Beat: Who Will the Hawks Face?
(Steve Pope AP)
(Steve Pope AP)

Posted Nov 25, 2002

Here is the 2nd installment of new weekly column, Beat. In this edition, I take a look back at the game that slipped away plus the next game ahead for the Hawkeyes. This past weekend also happened to be a big recruiting weekend, and more basketball related news hit the stands.

Many across the state were in dis-believement this past Saturday in witnessing the Cyclones loss to UCONN. It has only been three years since the Huskies entered Divison One football so what in the world could have taken place? Certainly, I don't believe for one second Iowa State has suddenly became less talented or a worse football team. However, with the expectations and attention the program received after climbing to a 6-1 record and #9 spot on the AP Poll, could much worse have occurred? This appeared to be the year for Iowa State to finally knock off a legitimate top 25 team. People could argue that occurred with Iowa and Nebraska this season, but we all know Iowa is currently a different football team than they were back on September 14th with no ranking. Nebraska also has shown this season they are no where near their usual standards. If I was an Iowa State Cyclone fan right now, I'd be wondering why did this team all of a sudden quit and give up? Coach McCarney, in my opinion, still should have been able to pump this game up to the Cyclones for the possible destination of entering the Alamo Bowl for the first time and letting the seniors leave on a good note. After all, isn't it Coach McCarney's motivational skills that have marked him as one of the best upcoming coaches? I do want to end on the note that I still believe Iowa State should be proud of their accomplishment of qualifying for a bowl game three straight seasons!


After Washington State was dealt their second loss of the season to their in-state rival, Washington, it became clear the bowl opponent for the Hawkeyes could really be up in the air. With the Rose Bowl seeming to become more and more imminent, will the Hawks still be facing a Pac 10 team? I would love to see the Hawks up against the likely Big 12 Champions, Oklahoma Sooners, in what would match Coach Bob Stoops and Kirk Ferentz against each other. Although, that cannot happen under the current BCS rules, I think it shows why there needs to be improvement with the BCS standings. If Iowa and Oklahoma were to meet, we'd have #1 versus #2 and #3 versus #4.


The football banquet took place this past Friday night, in what was reported to be a crowd of 1,000 plus. A truly great event for the Hawkeyes and all supporters. It was also a great event for recruits to take in seeing with the amount of excitement centered on the football program right now! All of the recruits, whom I interviewed, spoke very highly on the event and the amount of support shown by the people in attendance.


Walk-ons have been an equivalent part of the success as any other in determining the 11-1 Hawkeye season. That has also raised some eyebrows for the future of this program also marked by the comments of Coach Ferentz in stating three or four could be making an impact on special teams next season. Which three or four could he be referring to? reports that right now it is very likely he was speaking of WR Matt Melloy, S Brian Kline, RB Marcus Schnoor, and LB Zach Gablemann.

Two other walk-ons, who are likely to be on scholarship this fall, OL Pete McMahon and FS Sean Considine should be figuring into the mix for starting positions, respectively. Both are headed in the right direction currently, and will have an equal chance as others in moving up to the #1 spot on the depth chart this spring.


As first reported, JUCO CB Corey Reddick made a verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes this weekend on his official visit. He was the best cover corner viewed on film this recruiting season by the coaching staff, according to sources, and his commitment has brought much excitement to Iowa City. He will give Iowa three legit cornerbacks next season, and help improve Iowa's status as having one of the best defensive backfields in the Big Ten.

Garden City CC Defensive Back Coach Tim Schaffner had this to say on Corey (more being available in our premium report):
"Corey is a tremendous prospect and is destined for great things at the next level. He will make a positive impact wherever he goes. It has been my pleasure to watch Corey develop and mature as a player and a young man over the last 2 years."


In the first recruiting prediction here on Beat, I go to the position coveted the most this recruiting season: RUNNING BACK. The Hawkeyes top three priorities at this time, Darrell Blackman, Travis Thomas, and Terry Washington, all have now officially visited the Hawks. believes the Hawks will wrap up the commitment of at least one of these backs by Christmas!


Here is the list of visitors from this past weekend and their respective hosts while touring the campus:

RB Darrell Blackman - Jermelle Lewis
RB Travis Thomas - Jason Manson
H-Back Champ Davis - Mike Follett
ATH Cameron Bobb - David Vickers
TE/DE Marcel Frost - Tony Jackson
OL Marcus Coleman - CJ Barkema/Blake Larsen
DT Teraz McCray - Fabian Dodd
DE Raymond Brooks - 
DE Chris Moore - Marcus Paschal
JUCO CB Corey Reddick - CJ Jones/Antwan Allen
CB Marcus Clayton - Edmond Miles


News struck hours before the season opener for Coach Alford and the Hawkeye basketball team that F/C Sean Sonderleiter has been suspended indefinitely. This is another bad blow to the Hawkeye program, but it is also encouraging to know that Coach Alford is not taking the low road and still punishing players in a time when there is not much depth. Coach Alford is refusing to make excuses or give breaks in getting this program back up to a high level, and is using the same approach done by Coach Ferentz when he entered the program. I believe the hard work, also shown in last night's victory, will help pay dividends for the future similar to those we are seeing in the football program currently!

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