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Robert Neustrom born to be a Hawkeye

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of Robert Neustrom’s story of growing up a Hawkeye.
It started in the 1930s when his grandfather Bob listened to Hawkeye football on the radio.
Ozzie Simmons was the star running back out of Texas playing for Iowa from 1934-36 and one of Bob’s favorite players.
Ozzie is one of the reason Iowa plays Minnesota for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy.
The Gophers, a national football power at the time, had pounded the Hawks 48-12 in 1934 in Iowa City.
Tensions were high after that game and Ozzie was a target of the Minnesota players’ wrath and insults.

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Robert Neustrom-Born to be a Hawkeye

Hawk Talk

Robert Neustrom’s story starts in the 1930s on the family farm in northwest Iowa, 10 miles southeast of Moville, when Bob Neustrom, Robert’s grandfather, would listen to Iowa football on WHO.
Bob’s favorite player was Ozzie Simmons, a break-away running back from Texas, who starred for the Hawkeyes from 1934-1936.
Flash-forward to 1962 when Bob, his two sons Tom and Bobby, plus Uncle Bob Thomas and son Barry would load up the 1956 Oldsmobile and drive to Iowa City Saturday morning to watch the Hawkeyes play.

2018 spring football final

Hawk Talk

Last Friday at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeye football team had a controlled scrimmage to wrap up spring ball.
I think I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not a fan of Friday night spring scrimmages. I really enjoy Saturday afternoon for ending spring practice.
There was an announced attendance of 9,300 which was a little high, I thought.
Also the media gets to sit in the press box and I would rather be on the field.
When I’m in the press box, it’s like you are watching the games from the moon.

Spring football wrap 2018

Hawk Talk

This is the final segment of a three-part series about spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
This week, I’ll look at the quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs and special teams.
Nate Stanley has a chance to be one of the really good quarterbacks to play at Iowa. I’m not going to say great quarterback until he has two good seasons in a row.
First, look at his size. Stanley came to Iowa listed at 6-4, 212-pounds. In the spring football guide, he is up to 242-pounds.
That is a big dude playing quarterback.

Spring football 2018

Offensive line and tight ends

Last week, I looked at the linebackers and defensive backs.
This week, I’ll talk about the offensive line and tight ends.

Iowa lost two starters; they were good ones.
Sean Welsh and James Daniels have a shot to play in the NFL.
Welsh was named All-Big Ten last fall after lettering four years for the Hawkeyes.
As a freshman, he was named First Team Freshman All-Big Ten, starting seven games.
Welsh started every game his last three years and had a couple of starts at tackle.

Spring football 2018 pt. 2

Hawk Talk

Linebackers and defensive backs

This week I’ll look at the Hawkeye linebackers and defensive backs.
The Hawks not only lost Josey Jewell, a consensus All-American and probably the best linebacker since Larry Station (1982-85), but Bo Bower and Ben Niemann.
The three combined for 122 starts and 872 tackles.
Josey was the Big Ten Linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Big Ten in tackles last season.

Spring football 2018

It’s time to talk spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Hawks have to replace three linebackers, two backs and one lineman on the defensive side of the ball.
On offense, the top two running backs, two starting linemen and a wide receiver are gone.
Defensively speaking, Iowa gave up an average of 19.9 points per game, which isn’t a bad number.

Lee is champion

Hawk Talk

Spencer Lee took care of business at the NCAA wrestling championships in Cleveland last weekend. He capped of a five-match run with a 5-1 victory in the finals at 125 pounds.
Talk about domination.
Two technical falls, both were 18-0 wins.
Spencer followed that up with a pin over sixth-ranked Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), and a pin over second-ranked Nathan Tomasello, who beat Spencer in the Big Ten championship, 3-2.
The finals saw Spencer jump out to a 5-0 lead over fourth-ranked Nick Suriano and won, 5-1.
How about Spencer scoring 60 points and giving up four?

Hawkeye women one and done

Hawk Talk

This wasn’t the way I thought the season would end for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
The Hawks were on a roll, playing their best basketball and winning seven straight before losing to Minnesota 90-89 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
It was a matchup of the Iowa inside game with All-American Megan Gustafson and the depth of the Creighton guards.
Megan came through with 29 points and 17 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes in Iowa’s 76-70 loss.
Iowa dominated the paint with a 36-22 advantage and had a 39-28 advantage on the glass.

Hawkeyes finish fourth

Hawkeye junior forward Megan Gustafson waits for the ball at the free throw line during a 2017 game against Nebraska. Gustafson set a team record with 48 points in a 90-89 loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.Four the second time in four years, the Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t crown a national champion.
Iowa finished fourth in the Big Ten Tournament behind Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.
Brandon Sorensen was the only Hawk in the finals and he lost, 2-0, to defending champion Zane Retherford, whom Brandon has never beaten.

Big road win for Hawk women

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women had two games last week, picking up an overtime win at Rutgers, 77-66, and finishing the regular season with a win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 75-62, over Indiana.
The Hawk win at Rutgers was a major gut check.
Iowa jumped out early, leading 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, scored only six points in the second quarter and trailed at half, 25-19.
The Scarlet Knights led by as many as 11 in the third quarter but the Hawkeyes went to work in the fourth.

Hawkeye women continue to roll

Hawk Talk

For the third straight game, the Hawkeye women came out strong and finished off the Wisconsin Badgers, 88-61.
It was 23-13 at the end of the first quarter, 45-23 at half and Iowa never looked back.
“I was really happy,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “We led this game for 39 minutes, it was tied for one minute. I told the team ‘you guys came out and dominated.’ When you dominate a Big Ten opponent at the end of the year that’s a really good thing.”
Balanced scoring and Megan Gustafson being Megan with 25 points in 26 minutes.