Let's start our first Talking Tuesday with a smile.
Woke up this morning and had an e-mail from Dave Beck, a Hawkeye fan teaching kindergarten in Korea.
Hey, why not teach the kids the Iowa fight song.
From the YouTube, Dave writes: "Teaching the kids the Iowa fight song...This was their first day learning it, so give em credit."
The kids above are the "O" in "I-O-W-A."
Thanks for sharing, Dave. I loved this. So, so cute.
Welcome to the Quickest Slant. This post is my attempt to keep the blog "breathing" during the one day of access Iowa allows during game weeks. (Yes, there will be posts on the radio show again this year, so, there are two live Ferentz sessions, kind of.)
We start with a Big Ten primer (notes, stats PDF and such).
Next, Ferentz speaks on the Big Ten teleconference at 11:40 (it's basically dial tone, but we'll tune in just in case).
And then after KF's live newser, I'll post the transcript and KF video here. It usually wraps up around 2:30.
So, here we go for 2013.
The Season is Here: The Big Ten will kick off its 118th season of football this week as all 12 programs open the 2013 slate . . .
Centennial Season: The Rose Bowl Game and the Tournament of Roses will celebrate 100 years of “The Grandadday of Them All” at the 2014 Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena on January 1 . . .
The Highest Honor: This season, the Big Ten will distribute the 100th Medal of Honor, which pays tribute to outstanding senior student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in both academics and athletics . . .
Big Ten Football Championship Game: The third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will once again determine the Big Ten Champion and send one conference representative to play in the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game . . .
Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten programs are receiving votes in the preseason rankings released by the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches groups . . .
On Watch: The conference announced its third annual football Players to Watch list, with 10 players earning preseason recognition at Big Ten Football Media Days . . .
Back Four More: Wisconsin enters the 2013 season seeking its fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship. The Badgers shared the title in 2010 before winning the first two Big Ten Football Championship Games in 2011 and 2012 to give them three straight titles for the first time in school history . . .
A Dozen and Counting: Ohio State begins the 2013 campaign with the nation’s longest active winning streak after producing a perfect 12-0 record last season . . .
An Offensive Trend: For the fourth consecutive season, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is back to defend his award as Ohio State’s Braxton Miller returns for his junior season after being named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year . . .
Double Dip: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller enters the 2013 season with the chance to become just the second player to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons . . .
New Faces In New Places: The Big Ten will welcome a pair of new head coaches to the sidelines for the 2013 campaign in Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen . . .
Here's KF from the B1G teleconference:
Intro -- Think we've had a productive camp. Eager to get on field. See how things look in a game. Great to be in Kinnick. Northern Illinois a real challenge. Return an excellent football team. Excellent QBs, but other players around him.
What put Rudock over the top -- All three of the QBs improved and did a good job. Jake is most consistent. Best suited right now. Close competition. Pleased with all three of them.
Biggest keys for Jake in first game -- Just worry about his position and not do too much. He's intelligent and has worked hard. Needs to carry to game field. Try to relax and do what you do well.
How staff has coached for targeting -- Big concern for everybody. Intent is good. Excellent training video. Does a nice job of showing plays that would be considered fouls and legal. My concern personally, it's apparent in the comfort of meeting rooms what is and what isn't, but bang-bang nature will always be a tough play to officiate. Intent is great, but at same time going to be a challenge and another thing for the officials to have to deal with. Mental approach is important. Hopefully, calls are more right than wrong.
More on Rudock: What did you like? -- KOK was coordinator. ID's Jake as someone interested in. Watched him play baseball. Great job at Aquinas. The more we learned, the better we felt. Came up after offered and volunteered to compete in camp. He went out and impressed us when he didn't have to. Byproduct of doing things well for a long time.
Tough opponent to start -- It doesn't matter how we feel about it. All of our players fully realize and are aware how good NIU is. That means we better be at our best. That's a healthy thing.
Temps -- We'll see how it goes. It's not uncommon. Our guys have trained in heat. It's like snow or rain, it'll affect both teams. We'll play it as it comes.
Injuries -- I think we had a good camp. Health is good as you can hope for. Feel good about our status.
Jordan Lynch and what other weapons NIU have -- NIU is much more than Jordan Lynch, and I'm not trying to minimize Lynch's role. That would be silly. Look what they've done. They've played well and you just don't do that with one player. We couldn't catch up to their DEs, both of whom are in pro camps. Lynch in a word is a winner. Keep rush lanes. He wins throwing, running and is a smart guy. RB is a tough guy. OL extremely tough and physical. He's got to be the catalyst for them. Tremendous leader.
Main newser begins at 12:45. Officially.
Come back for transcripts, video.
Oh but wait, here's a bonus.
We had some technical glitches last night, but the first episode of "On Iowa Live" is now available online here: http://www.kcrg.com/sports/top-9/Watch-The-Season-3-Premiere-of-On-Iowa-Live-221336431.html
This is the live TV show we do on KCRG 9.2 on Monday nights. Former Iowa kicker Nate Kaeding will be on next week.
Some quick notes/observations:
-- The linebackers seemed fine. Kirksey was all smiles. Morris was all PO'd and business-y. I took an Instagram of Hitchens' legs. Seemed fine. Let's file this, for now, under Drew Tate's broken ankle.
-- The theme on offense: Do your job. If you've paid attention to Ferentz teams, you know that phrase, that intense concentration on detail and what's in front of you, is what's gotten this team some pretty big wins in some pretty impossible situations (really rang out to me at Penn State in '09). That is, pretty much to a man, what every offensive player said they'd do to help Rudock while he takes his first steps.
-- Right guard will be junior Andrew Donnal and sophomore Jordan Walsh.
-- Iowa AD Gary Barta said the stadium management will take a ton of precautions in regard to the heat. Scott will have a post. You will be allowed to bring in an extra water bottle. Extra emergency personnel also will be in the stadium. Be careful, you guys.
-- I'm not sure I followed KF and his plan at QB. The bottom line seems to be that they are invested in Rudock, but then said they'll take it a "series at a time" and that there are no boundaries. And then I asked about a QB having to look over his shoulder. He said hopefully not.
It sounds as though they're invested in Rudock, but he has to hold up his end of the deal. Where that line is, I don't know. I would set it at five 3-and-outs.
-- Trosh (true freshman) running back LeShun Daniels is playing. After him, KF said maybe a couple more on D, maybe not. He was asked about trosh WRs and his answer made it sound as though they wouldn't put any in. Damond Powell is in, he's the juco, you remember.
-- KF on Powell: You see pretty quickly how fast he is.
Ferentz transcript, video coming.
-- Rudock is really smart. Seriously, he's ready for Jeopardy.
-- Zone read, it's a comin'. It's not like the Iowa defense hasn't seen it, unlike the Packers in the playoffs last season. Talked assignments with a few players. Will have that one tomorrow.
-- Brandon Scherff is ready to roll.
And some Ferentz video:
Intro, captains and questions start at 3:22.
The heat, some Jake Rudock questions, such as looking over his shoulder, how fluid the QB situation might be (not very, but maybe).
Is this a "snapshot in time at QB"? What true frosh will play?The bulk of this one is rule changes. There's a question about how C Austin Blythe is doing. Something about Norm Parker.