Your Minnesota two deeps: So, the zone read

Watch, as I argue that Iowa QBs aren't and then are run threats

Marc Morehouse
Published: September 23 2013 | 11:22 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 8:49 pm in
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-- I see that a few folks have run away with Saturday's second half against a team that was left for dead.

I do see some irony in the fact that C.J. Beathard saw what was going on at Mississippi, had a mutual breakup and found a home at Iowa, where pro-style quarterbacks roam like free-range chickens.

And now he looks pretty good running the zone read. He ran it well vs Western Michigan, gaining 30 yards on four tries. He had a big one shot down because of an errant whistle. After the game, Beathard said he liked running the zone read.

Iowa DE Dominic Alvis said Beathard is one of the better zone-read QBs he's faced. This is something that I imagine Beathard has picked up running scout team last season for games against Northwestern and Nebraska.

How real is it? I would say throw out a lot of what you saw in the second half vs. WMU. That team was the worst Iowa has faced since that Ball State team with all the suspensions in '05.

Jake Rudock had 30 yards on four carries. He didn't do much business with the zone read, but found a massive collapse in WMU leverage for a 31-yard scramble.

The zone read from Iowa QBs, as it stands now on the depth chart, is going to be more of a "look" than it's going to be something where the QB actually keeps the ball. But why do that? You do anything that might give a defender cause for hesitation. No, there's not a huge payoff, IMO, if Iowa QBs, whomever, keeps the ball on a zone read. You want the running backs taking care of that. All the QBs on Iowa's roster were recruited as pro-style. The zone read is part of what Iowa is doing, so they're learning it.

But wait, how did Colt McCoy do running the zone read at Texas under OC Greg Davis?

You know what, not too bad.

He rushed for 1,571 yards and 20 TDs. His best year came in 2008, when he rushed for 561 yards and 11 TDs. The Iowa comparison has to be Brad Banks, right? In '02, he had 423 yards and five TDs.

Bottom lining this: I don't think any Iowa QB is capable for 500 rush yards and 10 TDs. But wait, Rudock has 93 yards and 93 yards and four TDs in four games.

OK, I guess what I'm trying to say here is anything is possible.

I'm not closing the door on any of the possibilities. I want to see where this goes. McCoy's numbers, frankly, were an eye-opener.

-- No changes on the two deeps. Although, I do believe some pages are turning. I think more Jacob Hillyer and Tevaun Smith and probably less Don Shumpert.

Now, this one is to a lesser degree, but I'm pretty sure we're seeing more and more George Kittle and Ray Hamilton. I don't think it's cutting into C.J. Fiedorowicz's targets yet, but I don't see how it won't. Hamilton's career seems to be gaining steam. Kittle showed off some real wheels during KMM's punt returns. Jake Duzey is down to a series or two. TE time is getting very, very competitive.

-- There is some real juggling going on at the right guard spot. Sophomore Jordan Walsh remains the starter, but after Iowa's initial drive into WMU territory crapped out inside the 5, Andrew Donnal replaced him. And then Walsh went back in. I can't figure out the rotation, but it seems Walsh gets some coaching and goes back in and does better.

He will likely draw Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman this week. The guy is an NFL lock. If this is a tug-of-war with the defense recording the most tackles for loss winning the day, this is a spotlight matchup.

SE — 4 Tevaun Smith ^ 6-2 200 So.

8 ** Don Shumpert ^ 6-3 200 Sr.

LT — 68 ** Brandon Scherff 6-5 315 Jr.

76 ** Nolan MacMillan 6-6 294 Sr.

LG — 59 * Conor Boffeli 6-5 295 Sr.

58 Eric Simmons 6-2 295 So.

C — 63 * Austin Blythe 6-3 300 So.

57 Tommy Gaul 6-3 277 Jr.

RG — 65 Jordan Walsh 6-4 290 So.

78 * Andrew Donnal 6-7 305 Jr.

RT — 70 *** Brett Van Sloten 6-7 300 Sr.

73 Ryan Ward 6-5 290 #Fr.

TE — 86 *** C.J. Fiedorowicz ^ 6-7 265 Sr.

82 ** Ray Hamilton ^ 6-5 252 Jr. OR 87 * Jake Duzey 6-4 245 So.

QB — 15 Jake Rudock 6-3 205 So.

16 C.J. Beathard 6-2 195 #Fr. OR 19 Cody Sokol 6-2, 215 Jr.

WR — 11 ** Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 Jr.

23 * Jordan Cotton 6-1 192 Sr. OR 17 * Jacob Hillyer 6-4 205 So.

RB — 45 * Mark Weisman 6-0 236 Jr. OR 5 ** Damon Bullock 6-0 200 Jr.

33 * Jordan Canzeri 5-9 187 So.

FB — 38 Adam Cox 5-11 215 So.

42 Macon Plewa 6-2 234 So.

PK — 96 *** Mike Meyer ^ 6-2 190 Sr.

1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.

LE — 95 Drew Ott ^ 6-4 265 So.

98 * Mike Hardy 6-5 275 Jr.

LT — 71 * Carl Davis 6-5 315 Jr.

97 * Darian Cooper 6-2 280 So.

RT — 90 * Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 290 Jr.

67 Jaleel Johnson 6-4 307 #Fr.

RE — 79 ** Dominic Alvis 6-4 265 Sr.

94 Riley McMinn 6-7 260 So. OR 34 Nate Meier 6-2 235 So.

OLB — 20 *** Christian Kirksey ^ 6-2 235 Sr.

39 * Travis Perry 6-3 232 So.

MLB — 44 *** James Morris ^ 6-2 240 Sr.

52 ** Quinton Alston ^ 6-1 232 Jr.

WLB — 31 *** Anthony Hitchens ^ 6-1 233 Sr.

55 ** Marcus Collins 6-0 222 Jr. OR 36 Cole Fisher 6-2 228 So.

LC — 19 *** B.J. Lowery ^ 5-11 193 Sr.

7 * Sean Draper 6-0 180 So.

SS — 37 ** John Lowdermilk ^ 6-2 207 Jr.

21 ** Nico Law ^ 6-1 200 Jr.

FS — 5 *** Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 207 Sr.

12 Anthony Gair 6-2 200 #Fr.

RC — 14 Desmond King 5-11 185 Fr.

35 Gavin Smith 5-10 190 Sr.

PT — 98 Connor Kornbrath 6-6 215 So.

1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 195 So.

Punt returns: 11 Kevonte Martin-Manley

Kickoff returns: 33 Jordan Canzeri; 23 Jordan Cotton

Deep Snaps: 61 * Casey Kreiter 6-3 250 Jr.

Holder: 98 Connor Kornbrath

* – – Letters won

^ – – Redshirt year still available

# – – Indicates redshirt freshman

Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley and B.J. Lowery earned Big Ten players of the week honors Monday.

Here's their deals:

Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa 

Jr., WR, Pontiac, Mich./Brother Rice

• Became just the third player in Big Ten history to record two punt return touchdowns in a game in Iowa’s victory over Western Michigan

• On consecutive attempts in the second quarter, returned a punt 83 yards for a score then a second 63 yards for a score

• His 184 punt return yards are second most in a single game in Big Ten history, behind former Hawkeye Nile Kinnick’s 201 yards in 1939

• Wins his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

• Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Meyer (Oct. 15, 2012)

B.J. Lowery, Iowa 

Sr., DB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes

• Set a school record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns and added four tackles in Iowa’s win over Western Michigan

• With under a minute left in the second quarter, returned a pass 35 yards to the end zone, before returning his second pick 13 yards for a score with 12:22 to go in the third

• Became the second Big Ten player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game this season, following Northwestern’s Collin Ellis in Week 1

• Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Tom Nardo (Sept. 26, 2011)

Here's Iowa's release:

LOWERY, MARTIN-MANLEY HONORED

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley and senior CB B.J. Lowery earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for their play in Iowa’s 59-3 win over Western Michigan.  Lowery earned the Big Ten honor for defense, while Martin-Manley earned the award for his special teams play.

The College Football Performance Awards also named the Lowery and Martin-Manley as the national Performers of the Week for defense and special teams, respectively, while Lowery was also named national defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Martin-Manley was named Big Ten special teams Player of the Week after recording punt return touchdowns of 83 and 63 yards, both in the second quarter.  He is the first conference player to ever return back-to-back-punts for touchdowns and just the second player in the last decade with two punt return touchdowns in one quarter.  Martin-Manley ended the game with 184 yards on four returns.  He is just the third player in Big Ten history with two punt return touchdowns in a game, and the first since 1983.  The 184 yards ranks second best all-time in the Big Ten, behind Nile Kinnick’s record of 201 yards on nine returns, set in 1939.  Just one player in NCAA Division I history has three punt return touchdowns in a game.

Martin-Manley (6-0, 205) is a native of Pontiac, Mich., where he attended Brother Rice HS.  He began the day with a 44-yard return to set up a field goal on Iowa’s first possession.  With the Hawkeyes leading 10-0 in the second period, Martin-Manley scored on an 83-yard return, which ties as the seventh longest in school history.  Martin-Manley struck just 59 seconds later with the 63-yard return, which ranks as the 20th longest in Iowa annals.

Lowery (5-11, 193) is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio (Hughes HS).  His first score of the day was a 35-yard return with 56 seconds remaining in the second period.  His second touchdown covered 13 yards and came on Western Michigan’s first possession of the third period.  Lowery is the first Hawkeye ever with two interception return touchdowns in a single game and the second Big Ten player to accomplish the feat since 1998.

Lowery scored the first touchdowns of his career against Western Michigan and added one solo tackle and three assists.  Lowery leads Iowa with three interceptions in four games, as his first theft of the season came in the 27-21 win at Iowa State.  Lowery has four career interceptions.

The Big Ten honors are the first for both Lowery and Martin-Manley.  The special teams accolade is the first for an Iowa player since PK Mike Meyer was recognized for his play in Iowa’s win at Michigan State last season.  Lowery’s honor is the first for an Iowa defensive player since DT Tom Nardo was recognized for his performance in a 2011 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Iowa has two recipients awarded in the same week for the first time since Sept. 27, 2009, when LB Pat Angerer (defense) and DE Adrian Clayborn (special teams) were honored following Iowa’s 21-10 win at Penn State.

Iowa (3-1) begins Big Ten Conference play Saturday, traveling to Minnesota (4-0) for the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale.  Game time is 2:30 p.m. (ABC).

The Michigan State kickoff next week is 11 a.m.

From Iowa sports info -- As an FYI, Iowa’s homecoming game vs. Michigan State, already slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, will be televised on an ESPN platform, either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.  The exact broadcast location will be released following all Big Ten Conference games on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Leaders
Passing Yards:P. Nelson245
Passing TDs:P. Nelson1
Rushing Yards:D. Cobb332
Rushing TDs:D. Cobb5
Receiving Yards:M. Williams99
Receiving TDs:M. Williams1
Interceptions:B. Boddy-Calhoun1

Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1550 (46)
Passing Yards:421 (107)
Rushing Yards:1129 (4)
Points per game:41.8 (20)
Yards per game:387.5 (70)
Touchdowns:17 (27)
Field Goals:5 (25)

Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1550 (46)
Passing Yards:421 (107)
Rushing Yards:1129 (4)
Points per game:41.8 (20)
Yards per game:387.5 (70)
Touchdowns:17 (27)
Field Goals:5 (25)

Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1491 (68)
Passing Yards:1080 (101)
Rushing Yards:411 (34)
Points per game:20.0 (35)
Yards per game:372.8 (48)
Touchdowns:11 (61)
Field Goals:2 (24)

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Leaders
Passing Yards:J. Rudock743
Passing TDs:J. Rudock5
Rushing Yards:M. Weisman468
Rushing TDs:J. Rudock4
Receiving Yards:K. Martin-Manley169
Receiving TDs:J. Hillyer2
Interceptions:B. Lowery3

Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1773 (28)
Passing Yards:797 (65)
Rushing Yards:976 (11)
Points per game:35.3 (44)
Yards per game:443.3 (49)
Touchdowns:13 (54)
Field Goals:5 (24)

Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards:1163 (43)
Passing Yards:797 (59)
Rushing Yards:366 (20)
Points per game:17.0 (23)
Yards per game:290.8 (17)
Touchdowns:7 (27)
Field Goals:4 (68)


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