa’s next game was announced Monday.
The Hawkeyes will play at Northwestern at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21.
The game at Ryan Field will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with a determination made following this week’s games.
9. Iowa recruits continue to do big things at the high school level, as evidenced by this sample of what Hawkeye 2018 recruits accomplished last weekend.
In-state, linebacker Dillon Doyle of Iowa City West had 10 tackles, including two for a loss, in the Trojans’ win over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Solon defensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum recovered a fumble and had two tackles for a loss in shutout of Mount Pleasant.
In Indiana, receiver Tyrone Tracy rushed for 102 yards on eight carries including a 64-yard touchdown run in Decatur Central’s win over top-rated Roncalli, cornerback D.J. Johnson had six tackles and a fumble recovery for North Central and safety Julius Brents had eight tackles for Warren Central.
Elsewhere, Henry Geil of Green Bay Preble in Wisconsin rushed for 142 yards on 24 carries and Terry Roberts of Erie Cathedral Prep in Pennsylvania had four receptions for 85 yards.
10. When Nevada won its first game of the season last weekend, beating Hawaii 35-21, Jay Norvell became the ninth player associated with Iowa’s 1985 football team to win a game as the head coach of a Football Bowl Subdivision program.
The Wolfpack improved to 1-5 on the season with the win.
A breakdown of the 1985 Hawkeye coaches and players who have won at the FBS level:
Head coach Hayden Fry, assistants Bill Snyder, Barry Alvarez, Dan McCarney, Kirk Ferentz, graduate assistant Bob Stoops and players Chuck Long, Jay Norvell and Mike Stoops.