Iowa Football Stock Watch: Budding Stars

I’ve made a promise with myself that I’m going to seek out methods to be constructive all through the remainder of the season. After spending 4 hours watching the eyesore that was the CyHawk recreation, I’ve come to phrases with the truth that that is how each Iowa recreation will look this season. Well, besides the Wisconsin recreation, that one could must get taken off of TV to spare everyone the 5 years it would take off their life. We’ll take care of that after we get to it nonetheless. Onto Stock Watch.

It’s week 3 and it already looks like this text goes to observe the identical sample week after week. I’ll choose a complete host of fellows whose inventory is on the up from the protection, sprinkle in a little bit Tory Taylor and/or Sam Laporta and name it good. Should you retain studying Stock Watch if that is the case? Absolutely! Why? Well I’m a pleasant man I might say, that ought to be sufficient.

I proceed to harp on the truth that the Iowa offense CAN sink decrease. It’s defying all odds to take action nevertheless it’s discovering a approach. Now that it sits lifeless final within the nation in yards per recreation can it fall decrease nonetheless? I’m nervous to even give it some thought.

STOCK UP

Cooper Dejean

Ticker Symbol (SWISS AK)

Simply put, Dejean is everywhere in the subject. This child continues to suit the Linderbaum mildew of any person who everyone is aware of is a star the second the sport begins. After two video games, the QB from OABCIG has taken over the CASH place for good. Against the Cyclones, Dejean recorded 11 tackles whereas additionally defending two passes and recording an interception in the long run zone. The choose was telling of how good this child is because the WR on the play was operating a nook route and bought leverage on Dejean. It appeared as if Dekkers had a straightforward throw to the house within the again nook of the top zone however Dejean stayed glued to the Cyclone receiver finally overcoming him for the choose. I can not wait to observe this child for the subsequent 2 years.

Maybe we should always stick the child on offense too?
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Lukas Van Ness

Ticker Symbol (HULK)

When you block two punts you are going to discover your title on this listing. The 6’5 sophomore continues to seek out methods to impression the sport. In a present of pure power, LVN overpowered a private protector twice to get his face on one punt and hand on one other. Towards the top of the sport he virtually bought a 3rd as nicely. I’m certain he isn’t glad together with his numbers from the d line the place he totaled simply 2 tackles with 1 being for loss. Expect an enormous recreation from him this weekend and people stats to climb. As the season progresses, the Hawks are going to proceed to wish the sport breaking performs that Van Ness offered Saturday.

Terry Roberts

Ticker Symbol: (SPTMS.LGND)

I’m going to wish to vary Terry’s ticker image quickly as he’s turning into a beast within the secondary. I stated it final week and I’ll say it once more, there isn’t a participant on this roster simpler to cheer for than Terry Roberts. This man continues to personify what it means to be a Hawkeye. Tough, Smart, and Physical. On a day the place Xavier Hutchinson was doing his greatest to carve the Iowa secondary, Roberts saved his facet of the sector on lock down. For the sport, Scary Terry had 6 tackles and a choose that I’m certain he’s nonetheless excited about taking it again for six. With Jermari Harris now out for the season, The Hawkeyes want Roberts to proceed to supply on the stage he’s.

Same Laporta

Ticker Symbol: (TEU84)

It’s extremely tough to position anybody who took half in that putrid efficiency on the inventory risers listing. After an 8 reception recreation nonetheless I’ll sneak Sam in. If not merely for imagining what the offense could be if he wasn’t on the workforce. They’d nonetheless be final I suppose, however “extra final”? Is {that a} factor?

If the Hawkeye offense goes to be this unhealthy they might simply want to seek out methods to focus on Laporta 90% of the time within the passing recreation. The Cyclones threw the ball 19 instances to Hutchinson and at this level the Hawks ought to do the identical. That contains discovering routes that permit Sam to get open down the seam and be a extra vertical risk. On Saturday, Laporta’s 8 catches solely went for 55 yards for a mean of 6.9 yards with a size of 11. Those yardage numbers are nice for a mean offense, however for this Hawkeye workforce they’ll should be increased.

Syndication: The Des Moines Register

Every yard earned for Laporta this yr has been robust.
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LeVar Woods:

Ticker Symbol: (FUTR HC)

Some of the one types of creativity we as Hawkeye followers are aware of on Saturdays come from the thoughts of this man. From Pole Cat, to pretend punts, to punting schemes and punt blocks, LeVar Woods is correct up there with Phil Parker for greatest coach on the workforce. As a former punter/kicker, and kicking coach at the highschool stage, I do know some of us do not worth what a distinction wonderful particular groups play makes to a groups odds at successful a soccer recreation. On Saturday, LeVar did all he might to scheme up a successful recreation plan. LVN stated as a lot within the put up recreation when he stated they’d seen a weak point in Iowa State’s punt unit they usually made a plan to take advantage of it. The greatest perception I heard this week about LeVar’s teaching prowess got here from former lengthy snapper Tyler Kluver on his Iowa podcast. Kluv defined that Woods makes everybody on the particular groups unit imagine that the sport rests on their shoulders each time they take the sector. Whether it’s flying down the sector to make a sort out, blocking a punt, you title it. That causes everyone on that unit to be absolutely engaged all through the week, understanding that they stands out as the motive the Hawkeyes safe a victory in that Saturdays recreation.

That’s head coach materials…

Syndication: HawkCentral

The most underrated coach within the nation.
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STOCK DOWN

Offense:

Ticker Symbol: (POOP)

Welp………

Refraining from calling out people right now as there was sufficient negativity following no matter that abomination was Saturday afternoon. It was introduced up within the BHGP chat over the weekend that watching Iowa video games is turning into one thing that merely is not enjoyable. Sure it is enjoyable to observe the protection fly round and see what surprises LeVar Woods ay have within the particular groups recreation however the stress that comes with understanding these two items must excel for us to have any shot is turning into burdensome to the viewer. It’s so odd to observe actually another recreation and see how a lot house the offense has to function. It seems straightforward. The Hawkeye offense however has made selecting up ten yards the equal of scoring a landing it appears. The mixed exhale of the fanbase after a uncommon 1st down is proof sufficient that we as followers have misplaced hope on this scheme. Moving ahead I do know I could sound naive however I hope there’s some semblance of an try to vary. You cannot change an offense full scale in the course of the season I perceive that however I might additionally say “you possibly can’t be any worse”. When an offense sits in final in main school soccer, and the workforce in second to final is rattling close to a full 100 yards forward of you, something and the whole lot have to be tried. If it is not, these accountable do not stay in actuality.

That’s it for week 3. Hopefully a tune up recreation vs. Nevada can act because the petri dish for offensive experimentation. It will not, however one can solely hope. Incarnate Word put up 55 on the Wolf Pack final week together with 606 yards of complete offense. The Hawkeyes offense ought to be nice proper……proper?

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