This started tromping around the internet during Sunday Night Football last night, so let's take a look at 2014 quarterback prospect Tyler Wiegers.
-- Rivals.com midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt reported last night that the 6-4, 213-pounder from Detroit, Mich., will visit Iowa this weekend. The Country Day High School quarterback committed to Rutgers on April 9, just a week or so after visiting Iowa.
-- NJ.com reported last night that Wiegers decommitted from Rutgers, which now has had six decommits from its 2014 class.
The Scarlet Knights (5-4) nose dived over the past couple weeks, losing at home last week to Cincinnati, 52-17, and had four players de-commit within that time frame. The program also is dealing with bullying allegations against defensive coordinator Dave Cohen.
-- After his visit to Iowa on March 29, Wieger told Helmholdt: "I really like the school, could see myself fitting in there, fitting in with the system and how they use their quarterbacks."
-- Iowa also is after WR Adonis Jennings, who decommitted from Rutgers on Nov. 10. Jennings made an unofficial visit to Iowa City the last week of October.
-- As a junior, Wiegers completed 173 of 285 for 2,465 yards, 22 TDs and four interceptions. I couldn't find this year's stats anywhere.
-- Rivals rates Wiegers as a four-star recruit. He's ranked as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country. In that neighborhood, for comparison, is No. 8 Brad Kaaya (Miami commit), No. 10 Sean White (Auburn commit) and No. 11 Michael O'Connor (Penn State commit).
-- Wiegers also has offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo.
-- Wiegers told Helmholdt that he's open to other offers.
-- ESPN.com's Jared Shanker, who covers recruiting, tweeted last night, "A source back in the spring said Iowa would be where Tyler Wiegers would land if the Hawkeyes offered. Wiegers decommitted from Rutgers."
So, let's see how this goes.
Iowa sits right now at 16 commits with St. Louis running back Markel Smith's commit on Nov. 5. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said on his radio show before the Purdue game that he thought Iowa would take 20ish recruits. The national signing period begins Feb. 5.
-- Last night on his TV show, Ferentz said senior DE Dominic Alvis remains day-to-day. He was back doing some work this week (I would guess some conditioning). Ferentz left it at day-to-day. Alvis hasn't played since the first couple of series Oct. 19 at Ohio State.
-- KF also called sophomore Jordan Canzeri Iowa's “quickest” back. Of course, Canzeri broke out two weeks ago against Purdue with 165 yards and a TD on 20 carries.
We'll see how RB goes this week against Michigan. Iowa could go back to grind ball with junior Mark Weisman, who at different stages this season has had a foot injury, elbow sprain and a horrific bruise on his shoulder.
-- Michigan at Iowa will be an 11 a.m. kick and televised on BTN. Next week's Black Friday game at Nebraska kicks off 11 a.m. and will be on ABC.
-- Here's some business that I missed late last week. The news came after I bolted for a weekend of frivolity in Kansas City.
To me, this is Ferentz putting his money where his mouth is. Literally.
From the UI Foundation:
Kirk and Mary Ferentz commit $500,000 to the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign
Gift contributes to For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kirk and Mary Ferentz have made a gift commitment of $500,000 to support the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign. To date, more than $34 million has been raised for the campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $35 million. The total cost of the campaign’s projects is $55 million, with the balance of the funding coming from the University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“When we started planning for the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign, Kirk and Mary were among the first to make a commitment,” said Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics. “Their support of this historic fundraising effort is indicative of their philanthropic leadership and reflects our vision to make a world-class Hawkeye football campus a reality.”
The Iowa Football Legacy Campaign comprises two key projects for the Hawkeye football program: a new indoor practice facility, completed in 2012 and already in use; and a new Football Operations Center. Projected for completion in the summer of 2014, the 76,000-square-foot Football Operations Center will include: a strength training area with turf for speed and agility workouts; team meeting rooms; a player locker room; athletic training facilities; coaches’ and staff offices; and conference rooms.
In addition, the Football Operations Center includes Legacy Hall, an exhibit space dedicated to the history and success of Hawkeye Football; and the All-American Room, a space to honor Iowa Football Consensus All-Americans. Donors who contribute $5,000 or more to the campaign will be recognized on a plaque that will hang in Legacy Hall. Iowa Football letterwinners who support the campaign with a gift of $1,000 or more will be named on a plaque that will hang in a location frequented by current and future student-athletes.
“Mary and I are pleased to be part of this exciting initiative. We’re also thankful to see many other contributors demonstrating their support,” said Kirk Ferentz, who is currently in his 15th season as head coach of the Iowa football program and his 24th year as a staff member at the UI. “It’s critically important that we’re able to offer our student-athletes an exceptional experience and ensure that Hawkeye football remains competitive for many years to come.”
Through the past decade, Kirk and Mary Ferentz have given generously of their time and resources to support the University of Iowa, including children’s medicine and undergraduate education. In 2003, they made a gift of $100,000 to establish the Kirk and Mary Ferentz Excellence and Innovation Fund in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2006, Kirk and Mary committed $250,000 to establish the Ferentz Family Pediatric Research and Education Fund to support research and education initiatives at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, and $150,000 to establish the John and Elsie Mae Ferentz Research Fund in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Mary Ferentz serves as chair of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Council, a group of community and business leaders dedicated to helping UI Children’s Hospital become one of the best pediatric medical centers in the nation. In addition, all five of the Ferentz children have attended the UI.
Ferentz is the longest-tenured Big Ten Conference football coach, and ranks fourth nationally in longevity. With more than 100 wins at Iowa, Ferentz ranks second to Hayden Fry in career victories.
Ferentz is one of only four football coaches in the history of the Big Ten to be named Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2004, 2009). He earned national Coach of the Year honors in 2002. Iowa has played in two Bowl Championship Series games and 10 bowl games overall, under Ferentz, posting a Big Ten-best 6-4 record in post-season games since 2002.
Under Ferentz, five Hawkeyes have earned national Player of the Year honors at their position. Forty-six players, including six in the first round, have been selected in the NFL Draft over the past 11 years. And, under Ferentz, 22 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic All-District and All-America recognition on 41 occasions.
-- OK, I promised two deeps.
Here's what I think they'll be. The only caveat is Ferentz did say one player would've been iffy for a game last weekend if they had one (they didn't, it was a bye). He also said he expected this player back for workouts on Sunday, which was a night practice at Kinnick Stadium.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz left the Purdue game with what looked to be a concussion (he had no helmet and trainers say by him on the bench taking notes). Cornerback B.J. Lowery also left the game in the second half after taking a helmet to the lower-back area.
So, maybe he was talking about one of those two.
Will update with notes when available.
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.
WR — 11 ** Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 Jr.
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.
34 Nate Meier 6-2 235 So.
LT — 71 * Carl Davis 6-5 315 Jr.
67 Jaleel Johnson 6-4 307 #Fr.
RT — 90 * Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 290 Jr.
97 * Darian Cooper 6-2 280 So.
RE — 98 * Mike Hardy 6-5 275 Jr.
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.
6 Reggie Spearman ^ 6-3 225 Fr.
LC — 19 *** B.J. Lowery ^ 5-11 193 Sr.
27 * Jordan Lomax 5-10 195 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.
7 * Sean Draper 6-0 180 So.
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 Sr.
Holder: 98 Connor Kornbrath
* – – Letters won
^ – – Redshirt year still available
# – – Indicates redshirt freshman