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Lookin' California, Feelin' Midwestern

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Comment 01 Dec 2017

As mentioned by someone else in another thread, if ball security isn't an issue, then why not Denzel Ward?  That kid is the fastest player on the team and has consistently shown that speed all throughout the year.

Obviously if he never had any reps during practice then don't just throw him out there, but when Parris was injured Ward would have been on my short list to get some reps in practice.  If he's even remotely as good at returning kicks as he is at playing cornerback, then hot damn do we have a dangerous threat back receiving kicks.  But that's just my #HotTaek.

Comment 26 Sep 2017

Sometimes it's not about the physical recovery, but the mental recovery needed to trust you are completely recovered.  It's one thing to say you're 100%, it's another to show you truly believe it.

I don't know what's wrong with DMC, but it's quite possible that he just doesn't have complete confidence in his recovery yet.  One way or another I hope he is able to get back to 100% and start flashing his ability again.

Comment 05 Apr 2017

Yes this is a glaring oversight.  Omitting the remake is absolutely called for, but the original?  Come on now, that's easily in the top 5.

Comment 15 Mar 2017

I think he implied that Moss didn't block (which is a VERY different claim).

Comment 10 Oct 2016

I also think the offensive coaches should have to run laps all week in practice if Curtis Samuel fails to reach 20 touches in a close game. Running QB draws with your only experienced QB against Indiana instead of giving the ball to the best player on the roster a minimum of 20 times is borderline insanity.

This x1000.  Curtis was killing it (as evidenced by his ridiculous YPC), and not just on the edge but also in the middle.  Why run JT to death when we have Samuel?  Let Curt eat!

Comment 18 Sep 2016

I think that field position also helped things in the early goings.  It seemed like when we punted that we were usually able to pin them deep and flip the field, while they didn't have that same luxury. 

This is just one of a list of things we did well last night (and yet, there are still a lot of things to clean up), but this team clearly has the potential to be as good as the 2014 team during the final 3-game-stretch (possibly better, which is amazing).

Comment 30 Aug 2016

While some people don't really dig analytics (and they certainly have their limits), the numbers were not very fond of Iowa last year (47th in S&P+ at the end of the year).  This provided a slightly more objective measure to compliment the more subjective eye test that said to some (read: me and the few others in my echo chamber) Iowa was not a top tier team.

This isn't to say Iowa was/is hot garbage, rather it's to say that Iowa was mostly a good team that was also rather fortunate.  When they ran into a team with superior talent and a bit of time to game plan (i.e. Stanford), they were absolutely boat-raced.  I can't get the image of Stanford doing almost anything they wanted with Iowa in the Rose Bowl out of my head.

You couple this with the fact that the best Ferentz coached teams tend to be those no one expects anything from, but when expectations are high his Hawkeyes tend to stumble and have a lack-luster season.  

All of that adds up to plenty of reasons to sell Iowa stock.

Comment 29 Aug 2016

I think the real thing to pay attention to is how many designed QB runs are called.  That's not nearly as easy to track because it won't translate into the game stats.

And with option plays it's tough to predict who the opposing team will try to take away when those plays are called.  JT runs the option pretty darn well, which means he puts the ball where the defender dictates (to maximize our gain)--so while Urban can hope JT only needs to keep it 6 times or so, it really depends on what the defense is (or isn't) doing.

All that said, I don't disagree that JT will likely run it 15 times per game (on average; perhaps even more), I just hope Urban sticks to his estimation of designed QB runs.

Comment 13 Aug 2016

Man did those 95 and 96 Northwestern teams benefit from not having to play OSU those years.  Yes they beat that team up north, but our performance against them was not representative of the team's ability in the Cooper era.  I'm of the opinion that OSU would have handled the plucky wildcats both years.  Their resurrection was a nice feel-good story (because they were next-level terrible in the 80s, and pretty bad in the 70s and early 90s), but I think us being off their schedule ultimately bolstered their record.