Recognition for Tyler Linderbaum and Phil Parker, freshmen Arland Bruce and Connor Colby advancing and when a pass isn’t a pass are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10.
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Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Arland Bruce enjoyed his first career start on Saturday, scoring Iowa’s only offensive touchdown in the win over Illinois.
Bruce scored on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter to advance the Hawkeyes to stay.
Bruce was Iowa’s leading receiver in the game, catching two modest passes for 45 yards.
He also ran four times for 23 yards. Bruce is the 31st true freshman to start for the Hawkeyes in Kirk Ferentz’s 23 seasons as the program‘s head coach and third freshman to start this year.
Offensive lineman Connor Colby and wide receiver Keagan Johnson made their starting debuts earlier in the season.
All three players signed up for Iowa in January and took part in spring practice.
Bruce and Johnson were both in the lineup on Saturday, the first time in Ferentz’s tenure, the Hawkeyes started two real freshmen as wide receiver.
2. Connor Colby made his eighth right guard start on Saturday for Iowa.
With that start, first-year Cedar Rapids offensive lineman Kennedy tied Tristan Wirfs for the most starts by a true first-year on the offensive line in Ferentz’s 23 seasons.
âColby did a great job stepping in and doing moves for us that allow us to be successful,â said running back Tyler Goodson.
âThe young guys did a great job of listening and learning from veteran guys like (Kyler Schott and Tyler Linderbaum). They take notes and apply them to the game. It’s not easy for a freshman O lineman in the Big Ten to come in and do what he’s doing. ”
Wirfs started eight games in 2017. Only two true Hawkeye freshmen made more starts during the Ferentz era, Desmond King in 12 cornerback games in 2013 and wide receiver Dominique Douglas in 11 games in 2005.
3. Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum was named on Tuesday as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, presented by the Greater Omaha athletic committee to the best indoor lineman in college football.
A 32-game starter for the Hawkeyes on the offensive line, Linderbaum anchored a forward five that helped Iowa set a 25-7 record when he started center since moving up from a spot. on the defensive line at the end of his first year on the program.
Other finalists for the award are Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis and North Carolina State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu.
The winner will be announced on December 9 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Virtual Show.
The official presentation of the Outland Trophy will take place in Omaha on January 12.
Four Hawkeyes have already won the Outland Trophy, most recently in 2014 when Brandon Scherff won the honor.
Robert Gallery won it in 2003, Alex Karras in 1957, and Calvin Jones in 1955. Only Nebraska, Alabama and Oklahoma had more Outland winners than the Hawkeyes.
4. Coach Kirk Ferentz said on Tuesday that senior free goaltender Jack Koerner and red-shirted first-year offensive lineman Mason Richman had the chance to play in Nebraska on Friday.
Koerner missed Iowa’s win over Illinois last weekend and Richman missed the Hawkeyes’ last two games.
Injured cornerback Matt Hankins will not be available to play against the Cornhuskers.
âMatt is definitely out and everyone is in an uncertain position right now,â Ferentz said. âKoerner looked good (in practice on Tuesday), we’ll see how long he can last. Terry Roberts is still uncertain and Mason Richman has a chance. We’ll see how he holds up throughout the week, sort of from there. ”
5. Hawkeye’s defensive coordinator Phil Parker was named one of the 15 semi-finalists for the Broyles Award on Tuesday, given to the best assistant coach in college football.
Parker is in his 23rd season with the Iowa squad and has coordinated the Hawkeye defense for the past 10 seasons.
His current Iowa defense leads the nation with 21 interceptions and ranks fourth nationally with 26 takeaways.
6. That pass that Nico Ragaini threw turned out not to be a pass after all.
Ragaini was credited in the game’s stats with an incomplete pass on a first play and 10 yards from the Illinois 17-yard line in the fourth quarter on Saturday, but the incompleteness was quashed by a brutal passer call. .
The NCAA statistics software vendor is attempting to correct the statistical problem.
7. Real freshman Cooper DeJean pulled off a big tackle on special teams at the end of the third quarter of Saturday’s win over Illinois to help Iowa turn the field around.
DeJean finished with two tackles in his fourth game.
If he plays in one of the Hawkeyes’ remaining games, he will lose a chance to wear the red jersey this season, but with multiple injuries in high school, DeJean is expected to play in special teams and fill a reserve role as cornerback in Friday’s game in Nebraska.
“It’s really fast,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. âHe wants to play, and that’s the main thing.
8. Iowa earned a spot this week in the College Football Playoff poll.
The Hawkeyes sit 16th in this week’s poll, remaining in fifth place among the Big Ten ranked teams.
Georgia leads this week’s poll, followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati and Michigan in the top five. Michigan, 12th, and Wisconsin, 14th, also sit above Iowa.
9. Iowa will be the third consecutive top 20 opponent Nebraska has faced.
This is a rarity for any program, including Cornhuskers.
Friday will be the second time in school history and the first time since 1968 that Nebraska will play three straight games against top 20 teams during the regular season.
10. With a pair of interceptions in Saturday’s win over Illinois, Iowa continues to lead the nation with 21 interceptions this season.
The Hawkeyes have intercepted 85 passes since 2017, the most of any schedule in the country.
Eleven different Hawkeyes have had at least one interception this season. Dane Belton leads the Big Ten with five picks.