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10 @ 10: Bringing home the bacon, ex-Hawks in the NFL

October 8, 2018

Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson and cornerback Riley Moss were named this morning as the Big Ten defensive player of the week and Big Ten freshman of the week, respectively.

That, along with a healthy prognosis for Jack Hockaday and a busy weekend for former Hawkeye quarterbacks C.J. Beathard and Ryan Boyle are all a part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa football news and notes.

Delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:

1. Matching a career high three sacks, Anthony Nelson received Big Ten defensive player of week honors for his work in Iowa’s 48-31 win at Minnesota and cornerback Riley Moss was selected as the league’s freshman of the week.

Nelson, a junior defensive end from Urbandale, Iowa, who prepped at Waukee, recorded five tackles including four solo stops as the Hawkeyes maintained possession of Floyd of Rosedale for the fourth straight year. He also recorded three tone-setting sacks in the first half of the road win, dropping the Gophers’ Zack Annexstad for losses totaling 19 yards.

Making his first career start, Moss recorded two inteceptions at cornerback while replacing injured Michael Ojemudia. The freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, totaled five tackles including four solo stops to become the first Hawkeye to receive Big Ten freshman of the week honors since Manny Rugamba on Nov. 10, 2016.

2. Jack Hockaday’s knee injury may keep him out for Saturday’s game at Indiana, but the senior middle linebacker is expected to return to competition this season.

Coach Kirk Ferentz offered that prognosis during his Sunday interview with the university’s website.

“The good news is based on what we saw (Sunday) in testing, Jack should be back,’’ Ferentz said. “I don’t know if it will be this week, I’m not optimistic there, but he should be back in the near future. That is important for any player, especially for a senior.’’

Hockaday was leading Iowa with five tackles when he left the game in the second quarter.

3. Hawkeye defenders were a little frustrated with the way things played out in Saturday’s 48-31 win at Minnesota.

Those frustrations centered mainly on the scoreboard.

“I don’t think we played as cleanly as we should have,’’ free safety Jake Gervase said. “We knew what look we were going to get from them and I think we adjusted well. They ran the ball here and there and got some yardage we’d like to take back, but at the same time I thought we adjusted well.’’

4. Iowa’s rush defense is allowing 84.4 yards per game, second in the Big Ten to only the 33.8 yards per game Michigan State has allowed on the ground through five games.

The Hawkeyes have allowed fewer than 100 yards per game on the ground in only four seasons during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008.

Iowa has allowed fewer than rushing yards just twice in program history, giving up 79.7 yards in 1981 and 81.9 yards per game on the ground in 2002.

5. C.J. Beathard was all over the field Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers.

In addition to completing 34-of-54 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Arizona, the former Iowa quarterback was sacked four times, intercepted twice, lost two fumbles and matched the tackle total of former Hawkeye defensive back Greg Mabin with two tackles in the game.

Beathard’s favorite target Sunday was former Iowa tight end George Kittle, who caught five passes for 83 yards.

6. Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens still can get the job done, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes in the NFL who don’t play for the 49ers over the weekend.

Kirksey recorded 12 tackles and one tackle for a loss for Cleveland in its 12-9 win over Baltimore, while Hitchens finished with seven solo stops among his 10 tackles for Kansas City in its win over Jacksonville.

Elsewhere, Mike Daniels and Josh Jackson finished with two tackles apiece for Green Bay in its loss to Detroit, Josey Jewell had two tackles including one tackle for a loss for Denver in its loss to the Jets and Desmond King and venerable Adrian Clayborn finished with one tackle apiece for the Chargers and Patriots, respectively.

7. Former Hawkeye Ryan Boyle was named Sunday evening as the newcomer of the week in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The Indiana State graduate transfer completed 19-of-29 passes for 276 yards in addition to rushing for 60 yards on 13 carries for the Sycamores in a 54-51 overtime loss at South Dakota State.

Boyle threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two scores in addition to completing passes of 30 and 47 yards on a drive which began on the 1-yard line and led to a game-tying field goal that forced the overtime.

Former Hawkeye safety Brandon Snyder recorded six tackles for South Dakota State.

8. In addition to Boyle’s performance, former Hawkeye defensive end Romeo McKnight had an active day for Illinois State in its win over Western Illinois.

McKnight finished with five tackles, one sack and four quarterback hurries in the Redbirds’ win over the Leathernecks.

Elsewhere among former Hawkeyes in college football, Tyler Wiegers completed 3-of-7 passes for 51 yards and one touchdown in Eastern Michigan’s loss to Western Michigan and Jalen Embry had four tackles and broke up one pass for Northern Illinois in a win at Ball State.

9. Gary Dolphin will be speaking at today’s Davenport Grid Club luncheon.

The radio play-by-play voice of Hawkeye football and basketball will join Quad-City area high school and college football coaches at the weekly luncheon, scheduled for noon at the Knights of Columbus, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport.

Grid Club luncheons are open to the public and the $10 ticket, available at the door, includes a buffet lunch.

10. After a gray day in Minneapolis, expect the sun to be shining Saturday when Iowa plays at Indiana.

The current National Weather Service forecast for Bloomington calls for sunny skies and a high of 58 degrees for the Hawkeyes’ first game against the Hoosiers since 2015. The game has a scheduled 11 a.m. (CDT) kickoff and will be televised by ESPN2.

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